Must-watch. Wallace asks Tillerson if Trump speaks for American values: “The President speaks for himself.” (Note Wallace’s reaction.) pic.twitter.com/fHEk6qjwPd
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 27, 2017
President Donald Trump’s patience with Rex Tillerson, his secretary of state, is wearing thin according to a new report from Axios.
Jonathan Swan reports that the president “has been growing increasingly frustrated with his Secretary of State,” with Axios’s Mike Allen adding that U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is a possible replacement.
One source told Swan that after Trump returned from a recent meeting on Afghanistan, the president said “Rex just doesn’t get it, he’s totally establishment in his thinking.”
“We’ve been hearing for weeks, from sources who’ve spoken to the president, that Trump is getting more and more fed up with Tillerson, who has still yet to staff his agency,” Swan reports.
There are apparently growing concerns in the administration that Tillerson has yet to appoint top roles at the State Department, “empowering only the tiniest inner circle,” which falls in line with reports the secretary of state has “destroyed morale” at the department.
Trump’s frustrations were likely compounded by Tillerson’s eyebrow-raising comments to Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, in which the secretary of state seemed to distance himself from Trump’s response to the Charlottesville terror attack.
When asked about the “president’s values,” Tillerson said “the president speaks for himself,” a remark that left Wallace perplexed.
Watch Tillerson’s Sunday comments above, via Fox News.
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