Tillerson Summoned To White House As Furious Trump Raged Over "Moron" Comment

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Barely a week after HHS Secretary Tom Price resigned following reports that he’d spent more than $1 million in taxpayer funds traveling in private jets, speculation that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s head is next on the chopping block has reached a fever pitch.

After reporting earlier in the week that Tillerson had privately criticized Trump, allegedly calling him a “fucking moron”, shortly before the former Exxon CEO was close to submitting his resignation, NBC reported late Thursday that the secretary had been summoned to the White House by Chief of Staff John Kelly for an impromptu meeting to discuss “a path forward.”

Kelly summoned Tillerson, and their ally Defense Secretary James Mattis, to the White House, where the three of them huddled to discuss a path forward, according to three administration officials. The White House downplayed Kelly's decision to stay in Washington, saying he did so to manage day-to-day operations.

Needless to say the president was not happy, and as NBC adds, "Trump was furious when he saw the NBC News report, which was published shortly before 6 a.m. Wednesday. For the next two hours the president fumed inside the White House, venting to Kelly, officials said. He left for Las Vegas shortly after 8 a.m., 20 minutes behind schedule."

Tillerson scrambled to pull together a statement, while his spokesman publicly apologized for his comments about Pence and Haley, saying he “spoke out of line about conversations I wasn’t privy to.” Tillerson delivered a statement praising Trump and insisting he never considered resigning, but it’s what he didn’t say that further enraged Trump, officials said.

Meanwhile Vice President Mike Pence was likewise "fuming" in Phoenix, where he was traveling: he and Tillerson spoke on the phone before the secretary’s public appearance on Wednesday morning.

Pence was incensed upon learning from the NBC report that Tillerson’s top spokesman had said he once privately questioned the value of Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Officials said the spokesman, R.C. Hammond, fabricated an anecdote that Pence had asked Tillerson in a meeting whether Haley, who is seen as a possible successor if Tillerson, is helpful or harmful to the administration.

Tillerson’s initial reluctance to deny that he’d made the “moron” comment during an impromptu press conference on Wednesday infuriated Trump – though the spokeswoman from the state department later denied that Tillerson had made the comment.

Tensions intensified after Trump appeared to directly contradict Tillerson for the second time this week when reports emerged that the president had decided to “decertify” the Iran deal – effectively placing its fate in the hands of Congress – shortly after Tillerson had said that the administration was still weighing its options. Earlier in the week, Trump tweeted that he’d told his secretary of state not to bother pursuing a dialogue with North Korea after Tillerson revealed during a meeting in Beijing that the US had established a direct line of communication with Kim Jong Un’s increasingly isolated regime.

But while Kelly was working to soothe the president’s anger, NBC News reported that Vice President Mike Pence was also angry with Tillerson after his top spokesman publicly shared an anecdote claiming that Pence had once asked Tillerson whether UN Ambassador Nikki Haley was “helpful or harmful” to the administration.

Pence was incensed upon learning from the NBC report that Tillerson’s top spokesman had said he once privately questioned the value of Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Officials said the spokesman, R.C. Hammond, fabricated an anecdote that Pence had asked Tillerson in a meeting whether Haley, who is seen as a possible successor to Tillerson, is helpful or harmful to the administration.

Assuming Tillerson stays on, he will most likely need to find a new chief spokesman. As the public learned when Trump fired former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn, once Pence decides he wants somebody gone, they’re done. 

Hammond is seen by the White House, particularly Pence’s office, as untrustworthy, officials said. It’s unclear if he will remain in his post, according to three administration officials.

 

Pence was "very annoyed anyone would misrepresent anything he said, particularly in private meetings," one White House official said.

Speculation about Tillerson’s future in the White House intensified after the Washington Post published a report alleging that the secretary of state often didn’t return the president’s calls, and that the two men often clashed over Tillerson’s “traditional” approach to policies from Iran to climate change to North Korea, as well as Tillerson’s “frustration” at being overruled.

The first signs of a rift between the two men appeared following Trump’s controversial comment that there were good people “on both sides” after a white nationalist demonstrator rammed his car into a crowd of protesters during a White Nationalist rally in Charlottesville, killing one and injuring dozens more. When questioned about Trump’s comment, Tillerson famously said that the president “speaks for himself.”

