There is no hiding the fact that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has not always seen eye-to-eye with President Trump over the last eight and a half months, but a new report coming to us from NBC News indicates that the divide between the two may be much larger than many political pundits had initially thought.
According to multiple sources on the President’s national security team and within his own cabinet, in late July, shortly after the President made a political speech to the Boy Scouts, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson threatened to resign. Tillerson, who himself was once a leader of a youth organization, apparently did not agree with the President’s speech. Tillerson was at his son’s wedding in Texas when Trump’s Boy Scouts speech took place, and according to reports, he threatened to not return to Washington.
Then following a meeting at the Pentagon on July 20, Tillerson openly referred to President Trump as ‘a moron” and was clearly angered by his public behavior.
As tensions built following Trump’s highly criticized Boy Scouts speech, and as Tillerson was reportedly ready to resign from his position, Vice President Mike Pence, as well as other White House officials, were brought in to convince him otherwise. It is not known what Pence or the other officials had said to Tillerson in order to convince him to stay on board, but whatever it was, Tillerson has remained at the helm of the State Department ever since.
According to sources, tensions between Tillerson and Trump has eased somewhat, but the relationship is far from perfect. In fact, just last week the President undermined Tillerson while he was meeting with North Korean diplomats, tweeting:
“I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man. Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!”
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