Rex Tillerson Removed as Secretary of State…

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did an excellent job representing the professional and deliberate diplomatic approach of the U.S. and President Trump administration.  His personal view toward foreign service on behalf of the U.S. was exemplary, and deserves high praise.

Having said that, as President Trump stated earlier today, there was also more than a tinge of disunity between the advocated views of Tillerson and the views of the Commander in Chief toward economic national security.   At times the fractures between policy perspectives were visible.  Over time those differences became more obvious.

As Secretary of the DoS Rex Tillerson supported the Paris Climate Treaty; the President did not; Secretary Tillerson supported the Obama administration’s Iran deal; the President did not; Tillerson was more apologetic toward lax immigration policy; the President is not; and there were other visible departures visible surrounding the use of economic leverage to achieve national security advancements, specifically on the issue of China and North Korea policy.

The primary perspective, drawing the greatest contrast, surrounded President Trump’s view and expressed policy of emphasizing strength; particularly economic strength – to gain national security objectives.

After many years of projected weakness by the former administration one of the key tenets of the Trump presidency has been reestablishing national security by focusing on unapologetic U.S. economic power regardless of global opinion therein.

Unapologetic economic power is where the views of President Trump and Secretary Tillerson parted.  T-Rex projected more of a humble and altruistic approach; almost seeming embarrassed at times to participate in discussions of economic conflict and confrontation.  Indeed it often seemed awkward for Mr. Tillerson as he carries a less confrontational and more servant-minded constitution.

While he is not a pure ‘globalist’ per se’, Secretary Tillerson was less deliberate toward achieving territorial economic goals as a method to achieve geopolitical national security.  On matters surrounding these issues, T-Rex was more Wall Street than Main Street; more traditionally republican than change-agent populist.

Despite the media’s inability to see the severity of perspective, President Trump is not going to be swayed on matters of national economics.  POTUS Trump will listen to alternate opinions based on current events, but his forward advancement toward U.S. economic security will not be slowed by high-minded analysis leading to paralysis.   Within his outlook, always in the back of his mind, the clock is ticking… there’s an inherent sense of urgency.

Forcing economic change to enhance the territorial economic security of middle-America requires the ability of the change-agent to ignore the feelings and sensibilities of outside nations who will be confronted in the process.  Diplomacy must be set aside when entering the predatory world of massive trillion dollar economic deals.  There is no room for friends and comfort here, after thirty years of inept acquiescence, from President Trump’s perspective, winning is the only acceptable outcome.

Stopping the exfiltration of American wealth demands severity: “we either have a country or we don’t.”  Within that dynamic the value of diplomacy is necessarily lessened in favor of more deliberate and unapologetic policy advancement.  Inside that dynamic President Trump and Secretary Tillerson did not agree – and that is a major point of disunity.

As Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has stated several times: “economic security is national security.”   President Trump fundamentally believes that our national security requires independent U.S. economic security.  Everything is downstream from the economics of the issue, any issue, regardless of the issue – foreign or domestic.

Carrying a sense of urgency toward these national security issues, delicate sensibilities -and the opinion of the media who protect them- are necessarily dispatched like a feather in a hurricane.  Again, “we have no choice”, as often heard from President Trump.

Going into year #2 of the administration the current emphasis is a structural reset in the U.S. approach toward global trade.  “Killers” are of value now; thirty years of talking and losing is over.  As such inside this seismic trade-policy-shift, a parallel geopolitical strategy is being played out from the Middle-East through allies in Europe and into Asia around the rarely moved cornerstones of economics and trade.

National liberty, that is actual liberty – not the perception of liberty, is directly tied to economic victory.  During this reset there are only two groups: predators and prey.

Confronting China (Xi Jinping) economically was/is what brought North Korea (Kim Jong-Un) to the table of discussion to give up their nuclear ambitions; it was not diplomacy that created the breakthrough conditions for a national security win.  What brought China/DPRK to this position was the very real possibility of looming economic defeat.  President Trump’s approach won, Secretary Tillerson was surprised.

President Trump has aligned his economic opponents into his preferred geography. Everyone within sight is either an adversary or an ally.  However, allies are now reduced to being benefactors who will smartly get out of the way while the apex predators destroy their opposition.  Year two is about resolving to achieve economic victory regardless of international collateral damage. There is no longer any room for negotiating terms.  Diplomats retreat to the hilltops.  The era of economic Titans has come again.

Final point – When approaching specific goals and objectives President Trump works through a strategy based on phases.  President Trump doesn’t retain people past their expended usefulness.  Rex Tillerson did an outstanding job as Secretary of State introducing the Trump administration to nations’ of the world.

