Trump's Secretary of State called him a "moron"
According to NBC News, Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump's Secretary of State, reportedly called President Trump a "moron" following a July 20th meeting that took place in the Pentagon.
Multiple members of Trump's senior administration have confirmed the news, which has rocked the public perception of Trump and Tillerson's relationship, resulting in Tillerson announcing an unscheduled appearance, where he reaffirmed his commitment to the President. Some speculated he would quit, but it seems that the two have mended their differences.
Tillerson holds that he "has never considered leaving."
President Trump Tweeted today that NBC is "fake news":
According to the same NBC News report, Tillerson tried to quit in July, and Vice President Mike Pence swayed his mind, encouraging him to stay. If NBC's report is true, Trump's recent Tweets about North Korea would not have, in any capacity, helped.
Downplaying North Korean diplomacy appears to be a deeply counterproductive course of action for Trump. If Tillerson is being told by the President that his job is a waste of time, and he has already expressed intention to quit, it seems inevitable that the Secretary of State has become a compromised role.
But, the Secretary contradicts the information of the NBC News report, once again creating a schism between the media and the Trump administration.
From the very start, Tillerson was perhaps Trump's most controversial cabinet pick. As the CEO of ExxonMobil for the past ten years, with no political experience, it was a clear indication of corporate-government collusion that an oil executive was granted the position of Secretary of State.
Cutting through the fog of Trump outrage, here is an extremely troubling undermining of the nation's ability to make decisions regarding climate and fossil fuel policy. Why on Earth would the Secretary of State be a man with express financial incentive to expand the use of fossil fuels and ignore concerns about climate change? This is not a contest of ideas, but a contest of shareholders. What could any environmentalist group do, what policy could possibly be passed, when the Secretary of State himself was the CEO of a company that makes more profit the more they ignore and dismiss climate regulations?
It's all a major facet of the 'swamp', that 'revolving door' between lobbyists and politicians that trump decried so fervently in his rise to the Presidency. Yet, he harbors the swamp and allows it to grow the more he stocks his cabinet with private interests who have no record of public service.
Betsy DeVos was accused of buying her way into Trump's cabinet, and her brother was the CEO of a mercenary company called Blackwater. Between oil interests and private capital putting people with no civil experience into government, Trump's swamp has differed from Obama's only in the brazen directness of its brand of oligarchy.
In the debate over freedom of speech, the component of money in politics is often overlooked. Who gets to speak and decide policy? CEOs, lobbyists and bankers, for the most part. Rex Tillerson was the CEO of a gigantic multinational corporation and is now the Secretary of State. In what way is there no conflict of interest here?
The swamp plods on.