Tillerson Out? "Frustrated" Trump "Fed Up" With Secretary Of State: Axios

After North Korea launched three more short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea early on Saturday morning, local time, political observers were eagerly looking forward to Trump's response, especially since the president had managed to get boxed in by Kim Jong Un: on one hand, do nothing and be mocked and ridiculed not only by the North Korean press, but by the rest of the developed world, whose view of Trump's diplomatic skills could hardly be any worse; or on the other hand, launch a military campaign, either surgical or broad, and risk a retaliation against South Korea and millions of US allies dying.

In the end the US appears to have chosen the former and on Sunday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the firing of three ballistic missiles by North Korea this week was a provocative act but that the United States will continue to seek a peaceful resolution. The de-escalating tone took place just days after Tillerson credited the North with showing some restraint by not launching a missile since the ICBM test in July, and he had expressed hope that the easing of tension could lead to dialogue. That was not meant to be, although in it appears that what happened next is North Korea called the US bluff, and the US folded.

“We do view it as a provocative act against the United States and our allies,” Tillerson said in an interview on Fox News Sunday. “We’re going to continue our peaceful pressure campaign as I have described it, working with allies, working with China as well to see if we can bring the regime in Pyongyang to the negotiating table.”

As the NYT also reported, North Korea used multiple-rocket launchers off its east coast on Saturday to fire three short-range missiles that could strike United States military bases deep in South Korea, officials in Seoul said. The launches were the North’s first rocket tests since two intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, were fired last month.

By resuming the tests, North Korea defied repeated urgings from the United States and South Korea to stop weapons trials and other provocations to pave the way for dialogue. The United States Pacific Command said that one of the three ballistic missiles had blown up immediately after blastoff, but that two others had traveled about 155 miles before splashing down. That would be far enough to reach major South Korean and American military bases, including those near the city of Pyeongtaek, about 60 miles south of Seoul. The range would also be sufficient to reach Seongju, a South Korean town where the United States has begun installing an advanced missile-defense system known as Thaad.

Kim Dong-yub, a defense analyst at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies at Kyungnam University in Seoul, said the tests on Saturday appeared to be aimed at expanding the strike range.

 

Nevertheless, the nature of the tests prompted some relief in the region.

 

The missiles flew to the northeast, not toward Guam, home to major United States Air Force and Navy bases. North Korea threatened to launch ballistic missiles in a “ring of fire” around Guam after President Trump threatened to hit the North with “fire and fury” if it persisted with its development of ICBMs.

Surprisingly, South Korea did not issue its usual condemnatory statement against the tests. In Tokyo, the chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, said the missiles did not fall in Japanese waters or pose a threat to his nation’s safety. White House officials said that Mr. Trump had been briefed on the tests but did not immediately have any further comment.

And while North Korea was certainly on Tillerson's agenda, what the media was focused on was Tillerson's reported distancing from Trump’s remarks after the deadly Virginia protests, saying the president "speaks for himself.” Tillerson's comment on “Fox News Sunday" follows Gary Cohn, the president’s chief economic adviser and the director of the National Economic Council, saying in a Financial Times interview published last week that the administration “can and must do better” in condemning hate groups.

In the exchange below, Chris Wallace asked Tillerson about Trump's response to the racist carnage in Charlottesville. Tillerson replied: "I don't believe anyone doubts the American people's values or the commitment of the American government, or the government's agencies to advancing those values and defending those values."

Wallace asked the obvious follow-up question: "And the president's values?"

"The president speaks for himself," Tillerson said, leaving Wallace with a surprised look on his face.

So, in response moments ago Axios reported that Tillerson appears to be the next top administration in Trump's proverbial board room, who may soon here the trademarked Trump phrase: "You're Fired!" According to Axios, "there's a ticking problem with Rex Tillerson, and it's growing louder by the day, citing officials inside and close to the White House."

President Trump has been growing increasingly frustrated with his Secretary of State. One time recently, after Trump had returned from a meeting on Afghanistan, a source recalled Trump saying, "Rex just doesn't get it, he's totally establishment in his thinking."

As Axios adds, "Trump is getting more and more fed up with Tillerson, who has still yet to staff his agency."

So is Tillerson the next top administration official to get kicked out by Trump? Unfortunately, the firings at the White House have been so fast and furious in recent weeks, the online political prediction marketplace PredictIt.com hasn't had the time to put together a contract tracking the odds of Tillerson's imminent survival, or lack thereof.

Comments

Paul Kersey greenskeeper carl Sun, 08/27/2017 - 19:55 Permalink

Trump needs to dump anyone in his Cabinet who might join a future lynching crew. If he's not looking over his soulder at Pence and his Generals, he may not see it coming:

“Whenever the Vice President and a majority [of the US cabinet] transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”

Under this mutiny clause, the VP and a majority of the 15 cabinet officers can stand down a president whose mental capacity they doubt."

Pence would love to be President, and Speaker of the House Ryan already tried, once before, to become VP.