In summary, the list of senior administration officials that have been shown the door is already disconcertingly long. The list includes:

  • Tom Price
  • Sebastian Gorka
  • Steve Bannon
  • Anthony Scaramucci
  • Reince Priebus
  • Sean Spicer
  • Michael Dubke
  • Walter Shaub
  • James Comey
  • Michael Flynn
  • Sally Yates
  • Preet Bharara
  • Katie Walsh
  • Mark Corralo
  • Michael Short

… Will Tillersons’ be the next name added to this list? Or will this pass, much like the rumors that Trump intended to get rid of Jeff Sessions only to have his mind changed in the last moment? Or will Tillerson invoke the "suicide pact" he reportedly made with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of Defense James Mattis?

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drendebe10's picture

If the shoe fits

Earl of Chiswick's picture

So I guess there are still leaks, wasn't Kelly supposed to fix that? I mean how hard would it be to triangulate to find the leakers.

BaBaBouy's picture

""Tillerson Summoned To White House As Furious Trump Raged Over "Moron" Comment""

OH Well, At It Wasn't "Dotard"  . . .

Keyser's picture

Shows how they have isolated Trump... The rest of the public that is paying attention has known about the "moron" comment for weeks... Can you say mushroom? 

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Tillerson Summoned To White House As Furious Trump Raged Over "Moron" Comment

My response: Remain CALM everyone, all is NOT LOST. TRUMP/TILLERSON news is nothing but sensationalism spun out of control by the MARXIST PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL MSM.

The BIGGER PROBLEMS on the immediate HORIZON are NASA's desire to intervene following the recent earthquack swarms in Yellowstone National Part and Hurricane NATE.

CheapBastard's picture

When the wookie called Obama a "cuck" the media never got this excited?

Manthong's picture

 

Everyone is a F’ng moron at some time or another, some more than most…

Does Trump have to re-wash that laundry every time the media (F’ng morons most all the time) tries to needle him?

 

Slack Jack's picture

"the president had decided to “decertify” the Iran deal"

What do you expect? Trump is a Jew.

In fact, Trump, Obama, Bush, and Clinton are all Jews;

http://www.preearth.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=630

http://mileswmathis.com/trump.pdf

swmnguy's picture

When everybody is a Jew, then nobody's a Jew.

tmosley's picture

That's true. Jews can't survive without a host.

HardAssets's picture

If this is America's 'best & brightest' we are truly screwed

Keyser's picture

Thus the need for the GIANT METEOR... 

sparksmass's picture

Alot better than Obama and Hillary and brighter than GWB.

Giant Meteor's picture

Well when you put it that way ...

But seriously,,

chunga's picture

It doesn't look like a cohesive unit up there in DC. What's next, official WH dunk-tanks, whoopie cushions?

Dilly Dilly!

07564111's picture

can you think of a better way to cover up multiple failures on the diplomatic/military front ?

giovanni_f's picture

"In summary, the list of senior administration officials that have been shown the door is already disconcertingly long."

Why is Nikki Haley not on top of this list?

SixIsNinE's picture

Cali goobernator Brown just signed legislation to make entire state of California a haven for illegals.
Sanctuary California folks.

let's hope this is a time Trumpus & Tilly get see eye to eye and quash this BrownShitstorm from coming to pass.

No other nation in the world, correct me if I'm wrong - goes to such lengths to accommodate illegal people living there.

Oldwood's picture

It is what progressives tell us it means to be American....stupid and willing to take any indignation or usurpation to PROVE how enlightened we are. The indoctrination of surrender and suicide.

HardAssets's picture

Mexico sure doesn't do it, that's for sure.

fbazzrea's picture

we should encourage Cali to more fully exercise their sovereign rights as an independent state. it will only accelerate the inevitable dissolution of this decaying, corrupt and obsolete superstate.

sparksmass's picture

Agree, also the list is a lot shorter if you remove the people from it that were not orginally hired by Trump, it is misleading to include them.

