Will CIA Director Mike Pompeo Replace Rex Tillerson As Secretary Of State?

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson rushed to an impromptu meeting at the White House yesterday to discuss "a path forward" with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis as rumors swirled that President Donald Trump - infuriated by reports that Tillerson called him a "fucking moron" - is weighing whether to fire the former ExxonMobil CEO. And in the latest installation in the ongoing leakfest over Tillerson's purported "disloyalty," Axios is reporting that the White House already has a candidate in mind to replace Tillerson, and surprisingly it's not the "logical" choice of UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.

Trump advisers and allies are floating the idea of replacing Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, reasoning that he's already familiar with the situation room, and could feasibly make the switch without much of a disruption.

Axios reports that Trump is comfortable with Pompeo and has sought his advice on topics ranging from immigration to dealing with Congress. Pompeo 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. Pompeo is also reportedly one of the few in the administration who knows how to convey tough news to the president, and how to push back without turning off Trump. It's also believed that Pompeo, formerly a Congressman from Kansas, would accept the job. Trump reportedly doesn't see Pompeo as a "showboat", which is Trump-speak for a--hole.

But perhaps most importantly, Axios reports that Pompeo possess a "credibility" that Tillerson lacks. It's widely known by world leaders that Pompeo is a part of the Trump "inner circle". Tillerson, meanwhile, has always been viewed as an outsider in the administration. Sources tell Axios that Trump knows that a reshuffle would bring trigger an avalanche of bad press - something that Kelly is trying hard to avoid. After the rash of high-profile firings this year, Kelly is hoping to put off further dismissals until at least next year.

Axios claims the relationship between Trump and Tillerson is broken beyond repair, due largely to the president's perception that Tillerson didn't try hard enough to blunt "moron-gate" (we guess holding an impromptu press conference specifically to deny the story and praise the president as "smart" just didn't cut it). Regardless of whether Tillerson actually said it, the lackluster response was, in the end, more damning than the alleged act of disloyalty.

Furthermore, Trumpreportely seethed with rage after seeing media coverage on Wednesday and Thursday focusing on the Tillerson scandal, overshadowing his own "successful" trip to meet with and console victims of the Las Vegas shooting.

Trump has blasted NBC as "fake news" for publishing a report about Tillerson's alleged remarks. But, apparently, his anger over the story is genuine.

The upshot is: Pompeo's ascension into the highest ranks of the administration is increasingly looking like a matter of if, not when.

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JimmyRainbow's picture

what difference does it make?

Jim in MN's picture


BaBaBouy's picture

""Will CIA Director replace""

OH Yeah, Here comes the promised Woar . . .

JimmyJones's picture

I doubt it,   Pompeo isn't a big drawn out war guy.  If Steve Pieczenik recommends him, thats fine with me.

11b40's picture

Hey, Jimmy!  Are you a new shill, or just a new ignoramous?  Pompeo IS one of the Chairmen of the Deep State.  What a tool.

Manthong's picture


Good choice if you want war sooner than later.

If Trump chooses that paranoid loudmouth ignoramus, I am going out to the boonies and underground.

I only know him from what I have heard him say.


BennyBoy's picture


Pompeo: Because the US needs is a better liar as secretary of state.

Perimetr's picture

Sure am glad Trump drained the swamp.

What exactly does it take for the true believers to understand

that it doesn't matter who you vote for?

the results are always the same

war, war, and moar war

fascist security state

Perimetr's picture


As I recall, Tillerson wasn't an "outsider" when Trump came to office.

ReZn8r's picture

If this happens we will all be fucked chickens. The President has very very very thin skin, and making this change would indeed show many people that he IS a moron.

HardAssets's picture

' what difference does it make? '

I was thinking the same thing. They all seem crooked in DC, and leading the country down a rat hole.

LetThemEatRand's picture

It must be Trump's experience with casinos -- he feels the need to constantly reshuffle the deck.  

As an aside, Trump probably should have checked with Tillerson about the "fucking asshole" comment before calling it fake news.   It's difficult to maintain credibility on the "fake news" defense for every negative article if you later fire people over the same information.

Bigly's picture

Maybe, but he is a moron not removing these cancerous lesions. He just lets them migrate/metastasize 

HardAssets's picture

Maybe he should've had an actual plan for 'draining the swamp' before he ran for office

sessinpo's picture

The swamp is always where the politician isn't. When Trump was just a candidate, the swamp was DC. Now that Trump is in DC, the swamp is the rest of America outside DC.

Same as it ever was.

SoDamnMad's picture

Tillerson will do much better and be happier outside of this government.   Foreign Diplomacy is so screwed up from 2 terms of Obama and Trump's rants on Twitter.   Not too many of our allies have any respect for us. Look at all the deals Germany has pulled off: Second Nordstream pipeline, Siemens generators to Crimea.  US creating ISIS.  Shesh

giovanni_f's picture

Called a moron a moron, got fired. The new normal. Next story...

