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. PaulM says:

    I would think that it just makes good policy to change your negotiating team regularly as it’s keeps the other side off balance. If they can look at your previous deals, they get a idea of your strong points and weak areas. Hell, they even know what to have the hotel staff leave on your pillow, smoked salmon or leg of musk ox.
    A fresh negotiator makes em start from scratch.

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    • mashall says:

      Very Good, PaulM!
      I’m also hoping Pompeo to rid State Dept. of Obola’s appointees as well as force the release of documents/evidence that can expedite the prosecution of Traitors.

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  2. Donzo says:

    When you call someone a moron behind his back you relinquish your option to be treated respectfully.

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    • KLJ says:

      Not true.

      What do you want – someone who is a “normal” politician that carefully measures his words so that he does not take a chance on offending anyone? We’ve had enough of those types, haven’t we?

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      • Scout says:

        PDJT was Tillerson’s boss.
        If you think you can contradict and offend and insult your boss in public and still work there, I’d be interested to know what country you’re resident in.

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        • KLJ says:

          Where have I ever said that President Trump did not have the right to fire Rex Tillerson? He can fire anyone in the cabinet for any reason at any time.

          How he did it, however, says something about who he is.

          And, again, if President Trump does not succeed, it will be very serious for our country. He is the only chance we have, IMHO.

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          • Scout says:

            Not ‘getting’ PDJT is endemic and can be fixed.
            This fellow speaks like a bombastic, narcissistic NY city cab driver, he is sensitive to trivialities that really should be ignored, he thinks gold taps are an indication of his architectural sophistication, he’s pure Hollywood when using looks rather than substance as a point of criticism…….my 14 year old daughter is more emotionally mature with better manners than PDJT.
            Yet, without the Trump Presidency America is finished.
            It’s so incredible, there may be a god, this from an atheist.

            Hint: General George Patton would certainly have been sacked from the modern US Army on numerous occasions.

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            • KLJ says:

              I couldn’t agree more. He is what I have always called a “pusher” – from my oil field days. It is important to keep in mind that, like all of us, he is a “package deal” – as my wife often says.

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          • CirclinTheDrain says:

            How Tillerson made public comments denigrating his boss behind his back and working with the EU to undermine MAGA says a lot about Tillerson, don’t you think ?

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            • KLJ says:

              I saw Tillerson more as a concerned American. Sure, he hoped to “soften” the president – for, as he saw it, the benefit of the country. Trump, when hiring Tillerson, essentially said that he did not want just a “yes man” at his side. Now, once again, Trump had every right to fire the man.

              But, answering your question, no, I don’t think it says a lot about Tillerson. It speaks volumes about the president’s character, however.

              But, nothing here surprises any of us, does it? It’s a package deal – and the country needs Donald Trump.

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      • Maquis says:

        Yet you are bitching about Trump’s forceful action.

        Not buying it. Thanks for playing.

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        • KLJ says:

          No, we need “forceful action” – without it we fail as a country, don’t we?

          It would just be nice to have decency along with that “forceful action” – or, at the very least, to be able to admit when the man does something less than admirable.

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    • Charlotte says:

      Experts and Critics Say Pompeo Appointment at State Signals Tougher Stance on Iran

      https://www.algemeiner.com/2018/03/13/experts-and-critics-say-pompeo-appointment-at-state-signals-tougher-stance-on-iran/

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  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    The leftists over at Information Clearing House are having a meltdown, with Paul Craig Roberts right there along with them.

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/48940.htm

    “…I see it differently. The firing of Secretary of State Tillerson, the movement of CIA Director Pompeo to Secretary of State, and the promotion of Gina Haspel, who oversaw the secret CIA torture prisons in Thailand (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/02/us/politics/cia-deputy-director-gina-haspel-torture-thailand.html), indicate that the military/security complex has closed its grip on the Trump regime. There will be no more talk of normalizing relations with Russia.

    The combination of the Israel Lobby, the neoconservatives, and the military/security complex have proven to be too powerful for peace to be established between the two nuclear powers. If you look at Trump’s administration, the above three forces are those in charge…”

    I will have to send him a nice e-mail with a couple of links to this site about the trade issue. I am usually sending him notices of typos in the posts on his website.