Eyes Opened's picture

Hey Gus .... u forgot to type "My Response" in bold to make it seem important... ya know... like u usually do...   lol....

SoDamnMad's picture

More important is the Russian-Saudi Arabia economic and military (S-400 purchase) pact so there is the gathering of what to do about it.

giovanni_f's picture

could it be that Trump IS a moron?

Put it another way, could you immagine Trump (or any Western politician with the exception perhaps of Ron Paul for that matter) EVER giving an interview just as Putin does? Clear, fact-based, precise, informed, accurate?

HardAssets's picture

At minimum, they all seem to think the American people are morons.

I had hoped that Trump would give periodic addresses to the American people outlining his policies for 'making America great again'. Hasn't happened. Just the tweating of a few sentences.

Giant Meteor's picture

Welcome to the greatest show on earth !

Well ok, maybe not great like the great shows of old .. but still .

And to your first point, I am hard pressed to find reasons why folks wouldn't think that .

One has to admit, it's looking like one big mental hospital , and the inmates apparently are running the asylum ..

Bigly's picture

Trump is a dotard, though. His first firing should be MUELLERS area to halt this crap. Then DOJ,  FBI. IRS people, those traitorous generals around him. Then DISBAND the SEE EYE AYE and end the fed while he's at it or minimally put BROOKSLEY BORN in charge of the fed.

Fucking DUH!

Why is he so slow?

secretargentman's picture

Rather than fuming, he should embrace it. "We all have opinions, and it's not impossible that from time to time my staff might disagree with me strongly. Everyone gets to call me a moron. Once."

giovanni_f's picture

I just checked the job description for "American President". Couldn't find item "fuming" under responsibilities he is paid for. 

Dotard - you are fired!

swmnguy's picture

Well, of course that's what he should do.  That's what an actual leader and functional adult would do.  And he shouldn't let it drop, either.  Once in a while he should bring it up, like in the everyday incidents where he overtly contradicts what he said the day before in some moronic Tweet, "Well, you know, I was wrong yesterday because I'm a fucking moron, hah-hah-hah."

But President Trump can't do that.  He can't acknowledge a mistake of any kind, any sort of weakness however human and to be expected; nothing that doesn't continually praise himself.  He is so ragingly insecure and has no internal generator of self-esteem.  Sure, we laugh at all the "Unique Snowflakes," but there is something to it.  The most destructive people I've ever had to deal with were those who had to get all their sense of self-worth from external sources, needing constant credit and praise and validation from others.  When they didn't get it they caused havoc until they got yes-men all around to praise them, and if they couldn't do that, they crashed the entire enterprise for everyone.

Fred Trump must have been a brutal vicious abusive bastard as a father.  Most of the people I've seen who act like President Trump had absolutely horrific childhoods and learned how to deal with people from experience of utter emotional misery.  

I've been astonished Tillerson has stuck around this long, the way President Trump undermines and belittles him constantly.  At some level Trump knows he could never have done what Tillerson has done in his career.  Trump has never run a publicly-traded company and never could.  No Board of Directors would put up with his childish emotional neediness; there's just no place for that at the top of a large enterprise.  It exists of course, and destroys the company when the BoD doesn't deal with it.  There's a reason Trump is increasingly surrounded by military types and career politicians with extremist views.  They're the only ones who will put up with this kind of bullshit.  Nobody competent with other options will do it for long.  Trump would have been an absolute disaster in charge of Exxon-Mobil and some part of him knows that and absolutely hates Tillerson for it.  Same with Cohn and Mnuchin.  Trump can feel comfortable with the Pompeos, Haleys, Zinkes, Pruitts of the world because they are zealot hacks who want to serve a King.

As President of the United States, so far?  Well, I won't say it openly.  But I've known for some time that America's time as the Global Empire was running out.  I just thought it would take another couple decades to manifest.  In the past 9 months the US has lost stature I thought would take a decade at least to lose.  Top officials are openly ignoring and mocking the Presidency.  Everyday citizens are losing their tendency to respect Authority.  Other nations are forming their own associations and alliances, learning to pay lip service only to the US.  In the long run, it's very good for the world, and ultimately for the USA too.  Nothing can get better here as long as we continue the game of Empire.  I just didn't think one monumentally unfit President could trash the place so fast.  But if there's anyone who could, it's a man with the psychological traits exposed by the kind of behavior we see all day everyday from President Trump.

