Are Rex Tillerson And Jim Mattis About To Quit On Trump?

It seems pretty clear at this point that it’s just a matter of time before we see another high profile exit from Donald Trump’s Cabinet.

Over the weekend, Rex Tillerson had the opportunity to give the commander in chief a vote of confidence in an interview with Fox’s Chris Wallace and instead gave Trump this vote of … something?…


I don’t know about you, but that certainly seems to suggest that Tillerson is not only trying to distance himself from Trump’s remarks, but is in fact trying to speak on behalf of the entire country in suggesting that the President does not represent America’s collective view on equality.

Over the weekend, Axios suggested in one of their “scoops” (and that term is kind of loosely defined over there), that Trump is becoming increasingly frustrated with his Secretary of State. “There’s a ticking problem with Rex Tillerson, and it’s growing louder by the day, according to officials inside and close to the White House,” Axios wrote, adding that “recently, after Trump had returned from a meeting on Afghanistan, a source recalled Trump saying, ‘Rex just doesn’t get it, he’s totally establishment in his thinking.'”

And see that underscores the problem with Trump. He seems to have fallen into the Bannon/Breitbart trap of branding everything that isn’t consistent with what many consider to be a radical nationalist agenda “establishment.”

That dynamic was on full display on Saturday when Breitbart essentially called Paul Ryan a “leftist” after the Speaker criticized Trump’s pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Meanwhile, WaPo notes that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis appears to be telling the military that their commander in chief has lost his fucking mind. Of course that’s not the way WaPo puts it and it’s certainly not how Mattis phrased it, but I challenge you to read the following remarks delivered to troops stationed abroad last week and draw a different conclusion:

Our country right now, it’s got problems we don’t have in the military … You just hold the line until our country gets back to understanding and respecting each other and showing it.

The power of inspiration – we’ll get the power of inspiration back.

“These aren’t GOP members of Congress distancing themselves from a president they’ve secretly always disliked,” WaPo reminds you. “These are two of the highest-ranking officials in government – who both agreed to be conduits for Trump’s policies and presidency – publicly disagreeing with their boss on whether America is going in the right direction.”

In other words, Mattis and Tillerson don’t see to think Trump is “making America great again.”


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10 thoughts on “Are Rex Tillerson And Jim Mattis About To Quit On Trump?

  1. Heisenberg, I think you mean Chris Wallace, not “Chris Matthews”. I am trying to picture in my mind Chris Matthews working for FOX.

  2. “they’re the same person in secret.

    much like Harrison Ford and Nick Faldo.”

    Hmmm, I wonder if Scott Baio will see it and post it on Facebook under “Thoughts.”

  3. > ‘Rex just doesn’t get it, he’s totally establishment in his thinking.’

    Yeah the establishment thought is it is a disaster millennia in the making where the idea of “winning” makes no sense. Damn, I hate to agree with Tillerson

    1. So far today I’ve learned:

      Harrison Ford and Nick Faldo are the same person. As are Donald Trump and Charlie Sheen,

      Must be a tiger’s blood thing.

  4. So our esteemed Commander In Chief thought that the CEO of Exxon-Mobil *wouldn’t* be too “establishment.” THAT is the craziest thing I’ve ever read about Trump, and that includes his saying “there were some good people there, too.”

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