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Rep. Sean Duffy: Trump Has Control Over His Administration

(CNN's "New Day")

By    |   Monday, 09 October 2017 02:03 PM

Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., said Monday that apparent differences between President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are part of a "strategy."

Duffy said on CNN's "New Day" that past administrations tried "appeasement," but "President Trump has taken a new approach, which I think is smart."

"President Trump's approach, which is not only what he does publicly on Twitter and interviews, but also what he has his team do," he said.

"You can't separate Tillerson from Trump."

"But why not?" host Alisyn Camerota interrupted. "Congressman, they sound like they're completely separate. Secretary Tillerson is trying diplomacy and President Trump is tweeting out, 'give it up, Rex, it's not gonna work.'"

Duffy responded, "I don't buy into the idea President Trump doesn't have control over his administration. I look at Tillerson, and he looks like he's going in one direction and Trump is going in another. Is there some strategy that the president has here, to keep them off their game and off balance? I think there is."

The congressman affirmed that he believed Trump's repeated public contradictions of Tillerson, and outward opposition to his attempts at diplomacy, are part of a strategy to "keep people confused," when asked by Camerota.

"You know what? I do, "Duffy replied, adding, "when people don't do what Trump says, they're out of the administration. And the president doesn't have a problem with firing people, whether it was on reality TV shows or in the White House. So unless they were singing off the same sheet of music, I don't see how you'd see Rex Tillerson still in his position as secretary of state."

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Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., said Monday that apparent differences between President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are part of a "strategy."
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