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    • I disagree, Pompeo is much better suited for the job, we have to clean up USAID as it has been covertly used to fund all kinds of socialistic agenda’s worldwide.
      The USAID program ALSO administers the $100 million US State Department DOMESTIC propaganda campaign – which came to be during as a result of the 2012 change to the Smith Mundt act of 1947 – removing the prohibition on domestic propaganda – this was lobbied for by Hillary and Kerry and demanded BECAUSE Russian Today was broadcasting as a news channel in the USA.

      Now that RT has to register as a foreign agent— when are they going to outlaw domestic propaganda again?

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      • yucki says:

        Like outlawing CNN, you mean?

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      • I just read that DoS under T-Rex approved over 500M in aid to Africa?!

        Where is that money going and why? Thats OUR money, WE the People are never given a vote on where we should send our money OR if we even want to send our money over seas.

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      • https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2018/03/279065.htm

        “As a testament to that commitment, today I’m announcing $533 million in additional humanitarian assistance to fight famine and food insecurity and address other needs resulting from conflicts in Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and the Lake Chad Basin.”

        What are they really doing? Importing more “almond sauce” for their “pizza” parties?? Paying Soros Orgs to ship migrants to EU or USA?

        This is a mess. Rex did a good job while he was in. But hopefully Pompeo cracks down on this crap now that he had FULL access to the Cocaine Import Agency history and inner-workings. He knows the truth. Time to dismember the cabal. And hopefully Gina Haspel will dismember the CIA completely.

        Of course, this is just the humble opinion of yet another deplorable.

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    • Scarlet says:

      He’s wrong. Period.

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    • graphiclucidity says:

      He’s the Chomsky for the right.

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      • Well, except for the odd fact that Chomsky hits the common sense nail on the head once in a great while…

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        • graphiclucidity says:

          Chomsky is an Anarcho-Syndialist.
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarcho-syndicalism

          Whatever common sense he has shown in the past; “Goverments, Corporations and the Media collude to propagandize the public” (uh, yea, no sh*t Sherlock!), is outweighed by the fact that he’s naive enough to believe that “Worker’s Concils” are any less corruptible than Pressrioms, Boardrooms, or Legislatures.

          He also believes that anything that’s ever happened in the world since 1945 (that he doesn’t like) is the entire fault of Israel and the United States.

          That’s your basic Chomsky 101.

          Paul Craig Roberts is a paranoid former bureaucrat who has turned his Russophilia into a fetish for the Aryans among us, if you get my drift.

          I’d bet you any amount that PCR has posters of shirtless Putin on the wall of his bedroom next to the Cat O’Nine Tails and his favorite gimp suit.

          Crackpots, both of them, making easy money by manipulating people’s hopes, dreams, and fears.

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    • tdaly14 says:

      Here here, about Paul Craig Roberts. Something is seriously wrong with that man. We listened to him years ago and thought, what planet is this guy coming from, and we’re no fans of Our X Governor.

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    • I’m sure they will mean a lot to him.

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  4. Luke_Luck says:

    “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.”

    Is this the same problem with Attorney General Sessions?

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    • Jedi9 says:

      Probably, but in Session’s case, we really don’t know what is yet to play out. I am certain that he too has a expiration date, and I am guessing it is going to be somewhere after when the IG report is finally released that we get closer to knowing what the date is.

      This piece is very well succinctly stated, and in more layman terms, everything in life has a shelf life with an expiration date. Tillerson, and his role served it’s purpose, and now on to the next step of the process. Change is always good, but now the hard stuff begins. Also keep in mind that a gradual process is always being implemented with deliberate intentions. Keep them guessing, and always be two steps ahead, and most importantly don’t rock the boat too much, but in Trump’s case, he wants to rock the boat just enough not to sink it.

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  5. Carrie2 says:

    Not abnormal that some administrative personnel will leave on their own accord or be removed from duty. BUT the media makes a big deal out of a little wiener! It has been known for some time that there were differences of opinion between them, so this is not real news. However, would like to see how the new female CIA chief acts since she has been in the CIA for some time and right now we have little trust in that agency.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “the new female CIA chief”

      She took my mother’s job! LOL
      Sometime during primary or right after election there was someone in contention for, or commenting about, the issue of water boarding. They were adamantly against it, while President Trump expressed the opinion that it should be an option

      My mother responded to the person on the TV set (cannot remember who it was) “Well if don’t want to water board them, than I will!” She had not voted since the late 1970’s, but was right there to re-register so she could vote in the primary here for DJT.
      —————————————————————————–
      I find it interesting that she was endorsed by John Brennan, of all people.
      Due to his reputation, I was just wondering if that was a calculated, deliberate effort on his part to sabotage her. Most of us would reflexively outright reject anyone the BHO administration would like.

