There’s drama in the State Department, as the sharks circle embattled Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s days in the Trump administration may be numbered.
The sharks appear to be circling Tillerson, as reports indicate President Trump is upset with Tillerson, Tillerson is upset with him, and the president is eyeing either UN Ambassador Nikki Haley or CIA Director Mike Pompeo as a replacement at State.
The Haley rumors swelled so much that the ambassador had to address the rumors a few weeks ago. From Politico in September:
“No, I do not,” Haley said when asked if she wanted to serve as America’s chief diplomat. But she seemed to acknowledge talk about whether she might soon become Trump’s top diplomat, saying “there’s going to be chatter” about her future.
“Ever since I was a legislator, people have talked about what I’m trying to do or what I’m supposed to do,” Haley said. “What I’m trying to do is do a good job.”
The rumors started anew on Friday morning when Axios reported that Trump is considering Pompeo as a “switch without chaos.”
Trump advisers and allies are floating the idea of replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, age 53 — someone who’s already around the table in the Situation Room, and could make the switch without chaos.
We’re told that Trump is quite comfortable with Pompeo, asking his advice on topics from immigration to the inner workings of Congress.
Axios also reported that the Trump-Tillerson relationship is “broken beyond repair.” If Tillerson leaves, he’d be the third Cabinet official to do so in under a year. Tom Price left Health and Human Services (HHS) over fallout from his private jet use, and John Kelly left Homeland Security (DHS) to become Trump’s chief of staff.
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