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Tillerson threatened to quit after calling Trump a ‘moron’ in Pentagon meeting on ISIS: report

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had to be talked out of quitting this summer as he clashed with President Donald Trump — whom he dismissed as a “moron.”

Tillerson was infuriated after the president delivered a raunchy and highly politicized speech in late July to the Boy Scouts of America, an organization the secretary of state once led, reported NBC News.

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The secretary of state had openly criticized Trump as a “moron” just days before, after a July 20 meeting at the Pentagon to discuss the Islamic State with the president’s national security team and Cabinet officials, according to three officials with knowledge of the incident.

“We’re doing very well against ISIS,” the president said before entering that meeting. “ISIS is falling fast, very fast.”

Afterward, Trump described the meeting as “absolutely great.”

Tillerson was in Texas for his son’s wedding when Trump addressed the Boy Scouts, and he threatened not to return to Washington.

Vice President Mike Pence gave him a “pep talk” afterward, and other top administration officials begged Tillerson to stay on the job until at least the end of the year, the sources said.

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“They did beg him to stay,” said one senior administration official. “They just wanted stability.”

The sources identified those officials as retired Gen. John Kelly, who became chief of staff not long afterward, and Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Pence has since asked Tillerson to be more respectful of Trump in meetings and in public, although those tensions again spilled out into the open this week when Trump tweeted out criticism of the secretary’s handling of North Korea diplomacy.

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State Department spokesman R.C. Hammond denied that Tillerson considered quitting or called Trump a moron, and he denied knowledge of what the secretary and Pence discussed.


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Pro-Trump reporter John Solomon attacks Fiona Hill for debunking his Ukraine conspiracy theories

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On Tuesday, National Security Council official Fiona Hill testified that the right-wing narrative Ukraine colluded with Democrats to interfere in the 2016 election — rather than Russia working to help Donald Trump — is a "fictional narrative" and a piece of propaganda promoted by Russia.

One person was enraged at this testimony — John Solomon, the notorious right-wing reporter who covered Ukraine's supposed interference in the 2016 election extensively. He fired off multiple angry tweets attacking Fiona Hill:

How dare Fiona Hill question my patriotism or suggest I was part of a Russian disinformation campaign without a single fact. My sources were all US officials or Ukrainian officials aligned against Russia. Her accusations must have made Joe McCarthy smile up from hell.

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Democrats declare there’s enough evidence for a vote on impeaching Donald Trump: report

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On Thursday, according to CNN House Democrats are announcing that they have enough evidence to move forward with the final vote to impeach President Donald Trump.

Breaking: Dems say enough evidence to move forward on impeachment. Vote likely by mid-December. They will not wait for courts to force additional witnesses - @Phil_Mattingly reporting.

— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) November 21, 2019

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Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani accuses Mike Pompeo’s State Department of obstruction of justice

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Keeping track of the Republican defenses of President Donald Trump got a little more difficult on Thursday when his private attorney appeared to throw his Secretary of State under the bus.

Rudy Giuliani suggested Secretary of State Mike Pompeo may have committed obstruction by refusing visas to three Ukrainians the former New York City mayor wants to testify about conspiracy theories.

"The embassy in Ukraine refuses to give visas for three witnesses, two present prosecutors and the former Prosecutor General, who have direct evidence of major Dem corruption in Ukraine in 2016," Giuliani argued.

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