The diplomatic introductions and niceties are now complete; it’s time to get down to business.

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486 Responses to Rex Tillerson Removed as Secretary of State…

  1. joeknuckles says:

    Time to finish cleaning house at the state dept. I bet the Deep State/Obama/Uniparty plants are crapping their pants now.

    Liked by 21 people

  2. Traditional Republicanism is tariffs and protecting industry. Lincoln was NOT a free trader.

    It is only the last 60 years that the Free Trade mind virus has overtaken the elites of both parties.

    Liked by 9 people

  3. jahealy says:

    Thanks for the clarity, Sundance. Loved me some T-Rex and was sad and surprised to see the news this morning.

    Liked by 14 people

    • sunnydaze says:

      He put on a very dignified and pleasant persona that was easy to like.

      I liked him, too.

      But it’s clear we were liking him for the wrong reasons, since he didn’t share Trump’s perspective on things, things that I DO agree with.

      Git ‘er done, Mr. President!

      Liked by 14 people

    • Joachim says:

      It appears major differences in worldview made the change necessary.

      Anybody know the best way to reach Tillerson (and family)? Would like to express appreciation for their sacrifice, and for his support of Pres. Trump and the Trump agenda, even if he and the President did not always see eye-to-eye.

      Liked by 5 people

      • Fannie says:

        Canning someone like Tillerson is not smart. Okay, let me have it for not being excited. His Texas home is somewhere down the road from me in a horsey part of the area. I hope I run into him to thank him personally. He’s an honor Scout with impeccable character.

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        • Maquis says:

          It is not unwise to change horses after one has tested both the water and the horses.


        • bessie2003 says:

          I understand, even agree with, the reasons as Sundance has laid them out;

          yet, what greatly disturbed me was the manner in which Mr. Tillerson found out he was being let go; it was not a classy way to do it, and yet

          it also makes perfect sense, if the deed had been done, better this way than through the usual DC way things are done, it stops any damage that could have been done to ongoing international actions, whether the maximum pressure campaign or explaining the new facts of how trade is going to work with our nation to the EU folks.

          It was a tough call, and yet – Good for Sec. Tillerson for his gracious remarks today.

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        • wondering999 says:

          If you get the opportunity to thank him personally Fannie, please thank him from this anonymous Treeper also. I like the man. We’re in something that feels like a war right now so I will get behind the President, but that will not diminish my respect and gratitude to Mr. Tillerson (and his family who encouraged him to serve), not in the least.

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      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        “the best way to reach Tillerson”

        Do not bother snail mailing him at his government address. I sent Anthony Scaramucci a letter Certified Mail with some suggestions about that press room and he was kicked out later that same day. It took the post office about 6 weeks before they returned it back to me as “undeliverable”.


  4. “The diplomatic introductions and niceties are now complete; it’s time to get down to business.”


    I like this ride. I guess it’s time to pull-down the lap-bar or snap on the seat belt. 😀 😀

    Liked by 31 people

  5. Southpaw says:

    This should be a knife fight of a confirmation process.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Neil M. Dunn says:

    From Pat Buchanan:
    “The second bill signed by President Washington was the Tariff Act of 1789. Said the Founding Father of his country in his first address to Congress: “A free people … Should promote such manufactures as tend to make them independent on others for essential, particularly military supplies.”

    “In his 1791 “Report on Manufactures,” Alexander Hamilton wrote, “Every nation ought to endeavor to possess within itself all the essentials of national supply. These comprise the means of subsistence, habitat, clothing and defense.”

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    • Cuppa Covfefe says:

      Interestingly enough, the globalist press here in Europe is quoting some thing tank as stating that “in today’s global economy, it’s impossible for a country to survive on its own”…

      How stupid and inexperienced the wet-behind-the-ears cubicle-dwellers of the EC/EU basements-in-Brussels are; having never seen a REAL country led by a REAL MAN…

      Liked by 2 people

  7. Janie M. says:

    Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Man.

    Liked by 7 people

  8. amwick says:

    …the value of diplomacy is necessarily lessened in favor of more deliberate and unapologetic policy advancement.
    Gotcha… and
    Rex Tillerson did an outstanding job as Secretary of State introducing the Trump administration to nations’ of the world
    TY… I feel better…

    Liked by 12 people

  9. James F says:

    On a side note, it seems the leaking problem has been taken care of.

    It seems to have genuinly caught the media off guard.

    Liked by 14 people

  10. fleporeblog says:

    Our President has a limited number of years to get everything done that he planned to do. You can’t waste a single day arguing over the Iran Deal, Paris Accord, recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel.

