Rex Tillerson In Hot Water Over Trump Comment

Is there trouble afoot in President Donald Trump’s White House? Answers to that question will vary depending on who is being asked - as well as who is posing the question - but it certainly seems like something is amiss. There have been a number of high-profile resignations of late, and Trump himself has been the subject of a tremendous amount of criticism for his Charlottesville remarks. As the New York Daily News shares, speculation is running rampant on who may be the next to go, and a clue may have emerged over the weekend.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made the talk show rounds this weekend, and he sat down for a chat with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” As you would expect, the backlash that has been heading in the direction of his boss was a big topic of conversation. While the firestorm over Charlottesville has subsided for the most part, the media frenzy left a ton of scars behind.

“I don’t believe anyone doubts the American people’s values or the commitment of the American government or the government’s agencies to advancing those values and defending those values,” Tillerson said.

Wallace would then turn that into a question on what Trump’s values are, and Tillerson had a pointed response.

“The President speaks for himself,” Tillerson replied.

Wallace seemed to be surprised by Tillerson’s response, and many members of the press have seized on the response as a sign that Tillerson may be the next one to go. So is there anything to see here? It’s tough to say. Tillerson seems to be a straight shooter, and he doesn’t come across as the type that would use an interview to deliver a message to POTUS.

That begin said, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he was taking a veiled shot at Trump. There have been rumblings that he wants out, and those rumblings began well before Trump was ripped to shreds over his remarks. The job may simply not be for him, or he may have found that his views don’t align with the Trump agenda. Either way, it’s mere speculation until we see him head for the exits.

Tillerson would also offer up some comments on Sebastian Gorka, the former deputy assistant to the president that resigned on Friday. Gorka indicated that the White House was drifting too far from Trump’s message when it comes to battling terrorism. As Tillerson sees it, Gorka is the one that’s doing the drifting.

“It shows a lack of understanding of the President's broader policy when it comes to protecting Americans at home and abroad from all acts of terrorism,” he said.

Add it all up, and the slew of resignations could be a sign of trouble - but it could also simply amount to a righting of the ship. There are exits from every presidential administration, but interest remains incredibly high in the Trump era. Each and every personnel decision is under closer scrutiny than ones made by his predecessors, and this could all be much ado about nothing. That being said, a continuing pattern of high-profile exits after this wave would be a troubling sign.

Source: NY Daily News
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