Rexit? Tillerson Reportedly Considering Early Exit Amid Trump Administration Chaos

Perpetual chaos within the Trump administration is apparently starting to take it's toll on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, at least according to some anonymous sources, and has prompted rumors that he may depart his post before the end of the year.  According to various media outlets, Tillerson has grown frustrated with his lack of autonomy, constant internal policy contradictions and public disputes between the White House and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, among other things.  Per Reuters:

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has told friends he will be lucky to last a year in his job, according to a friend, while two officials said national security adviser H.R. McMaster was frustrated by what he sees as disorganization and indiscipline on key policy issues inside the White House.


A source familiar with the situation told Reuters that Tillerson was "very upset at not having autonomy, independence and control over his own department and the ability to do the job the way the job ... is traditionally done."


The source said he had heard nothing about any possible departure, but added: "The situation doesn't seem to be getting any better, and in some respects appears to be getting worse."

According to CNN's anonymous sources, Tillerson has told friends outside of Washington that he'd like to remain in his post through the end of the year though those same sources question whether another 5 months will be possible.

For weeks, conversations with Tillerson friends outside of Washington have left the impression that he, despite his frustrations, was determined to stay on the job at least through the end of the year. That would allow time to continue efforts to reorganize the State Department and would mean he could claim to have put in a year as America's top diplomat.


But two sources who spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity over the weekend said they would not be surprised if there was a "Rexit" from Foggy Bottom sooner that that.


Both of these sources are familiar with Tillerson conversations with friends outside Washington. Both said there was a noticeable increase in the secretary's frustration and his doubts that the tug-of-war with the White House would subside anytime soon. They also acknowledged it could have been venting after a tough week, a suggestion several DC-based sources made when asked if they saw evidence Tillerson was looking for an exit strategy.



Of course, Tillerson recently suffered an embarrassing contradiction from the White House over Qatar.  Following last month's move by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt to boycott Qatar, which they accuse of financing extremist groups and supporting terrorism, Tillerson publicly asked the nations to ease their blockade, and put the onus on both sides to end the crisis.

Unfortunately, less than 90 minutes later, Trump accused Qatar of being a "high level" sponsor of terrorism in a press conference and suggested he had helped plan the Qatar action with Arab leaders.

Meanwhile, according to Reuters, Tillerson has also grown increasingly frustrated over internal criticisms surrounding the Iran deal.

Tillerson scored a policy win last week when the administration certified, albeit reluctantly, that Iran was complying with the 2015 nuclear deal under which Tehran agreed to restrain its atomic program in exchange for sanctions relief.


He was upset, however, by fierce internal criticism from Trump, as well as his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, and White House aide Sebastian Gorka, over the decision, said another U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity.


"The secretary does not feel that White House staff members should be in a position to conduct hostile cross-(examinations) of Cabinet officials," the official said.


Hammond disputed the account of harsh discord between Trump and Tillerson regarding recertifying the Iran nuclear deal, saying: "I don't buy this whole thing that there are tensions. Developing public policy is about vetting out ideas," he said.

Not surprisingly, Tillerson's spokesman has so far denied that the Secretary of State is considering an early exit...

R.C. Hammond, Tillerson's spokesman, denied Tillerson was considering leaving or that his frustrations were boiling over, saying he had "plenty of reasons to stay on the job, and all of them are important to America."


"There's a desperate need for American leadership in the world and that's where the secretary's focusing his attention," he said. what say you?  Fake news or is Tillerson in a race with Sessions to see who will exit their post first?


Perimetr JamesBond Tue, 07/25/2017 - 10:21 Permalink

ZH is now tweeting CNN propagandaThe neocons want Tillerson OUT because he is actually talking to the RussiansAnd we can't have that, my God, think of the Defense Budget if the Cold War were to end!!Stories like this serve the purpose of creating the "rumor in the press" that "Tillerson plans to leave"Now on to a story about how Consumer Confidence is at all time highs . . . 

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NotApplicable Creepy_Azz_Crackaah (not verified) Tue, 07/25/2017 - 09:53 Permalink

Well, there's nothing fake about Trump's press conference that undermined T-Rex. Which, is either Trump's fault for not letting him know what "the official" administration view on the subject was, or it was Tillerson's fault for not sticking to the script.So, odds are Trump's inability to keep his mouth shut has done him in, yet again.