    Trade negotiations are going to be front and center during this next phase. TREX ran the largest Global Corporation for many many years in Exxon Mobile. You can’t make mistakes in this phase. You have to be a well oiled machine with everyone on the same page. Look at Navarro, Mnuchin, Wilburine and Lighthizer. All of them can finish each others sentence. Your SoS has to be all in as well given his role.

    As 4sure stated, “Your either all in or your all out!”

    Liked by 19 people

    • simicharmed says:

      Well stated…

      Liked by 5 people

    • MVW says:

      Tillerson was not used to late night calls from Tump, who is always working. Tillerson could not keep up. Pompeo on the other hand doubtfully is worth the night call. The economic team seems to be where the call needs to go to anyway.

      The fact Trump talked to Kissenger, etc over the last year makes me think he now knows what he needs to know anyway. Still…

      Liked by 3 people

    • Fe says:

      Felice, I love your perspective, always positive. Great post my friend.

      Liked by 1 person

    • bkrg2 says:

      thank you flep- this news hit me pretty hard all day as I really like Rex.
      The more I look at it, you are correct – there is a time to have alternate views/ideas and a time to just kick ass and take names.
      I’m just really surprised as i feel Rex deserves a dignified exit. It is still very unclear to me if he was really “fired” or the MSM is up to their typical bs. Even TRex sounded different at his press conference today (hoping its just left over sickness from Africa).
      I am grateful for all he has done in service of USA and wish him all the best.

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  11. MaineCoon says:

    Just posted elsewhere, but it’s more appropriate here.

    Secretary of State Tillerson serves at the pleasure of the President.

    POTUS told us all we needed to know in the brief presser on the way to Marine1 – they disagreed on tariffs, Iran, Noko. Previous disagreement on Paris Climate Treaty and Embassey being moved to J’lem.

    This relationship wasn’t working for either one of them. Tillerson knew it as did POTUS. Hence, POTUS saying Tillerson would feel better now – meaning he’s freed of any conflicts.

    Both knew it was coming. Just a matter of time. They knew.

    POTUS can’t carry non-MAGA people. He will be the loser as will we. He is doing the heavy lifting for us Deplorables. I thank God he is capable of making and carrying out such decisions.

    This decision is best for POTUS and Tillerson. All will be fine.

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  12. Atticus "The Deplorable" says:

    As I stated on another site, those in the Trump (or any) administration serve at the pleasure of the President. Goodbye Mr. Tillerson, you may now return to your regular line of work.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Tommy Tunes says:

    I wrote this to Trump …. Dear Mr President Trump , How in the Hell is Mueller even a creditable Investigator When Rosensteins Wife has defended Hillary Clinton, between 1991 to 2017; she also represented Bill Clinton, James Comey, Barack Obama, Kathleen Sebellius and Robert Muller ??? Furthermore, Lisa Barsoomian Rosenstein works for R. Craig Lawrence.
    More on Rosensteins Wife ,
    More on the Cabal of Clinton and the detail thats investigating you Mr. President , all this evidence concludes Mueller is UNFIT to be the Lead Investigator in the Matter of Russian Collusion !!!!!
    I hope you will stop this madness of a Investigation . Thanks and have a Great Day .

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  14. The Heretic says:

    I understood initially why Tillerson was brought in. And I completely agree about why he is being let go. Trump’s Cabinet needs to follow what Trump wants, not what the individuals want. They should both be of the same mind. Trump has enough people to fight, without internal fighting. Trump is President. His word is policy. Period.

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    • Winston says:

      By that logic by appointing a war mongering neocon as SoS means what exactly ?
      Between Pompeo and Haley we will be lucky to not be in WWIII by midsummer,is
      what it means, and PDJT has gone over to the dark side.
      It also means nothing is going to happen at all on the corruption inside govt.


      • Paul Hanson says:

        Relax, the sky in not falling. VSGPDJT has got this…

        Liked by 4 people

      • Rich says:

        Calm down and go enjoy an adult beverage.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        “we will be lucky to not be in WWIII by midsummer”

        Stop reading those leftist articles over at International Clearing House. The prophetic scriptures indicate the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back two more times. First he will return in the air for his church:

        1Thessalonians 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

        And after the Great Tribulation he will set foot once again on the earth to set up his Millennial Kingdom.

        Zechariah 14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

        So relax, even if there is another “world war”, we are not going to blow ourselves up and extinguish life off the planet.

        Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
        Mark 13:20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.


      • alligatriot says:

        Just returned from vacation. No media for over a week (nice!).

        “….PDJT has gone over to the dark side.”

