In just six months Donald Trump has experienced multiple resignations from his staff. Most recently Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned. The reasons were not clear as conflicting stories were offered to the press. Several positions remain vacant, including the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Association, FEMA, and the Chief Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, as well as several key positions in the State Department.
Hurricane season is near. Trump has nominated Brock Long to lead FEMA, but there is no date set for his confirmation hearings. There is no nominee for NOAA.
Rex Tillerson is Trump’s Secretary of State. Under past, qualified presidents, this has been the most important position in their cabinet. He or she is America’s top diplomat, and has become the nation’s foremost crisis manager.
There are rumblings in the State Department that Tillerson is considering his resignation. CNN is reporting that sources close to Tillerson’s friends outside of Washington are claiming that they are witnessing a “noticeable increase in the secretary’s frustration.”
Trump and Tillerson have had many disagreements in six months, and the situation between the two is not improving. Insufficient staffing and Trump’s refusal to support and communicate with the Secretary are adding to the discord between the two men.
“According to a report in Politico, Tillerson lashed out at White House staffers over the negative media coverage and hiring blockades, as his department is still trying to fill positions several months into the year.”
It has also been reported that Tillerson is frustrated with Trump’s continual undermining of his efforts to conduct the duties of his office. Trump frequently contradicts statements made by the Secretary in his early morning “twitterfests.”
Tillerson is unqualified for his position; I will not be sad to see him go. However, if Tillersson takes a “Rexit” as it has already been labeled, it will offer additional proof that the White House is dysfunctional, and that the ‘inmates are running the asylum.’
The most recent proof that no man or woman with principles and a desire to keep his or her dignity will work for Trump, is offered by his legal team. None of the most qualified attorneys who have experience with political matters will work for him.
Once again I want to say that Pence and his hypocritical party must do the right thing for our nation; for the American people. Trump is unfit to perform his duties; article 25 must be enforced. Time for Donny Boy to go back and play in his golden tower and end our national nightmare.
Please re-post; thank you.
Op-ed by James Turnage
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