The house is burning down.
According to a story from CNN, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may be on short time.
President Trump’s decision to rattle cages and rearrange players is not going unnoticed, nor is it appreciated, across the board.
For starters, the entrance of Anthony Scaramucci and immediate exit of Sean Spicer sat wrong with quite a few.
A large part of that dynamic was the result of the White House staff shakeup — which saw President Trump overruling top advisers to hire Anthony Scaramucci as communications director, and the resignation of press secretary Sean Spicer.
Bigger, though, were the continuing conversations about The New York Times interview in which Trump sharply criticized his attorney general and longtime supporter — Jeff Sessions — saying it was “unfair to the President” that Sessions recused himself from any decisions related to the Russia election meddling investigation.
Yes. Who knew a president acting out like a petulant child against those who have been loyal to him and helped him get where he is would have repercussions?
Among those who viewed the President’s public rebuke of Sessions as unprofessional, according to several sources, is Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon-Mobil CEO.
Tillerson has a growing list of differences with the White House, including a new debate over Iran policy and personnel. His frustration is hardly a secret and it has spilled out publicly at times. But friends sense a change of late.
While Tillerson was initially determined to stick it out until the end of the year, sources are saying that it’s all getting to be too much and he’s likely looking for the quickest way out.
For now, it’s still just speculation. However, if Trump persists on his current trajectory, the administration may be looking for a new top diplomat sooner, rather than later.
C’mon, Tillerson. Just another 6 months.