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NotApplicable charlewar Tue, 07/25/2017 - 10:35 Permalink

I'm not evil enough to vote, as I govern myself, refusing to engage in complicity with the mafia d.b.a "government."But if I did vote, I would've voted for Trump, all in order that the collapse happen sooner, rather than later, when the damage will be even greater.Besides, as far as elections go, I'm "Emperor of the Universe," winning my election fair and square, 1-0.Respect my Authority!

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NotApplicable NotApplicable Tue, 07/25/2017 - 10:31 Permalink

So, I have to ask the down-voters... what kind of leader undermines his own cabinet heads with direct contradictions?Even if Tillerson didn't stick to the script, Trump should've talked to him first, asking him to recast his statements instead of coming out 90 minutes later and contradicting him.Long story short, this makes Trump look like an ineffective leader. If he can't even keep his inner circle's views coherent, he has no chance at governing anything.Like it or not, Trump is going to be made the biggest fall-guy, EVAR!

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The Ram NotApplicable Tue, 07/25/2017 - 10:42 Permalink

My guess is that despite the fake news, there is considerable unrest in the Administration.  It seems to be following some reality TV show script to me, complete with 'tweets' to add some spice (pun intended).  So, let's see how the script of  "The Apprentice' (Donald being the Apprentice in this case) plays out.  You see, reality does follow theatre!  They told us that in 'The Matrix' but few listended.  BTW, personally, the show is starting to bore me.  Can we please fast forward to the final chapter and get on with the shooting war!  

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drstrangelove73 froze25 (not verified) Tue, 07/25/2017 - 10:56 Permalink

Fake news from Reuters-the AP of bullshit hogwash daily lies and propaganda advancement-these ridiculous fucks couldn't tell you if it was raining or not if they were standing outside with their mouths open.Lying sacks of shit-take what they publish and go 180 degrees in the opposite direction and you will be close to the truth.Fuck these assholes!

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Mycroft Holmes IV GlassHouse101 Tue, 07/25/2017 - 09:44 Permalink

Well, if inconsistencies means Trump is not backing down from campaign promises and not letting Neocons like Haley, MacMaster and others to drive our agenda further into war, then I am all for inconsistencies.

Wouldn't it be great if all the Neocons just quit out of frustration? Those that don't quit get fired or indicted (paging Sessions).

Trump is coming out swinging. There will be more fireworks this week. You already have a former head of the CIA advocating Civil War. They must be running out of moves.


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The Wizard Fishthatlived Tue, 07/25/2017 - 15:00 Permalink

Why isn't Tillerson out there with the gloves on fighting the globalists? It's because he is one of them. From another thread:Therein lies the problem. Trump was attempting to keep the globalists convinced he would work them when it came to cleaning the swamp by appointing "moderate" globalists. It has backfired on him. The globalists are in control and they don't want to give up their power or bargaining power. The BRICS and other nations are re-aligning away from unipolar globalist control and its petrodollar. As a result we are in a chaotic world. It's a currency war. Trying to drain a swamp which has been gaining control for at least 150 years is a huge task. It will wear anyone down. China and Russia: The Bilateral Relationship That Matters By Chandra Muzaffar Global Research, July 24, 2017

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iamerican4 (not verified) Tue, 07/25/2017 - 09:43 Permalink

Tillerson presents as a God-fearing American though he promotes unrepentant child-molested homos in the Boy Scouts.May he grow and learn to serve our anointed president, Elect of the sovereign People, or get out.

Catullus Tue, 07/25/2017 - 09:45 Permalink

Maybe it's that huge lump of crap Russia, Syria, Iran sanctions bill that will basically fuck up US foreign policy for the next half century.

Son of Captain Nemo Demon Slayer Tue, 07/25/2017 - 10:44 Permalink

"I am up for major sanctions agaist Iran until they buckle..but not Russia or Syria."

Because you need a new "crib" with lots of solvency and money that has a store of value unlike the emptied out shell that you sucked dry in London and Washington D.C. already...

And you're really very pissed that Russia and Syria are very strong partners with that "third one" you just mentioned who's government has a Constitution that protects the largest population of Jews in the Middle East that you couldn't buy to live in Israel!

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Son of Captain Nemo Tue, 07/25/2017 - 09:46 Permalink

"Ko-Tex" has a Star of David tattooed to the back of that "Lone Star" scalp of his!

Goin down with the ship "NO MATTER WHAT" along with the rest of U.S. lemmings allowing themselves to be chained to their own deaths!!!

order66 Tue, 07/25/2017 - 09:45 Permalink

It's not just Tillerson. Trump is a political disaster. Using your giant ego to dictate policy and micromanage may work in business but that's just a recipe for disaster in Washington.