Opinion: Tillerson’s right, y’all

(AP)

Multiple sources inside the Trump administration have confirmed that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did indeed call President Trump a “moron” last summer and that he had to be talked out of resigning. In a hastily called press conference Wednesday, Tillerson was forced to respond to try to keep his job.

No, Tillerson said, he had never contemplated resignation. But when given the opportunity, he did not deny the “moron” remark and instead tried to dismiss the question as petty. It was left to a State Department spokesman to later issue the second-hand denial that Tillerson could not bring himself to utter personally.

Then there was the Puerto Rico thing. In an interview with Fox News this week, Trump made the extraordinary announcement that the $73 billion in debt owed by Puerto Rico would have to be wiped off the books as part of the island’s hurricane recovery.

“They owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street, and we’re going to have to wipe that out,” Trump said. “That’s going to have to be — you can say goodbye to that. I don’t know if it’s Goldman Sachs (who holds the debt), but whoever it is, you can wave goodbye to that.”

Wall Street panicked, sending the price of Puerto Rico’s bonds plummeting, and Mick Mulvaney of the White House Office of Management and Budget had to step in.

“I wouldn’t take it word for word,” Mulvaney said of Trump’s announcement, and by not taking it “word for word,” he was basically telling the world not to pay attention to that man wandering around in the MAGA hat because the addled old guy has no idea what’s going on.

“I think what you heard the president say is that Puerto Rico is going to have to figure out a way to solve its debt problem,” as Mulvaney put it.

No, that is not at all what we heard him say.

Then there was Sen. Bob Corker, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and one of the more respected Republicans in Washington. When asked about Tillerson this week, Corker said that it was critical to the country that he and others remain in office.

“I think Secretary Tillerson, Secretary (of Defense James) Mattis and chief of staff (John) Kelly are those people who help separate our country from chaos, and I support them very much,” Corker said.

He was then asked whether Trump is the source of that chaos that threatens our country.

“(Tillerson, Mattis and Kelly) work very well together to make sure that the policies that we put forth around the world are sound and coherent,” Corker responded. “There are other people within the administration that don’t, OK?”

OK. Message received.

It’s worth noting that while Corker urges Tillerson and others to remain at their posts as guardians against the chaos, he himself will not. His home state of Tennessee went for Trump by 26 percentage points, so rather than fight the battle ahead, Corker has decided against seeking re-election.

Which brings us to Nick Ayers, who made his name as a Republican political consultant here in Georgia and now serves as chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence. According to a leaked audio recording, Ayers this week urged top Republican donors to take out anybody in the GOP who dares to question or challenge Trump, a step that would pretty much complete its transformation into a personality cult.

“Just imagine the possibilities of what can happen if our entire party unifies behind him,” Ayers said. “If — and this sounds crass — we can purge the handful of people who continue to work to defeat him.”

Yes. Just imagine the possibilities.

 

 

 

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td1234
td1234

Jerry Jones and the Miami owner announced their players will stand and be respectful to the NA and the flag or will not play.

td1234
td1234

EPA director announcement on repealing Obama's clean power plan. 

gemmy19
gemmy19

Right now the orange orangutan is in the psychopathic stage and is rapidly moving to the imbecile area. Woe is us....

Peachs
Peachs

"Devastation from Hurricane Maria set off a wave of migrants to Florida, in numbers so great that it could reshape the swing state’s politics."

You want to change politics change the population, develop low price real estate in rural areas.

Paul42
Paul42

@gotalife My bet is those "NFL is disrespecting our military!!!" patriots on here aren't going to go anywhere near it.

Paul42
Paul42

"You mean one of the three polls that actually got the election correct when all those polls you "track" were dead wrong? "
were you talking  about your Rrasmussen 'poll of record," td?

RASMUSSEN

Our Final 2016 Picks
Clinton 322, Trump 216

Fact.

