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Axios: Trump Increasingly Frustrated With Tillerson

Axios: Trump Increasingly Frustrated With Tillerson
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (AP Images)

By    |   Monday, 28 August 2017 11:45 AM

President Donald Trump is becoming increasingly frustrated with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Axios reported on Monday.

The report comes a day after Tillerson distanced himself from Trump's remarks following the deadly Charlottesville, Virginia protests, telling Fox News that the president "speaks for himself" and appearing to question the president's values.

Trump's exasperation with Tillerson has reportedly been growing for some time, with one source saying that after the president returned from a meeting on Afghanistan, he said that "Rex just doesn't get it, he's totally establishment in his thinking," according to Axios.

Trump administration officials are reportedly upset that Tillerson still doesn't have political appointees in the top roles at the State Department and instead has allowed these critical jobs to remain with staffers whose diplomatic stature is diminished because they are not there for the long run.

Critics also say Tillerson has destroyed morale at the State Department, empowering only a very small inner circle.

The tensions between the president and secretary of state also have reportedly increased due to differing approaches on key foreign policy issues.

For example, Tillerson continues recommending to Trump to re-certify Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal; while the president has made clear he wants to cancel it.

In addition, Trump attacked Qatar for funding terrorism "at a very high level" and supported the Saudi-led blockade, while Tillerson muddied the president's message, urging Qatar's neighbors to ease up on the blockade and engage in "calm and thoughtful dialogue."

Amid the heightened tension between the two, Trump is reportedly having lunch with Tillerson on Monday, along with Vice President Mike Pence, The Daily Caller reported.

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