Bill of Rights's picture

Yes Barry the Fake was a true Genius, Nobel Peace prize winner...Ill take a Moron all day over that fake Cunt.

Philo Beddoe's picture

What fantastic choices we have. 

johnnycanuck's picture

Which only proves your standards are extremely low.

11b40's picture

There were 2 viable choices to be President.  Which did you prefer?

Boubou's picture
Right.  “More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.”
consider me gone's picture

I knew Trump was a moron but Hillary was NOT a viable choice. I can handle some chicanery in politics because I know we live in the REAL world but Hillary was both grossly and enitrely unacceptable immoral. Her intelligence extended only to her nefarious bullshit. She had no wisdom and no balanced judgement. Trump, though a moron, loves this country and poor slobs (like me) that make it go. Hillary couldn't give a flying fuck about the country or us deplorables. Hence, Trump, for all of his faults, was the only choice. It's kinda like chhosing between eating two-week old bread or a turd. The bread and fresh, but, hey, a turd???!!!  Just gimme me the bread.

equity_momo's picture

Praetorian Guard nearly all set now. Anyone left in this cabinet who isnt a warmonger, squid or deep state cocksucker?

chunga's picture

No, I think that just about does it.

BennyBoy's picture


Just in time for Trump to commit war crimes on North Korea.

Who's next up?

buzzsaw99's picture

i love this so much.

Philo Beddoe's picture

We are so lucky to be living now.  Just sit back and enjoy the never ending parade of lunacy. 

buzzsaw99's picture

You couldn't tell which legs were which, you couldn't tell which arms were which, it was a terrible mess. And I'll tell ya, I almost threw up myself...  [/Dirty Harry]

John Prewett's picture

Might as well. CIA runs the show anyway

Beowulf55's picture

Pompeo hasn't done shit in the CIA except expand the war in Syria....

Pompeo is worthless in any position.....

JimmyJones's picture

Didn't Pompeo actually execute Trumps order to stop arming the "moderate" rebels?

Jim in MN's picture

Israel is openly complaining about the relative lack of US involvement in Syria.

Boubou's picture

I'm glad you said ' relative'. Relative to full scale invasion?

Cynicles II's picture

9 our of 9 Banksters disagree.

general ambivalent's picture

This is the swamp before the swamp. Or the calm swamp before the raging storm of morons swamp.

Strap in and hold on tight, dotards. You're gonna get that wall you were wailing for. It just may not go up where you had hoped...

SoDamnMad's picture

I think we will see how good or bad those S-400s really are.

Rusty Trombone's picture

Get rid of Trump anyway possible. He's literally a fucking moron. I don't care if they ice his ass.

StagStopa's picture


Paddock saw what a cancer, a virus that Humanity has become. He has an exalted Place in Hell with his master. This is not hard to figure out.

Lucifer is especially pleased by the innocent Souls. 

my heart is filled with satanic Glee every time I turn on the TV and watch all the mopes in Las Vegas praying to God.

sickening platitudes and submission to a Fairy tale. disgusting.

Paddock demonstrated very well who rules this planet. Paddock knew Las Vegas well. He knew it is an overcrowded, prostitute ridden, rented BMW driving shithole. A fucking illusion designed to get your money. Kinda like the usa.

yes, there are demons, ghouls, succubi, on this planet.

Oh, and I watched the touching candle light vigil held 4 the slain officer.Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department are the worst killers, criminals, bullies in the state. They shut down half the town with roadblocks every time one of their cops catches a bullet. boohoo

I did watch the sheriff bluntly admit there had to have been more actors. Paddock could not have acted alone. the sheriff looked like he was about ready to have a coronary. He looked like he already been warned to keep his mouth shut.

we have met the enemy, and he is us.

Avreive dei Satanas


Boubou's picture

I saw that too. It was if he had been warned to stick to the lone wolf message but had enough balls to try the truth as he saw it.

I fear for him.

Bill of Rights's picture

Funny at birth the doctor told your mother the same.


Get rid of it...

buzzsaw99's picture

don't drop the soap asshole.

JimmyJones's picture

Morons lose money quickly, look at lottery winners.  Trump so how was able to grow his wealth, so he must be a moron?

lucitanian's picture

If Pompeo replaces Tillerson then you know the deep state is in total control.

Cynicles II's picture

You are still looking for validiation?
Who has been driving the vassal state of the Banksters has been obvious for a very long time.

Dill-Temko's picture

If the half of all government employees that are moles and traitors including State isn't replaced, the deep state is in total control.