        I seemed to have missed a lot.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Jenny R. says:

        If this move is making you think it, maybe it has others abroad thinking it — and maybe there is some advantage in this?
        Pompeo is former military and was the head of the CIA; Haspel is a woman of a certain…reputation for being tough, and who make up nearly one quarter of the Democrats running for office now? Perhaps there is a reason for this move beyond disagreements between the President and his former SoS?
        I say that we should graciously thank Tillerson for his service (he did do an admirable job in that position on many things), and then see what shakes out.
        There are likely to be some other moves made within the cabinet within the coming months — they of course will be controversial and may not even make much sense…except perhaps in hindsight.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Cuppa Covfefe says:

        You’re free to run in the next election.

        Better yet, just run. Far away…


      • El Torito says:

        So much pain…


      • olderwiser21 says:

        PDJT has gone to the dark side? That seems a little – ok, a lot extreme, Winston. That does not seem logical at all to me.


    • piper567 says:

      I believe many here have referenced the State Dept undermining of some initiatives of our President’s, and putting the perceived “blame” on ozero holdovers.
      Its my sincere hope that Pompeo was paying attention at the SOTU when the President said he thought folks ought to Fire people for incompetence…and follows this suggestion.
      That, in and of itself, would be of inestimable value to our Country.
      Upthread, someone commented that many in the State Dept may be concerned.
      One can hope they are more than “concerned”.

      Liked by 1 person

  15. BobBoxBody says:

    Sucks that this happened, but I’m still glad Rex did as good of a job as he has done. At least he’s going out on a relative high note, and not down in flames as an embarrassment as some future swamp dwellers are going to experience here very very soon.

    Liked by 8 people

  16. sobriquet4u says:

    Nikki Haley keeps popping up..hmmm

    Liked by 2 people

  17. Canadatrump says:

    Look if you wanted the same old ho-hum president and administration you would have not voted for Trump and allowed the next puppet. Trump will sometimes have to take a draw at a better hand even though the REX hand was pretty good, the next step needs more. Others are to scared to make those decisions, Trump is a winner for a reason. Enjoy the ride and support him he will bring you guys back. Or move to Canada where we love ho-hum puppets, Wish we would get some Trump action up here we need it badly.

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  18. Michelle says:

    I really like Tillerson; I was the most excited for his appointment. However, if Pompeo and Trump are on the same wavelength as Trump says, then I am even more excited for that. I really haven’t liked when it seemed there were differences between Tillerson and Trump. It was ok, they made it work, but it could have been better. Perhaps that works for other administrations who don’t care how messy they are when they destroy the world, but we have so little wiggle room to fix things that it seems much more important to have someone who thinks more closely to Trump out there negotiating on our behalf. There are too many important things coming up to go in wishy washy.

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    • Maquis says:

      Thinks like Trump, and understands like Trump.

      Some would say that’s simply tolerating only mindless drones, but that’s not the case. PDJT is on a mission of unprecedented scope and consequence. He is quite literally saving Western Civilization, beginning with the greatest change-agent in History, America.

      Any that do not fully understand this, who do not recognize our peril and share the President’s passion and convictions, is a poor fit for the mission. There will be no participation trophies, no pity promotions, no retention of less than faithful servants beyond their usefullness, nor even of faithful servants when a certain goal is met and a different skill set is needed.

      There is no room for anything less than the utmost sense of urgency and a burning passion for all that America must again be. Lincoln is credited with saving the Union. No one criticizes his repeated sackings of ineffectual generals; it matters only that he succeeded.

      History will adore Trump.


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    • I agree. I liked many things about Tillerson but it made me very uneasy when he undercut President Trump repeatedly by publicly disagreeing with the President. Tillerson had trouble being a team player rather than the head honcho. You can disagree privately in discussions but at the end if you can’t commit to the President’s vision publicly its time to go home.

      In the main areas of their disagreement IMO Tillerson was completely wrong (Paris, Global warming, Israel, Iran treaty) and America is where it is because of people who shared his ideological bent. Hence the need for POTUS.

      Tillerson was very valuable in working with the Saudis because of his relationships with key players and his understanding of their culture and the nexus of Middle Eastern power/influence. I am grateful that he worked with President Trump despite their ideological conflicts for the good of the American people. That work is done and I am glad President Trump is shuffling the deck for the next project. I hope Pompeo will be an asset in his new position. We will have to see.

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  19. simicharmed says:

    THIS is what occurs when OUR Nation has a LEADER in the White House! These past Puppet-Presidents were told who to hire and who to fire. In any properly functioning organization, a Leader moves employees…one way or the other. This President…OUR President….is leading and serving the People! I like that and it is truly Historic!

