“Pompeo, who has defended Trump in the past and speaks with him daily, could seemingly transition smoothly into the role of secretary of state. Pompeo has credibility as a member of Trump’s inner circle and, unlike Tillerson, has a wide variety of government experience.”
President Donald Trump may look to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo after an NBC News report said Tillerson had called Trump a “moron” over the summer, according to Mike Allen of the news website Axios. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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Tillerson’s relationship with Trump is damaged beyond repair. Not only did he called Trump a “fucking moron” in July — possibly about the US strategy in Afghanistan — but he now derides Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, as “the royal family.”
Tillerson has kept his job — perhaps at the request of the vice-president — because Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, does not want any more staff shake-ups BEFORE the end of this year, as they generate negative media coverage.
Although this is pure gossip at this point, I find it very likely to be true. [For sure, other people will be considered for the job.]
Endorsement from MAGA
According to Dr. Sebastian Gorka — Chief strategist for the MAGA Coalition — “Having somebody like Pompeo come into the State Department would be great news.”
“I had lunch with Mike Pompeo very soon after the inauguration, in the Navy mess, in the West Wing. This guy is fully on board, very loyal to the president. He’s one of us. He is a MAGA man. It would be fabulous if he was given any position outside of the CIA as well. He’s doing superb work there.”
As a CIA director, Pompeo is clearly a failure. Just read the few speeches he delivered over the last few months. It is always about the Trump’s policies and never once about Intelligence. Pompeo may be a smart gut but he is not an “Intelligence” person. I cannot imagine one CIA analyst being happy in such an atmosphere…Pompeo could be well on his way to be remembered as the worst CIA Director EVER.
Thus, there is no doubt that — given half a chance — Pompeo would take the job. Actually, he could very well be a good and decent secretary of State.
I take this opportunity to remind you of something I wrote on the day Pompeo was chosen as CIA Director:
Pompeo is VERY close to Mr Trump’s running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, and helped prepare him for his televised vice-presidential debate. REMEMBER THAT! (Just in case we have to talk about impeachment sometimes down the road…)
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