It's far more than I, or any other Anarchist, could have ever hoped for.

fbazzrea's picture

+1  astute observation... more or less, i agree. i've always said he will be the Great Disruptor. admittedly, i was expecting a more deliberate pathway, but the particular route is secondary to the ultimate result:

take back our nation from the bankster cabal and prosecute for crimes against humanity

 

gswifty's picture

That's what he should do, but can't. Interesting comment overall. Especially the psychoanalysis on trumps upbringing. Was Fred that harsh? Otherwise, it's as if you are almost responding to your own questions. Similar writing styles and thought content. I'm surprised you didn't get more votes....down. Good.

gswifty's picture

That's what he should do, but can't. Interesting comment overall. Especially the psychoanalysis on trumps upbringing. Was Fred that harsh? Otherwise, it's as if you are almost responding to your own questions. Similar writing styles and thought content. I'm surprised you didn't get more votes....down. Good.

mkkby's picture

If you run a fucking coffee shop, you can get away with calling the boss a moron. When you are the sec of state, it cannot be tolerated. There has to be a public air of invincibility in the white house. Disagreements have to be kept one on one.

There is such a thing as loyalty and professionalism. You act like an adult and keep those opinions to yourself. Tilly thinks he's the smartest guy in the room, so he finds it hard to subordinate himself to anyone. If so, he should quit and go make pottery or something.

I called my boss a moron many time, but it never got back to him. Why? Because I can be discreet. It is amazing that these so-called geniuses are so incompetent they can't keep their mouthing off from the NY times.

The Wizard's picture

What is wrong with calling him a moron? The only reason it is a story is because the media can take a common correct comment and turn it into a mountain of politically incorrect comments. Just another reason to go after Donald. If someone says or does something moronic, call him or her out. I am sure Tillerson would agree he has done moronic things in his past.

The morons are those who are trying to make a story out the comment. NBC is trying to cover their ass about making claims Tillerson was going to resign.

How many in politics and the media are morons. Plenty of shoes to put on those feet.

AttilaTheGun's picture

How do we know this melodramatic shit is true, though? If Tillerson really said what he felt, why is he staying on with a "fucking moron", reaffirming his loyalty to Trump in light of these reports?

Dormouse's picture

"Trump was furious when he saw the NBC News report, which was published shortly before 6 a.m. Wednesday. For the next two hours the president fumed inside the White House, venting to Kelly, officials said...."

Who the fuck are these OFFICIALS? Official Leakers? Official Traitors? Official Anonymous Sources? This is horseshit! I want some offical scalps.

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

I understand he's a billionaire......but he still isn't President.

 

The good news is......if he gets fired........he won't need food stamps.

UndergroundPost's picture

The NBC news story is FAKE NEWS. Can't trust anything that comes out of NBC's ass...I mean mouth...same thing.

JoseyWalesTheOutlaw's picture

Comcast like Time Warner (CNN) is NOT your friend nor Disney and F CBS as well.

Bigly's picture

Get rid of comcast if that is your provider 

Paul Kersey's picture

Tillerson should be fired for disparaging the developmentally disabled.

geno-econ's picture

Definition of develomentally disabled-----moronic,  bombastic, illiterate, immoral, pugilistic, irrational, pugnatious, dishonest, selfserving, wavering, hedonistic, constantly fires people

Paul Kersey's picture

But, but where would Tillerson ever be able to locate an individual who matches that description? And the moron said, "Doctor, Doctor, where should I put this box of rectal thermometers"?

tmosley's picture

>If you do what works, you are retarded.

Hmmmmmmmmmmm......

Max Cynical's picture

I doubt "fucking" and "moron" are words in Tillersons vocabulary.

CheapBastard's picture

More Fake News from the Marxists at CNN, NPR etc.

They are jealous if not furious Trump is still getting stuff done despite huge opposition.

lets face it, MSM people just sit around 90% of the time ande make shit up to bash him. The other 10% of distorted propaganda.