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Kurtz: Why Rex Tillerson not go quietly
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on President Trump’s Rex Tillerson fire for irreconcilable differences.
On the last day of November, the New York Times a story headlined “White house plans Tillerson fall From the State Dept., Replaced by Pompeo.”
President Trump objected to this, and other reports, tweeting:
“The media has speculated that he would leave Rex to get fired Tillerson, or that soon – to-be FAKE NEWS! He is not going to leave, and while we don’t on certain subjects, (I call the last shots) we work together well and America is a highly respected again!”
Well, as we learned us first yesterday by the Washington Post scoop, Tillerson has been ousted, the President said he will nominate to replace CIA Director Mike Pompeo, it.
So, while it may be premature news, it was not a fake news.
The times has a piece attributed to “senior administration officials”, said Tillerson, which would be “maybe within the next few weeks.”
The President essentially confirmed this yesterday, told reporters that “Rex and I have talked about for a long time. We understood each other quite well, but we don’t agree on things. If you think views on the Iran deal; I, it is terrible, I think he thought it was OK. I wanted to break either, or you do something, and he felt a little different.”
Until Monday, the Times reported, “a White house spokesman berates a reporter for the adoption, there was any kind of split between Mr Tillerson and the White house because of the different comments about the Russian responsibility for a poison attack in the UK.”
It was obvious for many months that the two men had a fragile relationship. The former Exxon-Mobil CEO, who was used to calling the shots and had no government experience, seemed to be in control of the State Department bureaucracy.
And Tillerson seemed to be never really at ease in a public role. He has some interviews and held press conferences. The country has very little sense of him as a person or a diplomat.
And of course there was the ABC story last October, the disputed Tillerson never, although a spokesman admitted that he called her private Trump an “idiot.”
In the same month, Trump tweeted that he said Tillerson, ” that he’s wasting his time trying to negotiate … with the Small Rocket to Save your energy, Rex, we will do what needs to be done!”
When the President announced last week that he will meet with Kim Jong-un right-to-Tillerson said that no negotiations would be—it was clear that the Secretary was in bureaucratic Siberia. And Trump wanted to make a change, before the North-Korean summit.
And Tillerson made no attempt to play, along with some jabbering about a mutual agreement. Although the Post’s John Kelly said, told him on Friday that Trump wanted to make a change, Tillerson seemed to not be aware of, as he cut short his visit to Africa that the time had come. He had Steve Goldstein, its Secretary of state for public diplomacy, put out a statement that “the Secretary had any intention to stay, because of the critical advances in national security and other areas” and was “aware” of the reason for his dismissal.
The White house immediately Goldstein, who have undoubtedly left would be fired, anyway, as the new Secretary hires to its team.
Fourteen months is a short term for the top Cabinet member, but the President has every right to make a change, because your disagreements on Russia, Iran and North Korea. “I think that Rex will be much happier now,” Trump said.
In Pompeo, trump is a former Congressman is always that the seem much more aligned with his views, and, more importantly, much better chemistry with his boss.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.