Tillerson, Mattis, Kelly keep US from chaos

US Republican senator Bob Corker has said that key officials in the Trump administration are separating the country from chaos.

Fox News: GOP Sen. on WH: Tillerson, Mattis and Kelly ‘Help Separate US From Chaos’

Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) appeared to criticize President Trump when asked about a reported feud between the president and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Earlier Wednesday, both Tillerson and Trump denied the feud, allegations of which gathered steam after a report surfaced that the former Exxon-Mobil CEO privately referred to Trump as a “moron.”

Corker was asked if he spoke to Tillerson recently, replying that he won’t comment on private conversations.

“I think Secretary Tillerson, Secretary [of Defense James] Mattis, and Chief of Staff [John] Kelly are those people that help separate our country from chaos,” Corker added.

There’s an obvious implication there.

Two of those three also feature in this report from the Washington Examiner: Tillerson, Mattis, Mnuchin forge ‘suicide pact’ in the event Trump wants one of them gone

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin reportedly have forged a “suicide pact” in which all three members of President Trump’s Cabinet would leave if one of them becomes a target of the president.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin reportedly have forged a “suicide pact” in which all three members of President Trump’s Cabinet would leave if one of them becomes a target of the president.

A U.S. official told BuzzFeed that Tillerson would likely remain in the administration because of his agreement with Mnuchin and Mattis.

Tillerson sought to quiet any rumors about an impending resignation Wednesday morning, saying he has never considered leaving his post.

Tillerson denied threatening to resign but avoided denying calling Trump a moron.

Politico: Tillerson’s future still hazy despite Trump oath

The secretary of state’s denial of a resignation report doesn’t dispel the image of a man unhappy and ill at ease with the president he serves.

For most of his eight months on the job, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has endured rumors that he might soon quit it. On Wednesday, he finally fought back.

Within hours of an NBC News report that he had nearly resigned this summer after allegedly calling President Donald Trump a “moron,” Tillerson held a news conference to insist that he has “never considered” leaving his post.

The original report sent Trump into a fury this morning, a White House official said, and Tillerson moved with corporate efficiency to tamp it down.

While Trump was expressing “total confidence” in Tillerson by midafternoon, the episode further complicated perhaps the most fraught relationship between a president and a secretary of state ever seen.

But nothing about Wednesday’s events will dispel the image of Tillerson as a man unhappy and ill at ease with the president he serves — both in substance and in style.

Asked about Tillerson’s performance, Eliot Cohen, a former counselor to Rice’s State Department and one of the president’s harshest Republican critics, called it “pathetic, servile and, above all, unconvincing.”

Others doubted the sincerity of his denial that he has considered stepping into a life of retirement, as he had originally planned before Trump called last winter.

In many ways, Tillerson embodies the moderate Republican establishment against which Trump campaigned.

It is moderate Republican establishment that is holding together a very shaky administration.

Tillerson, a political newcomer who faced one of the most contentious Senate confirmation hearings in recent history, said in the past that he was hesitant to accept the position of secretary of state and had been looking forward to retirement before it was offered.

“I didn’t want this job. I didn’t seek this job,” Tillerson told the Independent Journal Review in March. “My wife told me I’m supposed to do this.”

As long as his wife keeps telling him to do it the US administration might be kept separated from chaos.

 

3 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  6th October 2017

    Tillerson, Mattis, Kelly keep US from chaos

    Everything I’ve seen of them in action, giving speeches or addresses suggests that Tillerson & Mattis are certainly measured, sensible, & careful. I personally think Tillerson will thriw in the towel. His boss has been undercutting & humiliating their most senior diplomat almost from the day Tillerson started meeting other dignitaries & heads of state.

    Interestingly, from Aljaz tv I note that King Salman of Saudia Arabia is visiting Moscow at the moment. This is the first time a Saudi King been to Moscow. Salman has met with Putin & officials & discussed matters of mutual interest including Security in the Middle East & Iran.

    The Aljaz Moscow reporter Rory Challands commented that the visit reflects the Saudi perception that American influence in the region is waning & that Russia has an increasingly important role to play.

    • Fight4NZ

       /  6th October 2017

      So the 3 of them are joining forces to gain strength when faced with an unreasonable boss. Sounds very lefty unionist. Setting a good example, so rare today.

      • Gezza

         /  6th October 2017

        Given their backgrounds I’d say they’re righties – but they’re proof, as far as I’m concerned, that whichever side of the political divide you look at there are plenty of intelligent, responsible people who just want to get on with doing a good job with the best of intentions for good reasons.