Pompeo to Replace Tillerson?
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
A previous article explained Tillerson is frustrated over disagreements with Trump on Iran, deep State Department cutbacks, and other issues, including his differing views with the president on North Korea.
He’s out of the loop on warmaking, delegated to hawkish administration and Pentagon generals.
He wasn’t consulted about Trump’s travel ban on predominantly Muslim countries, or use of special forces in Yemen and Somalia. Nor is he involved America’s phony war on terror.
He’s excluded from other geopolitical decision-making. Last summer, Nikki Haley was under consideration to replace him, an unnamed senior administration official saying it’s 75 – 80% certain.
His relationship with Trump soured months ago. Clearly he wants out, possibly in months or sooner, despite his remarks otherwise.
According to Axios.com, neocon CIA director Mike Pompeo is being considered to replace him, saying Trump works with him comfortably, seeking his advice on various issues.
He “personally delivers the president’s daily brief, making him one of the few people Trump spends a great deal of time with on a daily basis.”
He knows how to convey tough news to Trump, comfortable as well disagreeing with him. Perhaps he’d love a chance to be Washington’s top diplomat, serving three terms earlier as a House member.
He’s a key member of Trump’s inner circle, polar opposite Tillerson’s status. “(I)nsiders say Trump’s relationship with Tillerson is broken beyond repair,” said Axois, adding:
“We’re told Trump was furious that Tillerson didn’t try to blunt the story about him calling the president a ‘moron, by just going out and denying it (whether or not it actually occurred).”
Their “relationship is so toxic…few in the White House think it can be rebuilt. There’s zero trust between the West Wing and the State Department.”
Tillerson could be replaced by yearend, sooner or early next year.
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