Open Thread: Tillerson Out
CBS and other news outlets are reporting that the White House is planning on forcing Tillerson out of State and replacing him with Mike Pompeo.
Nothing has been confirmed yet, but this fits the pattern of previous Trump ousters which always seem to come with the need to commit maximum humiliation.
Burt Likko sayeth:
If this is correct, I’ll be not particularly happy about it-Tillerson is not a particularly good secretary of state, so far as I can tell, and I neither like him or trust him, but he is at least one of the few actual grownups in the Administration.
I agree and disagree with Burt here. He seems relatively grownup but I think he is also the Trump official likely to cause the most lasting damage to the United States, our abilities as a superpower, and our reputation. By all accounts, Tillerson is running the State Department like a slash and burn CEO. Career diplomatic troops are demoralized, understaffed, and being forced to work on assignments well bellow their years of experience. Many have resigned and Tillerson was trying to force more out. If anything is more likely to please Putin and the Russians, it is an understaffed State Department without any institutional knowledge. It could take a generation for the knowledge to be rebuilt.
Seemingly he is still one of the best of a horrible lot, but that might mean he caused more damage because of his competence.
Will this trigger the alleged suicide pact and result in additional resignations?
Is the Trump administration going to end up with anyone left in its cabinet?