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  20. Firefly says:

    Tillerson Fired Over Rogue Bid to Save Iran Nuke Deal
    In the weeks leading up to Tillerson’s departure, he had been spearheading efforts to convince European allies to agree to a range of fixes to the nuclear deal that would address Iran’s ongoing ballistic missile program and continued nuclear research.
    While Trump had prescribed a range of fixes that he viewed as tightening the deal’s flaws, Tillerson recently caved to European pressure to walk back these demands and appease Tehran while preserving the deal, according to these sources. The Free Beacon first disclosed this tension last week in a wide-ranging report.
    White House allies warned Tillerson’s senior staff for weeks that efforts to save the nuclear deal and balk on Trump’s key demands regarding the deal could cost Tillerson his job, a warning that became reality Tuesday when Trump fired Tillerson by tweet.

    Liked by 9 people

    • MaineCoon says:

      Excerpt from above linked article:

      FTA: “Tillerson staked his position on saving the Iran deal by threading the needle. He promised the president he could strengthen it enough to be good, but not so much the Europeans would backlash or the Iranians would bolt,” said the source, who would only speak about the sensitive matter on background. “That was always going to be tricky, then it became impossible, then it became embarrassing. The Europeans weren’t giving us enough on missiles and were refusing to budge on sunsets. And so here we are.”

      Opponents of the Iran deal on Capitol Hill welcomed the news of Tillerson’s exit, telling the Free Beacon that as the deadline approaches for the United States and European allies to fix the Iran deal, Pompeo can help push Trump’s hardline stance.

      “As the deadline approaches to fix the Iran Deal, Tillerson’s departure is welcome news. We need our top diplomat to share the president’s view on the disastrous nature of the JCPOA, and CIA Director Pompeo is the right man for the job,” said one senior congressional official who works on the Iran issue. “Hopefully now our European partners understand the president’s resolve and will work with us to permanently prevent Iran from going nuclear.”

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  21. Sound analysis, I agree!

    Liked by 2 people

  22. NC PATRIOT says:

    Media is also saying Tillerson and the President were at odds about the Iran deal. Tillerson lobbying the President (and allies–behind his back) to keep it. The President wanting to terminate it.

    I loved Tillerson—but looking at it all—he and the President disagreed on A LOT !

    Liked by 4 people

    • Alison says:

      Yes, I did not realize how many areas of dusagreement there were between them, and now I see why our President is making the change. I’m not yet ‘all in’ on Pompeo, however I don’t waiver from letting Trump be Trump.

      The clock is ticking & POTUS makes every day count; sometimes significant changes are required to keep pace towards his goals.

      I will always appreciate Sec. Tillerson’s service, and count that Saudi Arabia sword dance trip as one of the defining moments in our efforts to right our ship of State.

      Liked by 10 people

  23. Sense of Urgency. That says it all… Sundance, your commentary on President Trump and Tillerson is one of your best (best of the best). I’m very happy to see Nikki Haley’s positive message of welcome to Pompeo. Nikki also has that MAGA urgency about her. There is no time to waste! Trump and his A Team continue to build momentum magnificently!

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  24. H&HC, 2nd-16th says:

    If PDJT thinks it is a good move, who am I to question his judgement? I support him 100%.

    Liked by 10 people

  25. sunnydaze says:

    Thankyou, SD!

    Great article right here. Explains things very well.

    Liked by 6 people

  26. Pam says:

    As POTUS was talking about Pompeo on his way to look at the wall prototypes, he needed someone as SOS that is with him on the major objectives (ones Sundance outlined above). POTUS knows what he’s doing even if we don’t understand everything as it’s happening.

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    • Fe says:

      Totally agree Pam. Our President is on a roll, if you stop the roll, you’re going to get removed. Can’t stop the Trump Train.

      I cannot understand how TRex wanted to stay in that Paris accords thing or supported that abominable Iran deal. 😳

      Liked by 1 person

      • vicschick says:

        Because in his heart he is still ExxonMobil and they are under tremendous pressure by the globalists elite and the greenies. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.


  27. Michael says:

    VSGDJT understands what most people will not, can not, even think about.
    Life is a battle. You fight or you die.

    The US of A has been fading for a long time and our POTUS is going to do his very best to turn it around.

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  28. Athena the Warrior says:

    I don’t trust Roger Stone at all but it was interesting that last summer, he said that Condi Rice was heading up the State Dept. when Rex was out of the country. I’ve seen other people tweeting the Condi Rice -Tillerson connection. She has been popping up lately for some reason.

    Bushies just lost their camel under the tent ally.

