Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has reportedly been having arguments with White House aides lately, and the negative press is upsetting him. Last month, news outlets leaked a story that he yelled at White House aide Johnny DeStefano regarding delays to appointments at the State Department.
This week, he was said to have fought with senior White House aide Stephen Miller in White House chief of staff Reince Priebus’s office, after Miller pushed him to enact tougher policies on immigration and change State Department policies. Tillerson reportedly made it “quite clear” that he wanted power over his own department, according to anonymous sources who leaked the story to Politico.
Two of Politico’s sources described the conversation as “tense,” noting that Tillerson didn’t “yell” at Miller like he reportedly did at Stefano.
Trump advisor Jared Kushner and Tillerson’s chief of staff, Margaret Peterlin, were also in the room. Politico reported that “Kushner told Peterlin that Tillerson’s outburst was unprofessional and that they needed to arrive at a solution, two of the people familiar with the exchange told the news outlet.”
Regarding the disagreement, State Department spokesman R.C. Hammond said, “Colleagues are capable of frank exchanges. Evaluating nominees did get off to a slow start, but it is now moving along at a pretty good clip.”
Tillerson has also reportedly had arguments with staffers about who should be nominated to ambassadorships. But, of course, these reports all come from unnamed sources, so take them for what they’re worth — an effort by media sources to make it look like there is constant unrest in the White House.
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