Last July former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson allegedly called President Trump “a moron” in private, and when the remark was reported over four months later Tillerson didn’t directly address or deny it, saying only, “I’m not going to deal with petty stuff like that.”
I concluded then and there that Tillerson was toast — it would just be a matter of how much distance Trump wanted to put between the “moron” quote and Tillerson’s dismissal. If I’d been in Trump’s shoes I would probably have said to myself, “Gee, maybe Rex is right…hell, he probably is right…I am kind of a moron asshole narcissist sociopath. Maybe for the good of the country I should resign?” But that’s me. Okay, that’s not me but whatever.
Nonetheless the white-haired Tillerson, whose deep, Texas-accented voice and Raymond Burr-like girth always suggested a lifelong Big & Tall patronage despite the fact that he’s only 5’10”, lasted until today.
I’m glad he’s gone — now what about the rest of the cabinet? And Trump’s long-overdue resignation for that matter? Throw Mike Pence into a pit filled with starving wolves, but let him die with a sword in his hand like Ernest Borgnine in The Vikings.
Honest admission: Until HE commenter “Bandsaw Vigilante” mentioned former Secretary of State Edward Stettinius, another white-haired businessman who headed the State Department under Roosevelt and Truman in ’45 and ’46, I had never heard of the guy….sorry.
Bandsaw excerpt: “Tillerson was the absolute worst (or at least on a par with Edward Stettinius), and, even more than Trump, hard, concrete proof that you can’t run a government agency like a damn business.
“If there’s another major terrorist attack from a foreign state on U.S. soil in the next few years, or one of our overseas allies is suddenly overthrown in a coup we didn’t see coming, odds are pretty good it’ll partly be due to Rex’s gutting of the department.”
Posted on 10.4.17, and reported by NBC’s Carol E. Lee. Kristen Welker, Stephanie Ruhle and Dafna Linzer: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was on the verge of resigning this past summer amid mounting policy disputes and clashes with the White House, according to senior administration officials who were aware of the situation at the time.
“The tensions came to a head around the time President Donald Trump delivered a politicized speech in late July to the Boy Scouts of America, an organization Tillerson once led, the officials said.
“Just days earlier, Tillerson had openly disparaged the president, referring to him as a “moron,” after a July 20 meeting at the Pentagon with members of Trump’s national security team and Cabinet officials, according to three officials familiar with the incident.
“In an unscheduled statement to reporters Wednesday morning, Tillerson directly addressed that version of events, saying, “I have never considered leaving this post.”
“He praised Trump’s foreign policy agenda, saying he was part of a team to ‘make America great again.’ But he did not deny calling the president a ‘moron,’ declining to address that remark directly and saying, ‘I’m not going to deal with petty stuff like that.'”