TICK TOCK: Trump Furious With Rex Tillerson After “Moron” Flap Steals Headlines During Las Vegas Visit

Axios reports:

Trump advisers and allies are floating the idea of replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, age 53 β€” someone who’s already around the table in the Situation Room, and could make the switch without chaos.

Sources tell us Trump recognizes that a Cabinet shuffle would bring bad press. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly wants stability, and so is discouraging high-level departures before next year.

And yet, insiders say Trump’s relationship with Tillerson is broken beyond repair. We’re told Trump was furious that Tillerson didn’t try to blunt the story about him calling the president a “moron,” by just going out and denying it (whether or not it actually occurred).

After what Trump considered a strong trip to Vegas, he seethed when he got back and saw Tillerson’s gaffe dominating cable-news coverage. Everywhere he flipped, there was Tillerson’s face instead of his.

Axios correctly called the departures of Sean Spicer, Reince Priebus, and the Mooch on the days that each happened.

  • Tawreos

    Will they never learn to pull the spotlight off of the Toddler In Chief?

    • Todd20036

      More importantly, will they never learn that Trump is POTUS solely for the spotlight?

      Trump is dangerous, but he cannot remain dangerous without enablers.

      And this government is FULL of that.

      • Dagoril

        It’s full of something, for sure.

      • lymis

        That ridiculous, inaccurate, and a significant mischaracterization of the Trump presidency.

        He’s in it for the spotlight AND all the cash he can siphon off the American taxpayers, donors, and foreign “investors” that he can get.

        • Todd20036

          LOL.. Well yeah, he’s in it for the grift.

          Actually, he might be in it to prove to his dead father that he is, in fact, a businessman.

          Too many economists proved that if Trump ignored all his business ventures and left his inheritance in stock funds, he’d be wealthier today

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      • The_Wretched

        To be fair, there’s a number of us who’d like more credit on that angle.

  • Stogiebear

    Guess Rex will be one more to add to the unemployment figures for October.

    • kaydenpat


  • Rex

    It’s Friday, so long Rex.

    • John30013

      Where ya goin’, big guy? πŸ™‚

      • Rex

        Big weekend with my brothers, Spot and Rover. We’re gonna chase cars as they drive by.

        • kanehau

          What do you do with the ones you catch?

          • Beagle

            A very important part of the plan.

    • Uncle Mark

      It does make wonder why Tillerson wasn’t included in the meeting with the generals. Isn’t the SOS usually included in such meetings?

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  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    I hope when Rex gets tossed, he goes on the chat shows and provides details of the moron’s incompetence…I am sure it is vaster than we would ever hope to imagine.

    • Tawreos

      After he stops by Mueller’s office for a nice little chat.

      • Nic Peterson

        Long chat. As long a chat as is needed. Immunity deal? not a fucking problem.

    • Dagoril

      Have you seen the Richard Branson interview transcript, him talking about when he met Drumpf? D is only here to destroy his enemies, not to lead the country or anything like that.

  • kaydenpat

    Good. I love all the infighting. They’re all horrible.

  • ccc

    If the news media is correct, Secretary Tillerson has signed a suicide pact with Secretary Mnunchin and Secretary Mattis if any of the three gets fired. Yes, I know this sounds high-schooling but if this the case, then this would certainly be a huge political shitstorm.

    • Dan M

      When those resignations hit his desk he will fire them and claim he was β€œfirst.”

      • Dave B

        Yes, it would be good for his ratings.

    • j.martindale

      The loss of Matthis when the shitgibbon is warning of the calm before the storm–absolutely horrid. The government is unhinged. Mueller has to do something to end this.

      • John30013

        The Congress *should* be doing that, but they’re as dysfunctional as the White House.

        • clay

          The Cabinet *should* be doing that, but over half of them are corrupt, morons, or both.

        • -M-

          As corrupt.

    • netxtown

      could be donnie knows of the pact….can clear out three by shooting one…and we have the storm he promised.

      • John30013

        Her certainly knows about it by now. I’d love to see it happen, but I have my doubts. Even if it did, I don’t it would induce Lord Dampnut to leave (though it *would* completely cripple his “administration”).

    • safari

      We’re in a once in a century shitstorm, so I imagine it’ll only get worse.

