DML op-ed: Losing Tillerson and Sessions would be bad

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Although my trust in the mainstream media is about as low as it can get, not everything they print is false.  For example, The New York Times reported about Don Jr. meeting with a Russian lawyer to get dirt on Hillary Clinton and it turned out to be true.

Of course the liberal media’s reports come with an unprofessional bias to eliminate any success the Trump administration may be close to grabbing, but the president’s unconventional presidency does its part in fueling the fire at times.

Whether we Trump supporters like to admit it or not, his tweets do not help his team, and in some cases leaves them wondering if they will be the next name under attack.

The above said, the following report about Sec. of State Tillerson comes from CNN, and so it should be taken with three grains of salt. One grain comes from the fake news shaker, and the second grain comes from CNN’s desire to eat Trump alive. But the third grain comes from the small pile of possibility that it’s real news.

Don’t be shocked if it is. In corporate America, undermining your management team in public is a major no-no, even if they are guilty of a mistake or wrong doing. Tillerson is very corporate America, he conducts himself very professionally, and I’m guessing he doesn’t fit well in an environment that breaks from corporate protocol.

The current situation at the White House is anything but corporate. In fact, I know from insiders that the White House staff’s attitude hinges on what and when the president tweets. To a guy like Tillerson who has all the money in the world, and who can land a 8-figure CEO gig just about anywhere he wants, walking on glass isn’t something he’s going to do for very long.

According to a CNN report Monday, the former CEO of ExxonMobil Corp is growing unhappy with the Trump administration and may be contemplating leaving the White House.

Tillerson has said in the past that he would remain in his position as Sec. of State until the end of 2017 at a minimum, but CNN reported today he is considering a much earlier exit.

CNN cites nameless sources “familiar with Tillerson’s conversations with friends outside Washington,” who claim Rex could be simply venting his frustration over Trump’s behavior. But the word is Tillerson thought it was unprofessional when the president slammed Jeff Sessions to The New York Times over his recusal from the Russia investigation.

Then tack on how Trump referred to Sessions as “beleaguered” in a Monday morning tweet, and the CNN report about Tillerson grows more interesting.

As a person who reports on the news each day, I am so impressed with the job Sessions is doing at the DOJ.  If Trump loses Sessions it will be bad.  But if he loses Sessions and Tillerson — two of the three top people in his administration — it will be hard to recover in time for 2018.  It may be hard to recover altogether.

The third person of significance is Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and he too is being listed as “soon to be replaced.”

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