The President — not only has there been tension on a personal level, but the president has undercut and clashed with Tillerson over key policy issues like Qatar, North Korea and Iran.
Recall a few weeks ago when we reported Trump was growing increasingly frustrated with Tillerson, telling colleagues: “Rex just doesn’t get it, he’s totally establishment in his thinking.” The White House didn’t challenge our report and ultimately issued the blandest statement — from a spokesperson, not Trump — in support of Tillerson…
The White House — this goes well beyond the National Security Council. Tillerson’s Chief of Staff Margaret Peterlin has accumulated an astonishing number of enemies across the administration.
The exchange of “Margaret stories” — including the time she reportedly vetted Condoleeza Rice’s request for a phone conversation with Tillerson — has become a frequent topic of conversation among administration officials who’ve dealt with her.