      .

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  6. LULU says:

    After some of the initial hysterical dust settles, Sundance comes out with a sober, well-reasoned analysis of these two men and why they were not going to be together long-term. Tillerson was the right person for 2017, as someone opined earlier. Now it is time to get down to business. And difficult business it is, on many fronts.

    Well done, Sundance.

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    • LULU says:

      I am distressed to see some exhibiting the worn out business of tearing down the guy who has been superseded. In this case, Rex Tillerson. He does not deserve that. Those who feel a need to do it exhibit their own ignorance.

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      • andi lee says:

        I agree with you, LULU.
        Secretary Tillerson’s schedule was grueling and non-stop. His ground-work was very crucial in reestablishing America in a leadership role, once again, and reopening foreign government doors to our POTUS Administration.

        It is real easy to forget the trail of deceit & damage, performed by Obama, Clinton, Kerry, & Powers. & MSM psyops, anywhere in the world.

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      • CountryClassVulgarian says:

        I think TRex started the cleanup. The DC crowd was mourning a few months ago about all the “experienced, career” diplomats who were leaving/retiring.

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      • Chris Four says:

        US Embassies have become the bastion of promoting the far left social justice agenda.

        This is from the criteria for small grant funding at US Embassies.

        “Reinforce U.S.- xxx[insert name of foreign country] shared values – Projects that build mutual understanding and promote American culture, including music, art, sports, and education, American Studies, English, and promotion of studying in the United States, or that support human rights, including LGBTI and gender equality, youth empowerment, diversity, and acceptance of minority groups, and other areas of mutual interest that promote freedom and democracy.
        Strengthen Economic Prosperity – Projects that encourage trade and investment between the United States and xxx, and support entrepreneurship and innovation. Projects that support science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) among xxx youth or minority groups.
        Build Cross-Cultural Understanding – Projects that use cultural, educational, or public awareness activities to advance understanding between xxxxx and American societies, national and regional cultures/subcultures, and faith/ethnic communities. Proposals with an American component will be viewed more favorably.
        Include Youth – Projects that target youth populations, with emphasis on youth exchanging ideas and working together. Projects targeting economically disadvantaged youth populations will be viewed favorably.
        Connect with Underserved or Marginalized Populations – Projects that target underserved populations, to include those who are economically disadvantaged, migrant populations, and populations outside of major cities.”

        Embassies should be for visas to the US and American citizen services. That is it!

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        • Bingo! All of this wailing and caterwauling about how Russia “interfered” with our elections. Give me a dang break! The US, via the DOS and CIA (among others) interfere CONSTANTLY in countries all around the world!!!! Hypocrites of the first order!!!!

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      • hippielouie says:

        thank you!!!!

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      • Buck Turgidson says:

        The State Dept should be emptied 100%, cut down to about 25% of its current size, and the outed employees are free to re-apply. It covers a lot of real estate in the swamp and is staffed mainly by far-left whacko kumbaya open borders globalists who hate republicans and Trump. It needs a reset

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      • domain496 says:

        I liked T Rex…loved his steely gaze when facing an opponent. It was a deep disappointment to me that he tried it on POTUS did not recognize his duty to his boss.
        I support Trump… period.
        Had T Rex done the same, he’d still be there.

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  7. TexasRanger says:

    Who Is Gina Haspel.?

    Gina Haspel the first woman to lead the CIA?

    A look at the CIA’s newest director who’s breaking the glass ceiling.

    Fox News Video 01:32 Minutes Mar-13-2018;

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    • RLC2 says:

      Thank you! Excited to hear about this appointment- she is an operator, not an analyst, like the ineffective CIA directors who were – Morell, who changed the CIA analysis to go along with Ben Rhodes memo saying “A YouTube Did It”, and George Tenet who ran CIA during W years, that got it wrong on WMD, and constantly leaked to NYT…

      Read Bob Baer for more.

