Politico: Tillerson "exploded" at Priebus, Kushner for questioning his judgment, staff delays, and damaging leaks.https://t.co/5X6wQ57Kmo
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 29, 2017
I don’t remember such stories when Hillary Clinton, Madeline Albright, or Condolezza Rice held this position, she said piously. (And we couldn’t help remembering, because Fox News would bring any such “explosion” up approximately every other hour, 24/7/365.)
On the other hand, those women didn’t have Jared ‘Son-in-Law’ Kushner trying to undercut them:
… The normally laconic Texan unloaded on Johnny DeStefano, the head of the presidential personnel office, for torpedoing proposed nominees to senior State Department posts and for questioning his judgment.
Tillerson also complained that the White House was leaking damaging information about him to the news media, according to a person familiar with the meeting. Above all, he made clear that he did not want DeStefano’s office to “have any role in staffing” and “expressed frustration that anybody would know better” than he about who should work in his department — particularly after the president had promised him autonomy to make his own decisions and hires, according to a senior White House aide familiar with the conversation…
The encounter, described by four people familiar with what happened, was so explosive that Kushner approached Peterlin afterward and told her that Tillerson’s outburst was completely unprofessional, according to two of the people familiar with the exchange, and told her that they needed to work out a solution…
Just in case Ragin’ Rexy wanted to know who was spreading the story around. There’s this MBA misconception that a good assassin always signs his work.
… It was the loudest manifestation yet of how frustrated Tillerson is in his new role. He has complained about White House attempts to push personnel on him; about the president’s tweets; and about the work conditions in a West Wing where he sometimes finds loyalty and competence hard to buy. Above all, the former ExxonMobil CEO, accustomed to having the final word on both personnel and policy in his corporate life, has balked at taking orders from political aides younger and less experienced than he is…
“Hard to buy” loyalty and competence when your boss is so widely known for stiffing his subcontractors. Not to mention, letting his favorite kid’s snotty-nosed spouse override people who’ve forgotten more than he’ll ever learn.
… Tillerson’s frustration with White House meddling began early and has been a persistent issue. “He went into this with a very negative attitude towards the White House,” said a former senior State Department official familiar with his thinking, who recounted that during the transition, Tillerson opposed a candidate proposed by Trump’s team simply on the grounds that Trump’s team was proposing him.
He has sometimes conducted talks with potential job candidates without telling the White House, said one person familiar with his actions. Tillerson has told senior officials that Trump promised him autonomy, and that he wanted it, according to people who have spoken to him….
Where Tillerson is concerned, the frustration goes both ways. Many of his proposed nominees have been rejected by DeStefano’s Office of Presidential Personnel either because they are Democrats or because they are Republicans who were critical of Trump during the campaign. Though Brian Hook, the State Department’s director of policy planning, told associates several weeks ago that the department had several people in the pipeline, few have been announced since, and the White House continues to resist Tillerson’s choices….
If Tillerson’s so smart, how come he didn’t appreciate that in the Trump administration, there is no lord but Trump, and *mumble mumble* is Trump’s loyalest enforcer?
I wonder if Kushner’s “Re-Inventing Government” group had anything to do with this?
WH floats idea of moving consular affairs and refugee issues completely out of State https://t.co/UTQNlGhfiU
— John H Norris (@john_h_norris) June 28, 2017
[normal brain] leave state department alone
[planet brain] put State in DHS
[galaxy brain] put State and DHS in DoD
— Kelsey D. Atherton (@AthertonKD) June 28, 2017