Tillerson-Priebus Feud Stalling Ambassadorship Appointments

By NTK Staff | 02.15.2017 @9:55am
Tillerson-Priebus Feud Stalling Ambassadorship Appointments

While not the most explosive news coming out of the White House today, tensions are having real effects on government operations…

Bubbling below the surface of a White House in turmoil is another contentious feud between two key members of President Trump’s team over ambassadorship appointments.

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are reportedly in a “stand off” over the vacancies because senior White House officials “have suggested to cabinet secretaries or nominees that they need to be consulted on all personnel and policy decisions.” That decree didn’t sit well with several of Trump’s agency heads.

Many of the U.S. ambassadorships remain unfilled, a result of a standoff between Mr. Tillerson and Mr. Priebus, the chief of staff, said people familiar with the process.

Mr. Trump had told Mr. Tillerson he would have a say in appointing some key ambassadorships, including Canada and Switzerland, those people said. Mr. Priebus subsequently got the president to approve names for those positions—including several top donors to the RNC—without consulting the secretary of state, which angered Mr. Tillerson.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the friction is triggering insecurity among Priebus and his staff. That, along with a few public criticisms by Trump loyalists, prompted the president to tell reporters on Monday: “Reince is doing a great job. Not a good job. A great job.”

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