President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s relationship is rapidly deteriorating. The president has publicly undercut his top diplomat more than once, and a bombshell Washington Post report this week portrayed tensions based not only on major policy disagreements, but small matters as well.
Trump is reportedly ‘furious’ that Tillerson got more press coverage than his Vegas trip after it was reported that Tillerson called Trump a “moron” and threatened to quit. Now, Trump may replace him with CIA director Mike Pompeo, according to an Axios report.
Trump is said to have a good rapport with Pompeo, who delivers the President’s Daily Brief. According to Axios, Pompeo would be seen by world leaders as a member of Trump’s inner circle, in a way Tillerson is not.
Axios’ sources say that Trump is furious that Tillerson didn’t explicitly deny that he called Trump a “moron” this week, and that any hope of getting the two men to come to some kind of understanding has been completely dashed.
“Insiders say Trump’s relationship with Tillerson is broken beyond repair,” Axios reports. “We’re told Trump was furious that Tillerson didn’t try to blunt the story about him calling the president a ‘moron,’ by just going out and denying it.”
Trump was also reportedly angry that Tillerson’s “moron” comment overshadowed footage of him trying to comfort shooting victims in Las Vegas.
“After what Trump considered a strong trip to Vegas, he seethed when he got back and saw Tillerson’s gaffe dominating cable-news coverage,” Axios writes. “Everywhere he flipped, there was Tillerson’s face instead of his.”