Politics What's it take to get fired by Trump?
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Getting fired from a job stinks, but sometimes that disappointment leads to better opportunities elsewhere. Getting fired from a job stinks, but sometimes that disappointment leads to better opportunities elsewhere. Consider that the case for several people the Cleveland Browns used to employ.
Rex Tillerson is out, but Ben Carson, for now, is still in. So are Betsy DeVos, Scott Pruitt and a handful of other Cabinet secretaries causing the White House and the Trump administration public relations headaches at the moment.
Trump aide, a former UConn trick-shot QB, has been fired
<p>A former UConn quarterback, John McEntee, was fired as President Donald Trump’s personal aide on Monday. McEntee, who is just 27 years old, was fired due to what is being called an “unspecified security issue:”</p>A former UConn quarterback, John McEntee, was fired as President Donald Trump’s personal aide on Monday.
There's a complicated storyline behind each, but the fact remains that in firing Tillerson, President Donald Trump ousted one of the Cabinet secretaries who hasn't been under the microscope for any questionable activity. They just disagree and didn't seem to get along.
In the past few weeks, multiple Trump Cabinet secretaries have been under scrutiny for these things:
- Not being able to answer basic questions about their job ( ).
- Ordering expensive office furniture on the taxpayer dime ( ).
- Taking trips, including to Europe, and being investigated by the Office of the Inspector General ( ).
- Flying first class as a security precaution and also security contracting issues ( ).
- Undercutting a presidential tweet by moving forward with a plan to allow the importation of elephant trophies ( ).
If you widen the lens to include senior appointed officials adjacent to the Cabinet, there are even more:
The Latest: Officials say White House fired Tillerson aide
<p>Two U.S. officials say the White House has fired one of Rex Tillerson's top aides after he contradicted the official account of the secretary of state's dismissal by President Donald Trump.</p>The officials said Steve Goldstein, the undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, was informed of the move shortly after he released a statement in his name saying that Tillerson was "unaware of the reason" for his termination. Goldstein had also told reporters that Tillerson learned of his firing Tuesday morning from Trump's tweet announcing he was nominating CIA chief Mike Pompeo to lead the State Department.
- Being accused of violating the Hatch Act by publicly endorsing Trump in an official capacity ( ).
- Buying tobacco stock after taking a top public health role ( ).
The list goes on.
Compare that list with the publicly expressed reasons that Trump's top diplomat and his top economic adviser either resigned or were fired:
- Disagreed with Trump on tariffs, was a globalist rather than a nationalist ( ).
- Disagreed with Trump on the Iran nuclear deal and just generally didn't agree ( ).
See the difference? Flubs and scandal surrounding mismanagement do not equal termination for Cabinet officials or resignation for economic advisers. Deep policy differences do.
There are exceptions to the rule, of course. Trump's first health and human services secretary, Tom Price,became a distraction.
Trump ordered Tillerson to eat salad during dinner in China: report
President Trump ordered Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to eat a salad served to U.S. diplomats during a trip to China last year, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.The Chinese leaders had reportedly included Caesar salad on the menu for a dinner wi th Trump, Tillerson and other top U.S. officials in November. The event was held in China's Great Hall of the People during Trump's tour of Asia.Trump grew worried that the Chinese officials might be offended if the U.S. leaders didn't eat the salad, the Journal reported."Rex, eat the salad," Trump told his top diplomat, according to the newspaper.
And Shulkin appears to be on incredibly thin ice. But in addition to his scandals, he is the only Trump Cabinet secretary held over from President Barack Obama. That wasn't a controversial choice at the time, but Shulkin and the White House do have policy disputes,.
But others facing travel criticism -- Pruitt, Shulkin,-- remain in their posts.
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Trump's frustration with Tillerson has been cataloged in great detail, including on the President's Twitter feed.
He's been the most-bullied (by Trump) Cabinet secretary except for Jeff Sessions, the attorney general the President has said he wishes he hadn't nominated. Granted, Tillerson reportedlyin meetings. And Trump later found out about it.
Cohn also split with Trump on the President's defense of white nationalists who violently protested in Charlottesville, Virginia. But it was the tariffs that led him to resign.
When CNN's Chris Cillizza ranked the Cabinet in order of who could face firing next, Sessions took his first and second spots. Not because of any mismanagement scandal or travel snafu, but because of differences over how Sessions was carrying out his job. He recused himself from the Russia investigation, which led to the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians. Trump has never forgiven him.
Who knows if there is another shoe to drop. But Trump teased additional changes even if he suggested general happiness with the his post-Tillerson staff: "I'm really at a point where we're close to having the Cabinet and other things that I want."
That'll apparently include all the baggage that people like DeVos and Carson -- among others -- bring, but none of the policy disputes from people like Tillerson.
McCabe oversaw criminal probe into Sessions over testimony on Russian contacts: report .
Former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe oversaw a federal investigation last year into whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions was fully forthcoming in his testimony to Congress about his contacts with Russian officials, ABC News reported Wednesday.Top GOP and Democratic lawma kers learned about the probe last year in a private briefing with McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The probe has since been closed.Sessions was not aware of the investigation when he fired McCabe on Friday night, according to ABC News.
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