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    • filia.aurea says:

      Yes, the primary Bush camel exposed. On to her second layer plants.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Craig D says:

      Reply to Athena the Warrior – I think your comment on the Tillerson/Rice connection is prescient. President Trump knows “nothing good” can come from any Bush connections. Tillerson was connected to Rice and Rice to Bush.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Fe says:

        Rice was the one who recommended TRex for SoS to then President-Elect Trump.

        Liked by 1 person

      • churchmouse says:

        Also to Athena the Warrior — what is everyone’s issue with Roger Stone? Many others have posted through the past few years against this man, who has been a successful political operative from 1964 through to 2015-16 (?).

        Agree with you, CraigD, that ‘President Trump knows “nothing good” can come from any Bush connections. Tillerson was connected to Rice and Rice to Bush’.


  29. Bob Thoms says:

    I am so proud to say “I support P Trump and the Trump Movement 1000%”. The best president in my lifetime………………………

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  30. apfelcobbler says:

    As one of the most notable CEOs who rose to the top of the corporate-grade PC ladder, Tillerson was necessarily somewhat of a “globalist”. He was a very decent man, but he did undercut Trump more than once – and that’s not good for America First. I will miss seeing the superb pickstitching on his suits, but PT needs trusty allies he can rely on without having to take their temperature all the time. Falling “ill” all weekend seemed fishy, and apparently it took days of fussing over smoothing tailfeathers to save face. Trump simply can’t afford that kind of time – he’s driving the agenda at warp speed and the Swamp is playing as dirty as they can get away with. It doesn’t hurt that Pompeo brings some Spookery with him.

    In fact, Pompeo seems to have taken the initiative to be in sync with Trump since winning the election. I admit to having been turned off to Pompeo in the beginning – solely due to Jeb! tweeting his approval of P at PT’s announcement of Cabinet members. Of course that was Jeb! just trying to worm his way back into relevance. In fact, his little “approval” maneouver was actually quite revealing. Jebbers! was demonstrating that the Bushes really do view the CIA as “their” family fiefdom, and he was in COMPLETE denial of Trump having thrown cold water on the whole thug family at that debate. Barbara Battleaxe Bush was probably thrilled about Jeb! ‘s statement, but didn’t realize how so pathetically transparent the gesture was.

    Pompeo seems to have been a Team Trumper from the getgo – at least Trump feels he is, and that’s what counts. When Trump says to the press that he’s “finally” getting the Cabinet he wants, well, that’s mighty good news!

    We saw from Bream’s Fox interview with Sessions that Sessions gets the Trump Warp Speed thing (and doesn’t require being fussed over), but we’ll we what’s up with Sessions next.

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  31. AndrewJackson says:

    We need to find more candidates like Wilbur Ross. He definitely doesn’t jive to Trumps bombastic style but he understands that the buck stops with him and never once has he undermined Trump.

    Liked by 11 people

  32. jeff says:

    “Stopping the exfiltration of American wealth demands severity: >>>>>>>>“we either have a country or we don’t.” <<<<<<<<<<Within that dynamic the value of diplomacy is necessarily lessened in favor of more deliberate and unapologetic policy advancement. Inside that dynamic President Trump and Secretary Tillerson did not agree – and that is a major point of disunity."

    This is not time for the faint of heart . The whole world was carving up the carcass of America as the enemy domestic pushed their GLOBALIST polices from DC to enrich themselves and their masters .

    We need killers to move on our enemies . I'm reminded of Bush Sr pulling back in Gulf War I before going all the way to Baghdad . Worried how he will appear in the world view . Now we know different .

    Bush pulled out because America wasn't suppose to WIN any of the " kinetic Military actions " . It was all about the not federal and no reserve funding both sides of all wars . And keeping the Military Industrial complex flush in taxpayer dollars .

    Liked by 4 people

    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “Bush Sr pulling back in Gulf War”

      GHWB said it was because the UN resolution only authorized expelling Saddam’s forces out of Kuwait. Back then I wondered about that, why didn’t we take out Saddam while we were there?

      Now I realize we should have stayed out completely. Kuwait was stealing Iraqi oil by drilling sideways under the border and historically Kuwait was part of Iraq, anyway.Ten years later we find out Osama bin Laden went to the Saudi king for permission to kick “infidel” Saddam out with his Mujahideen forces. The king refused, saying “we need the west”. Of course, the king was buddies with GHWB.

      So we go there on their “sacred sand”, which ticks off bin Laden and he then proceeds to start attacks on us. Eventually we go back under false pretenses of “WMD” and do take him out. Chaos ensues, repeat in Libya, etc.

      Syria’s Assad using chemical weapons is a false flag to frame him and take him out for a Globalist pipeline to get oil/gas from Saudi Arabia/Quater to Europe to derail the Soviet’s supply to Europe. BTW- the Christians were not persecuted in Syria under Assad.

