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Deep Doo-doo at “State”

October 4, 2017

NBC News reports that, this summer, U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, was near resigning.

And well he might.

Tillerson was ill-prepared to shepherd U.S. diplomacy in any U.S. Administration and especially in an Administration in which he had no previous relationship with Donald Trump.

Moreover, it was clear from the very start of the Trump Administration that former South Carolina governor, now UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, had assumed a vocal role in uttering what seemed to be foreign policy positions.  U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, over his head in his role as Secretary of State, was placed into situations with foreign leaders without any institutional support nor even one policy guru in his entourage.

President Trump’s recent rebuke of Tillerson’s opening back channel talks with North Korea is probably the last straw and Tillerson will retire to private life upon his return from the People’s Republic of China where he is organizing President Trump’s visit.

Tillerson’s short tenure as U.S. Secretary of State was to be expected and should not surprise any close observer of the Washington scene.

What may surprise us, however, are indictments by Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, of Paul Manafort, Gen. Mike Flynn, Jared Kushner and Donald Trump, Jr. that will carefully suggest that candidate Donald Trump was also involved in improper negotiations with Russia during the Presidential campaign.

One sign that something like that is possible was the Vice President’s “tweet” offering condolences to the families of the dead and survivors of the Las Vegas attack.

The President’s tweet was sufficient and Vice President Pence’s tweet upstaged the President.

Why would a seasoned politician like Mike Pence do something like that?

Was he not in contact with his senior staff who rushed to issue a well-crafted tweet?

My best guess is that Vice President Pence knew full well what his staff was doing, and knows how damaging Mueller’s findings will be and that very soon he may become Donald Trump’s successor. Lurking in everyone’s mind is suspicion that the President foolishly compromised himself during his Moscow “Miss Universe” pageant or that his company was, and is currently, heavily involved in real estate transactions in Russia.

There are indications that U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chief of Staff John F. Kelly believe that the President is unstable, ignorant of how governments are administered, and too willing to risk going to war. Though both may feel that the Iran Agreement was a mistake, abandoning that Agreement now when the President of the United States is Donald Trump is not good policy.

U.N. Secretary Nikki Haley, a former state legislator and Governor of South Carolina, will succeed Rex Tillerson and peace will come to the President’s family run business–at least for awhile.

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