Tillerson Decries ‘Alternative Realities,’ Leaders Who ‘Conceal the Truth’ in Loaded Commencement Speech

The latest commencement speaker to make veiled references denouncing threats to established norma of American society is… Rex Tillerson? Tillerson delivered the Virginia Military Institute commencement today and made some interesting remarks about leadership and the truth, less than two months after leaving the Trump White House. The former Secretary of State spoke of global challenges before expressing his concern about “the state of our American democracy,” particularly a “growing crisis of ethics and integrity.” He went on to emphasize the importance of the truth:
If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no long grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom. This is the life of non-democratic societies… A responsibility of every American citizen to each other is to preserve and protect our freedom by recognizing what truth Continue reading "Tillerson Decries ‘Alternative Realities,’ Leaders Who ‘Conceal the Truth’ in Loaded Commencement Speech"

Ronan Farrow on Rex Tillerson: He Told Me He Didn’t Know What He Was Doing As Secretary of State

Ronan Farrow spoke to Seth Meyers last night on Late Night, and he offered some interesting insight into what he learned about Rex Tillerson while writing his foreign policy book: War On Peace. After Meyers finished his mock White House press briefing, he spoke to Farrow about the former secretary of state’s very frank comments in the book. “Tillerson, if he had any logic, knew that he was going to be fired on some level,” Farrow said. “Maybe that’s why he’s so frank in this book. He basically says ‘I didn’t know what I was doing, I wasn’t experienced enough for it.'” Farrow continued to say that Tillerson blames the White House for his unceremonious dismissal earlier this year, but Farrow wasn’t “surprised” since “it is apparent to anyone looking at the State Department…that it’s become something of a dumpster fire.” Farrow called it a sad Continue reading "Ronan Farrow on Rex Tillerson: He Told Me He Didn’t Know What He Was Doing As Secretary of State"

John Goodman Lampoons Rex Tillerson on SNL: ‘Trump is a Moron!’

Saturday Night Live kicked off their show tonight with John Goodman doing an impersonation of Rex Tillerson, who was clearly broken up about being fired as Secretary of State this week. Alex Moffat brought back his impression of CNN’s Anderson Cooper in order to ask Kate McKinnon‘s Jeff Sessions to explain the Department of Justice’s decision to fire Andrew McCabe last night. Sessions tried to sidestep the issue, but he did say at one point “Trump made me do it,” and Robert Mueller would be toast if he gets fired too. From there, Cooper turned to “Tillerson,” who was obviously not okay as he talked about all the details surrounding his humiliating dismissal. He continued to stew throughout the panel interview, though at one point, the former secretary more or less confirmed the old rumors by shouting “Trump is a moron!” Tonight’s guest host and returning SNL Continue reading "John Goodman Lampoons Rex Tillerson on SNL: ‘Trump is a Moron!’"

John Kelly Reportedly Held Meeting Where Senior Staffers Joked About Firings

“John Kelly’s day from hell,” blares the headline for a fresh-n-scoopy report from Axios, which details the White House chief of staff’s Friday — from a morning packed with reports of administration chaos to an evening in which his embarrassing comments about Rex Tillerson leaked. According to Axios, in the 8 a.m. meeting with 20 senior staffers, John Kelly addressed reports speculating that President Donald Trump was considering firing any number of WH officials. “This is on the record, since you’re all going to go out and tell the press, anyway,” Kelly said in the meeting, per Axios. “Contrary to what’s been reported, H.R. and I are still here,” he added, referencing reports that Trump was considering ousting both his chief of staff and national security adviser HR McMaster. Kelly then apparently delivered a what sounds like a Trump White House take on the St Crispin’s Continue reading "John Kelly Reportedly Held Meeting Where Senior Staffers Joked About Firings"

John Kelly Reportedly Held Meeting Where Senior Staffers Joked About Firings

“John Kelly’s day from hell,” blares the headline for a fresh-n-scoopy report from Axios, which details the White House chief of staff’s Friday — from a morning packed with reports of administration chaos to an evening in which his embarrassing comments about Rex Tillerson leaked. According to Axios, in the 8 a.m. meeting with 20 senior staffers, John Kelly addressed reports speculating that President Donald Trump was considering firing any number of WH officials. “This is on the record, since you’re all going to go out and tell the press, anyway,” Kelly said in the meeting, per Axios. “Contrary to what’s been reported, H.R. and I are still here,” he added, referencing reports that Trump was considering ousting both his chief of staff and national security adviser HR McMaster. Kelly then apparently delivered a what sounds like a Trump White House take on the St Crispin’s Continue reading "John Kelly Reportedly Held Meeting Where Senior Staffers Joked About Firings"

Brutal Washington Post Op-Ed Declares Rex Tillerson ‘Worst Secretary of State Since’ 1898

Washington Post columnist Max Boot penned a brutal post-State Department obituary for Rex Tillerson, calling the ousted secretary of state the “worst” person to hold that position since 1898. Tillerson, who was removed from his position in a messy ouster that still hasn’t really been explained, lost his post amid yet another major White House shake-up under President Donald Trump. While his ruthless firing may have been first announced in a Trump tweet, Boot did not spare much sympathy for the former ExxonMobil chief. The writer accused Tillerson of caused “morale” to plummet at the State Department, that was followed by “an exodus of talent” — pointing to the almost one-third of senior officials who left their positions amid the Trump administration led State Department. Boot continued his attacks on Tillerson by pointing to the following errors:
“Tillerson was as unsuccessful at managing the president as he was his Continue reading "Brutal Washington Post Op-Ed Declares Rex Tillerson ‘Worst Secretary of State Since’ 1898"

Morning Joe Makes Case That Tillerson Firing Proves Trump is a ‘Moron’: ‘This is a Hot Mess’

Morning Joe was not impressed with President Trump today as they reviewed the implications of Rex Tillerson‘s firing as Secretary of State. During today’s show, Joe Scarborough bashed Trump for his habit of demeaning and humiliating members of his administration, even as they walk away from the White House. Scarborough noted how Trump and Tillerson contradicted each other on foreign policy in the past, and he eventually brought up the report about the time where the president ordered the secretary of state to eat a salad. “Why don’t you, Mr. President, if you’re so damn hungry,” Scarborough said. “It does no good to humiliate yourself for Donald Trump. When are people going to learn that?” Later on, as the panel held an interview with Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), Mika Brzezinski wondered whether Trump made his decision because he held a grudge against Tillerson for supposedly calling him Continue reading "Morning Joe Makes Case That Tillerson Firing Proves Trump is a ‘Moron’: ‘This is a Hot Mess’"