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      • Jedi9 says:

        Yes I know who Bob Baer is and have read many things from him. You are right on most accounts, and this appointment and reshuffling the cards is all part of the plan to change the narrative, and to implement the next phase of this Admin’s agenda, albeit an economic one, one that shares a semiotic relationship with “National Security”. Get used to that term, because I think it is going to be used a lot in the upcoming months while Trump’s team navigate the Swamp to get to the shores of the promise land.

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      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        “that got it wrong on WMD,”

        They knew there were no WMD.

        That was just a pretext to take out Saddam Hussein. The plan was concocted about 1989-90 and dubbed the (Paul) Wolfowitz Doctrine. It’s purpose was to take out the 7 leaders in the middle east that were keeping the multi-nationals from exploiting those countries natural resources.
        https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/?s=Wolfowitz+doctrine

        Just like “deep state” is trying to frame Bashar Assad for using chemical weapons. I have downloaded a paper in 2015, the subject of which was framing Assad. It is no longer on the website. http://kcandassociates.org

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        • I am going to divert slightly from most here – yes, there were WMDs in Iraq – for pete’s sake, the long lines of trucks carrying most of it into Syria were shown on TV. We TOLD Saddam we were coming ahead of time!!!! The inspections were NOT working – while the inspectors came in the front, supplies were carried out the back. However, the WMDs were NOT the reason Dubya went into Iraq – as noted above, there was a prior plan to, indeed, attack 7 countries in 5 years. General Wesley Clark, who, in all honesty, I can’t stand, was nevertheless accurate in the following video. “Regime change, regime change, regime change!!!”” Why? Money, power, a more US-friendly leader, Dubya wanting to finish what Daddy started (tiny but there), oil, stopping Iran – the motivations were many – and, IMO, all wrong! Yes, Saddam and his spawn were, indeed, evil. But that was NOT our business! Neo-con warmongering to “spread democracy” – yeah, right!

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    • CountryClassVulgarian says:

      Who is Gina Haspel? John Mc Traitor hates her. Tells me just about everything I need to know. The very fake news hysterical drive by enemedia is thrashing her. Again, all I need to know.

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  8. Peter Rabbit says:

    Loss of T-Rex positive for USA. However, Pompeo not to be trusted. Too many squishy and downright anti-POTUS comments on Sunday morning talk shows. Kudlow as Cohn replacement would be positive.

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    • Wow! Pompeo – squishy????? Who the heck have YOU been watching???? He stops these pundits in their tracks with his short, succinct and direct answers and he refuses to be drawn into their snark and speculation. From what I understand, Kudlow is more of a globalist and does not support tariffs, no? I am a true novice in the larger financial world so am basing that on comments from trusted Treepers here. I don’t recall them all now but I believe there are other critical areas in which he and PDJT divurge as well.

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  9. USA First! says:

    Thank you Sun Dance, Your ability to get us the truth makes me feel like a parched man that has just taken a large drink of cool water on a hot, sunny day.

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  10. kltk1TKA says:

    I came to like Tillerson, a lot, but I’m not disappointed to see him go. As the days go by, I find it easier and easier to trust POTUS decisions on who needs to be where, and when. If DJT felt it was time for Tillerson to go, I trust there’s a larger reason why that we won’t grasp until a later time.

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    • fuzzi says:

      Exactly! I feel the same way about AG Sessions, and am sick & tired of all the “fire Sessions” comments. If and when President Trump decides that Sessions needs to go, he’ll go. Trump is no Bush.

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  11. TexasDude says:

    A brief walk down History Lane (ohhhh, the Dems and NeverTrumpers wish they could this)

    If you think our government is vitriolic and combative now …

    President Lincoln is assassinated, his VP, a Democrat and Southerner, becomes President. He is opposed to the Radical Republicans in power.

    The US Congress passed a law, over President Johnson’s veto, that said the President could only fire his executive officers with Congressional approval. At this time, the Spoils System was used.

    Congress then impeached Johnson mainly for not following that law, the Tenure of Office Act. One of the articles of impeachment was for Johnson making 3 speeches that disrespected Congress and attempted to sow such disrespect among the American populace.

    The trial in the Senate was presided over by the US Supreme Court Chief Justice Chase. During the trial, Chief Justice Chase was overruled by a simple majority vote, when he attempted to allow certain testimony.

    President Johnson was acquitted and the law was watered down and then repealed. A similar law was found unconstitutional in the 1920s.

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    • yucki says:

      Thanks, refreshing perspective!

