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Friday, October 06, 2017

John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, abruptly scrapped plans to travel with President Donald Trump on Wednesday so he could try to contain his boss's fury and manage the fallout from new revelations about tensions between the president and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, according to six senior administration officials. Kelly summoned Tillerson, and their ally Defense Secretary James Mattis, to the White House, where the three of them huddled to discuss a path forward, according to three administration officials. Four senior administration officials said Trump first learned on Wednesday that Tillerson had disparaged him after a July 20 national security meeting at the Pentagon. Trump vented to Kelly Wednesday morning, leading Kelly to scrap plans to travel with the president to Las Vegas to meet with victims and first responders in Sunday's mass shooting.

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For the next two hours the president fumed inside the White House, venting to Kelly, officials said.

He left for Las Vegas shortly after 8 a.m., 20 minutes behind schedule.

Tillerson scrambled to pull together a statement, while his spokesman publicly apologized for his comments about Pence and Haley, saying he "spoke out of line about conversations I wasn't privy to."

Tillerson delivered a statement praising Trump and insisting he never considered resigning, but it's what he didn't say that further enraged Trump, officials said.

The secretary's refusal to deny that he had called the president a "moron" in his opening statement and in his responses to questions from reporters stoked Trump's anger and widened the rift between the two men, officials said.

After watching the secretary's response Wednesday, one White House official said, "When Tillerson didn't deny it, I assumed it was true."

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Bwa ha ha ha ha! messed up on so many levels.

#1 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-10-05 08:16 PM | Reply

The Klown Kar Kontinues to Kareen.

#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-10-05 08:38 PM | Reply

Who would like to see ol Rex get a paddling? Will he ask for "another sir!"?

#3 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-10-05 09:39 PM | Reply

Fake news.

#4 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2017-10-06 01:33 AM | Reply

For the next two hours the president fumed inside the White House, venting to Kelly, officials said.

That must've been a hissy fit of Dotardian proportions.LOL

#5 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2017-10-06 02:10 AM | Reply

donald is going to have a stroke long before his term ends.

#6 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-10-06 02:40 AM | Reply

Today is Friday, so it's Character Elimination Night.

#7 | Posted by Lohocla at 2017-10-06 06:17 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

REX! You will come kneel before Dotard the Orange!

#8 | Posted by 726 at 2017-10-06 07:36 AM | Reply

#6 We are not that lucky.

#9 | Posted by 726 at 2017-10-06 07:36 AM | Reply

Hmmm. Orange Julius is honked at Rex. To fire or not to fire? To resign or not to resign? Who would replace Tillerson at the bridge of the flaming, sinking, Ship of State after Americans watched it being torpedoed by The Big Boss Man? Hard to tell. Of course, the replacement has to go before the Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by Bob Corker, who now has little political allegiance to The Big Orange. I call this a Mexican standoff, but Rex and his boss have a hold of each other's -------. Who will squeeze first?

#10 | Posted by catdog at 2017-10-06 12:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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We do not have a President. The US is leaderless.

#11 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-10-06 02:04 PM | Reply

Thank god some of his closest advisers are mature adults.

#12 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-10-06 03:04 PM | Reply

"Thank god some of his closest advisers are mature adults." - #12 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-10-06 03:04 PM

So, American safety and prestige, not to mention its economic health, are dependent upon "some of his closest advisors."

Perhaps your prayers ("Thank god...") are better directed towards those "closest advisors" remaining in place.

#13 | Posted by Hans at 2017-10-06 03:11 PM | Reply

Perhaps your prayers ("Thank god...") are better directed towards those "closest advisors" remaining in place.

#13 | POSTED BY HANS

Absolutely. I would describe their staying on as borderline patriotic given what they have to put up with.

#14 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-10-06 03:29 PM | Reply

"I would describe their staying on as borderline patriotic given what they have to put up with." - #14 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-10-06 03:29 PM

Yeah, but Hillary had emails, so at least we're safe from that.

#15 | Posted by Hans at 2017-10-06 03:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

For the month of October, we have the Official Alternative Trump Presidential Theme Song (tm)

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#16 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-10-06 03:37 PM | Reply

Who would have tbought that the guy who seemed to have the balls to lead ExxonMobil for years suddenly lacked them when he should have admitted he was right to declare Trump is a ------- moron?

#17 | Posted by woe_is_W at 2017-10-06 08:07 PM | Reply

Its time these three talk to the rest of the cabinet about having Trump declared incompetent.

#18 | Posted by Tor at 2017-10-06 08:56 PM | Reply

Who would have tbought that the guy who seemed to have the balls to lead ExxonMobil for years suddenly lacked them when he should have admitted he was right to declare Trump is a ------- moron?

#17 | POSTED BY WOE_IS_W

he's in a position to be privy to stuff we don't know...he's 4th in line...given the 3 that precede
him he may figure there's a time to talk and a time to lay back in the cut and see what happens

#19 | Posted by ABlock at 2017-10-06 08:57 PM | Reply

19: Are you being serious?
Everyone with an IQ above room temperature knows Trump is a moron. Tillerson was stating the obvious.

#20 | Posted by woe_is_W at 2017-10-06 09:05 PM | Reply

It really would be the most American way Trump's reign of madness could end.

Just picture the two generals, Tillerson and five more cabinet members showing up in congress and declaring Trump legally unfit for office.

Career civil servants would clip Trump's POTUS powers with the speed they've been trained to reserve for executive branch kidnappings.

#21 | Posted by Tor at 2017-10-06 09:08 PM | Reply

Just picture the two generals, Tillerson and five more cabinet members showing up in congress and declaring Trump legally unfit for office.

Not going to happen until donald says to nuke something.

#22 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-10-06 09:12 PM | Reply

"he's in a position to be privy to stuff we don't know"
Exactly, that's why he said it.

#23 | Posted by woe_is_W at 2017-10-06 09:18 PM | Reply

DeVos Defends Trump: "Would a Moron Hire Me?"

www.newyorker.com

#24 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-06 10:53 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

he's in a position to be privy to stuff we don't know"
Exactly, that's why he said it.

#23 | POSTED BY WOE_IS_W

firstly...he said it out of anger and frustration about some crap that trump had just pulled

secondly...my point was that he is in a position to have inside knowledge, the type that

you and i aren't privy to, that concerns Muellers investigation and that his perception is

that to reef his sails, lay back in the cut, KEEP HIS MOUTH SHUT at this time, might in fact

serve him well, sooner than later...capisce ?

#25 | Posted by ABlock at 2017-10-06 11:45 PM | Reply

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