      Saddam Hussein was no angel, either. However, with strongmen in Iraq, Libya, etc. the globalist multi-nationals cannot get their filthy, greedy hands on the resources in those countries.

      And the Christians were safe under Saddam as well. In fact, he preferred them in his palaces because they did not steal and he did not have to worry about one of them knifing him in the back. They just had to keep out of the political arena.


  33. NHVoter says:

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  34. testpointwp says:

    Rex Tillereson’s approval of the Paris Climate Accord was likely caused by board-room pressure at Exxon before taking the Secretary of State position. By not changing his position he can gracefully step back into the corporate world, make a ton of money and retire to his ranch in Texas.

    You did a great job Mr. Tillerson. Your predecessors aren’t worthy to shine your shoes.

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  35. scott467 says:

    “As Secretary of the DoS Rex Tillerson supported the Paris Climate Treaty; the President did not; Secretary Tillerson supported the Obama administration’s Iran deal; the President did not; Tillerson was more apologetic toward lax immigration policy; the President is not; and there were other visible departures visible surrounding the use of economic leverage to achieve national security advancements, specifically on the issue of China and North Korea policy.”


    It sounds like Rex is a flaming liberal — and that seems almost inconceivable, being that he is from Texas and was the CEO of Exxon-Mobil.

    How can any sane person support the Paris Climate Treaty, after understanding that it was a gigantic globalist / Marxist hoax to transfer wealth from America to multinational (globalist) corporations?

    How can any sane person support the Iran deal? There has to be an answer to that question. Rex is not an irrational person.

    How can any sane person support lawlessness in immigration policy? How can any sane person support the wholesale radical change of demographics by an uninterrupted flow of people who share no values or beliefs or history or background (and apparently no desire to, either!) with the domestic population?

    How can any sane person argue with the clear and obvious success of using economic leverage to achieve national security interests… particularly when it has resulted in more positive movement regarding North Korea than at any time since the end of hostilities of the Korean War?!?

    What is wrong with Rex?

    Is he a California leftist?

    Can that even be possible?

    Liked by 3 people

    • Dabigragu says:

      Unfortunately leftists reside in all 50 states, even Texas.

      Liked by 4 people

    • tax2much says:

      Surprising that Rex would get a shot after all those differences. Makes you wonder if any vetting took place at all during the transition.


    • ediegrey says:

      He’s a globalist.


    • Maquis says:

      Rex never owned a company, or built it up, putting his stamp, and gilding, on it all. He worked up the ranks in an established corporation with a board of directors and shareholders. He had to conform and he absorbed some bad ideas.

      Especially as Exxon is an energy company, always under fire from the Leftist’s “Environmentalism” movement, there have been a great number of consessions and Stockholm Syndrome effects as energy companies feel the need to justify their existence and appease what they wrongly presume to be the dominant culture.

      It’s not at all hard to reconcile our perceptions of his strength and intelligence with his recently high-lighted conflicts of understanding and conviction.

      Thank God for the Wolverines.

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  36. noman says:

    Thanx, SD.
    That helps a lot.
    Though I’m not so keen on Pompey.
    I have large issues with statements he’s made.
    And actions he’s supports.
    In a lot of ways there is no difference between Pompey and Tillerson.
    Both are RINOS.


    • graphiclucidity says:

      Caesar felt the same about Pompey.
      They started a civil war because of it.
      And then Pompey lost his head in Egypt and Caesar got Cleopatra pregnant.
      The Republic ended soon after, and then came the Empire.
      They all believed crushed RINO horns were an aphrodisiac back then.

      My how things change, yet stay the same, while history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.



  37. Concerned Virginian says:

    Listened to Limbaugh today and now to Hannity. Sound bites indicate that MANY of the DC Swamp reacting like someone after being hit with a sand-filled sock. Heard some non-RINO’s making sense (Rep. Meadows). Schumer already dropping “hints” about “IF” Mike Pompeo is confirmed as next SoS. Steve Goldstein fired for trying to act behind our POTUS’ back and of course was caught on camera no less.
    Just figured out why under Obama, really nothing changed in terms of staff or cabinet personnel. It was because they ALL were working on turning our Representative Republic into JUST ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE UN by forcing globalism, weakening our military, economic downturn, on WE, THE PEOPLE. That’s why DC was so “quiet” under Obama.
    Oh, and by the way: I think Nikki Haley needs to read behind the lines here regarding Sec. Tillerson: nobody is sacrosanct regarding keeping their job in our POTUS’ administration.