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      • TexasDude says:

        Think of how many times our Presidents could have been impeached, tried, and possibly removed from office for not following a law. From Dem to Repub, it would have been ruinous to our country making Congress soo powerful that our Constitution would have been effectively nullified.

        Johnson removed the Secretary of War Stanton. I think he initially replaced him with Ulysses Grant, but Grant vacates. Johnson tries to get Tecumseh Sherman, but rejects. I forgot who he finally gets to become Secretary, but Stanton refuses his entry and has the final pick arrested.

        Think of that playing out today! Ohhhh my.

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    • andi lee says:

      Yep. Congress still badly misbehaving.

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      • Scout says:

        UniParty won’t let PSDJ operate. They want UniParty loyalists. The arrogance of the born to rule should be no surprise.
        One year in this is obscene.
        Congressional approval for Presidential appointments is an American disaster.

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        • Scout says:

          PDJT

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        • Lindenlee says:

          The “advice and consent” function of the Senate is supposed to temper executive overreach in the case of an autocrat like Obutthead, so be grateful for it. Of course, other than in the allowance of an immediate replacement for Justice Scalia, it hasn’t really functioned well, because of cprruption.

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  12. We can use a little unapologetic judicial power about now.

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  13. Chris Four says:

    Remember one of Trumps economic goals is to achieve energy dominance. The US is working on trade agreements with China for shipping US natural gas to China. China suffers from severe air pollution and needs to switch from coal and petroleum to natural gas. Tillerson is in a unique position to return to the energy sector and use his knowledge gained to advance Trumps energy plan.

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  14. andi lee says:

    Congress is much to blame for the state of affairs at State Department. Nominees still in limbo …

    Regurgitating “sources familiar with the matter” will run amuck once more in MSM. Sigh.

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  15. jeans2nd says:

    “Secretary Tillerson supported the Obama administration’s Iran deal”

    Pres Trump, 01:15 “..the Iran deal…”
    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/03/13/president-trump-impromptu-presser-en-route-to-california/

    Malcolm Hoenlein – the Iran Deal, plus the recent assassination of the Iran Kurdish leader, a nuclear arms race heating up in the Middle East, Iran’s continued support for terrorist groups, the continued chemical attacks in Syria, culminating in, again, the Iran deal.

    02:02
    “The President indicated (to Israeli PM Netanyahu) that France, U.K., Germany, are only proposing what they called cosmetic changes in the Iran deal, which are not satisfactory and do not meet the standard that he (Pres Trump) set. That when he set the hundred and twenty day calender in place for correcting the weaknesses of the JCPOA, the deal with Iran, and he said that he is still insisting, demanding on very significant changes in the deal, and not just supplemental agreements between the U.S. and European countries which sort of take Iran off the hook.”

    “…if these are not met, he indicated to the Prime Minister that he would withdraw from the deal”

    Israeli PM Netanyahu met w/Pres Trump last Monday, 5 Mar 2018.

    From PM Netanyahu’s Cabinet Meeting today –
    “The diplomatic talks focused mainly on Iran. I said that the nuclear agreement with Iran contains within it many dangers for the world, including the special danger of the nuclearization of the Middle East. Many countries in the Middle East are saying that they are also allowed to enrich uranium if Iran is allowed to do so; therefore, the way to prevent this danger, the nuclearization of the Middle East, is to either thoroughly correct the agreement or abrogate it.”
    http://www.pmo.gov.il/English/MediaCenter/Spokesman/Pages/spokeStart110318.aspx

    Add in Nikki Haley’s warning at the U.N. yesterday to the U.N. Security Council, Iran, Russia, and Syria (to which few paid attention).

    Fourteen months worth of disagreements tend to wear on one. Looks like Iran deal was the lynch-pin to stopping the entire mess, and few others want to see the obvious. And was the clincher for SOS Tillerson today.
    (But one suspects that SOS Tillerson was also arguing for weeks of pre-negotiations before the Trump-KJU mtg, which is not going to happen.)

    Just glad that it was not Haley who was selected as SOS Tillerson’s replacement.
    side note – Pompeo is a “Vietnam-era” vet, who has never seen a day of real conflict. fwiw

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    • TexasDude says:

      Pompeo was born in 1963. He didn’t serve in combat but was in Air Calvery in Germany.

      He was a Tea Party Republican and publicly stated Christianity is the savior to the world’s ills.