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Hata Mari Paul Kersey Sun, 08/27/2017 - 23:25 Permalink

And see, this I think is a question of interpretation. I don't get AT ALL that Tillerson 'trashed' Trump.What I saw was ...'if you want to know what the President thinks, he speaks for himself'.In other words, Tillerson wasn't going to dissect POTUS's position and give it piecemeal to the MSM.Ya'll are totally convoluting words .. ONCE AGAIN!

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Zer0head ZeroLounger Sun, 08/27/2017 - 21:52 Permalink

"I have seen at least two articles from Axios quoted by ZH.  What the fuck?  Axios is left of center."Axios Co-Founder: Trump’s Comments About Reporters ‘Despicable, Extremely Deceptive, Dangerous’ by Aidan McLaughlin | 10:53 am, August 23rd, 2017When the Tylers start citing Daily Kos and Huffington Post as "sources" you will know America is fucked.citing Axios is an early warning sign

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Give Me Some Truth Paul Kersey Sun, 08/27/2017 - 20:31 Permalink

Re: Article 25I'm sure this scenario is being increasingly discussed among the politburo of the Deep State.  However, it looks like the Deep Staters and neocons are pretty much getting everything they could want out of Trump's policies and actions (The Deep State doesn't really care about the pardon of Sheriff Joe). Trump is now on their team and, on the big issues, will play ball. So, why get rid of him? This said, I'm sure Pence would be even better for them and wouldn't be the loose cannon on Twitter.

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GUS100CORRINA Give Me Some Truth Sun, 08/27/2017 - 22:45 Permalink

Tillerson Out? "Frustrated" Trump "Fed Up" With Secretary Of State: AxiosMy response: I am hopeful that the situation in America will settle down at some point in the very near future. The MSM, the IC, the DEEP STATE and the DEMOCRATIC PARTY OBSTRUCTIONISTS are WEARING everyone down.My real concern is that the RINOs and DEMOCRATS are so CORRUPT that there is NO FIX other than to START OVER. Does this mean a REVOLUTION is in the offing? NEO-MARXISTS are everywhere in government, education, business and religion.Our schools are putting out CULTURAL MARXISTS by the SCORES. We need to go back to the beginning and rediscover our American heritage before it is too late. I will leave everyone with a quote from Abraham Lincoln regarding education.“The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” – Abraham Lincoln

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NiggaPleeze jimmy12345 Mon, 08/28/2017 - 03:41 Permalink

 The Constitution is what the Judicial Dictatorshpi says it is, which has little resemblance to the actual document.  The Constitution was destroyed long ago, most poignantly, when the Northern States conquered the Southern States and established the federal government as a centralized, omnipotent dictatorship rather than the combined expression of a union of equals.

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BarkingCat Paul Kersey Mon, 08/28/2017 - 00:26 Permalink

In a sane world,  if they did that,  it would never stand a supreme Court challenge. The wording is clear "unable to". Trump is able to, no matter whether they agree with his directives or not.The intent of that amendment is to correct an oversight in the Constitution where the president could be gravely ill or even in a coma but still alive. There wax no mechanism in such situation to have the VP take over the duties. If they did try that approach and lost,  they might very well find themselves on trial for treason or something similar. 

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Theosebes Goodfellow greenskeeper carl Sun, 08/27/2017 - 22:17 Permalink

~"Simply say what happens in Korea is up to the regional powers, such as japan, china, and SK. Any act of aggression will be answered, and leave it at that. We are not the world's policeman."~ Explain that to the Goldman Sachs globalists that now run the Trump Administration.Seriously, I have no clue as to why Trump chose Tillerson if he didn't want the globalists in charge. Rex is a globalist's globalist. WTF was Trump thinking? And now he expects his globalist Sec o' State to impose tariffs? Really...

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TheObsoleteMan greenskeeper carl Mon, 08/28/2017 - 00:28 Permalink

"We're not the world's policeman"? Really? Sorry to have to break it to you, but the USA has played that role for longer than I have been alive, and I have gray hair! I wish it weren't so. The founding fathers {you know, those old white slave owners that the Bolsheviks are trying to demonize today} tried to warn us of the consequences of standing Armies and the like. But Imperialism and empire are irresistible to a certain type of people that got control of this country over a century ago. When you have the world's reserve currency, you are by default the global cop. That is why the Constitution specified gold and silver. Before the 1913 take over, the US was a peaceful country on the world stage {for the most part}.

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Give Me Some Truth BeanusCountus Sun, 08/27/2017 - 20:34 Permalink

What's next?Bolton! Might as well go all-in and full neo-con. Bolon embodies the antithesis of everything Trump said on the campaign trail about minding our own business and taking care of problems in America instead of in 19 other nations across the globe. So, if Trump has pretty much jettisoned all his campaign views, it follows he will appoint Bolton as his next Secretary of State. 

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sleigher 07564111 Sun, 08/27/2017 - 22:35 Permalink

"Yep, he'd rather get along with both Russia and China." Have you stopped for a second to think about what that actually means in todays world?  I would like to get along too, but the past 20 (30+?) years our leaders have been selling us out to China.  What does "get along" mean to them?  

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