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#1 Posted : Thursday, November 30, 2017 7:47:34 AM(UTC)
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#2 Posted : Thursday, November 30, 2017 7:48:59 AM(UTC)
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That's one form of restructuring :)

Or is the correct term redesign?

I'm pretty sure its not reset.

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#3 Posted : Friday, December 1, 2017 4:38:35 PM(UTC)
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Today President Trump denied the rumors that Tillerson was on the way out. The denial came via social media, of course.

This could lead to endless speculation, but we'll see how long the Secretary lasts.

Let's see if he can hang on longer than Al Haig did in the first Reagan administration... he lasted about 15 months.
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#4 Posted : Friday, December 1, 2017 4:46:03 PM(UTC)
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Today President Trump denied the rumors that Tillerson was on the way out. The denial came via social media, of course.

This could lead to endless speculation, but we'll see how long the Secretary lasts.

Let's see if he can hang on longer than Al Haig did in the first Reagan administration... he lasted about 15 months.


Nikki Haley would be a much better choice to replace Tillerson than Pompeo. Haley has commanded more respect from people across the political spectrum and around the world. However, Trump seems to like and get along with Pompeo more than he does Haley. Haley would likely outshine Trump, while Pompeo would be more likely to do Trump's bidding. It's been reported that one of Trump's complaints about Tillerson is that Tillerson has been (rightly) more concerned with protecting the image of the U.S. around the world than repairing the image of Trump around the world.
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#5 Posted : Saturday, December 2, 2017 4:46:56 AM(UTC)
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The question of who is at the top is one thing, but take a look at the biography pages at state.gov. It is stunning how many senior posts are either vacant or the incumbebt is "acting"
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#6 Posted : Saturday, January 20, 2018 5:36:26 AM(UTC)
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The government has shut down... but Rex Tillerson is still SecState. In fact he's taking off on a trip to Europe next week.

This rumor of Rex Out, Pompeo In seems to have evaporated. At least for now.
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#7 Posted : Saturday, January 20, 2018 5:36:25 PM(UTC)
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I never thought he went anyplace. It made no sense, he is doing everything his boss wants. It is like Sessions. He is doing everything Trumps wants. All three are in lock step. Yes, little drama here and there.

I would not be surprised to see Rex leave a year from now though. And if he stays in 2019, he will be in the the long haul.

And no, I don't think Haley gets the job if rex departs. She wants to be President so not sure State is a good launching pad for that pursuit -- **Benghazi**, **email**. She can get there through other routes. Plus she already said she does not want the job.

Rex wants to complete the restructure before he leaves.
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#8 Posted : Tuesday, March 13, 2018 12:53:53 PM(UTC)
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Well, I guess the Times was just a little early on this one.

And for all those folks at State who might be cheering the departure of Rex, just wait til you see what the new guy is like.
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#9 Posted : Tuesday, March 13, 2018 1:44:25 PM(UTC)
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Well, I guess the Times was just a little early on this one.

And for all those folks at State who might be cheering the departure of Rex, just wait til you see what the new guy is like.


Yeah, Rex really hasn't been that bad as Secretary of State. In fact, he's been actually pretty good. And I'm not sure how much the State Department workforce as a whole really hated Rex himself, as opposed to Trump with Rex seen as doing Trump's bidding in slowly dismantling the department. Because whenever Rex has been seen as an independent voice, he has received relatively good press. The most recent example of this was that on Rex's last international flight home as Secretary of State, he said that he believed that Russia was behind the nerve agent attack on the Russian double agent and his daughter in Britain. This put him at odds with the White House, which won't say whether or not they think that Russia was behind the attack.

Unfortunately, if Pompeo is confirmed as Secretary of State, we likely won't see many episodes of independence from him.

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#10 Posted : Tuesday, March 13, 2018 3:12:49 PM(UTC)
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The other question I have is whether Pompeo will want to start his own restructuring/redesign/redecorating from scratch. Since not much is known about what if anything was done in the 14 or so months of the Tillerson era, I suspect Pompeo will have license to start all over again.
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#11 Posted : Tuesday, March 13, 2018 4:08:09 PM(UTC)
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I was sure Rex was in for the long haul.... at least Dec 2018. Oh, well...

Pompeo will be interesting... his comments on manning and snowden = A+. My apologies if you don't feel the same. :-(

Personally I don't think Rex ever recovered from calling Trump a moron... but then not denying it or apologizing for saying it.

Then Rex made no friends at State, from what I understand.

He had no support above or below.

Fun times...

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