      Just sayin’

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  16. Itbj2 says:

    Another disaster even if Saccone wins. If this going to be November we will loose the house and there goes the entire MAGA agenda.

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  17. Missing Andrew says:

    Senior Executive Service

    Some call it Obama’s Army.

    The Washington D. C. Deep State is a group of 8,156 appointed mangers in 75 federal agencies that control the executive bureaucracy and tell new political appointees what they can and cannot do. Yes, that’s right, the Deep State is an official government program, well-organized, comprehensive, and “in charge.”

    OUT OF THE 8,156 MEMBERS WHO MAKE UP THIS DEEP STATE OF ENSCONCED BUREAUCRATS, OVER 7,000 WERE APPOINTED BY OBAMA.

    These the are the “Obama Holdouts”

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    2016 Senior Executive Service Report – 14-page PDF

    https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/data-analysis-documentation/federal-employment-reports/reports-publications/ses-summary-2016.pdf

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    https://aim4truth.org/2018/01/03/deep-state-shadow-government-revealed-senior-executive-service/

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    Deep State Shadow Government – 400+ Names and Photos – 19-Page PDF

    https://www.fbcoverup.com/docs/library/deep-state.html

    https://www.fbcoverup.com/docs/library/deep-state.pdf

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      # 200 is an interesting one on that list.

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      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        I took a quick a quick look, did not look at what the criteria was to be placed there.

        When you are pulling weeds, with many of them the entire root has to be removed. Otherwise the weed will grow back.
        When exterminating embedded bureaucrats with nefarious purposes, you have to get them all.
        If PDJT did not hire some neocons, etc. at first, the embedded ones would have dug in and hid. By allowing some into the early administration, they relaxed and perhaps let their guard down.
        The emails started flowing, etc.
        So when it is time to purge, we can get them all.

        As far as these so called “untouchables”, well if they cannot be fired than they can be isolated and perhaps reassigned to sharpening pencils next to a toxic waste dump.

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        • youhavenoidea says:

          “If PDJT did not hire some neocons, etc. at first, the embedded ones would have dug in and hid. By allowing some into the early administration, they relaxed and perhaps let their guard down.
          The emails started flowing, etc.
          So when it is time to purge, we can get them all.”

          srsly. that is sum funny stuff right there.
          R U going to be here all week?

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  18. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    I say

    If you can do a better job, why are you typing here?
    Why didn’t you send your resume over there for consideration?

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  19. Scarlet says:

    I trust our glorious President. I’ll admit, sometimes I’m confused by his decisions but then it becomes clear why he made them and the path is clear. I so admire his resilience , strength, transparency and honesty. I feel so secure having him guide us. I do doubt and get anxiety because I don’t have a direct communication line to him, but after I come here and understand that it takes time for everything to pan out, it will be okay. I am so stunned by his dedication to us, the middle class taxpayers , and I’m so grateful for his civic service. I wake up every day so incredibly thankful for him.

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  20. Missing Andrew says:

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  21. Not2worryluv says:

    I was totally disgusted the way President Trump handled the dismissal of SOS Tillerson.

    No employee should be informed that they are being terminated by via a TWEET.

    I wonder how many business men and women would like to be terminated via a TWEET. Or, likewise, how many employers would engage in this kind of social media to let their employees know their services are no long needed.

    Very Sad.

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  22. I love President Trump more than ever. His devotion to MAGA for We the People is absolutely astonishing!

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  23. TexasDude says:

    It’s also OK to admit Trump didn’t fire him sooner and, thusly, was seen by Trump as useful up until now.

    Jeez.

    It’s not about who is right or wrong.

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  24. Chris Four says:

    Before you forget Trump is a showman. What he says and does publicly may not reflect his private thinking.

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  25. Conservativeinny says:

    Well TRex did reduce DoS by 30% and plenty of work in the ME so overall, his year helping POTUS was good. However, they need to be in the same page for the rest. Short term immediate goals accomplished, on to the next.

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  26. CountryClassVulgarian says:

    If I remember correctly the neverTrumpers hated TRex. The story at the time was that he was rich and came from the corporate world so he had no “experience”. They also claimed he was put there to please Putin. Remember his confirmation hearing? remember Rubio questioning him?

