Rex Tillerson: Reports Of My Ouster Are "Laughable"

Yesterday, the New York Times appeared to confirm what many in Washington had long suspected: The deteriorating relationship between Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Donald Trump had reached the point of no return, and the former ExxonMobil CEO would be leaving the administration "within weeks", to be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Rumors that Pompeo was in line to replace Tillerson have been circulating since at least September.  The former Indiana Congressman has become one of Trump's closest foreign policy advisers since taking over the CIA. He's in charge of delivering Trump's daily intelligence briefings.

But while the White House issued a cryptic statement saying only that it wasn't planning any personnel changes "at this time," Tillerson immediately started pushing back against the report.

Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, said he spoke with Tillerson and the secretary "doesn't plan to be ousted."

On Friday, Tillerson doubled down on those denials, telling a group of reporters that the NYT's story was "laughable." He made the comment during a meeting with Libya's prime minister at the State Department, accoding to the Hill.

Tillerson has reportedly disagreed with Trump on several key foreign policy issues, including how to de-escalate the standoff with North Korea and how to determine the future of the Iran deal. Two months ago, the relationship between the two men appeared to be irreparably compromised following reports Tillerson called the president "a f---ing moron" during a security breifing at the Pentagon, where Trump reportedly told the generals that he wanted to greatly expand the size of the US nuclear arsenal.

If Tillerson does leave, he'd be the first high-profile departure from the administration since Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned over his use of chartered jets at taxpayer expense. Tillerson would also be one of the most important players to leave the administration so far.

Of course, Tillerson isn't the only Trump administration official who's rumored to be on his way out: NEC Chairman Gary Cohn is reportedly planning on leaving the administration after the end of the year.

To be sure, the NYT said Trump had yet to finalize plans for Tillerson's departure. Also, one would think the White House might want to keep Tillerson happy considering he could easily spill his guts to the press after leaving the administration.

Comments

Peak Finance Fri, 12/01/2017 - 10:58 Permalink

Fuck this guy!Plese Rex fuck off back to wherever you came from and bring Sessions with youNEITHER of you has the balls to do what needs to be doneWAAY TOO MUCH same - old - same -old at the State Department, unless this guy was doing shit behind the scenes to end the Syrian war and such, but he seems really swampy so I doubt it. 

Freedom Lover Peak Finance Fri, 12/01/2017 - 12:04 Permalink

You're an idiot. Tillerson leaving to be replaced by Neo-con Pompeo and Arch neo-con Cotton at CIA. This is very bad news. Might as well bring back Brennan and Clapper. These two bastards want confrontation with Russia and lots more regime change wars. Not sure how they pulled the wool over Trump but if this comes trye expect Trump to be gone by mid -2018 and make way for a new neo-con Pence administration.

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litemine Fri, 12/01/2017 - 10:58 Permalink

Seems like he controls a large chunk f the swamp....Kind of like the Bankers saying they were too big to fail.What he controls could be really scary however the longer he stays the worse it gets.

MrBoompi Fri, 12/01/2017 - 11:00 Permalink

I don't think Trump has the best people working for him, but the best people were probably ordered not to work for him.  The State Dept, amoung many other departments and agencies, has been controlled by the Council on Foreign Relations and/or Trilateralists for decades.  They all hate Trump for some reason.  I guess he was never welcomed into the cabal.  

GoingBig Sliced into ribbons Fri, 12/01/2017 - 11:11 Permalink

There is no borderline at all. Trump is full on retarded in so many ways.  Tillerson is not part of the swamp. He is an intellectual who rose to the top of Exxon. Sorry, I don't subscribe to the mantra that everyone that rises to the top is part of the problem. But back to Trump1) He is as impetuous as a child, his tweets are ridiculous. 2) Has no freaking idea how to manage - bullying and firing people is not managing; he backstabs his own people3) Has vague ideas with absolutely no plan - look at the tax plan, its a disaster. It doesn't do shit for anyone that needs it. Middle class is f-d again.4) His narcisism will get the best of him. He never tells the truth. What do you supporters see in him? And don't come back with some stupid "Hitlery" argument. I was never a supporter of her. Tell me what you see. I don't get it . This guy is an unmitigated disaster.

