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

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.

Comments

LetThemEatRand Fri, 10/06/2017 - 09:11 Permalink

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.

consider me gone 11b40 Fri, 10/06/2017 - 13:53 Permalink

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.

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general ambivalent Fri, 10/06/2017 - 09:15 Permalink

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...

StagStopa Rusty Trombone Fri, 10/06/2017 - 10:05 Permalink

 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. boohooI 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 SatanasRoxi

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