Eye wonder
Eye wonder


To fun knee when outlier and very biased pole basically says "the prez doesint suck sew bad like he use too."

td1234
td1234

46% approval rating in the poll of record today. 

honested
honested

@td1234 

46% in ONE CONSISTENT OUTLIER POLL.


Just a hopeful method to keep those with a lick of sense from leaving the plantation.

td1234
td1234

@honested @td1234 You mean one of the three polls that actually got the election correct when all those polls you "track" were dead wrong? 

Paul42
Paul42

@td1234 Do you know what a minority is, td?

Do you know what a sustained, historically low minority is?

td1234
td1234

@Paul42 Who is the majority? Did Hillary get over 50% of the vote? 

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@td1234


"Donald J. Trump is a moron."

-- Rex Tillerson, hand picked by the lying scumbag and sitting United States Secretary of State

Paul42
Paul42

@td1234
Your were talking about Trump, td.

ADD much?

Actually, now that you ask, Hillary got 48.2%

Donald got 46.1%

Neither got over 50.
Hillary got more.

Facts.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@td1234 

Your buddy Nate Silver has him at about 39%, where Trump has lived for several months.

gotalife
gotalife

Some are disgusted voting for the pos.

td1234
td1234

@gotalife Wrong. The people that voted for Trump are still 100% behind him. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 @gotalife  Nope.  You are lying.  Some regret and no longer support him.  Look it up

td1234
td1234

@honested How can Trump get 45% of the vote and have 100% support from the voters that voted for him and now only be supported by 33% of the country. 


BTW: Illegals and criminals do not count as part of the country. 

Paul42
Paul42

@td1234

Not true, td.  He's lost a lot of support among independents and those who held their noses.

Good to know you gave us another example of one of your factless opinions presented as fact.

td1234
td1234

@Paul42 @td1234 Yes, those people that "held their nose" is going to run out and vote for Hillary or any other Dem next time. LOL

Paul42
Paul42

@td1234  They showed her leading with the popular vote.

Which she did.

Trump is disapproved of by a majority of the country.  Has been from the start.  Lowest approval ratings ever.

Paul42
Paul42

@td1234
You just can't stop fantasizing about your gal Hillary, can you?

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

Just because you cannot face reality, many normal people have come to accept they made a terrible decision in voting for this moron.

td1234
td1234

@Nick_Danger 46% approval rating today in one of the three polls that was the nearest to calling the actual election correct. 

LilRichie
LilRichie

@Paul42 @td1234 Will you stop it already with the facts. Just tell him that Obama was the worst president ever and he'll happily go away like a kid with a bag of candy.

JKToole
JKToole

@Paul42 @td1234 @honested

C'mon?!! Curving your grades? The guy is barely, and I mean barely, literate - yet he begs to be taken seriously.

gemmy19
gemmy19

Correction: he has now moved on to imbecile.

honested
honested

Is chump's elimination of the Contraception Mandate a last ditch attempt to repopulate the republiklan party?

Do they really think that producing unplanned children now who might well face severe negative life situations might give them an advantage in 19 years?

gotalife
gotalife

California Billboard Portrays Trump as a Nazi Complete with a ’45’ Swastika

Awesome.

honested
honested

@gotalife 

Didn't the nazis have a problem with the mentally challenged?

gotalife
gotalife

@honested @gotalife The nazis had a problem with everybody unless they were nazis. History repeating itself as usual.

honested
honested

Polling this week shows roy moore's imaginary lead slipping away.

It seems Alabama may have finally tired of 'bottom' status.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@honested  It would be nice.  Millions spent by GOP to help Strange hopefully will ultimately hurt Moore. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@honested

Really?

I'll believe those 'Bamians will actually cast a vote for a prosecutorial hero rather than a graven-image-worshipping lunatic when I see the results, but hey, ya never know.

td1234
td1234

@honested Last two polls I saw had him up by 7 and 11. What polls are you looking at? 

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

Apparently not the same ones.

Of 'coarse' nothing I track shows chump with an approval rate over 33%.

justaniceguy
justaniceguy

Underestimate the powers of racist and stoopid at your own peril...