In August of 2017, conservative writer Max Boot penned an op-ed slamming then-secretary of state Rex Tillerson as having proved himself a “failure at every aspect of being secretary of state,” adding that he should “do the country a favor and resign.” But in a piece published this Sunday in the Washington Post, Boot would like to offer Tillerson an apology — an apology for “underestimating his virtues.”
“Now that his successor as secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is verbally assaulting a reporter and refusing to defend a career ambassador from character assassination — and possibly worse — I miss ol’ Rex and his Boy Scout ethos,” Boot writes.
Boot is referring to Pompeo’s recent dust up with an NPR reporter, where he accused her of lying about questions regarding Ukraine in the run up to an interview. According to Boot, while Tillerson may have been in over his head during his time in President Trump’s administration, “he was at least ethical and well-intentioned — and not afraid to stand up to President Trump.”
“While Tillerson worked to restrain Trump from leaving the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate accord, Pompeo has been nothing but a smirking cheerleader for the president’s most pugnacious instincts,” Boot writes. “He is, in fact, the mastermind behind a standoff that has left Iran closer to having a nuclear weapon than when Trump took office. His reward for being Trump’s enabler is to amass far more influence than Tillerson ever did. Pompeo is the most powerful member of the Cabinet, easily overshadowing the low-profile national security adviser and defense secretary. He is a virtual prime minister.”
According to Boot, “Pompeo’s rise to preeminence has not served either the president or the country well.”
“[Pompeo] had a front-row seat to Trump’s efforts to blackmail Ukraine into announcing an investigation of Joe Biden — and he did nothing to stop the unethical actions that have now gotten Trump impeached.”
Read his full piece over at The Washington Post.
GOP terrified civil war between Trump allies could sink their Senate prospects in Georgia: report
On Tuesday, Bloomberg News reported that Republicans are starting to worry that the ongoing fight between two allies of President Donald Trump in a Georgia Senate contest could jeopardize their chances of holding the seat departed by Sen. Johnny Isakson — and by extension, their Senate majority.
The conflict is between Rep. Doug Collins, a Trump bulldog who led the GOP efforts against impeachment in the House, and Kelly Loeffler, a businesswoman appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to the Senate vacancy despite lobbying from Trump to pick Collins. Both are running in the Senate special election, which, under Georgia law, will feature a "jungle primary" in which everyone from both parties runs on the same ballot and the top two advance to a runoff if no one wins a majority.
Trump’s doctor tricked president into eating vegetables and kept ice cream out of reach
Former White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson infamously declared "great genes" might allow President Donald Trump to live 200 years -- but in reality he tried to trick his patient into losing weight.
Jackson, who's now running for Congress in Texas, pressed Trump to lose 10 to 15 pounds and exercise more, but his proposal met resistance from the president, reported the New York Times.
The physician, who left the West Wing in December, proclaimed Trump a healthy 239 pounds but hoped to implement a diet and exercise regimen before his short-lived nomination to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.
REVEALED: How a GOP operative used Trump’s hatred of Mueller to help free infamously corrupt governor
The Wall Street Journal has published a major new report about how Republican operative Mark Vargas used President Donald Trump's hatred of former special counsel Robert Mueller to wage a years-long public relations battle that culminated in the release of infamously corrupt former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
According to WSJ, Vargas helped get Trump to commute Blagojevich's sentence by writing opinion pieces that cast the former governor as a victim of a "deep state" conspiracy led by Mueller and former FBI Director James Comey.