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    • brh82 says:

      I remember Al Franken interrogating T-Rex and being sooo embarrassed that T-Rex had to answer to that low-class, rude, crude, arrogant SOB! But that was during my early days of gettiing Sundance-woke, and I had NO idea I could label most of Congress the same as I had labeled Al Franken. I’m quite sure T-Rex is thrilled to be set free now!

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  27. Maureen Anderson says:

    Building a House. You hire some to build the foundation, then the framework and the outer shell.(Rex, economy)

    You need a different kind of craftsman to wire it and plumb it. (Mike, NK, then Iran)

    The rest is easier, hopefully. DJT knows how to build

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  28. till was recommended by condi rice i read … so, establishment type guy…?
    till knew all the big league world energy players and how they operate. …p trump used tills unique position at ex-mobile and knowledge 2 advance the agenda … next phase …pompeo…2010 tea party express winning candidate
    …west point graduate,,,ect.

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  29. Gloria Alba says:

    Tillerson forgot he was an employee and not the employer. Life is tough as # 2.

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  30. Mongoose says:

    T-Rex, Thank you Sir for an outstanding job as Sec of State. You showed the world how diplomacy can be done without all the baggage and expense of the “professionals” who call themselves diplomats.

    However, I would have to admit that being at odds with the President over key issues like the Paris Climate Accords, Iran Deal, Immigration Policy, and economic policies in dealing with the Norko’s is somewhat distressing. I do not understand how having been on the inside for a year now, you would not have assessed and changed your attitudes to a more realistic tone in alignment with Trump’s direction. He has my full support and knows how to get the job done. He also knows how to utilize his team to the fullest. So, again, thank you, and God Bless. I hope you can remain a trusted supporter now that you have seem him at work and getting things done for the country.

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  31. One also has to consider the reports out that Tillerson was actively working against PDJT’s policies behind the scenes in Europe. Basically colluding with globalists against PDJT, is my read. IF THAT IS TRUE……IMO, that bordered on sedition.

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  32. cali says:

    Thanks Sundance! A great post and you included a number of examples which helped me to understand the separation of Rex Tillerson. I admit that I did not know all about the differences where the disagreements were.

    I like Rex Tillerson and supported him as well. It’s too bad that he could not quite see eye to eye with president Trump’s goals and strategy.
    Reading Free Bacon this morning they also had a great post there explaining that Rex Tillerson did not support the Jerusalem move by the president. I was surprised to say the least.
    Combining @Sundance’s and @Free Bacon posts they merge together into one great and detailed explanation.
    One other issue mentioned in the Free Bacon’s post also was the fact that Rex Tillerson never returned calls to the Israeli ambassador. Again surprising really.
    Europe of course having a cow that Gina Haspel being the new appointed CIA director because she was stationed in Thailand and in charge of interrogation including waterboarding. She label it ‘torture’. There is nothing torturous about waterboarding because our soldiers are waterboarded during their training.
    I hope I never experience waterboarding though 🙂 !

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  33. Tenet says:

    Nice cheer-leading piece there. Trump puts the anti-Trump neocon-loyal in charge of foreign policy. And puts a woman heading a torture facility in charge of the CIA. The Deep State gets the red carpet from Trump, fearful of their Mueller operative. Here are some facts about Pompeo:

    “This is not the first ludicrous thing Pompeo has stated. He previously said that Russia and the Lebanese party Hezbollah are operating in Venezuela, in combined efforts to harm the US. He also stated that the publisher and peace activist Julian Assange would have supported Hitler in the 1930s and 1940s. Pompeo also said that Russia’s current Chief of the General Staff invented the concept of RT and Sputnik, one which relies on the power of the internet in 2017, in the early 1970s when he was in his late teens and still in the equivalent of high school. Finally, Trump’s CIA director stated that Russia not only rigged Donald Trump’s election but also did so with Barack Obama’s victories in 2008 and 2012.”

    ….Oh yes – and Pompeo also says that Wikileaks is “a non-state hostile actor often abetted by state actors like Russia.”

    Russia! Russia! They won the election for Trump! They made the evil Wikileaks publish information showing the media collaborated directly with the Hillary campaign! Unforgivable! Meet your new Secretary of State, people.

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  34. Donzo says:

    This article at American Greatness paints a gaming picture of Tillerson’s tenure.
    https://amgreatness.com/2018/03/13/toppling-tillerson/

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  35. Rynn69 says:

    Many souls bought and sold.

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