Quantcast
Connect with us

Rex Tillerson out of touch with the White House: ‘Calls aren’t getting returned — that kind of crap’

Published

on

White House officials have complained they can’t get through to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whose chief of staff has closed off access to her boss.

The former Exxon Mobil chief executive has frustrated White House officials by surrounding himself with a tight circle of aides, led by his chief of staff, reported the Washington Post.

State Department chief of staff Margaret Peterlin has built a barrier around Tillerson, some Trump aides told the newspaper, and put herself — “and only her,” one administration official sniffed — at the center of information and decision making in the diplomatic agency.

ADVERTISEMENT

Peterlin has been limiting access to Tillerson, one outside adviser told the newspaper, which has forced White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and other top officials to “sneak around” or call the secretary of state on his cell phone.

“It is stove-piped,” one senior administration official said. “Calls aren’t getting returned. It’s that kind of crap.”

Some Trump administration officials believe Peterlin has taken too much of a role in hiring state department personnel, although State Department aides dismissed the complaints as sour grapes over political appointees.

Tillerson likes to interview two candidates for most department jobs, the newspaper reported, and he won’t hire an inexperienced candidate simply because they worked as a Trump campaign operative.

“A desire for political patronage does not help a candidate overcome a lack of competence,” said senior State Department aide R.C. Hammond.

ADVERTISEMENT

The White House has picked candidates for about a dozen ambassadorships, but the State Department hasn’t acted on the recommendations or even commented on them.

“Not a word back from State,” one adviser said.

Peterlin declined to comment, but Hammond said she’s simply doing her job — which is acting on Tillerson’s orders.

ADVERTISEMENT

“She is the chief of staff,” Hammond said. “Her job is to implement what the secretary wants her to do. She leads the staff to be the implementers of what the secretary wants to get done. Margaret doesn’t freelance.”


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Internet scorns Trump for saying D.C. was the ‘safest place on earth last night’: ‘Bunker Boy says what?’

Published

on

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to proudly proclaim he had succeeded in restoring order to Washington, D.C. last night.

Washington, D.C., was the safest place on earth last night!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2020

Commenters on social media did not see it the same way.

Did your hear that George W. Bush’s former alum have launched a Super PAC to elect Joe Biden?

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Trump campaign provokes outrage with demand that media stop saying protesters were tear gassed

Published

on

On Tuesday, the Trump campaign issued a statement demanding that the media "correct or retract" the reports that peaceful protesters were tear gassed in front of the White House — citing claims from the U.S. Park Police that the substance used to forcibly disperse the crowd was not tear gas.

This demand did not go over well on social media, with commenters siding with journalists over the official reports — and others asking what the point is for the White House to dispute the type of substance they sprayed at peaceful protesters.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

700 paratroopers ‘issued bayonets’ as 82nd Airborne prepares to carry out ‘Operation Themis’ at #DCprotests: report

Published

on

President Donald Trump's controversial decision to use the United States military against civil rights protesters in Washington, DC could escalate after airborne troops from Fort Bragg were staged outside the capital.

"Aircraft flying over DCA last night in a show of force against #GeorgeFloyd protesters were ordered by President [Trump] - US forces in DC are operating under an official mission: Operation Themis—Greek mythology, Themis = divine law & order," Associated Press correspondent James LaPorta reported Tuesday.

Continue Reading
 
 
You need honest news coverage. Help us deliver it. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image