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Endgame Napoleon MrBoompi Fri, 12/01/2017 - 11:12 Permalink

So, since many CFR people are working for the State Department, and since Rex is downsizing superfluous, globalist staff, why do people critique him? It seems like he is doing this in a professional way, without drama, giving people options to do other types of more ordinary jobs, rather than all of the high-faulting, lucrative-contact-seeking globalism that promotes the status quo.

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Freedom Lover MrBoompi Fri, 12/01/2017 - 12:09 Permalink

"They all hate Trump for some reason."  Not hard to figure that one out. Trump wants to end regime change wars, Negotiate with Putin on eliminating terrorism, Work with Xi of China to build infrastructure in the United States, Bring manufacturing jobs back to America and cancel job killing free trade deals, and end bailouts for wall street banks.

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Shibumi2 Fri, 12/01/2017 - 11:06 Permalink

Son of the TILLER...where have I heard that before.

Rex=King

Personally, he looks, acts and talks like KING DOUCHE. Trump needs to get this bloated CEO out, and get some NY hustler in to do some dealing

wolf pup Fri, 12/01/2017 - 11:11 Permalink

The NYTimes is laughable. They rival the Nat’l Enquirer for publishing “juicy” gossip as news.

Gossipy gossip: The NYTimes.
Oh how the mighty have fallen. At their own hands.

Endgame Napoleon wolf pup Fri, 12/01/2017 - 11:21 Permalink

Pretty soon, they will be blasting the TV MSM chat shows at shoppers, waiting in grocery stores, trying to rouse them from immersion in smartphones. MSM sex-gossip-as-news can compete with the N. Enquirer, drawing more attention than the lower key, classier tabloid magazines, featuring stories about fully clothed royals getting married or having babies. It will make them a lot of money. When ratings go down, the MSM shopping-line broadcasts will go down one more rung on the “journalism” ladder, casting Swampians not in sex-gossip scandals, but as kidnapped by Martians or giving birth to purple, 4-headed babies, trying to compete with the WW News.

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Wild E Coyote Fri, 12/01/2017 - 11:51 Permalink

CIA only informs. They cannot make decisions. Tillerson makes decisions and have been keeping the war mongers down. Obviously Pompeo wants to take the reigns and also put a young war mongering dog in his own position.The conniving war criminal media obliges with pressure tactics. By pushing fake news to push Trump to make it real. 

novictim Fri, 12/01/2017 - 12:14 Permalink

The point of the anti-Trump, NYT lies is not to create the lie, itself, but to create the atmosphere of weakness and instability.  In this way, it does not matter what the truth ends up being revealed to be.  If the NYT can shift the perception of significant numbers of policy makers and regular folks in the direction of thinking President Trump's administration is unstable then they will have created the perception that the Trump team is chum in the waters, open to attacks from below, weak. And, the Editors of the NYTimes tell themselves, if they are successful in destroying the confidence of those who might have chosen to work with this administration in the future then they can also help prevent MAGA.  After all, who wants to be bitten?  Who wants to be associated with a declining and flailing administration?  No one.MAGA is a threat that impacts people important to the NYTimes folks. They want America on the steady decline.  They want America to be a oligarchy run by their family affiliates. If this sounds to you like the NYTimes is no longer functioning as a respectable News Outlet, "the Paper of Record", and more as a propaganda mill, then you are quite correct.  Trump Derangement Syndrome is real.  The NYTImes has a bad case of it. 

autofixer Fri, 12/01/2017 - 12:29 Permalink

I reminiscence of the days when there were 10 or 11 qualified candidates (many very, very qualified) on the stage and one immature T.V. Game-Show host who inherited money from his daddy. Now we are reaping the whirlwind for our emotional, childish collective choice. Imagine for a minute if Cruz was President. You are such Dumbasses.

cheech_wizard Fri, 12/01/2017 - 13:12 Permalink

Meet the new "State Department"... same as the old "State Department".If Tillerson had any sense, he would fire every employee hired during the Obama administration.This is not a difficult concept. 

King of Ruperts Land Fri, 12/01/2017 - 13:25 Permalink

You are either a total "yes man", or occasionally think your boss is "a f---ing moron".

So called "journalist" types obviously would not understand the distinction as they are all total yes men, riding around permanently impaled on the cocks of their Deep State masters.