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Deep Doo-doo at “State, Pt. 2

October 4, 2017

This morning, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the President that he had no intention of resigning. President Trump will have to fire him.

As we saw with respect to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, the President forced Secretary Price to resign.

The Trump Administration has been disorganized from the start and deformed by the President’s lack of knowledge of government and his belief that he can run the U.S. government like his family business. That makes it unlikely that he will ask for Tillerson’s resignation.

The President and Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, will have to live with Tillerson.

The danger in all this is, of course, that the President thinks that he can make deals with foreign governments or dispatch his son-in-law and daughter to represent him when he is otherwise preoccupied. Otherwise, the Administration runs on autopilot.

Unfortunately, what the President believes is his ability to make deals is actually openness to opportunities that would have been ignored, if he was guided by long-term planning, delegation of responsibility to professionals, or, quite simply, focused.

An un-focused real estate tycoon can be driven through a community and see opportunity that others overlook. And he can act impulsively. After all, it’s only money.

But American government involves the lives, security and safety of more than three hundred million Americans. A rash statement, military maneuvers that surprise our adversaries, or lack of intelligence and advice from seasoned and loyal political appointees, hampers the Trump Administration and puts us all at risk.

Tillerson is wagering that he will not be fired and that his situation will improve after the poop now hitting the State Department is flung at Paul Manafort, Gen. Mike Flynn, Jared Kushner and Donald Trump, Jr.

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