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  38. FL_GUY says:

    When I heard that T. Tex wanted to stay in the screw America Paris agreement, that made me wonder what his world view really was. Then to hear that he was working with the EU weenies to “save” the Iran screw America deal……. Well, I can understand why President Trump said, “You’re Fired!”

    I can only speculate that T. Rex got too accustomed to world wide ass kissing in support of his company. President Trump is an ASS KICKER, NOT an ass kisser.

    I admire President Trump beyond words. He does what is right for We the People, not what the Globullists and Elitists want. As Harry Truman once said, “If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.” With President Trump, not only can he stand the heat, he’ll burn the kitchen down and rebuild it to MAGA!

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  39. Concerned Virginian says:

    I think Sec. Tillerson found out that there is only ONE “CEO” of the United States: the President. The firing of Mr. Tillerson should be a warning to anybody in the administration thinks he/she can ignore this fact.

    Liked by 4 people

    • WSB says:

      I quietly wondered how that was all going to work from the very beginning. I guess now we know. Others in the Cabinet are also past CEO’s, but are not from a Bush-related referral.

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  40. Sharon says:

    Roger Stone said this would happen back in December that Tillerson would leave in February and Mike Pompeo would replace him! Now let’s see if Rosenstein will leave another one of Roger Stones predictions!

    Liked by 3 people

  41. magatrump says:

    God bless President Trump. I trust him completely. Tillerson did a fine job but now with different goals we need new people. That’s how a real leader works. President Trump knows he only has so much time and he needs to get this right for US.

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  42. Margaret Bowman says:

    It should not be a surprise to anyone, but we’ve been in a war for sometime now, before DJT. He’s merely changing the rules of engagement for team USA. It’s a different world now. And next up hopefully will be a diplomatic effort to help other countries develop and retain their educated citizens who leave for employment opportunity and less crony government. That means these countries will need to change their standard of corruption.


  43. Q&A says:

    Not exactly. President Trump is the POTUS, the top dog CEO. SOS Tillerson worked for Trump. Tillerson seemed to forget about the hierarchy. Carl Icahn knew this and bowed out of consideration of any formal position.

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  44. Mercenary says:

    All of Tillerson’s positions struck me as, to put it mildly, soft as sh*t. Wanted more immigrants pouring in, was fine with the Iran deal, against tariffs, etc.. I guess Trump just wanted a nice, friendly, polished face with some gravitas.

    I don’t know how anyone else feels, but I get the sense that Trump is entering a more aggressive phase. They’re reporting that Trump is about to approve more tariffs on China for over 30 billion dollars worth of goods. How he would do that when North Korea is still up for grabs means Trump knows something we don’t. Or perhaps the deal is done already.

    If that’s the case, I’ve been waiting for this phase for a long time. I’ve been waiting forever for Trump to get tough on trade finally. Hopefully this means we’re about to go balls to the wall.

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  45. blind no longer says:

    Thanks SD for the insight. I liked T-Rex’s style and his way of speaking plainly and with few words. I heard him being interviewed not too long ago and was shocked he wanted to keep the Iran deal and the Paris Climate accord. Had to do a double take when I heard him say it. Those are not part of the Trump Doctrine. Having said that I do believe T-Rex is a honorable and decent man that loved his country and wanted to serve for this reason. I thank him for his service now and say I am glad it was him and not Mitt Romney.

    Liked by 5 people

  46. Mercenary says:

    Also, I hope they FINALLY clean out the State Department. Pompeo needs to go in there with an extinguisher and wipe the building clean of all the Deep State bugs crawling around.

    Liked by 3 people

  47. Michael says:

    Moving at the Speed of Trump!

    Liked by 3 people

  48. technerd55 says:

    The Trump administration is going to operate in reverse of previous ones. Prior administrations started with their best or A-team as some might call it. Then came the 2nd string and the results spiraled downward. Not so with Trump. Now that he is ridding his administration of the GOPe dead weight, he is free to bring in better MAGA minded individuals, who should prove to be better than the swamp creatures they are replacing.

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  49. jmclever says:

    T-Rex has already been confirmed by the Senate. It would really aggravate the deep state if POTUS Trump placed him elsewhere I the administration like CFPB or OMB to give Mick Mulvaney a hand.

    Liked by 1 person

  50. springstreet says:

    There may be another reason for Rex’s forced exit. AG Sessions just responded to Republican pressure for another Special Counsel by informing the Representatives that he had already brought in a “counsel” from outside the Government. And, this “counsel” would certainly have been investigating Obama’s past “Russia Collusion” corruption of the State Department. Could Obama’s left over swamp creatures have also contaminated Secretary Tillerson … so that Jeff Sessions is about to bring forward charges?

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