    • ColdCountry

      We are so fucked.

    • Andymac3

      Why would anyone make a pact with ManPuppet Mnuchin? Oh wait, they are all in it for themselves, they just want to seem more important than they are.

  • Butch

    Did he do anything in Vegas worth covering? Did he toss paper towels to the crowd again like he was playing fetch with a dog?

    • Tawreos

      He smiled for a lot of photographs with the victims.

      • clay

        (and the press got a few candids of him arguing with family survivors)

      • Karl Dubhe

        The body language in the pic I saw was off.

        Trump and wife grinning at the camera while leaning forward, a patient laying in a bed with her family sitting back…

        • Tawreos

          And more than a few dirty looks being shot at him.

        • -M-

          I know, right? This is not your picture Dumbass Jagoff Twit, it’s not about you.

      • canoebum

        If I were a victim in the hospital and he came to visit, I’d yell as loudly as possible, “Get that scumbag out of my room!”

    • John30013

      No, he just gave a somber speech that he obviously did not write, and which the obsequious press called “presidential” (as if the bar is that low…); and he hugged a few people and posed for photos.

    • HanyBaal

      Teleprompter Don does not bring the same publicity as Bombastic Manbaby. That’s why we only see him once every 2-3 months.

    • Chris Baker

      I think he said that as he inspected the room where the shooter was, he had a great view of the Trump Hotel, and it was a really beautiful and classy hotel.

  • fkevin

    Hey! What is Pence up to today?! Pence should be in the news everyday! No! Pence should be in the news every hour! Where is Pence?

    • worstcultever

      see ‘bortion ban, yesterday’s ban on insurance covering birth control .. Pence and Mother are busy bees

  • TampaZeke

    The man truly thinks that this is a “reality” show and he’s the star.

  • CanuckDon

    “But you are, Trump, you are a moron!”

    • Amanda B. Rekendwith

      “I’m not just a moron club member.
      I’m their president.”

    • bzrd

      a fcking moron

  • Andymac3

    I read on twitter that John Kelly had resigned (so it must be true) but it is not being announced till late Friday. Tillerson resigning seems much more likely, and it’s Friday and being a Trump Admin tradition, someone needs to leave/get dumped when the music stops playing at 5pm Friday, ET.

    • Tatonka

      I hope that’s not true. Kelly seems to be the only figure preventing the administration from spiraling off into total chaos. That might be (briefly) fun to watch, but people are going to get killed.

      Edit: Shit…


      • netxtown

        A coup would happen pretty quickly if donnie hits the go-fast button.

      • Andymac3

        Time to read up on the death of Julius Caesar, seems rather apt.

      • PeterC

        And Tillerson is our savior; Pompeo is one of the worst possible ( I know, I am from Kansas);

    • netxtown

      chocolate cake for everyone left …..

      • Karl Dubhe

        Ecch. Had some last night, made me as sick as a dog.

        Teach me to buy boxed cake… (or it might have been the gin. or the three or four six packs. I dunno, but wasn’t that a party?)

        • netxtown

          that’s why I always rely on Little Debbie chocolate cupcakes. Of course, the cream filling is always a disappointment….

          • Karl Dubhe

            I should have known better, the ants went for my leftover dinner, but ignored the cake.

            I’m not touching ‘food’ that ants ignore anymore.

        • Beagle

          Upvoted because I thought I was the only one that remembered that song. (They was talkin’ about hockey. The cat was talkin’ back!)

          • Karl Dubhe

            My head is like a football.


          • Bad Tom

            Those cans are stacked suspiciously well. No real drunken cat is so neat.

      • worstcultever

        it may have been left out in the rain

      • Bluto
  • safari

    But — I was told just yesterday via an “AP Breaking News” tweet that the WH has “full confidence” in Rexy

  • DaddyRay

    Awaiting a clever Randy Rainbow song

  • Tomcat

    How does a country lose 33000 jobs in a month and YET unemployment dips lower?

    • safari

      Seasonal adjustments after summer ends, retirements, people leaving the work force…

      • Karl Dubhe

        people going back to school too. πŸ™‚

      • Tomcat

        So you believe their bullshit.

        • safari

          I believe the metrics behind the numbers. I also believe that the numbers will change for this report as more information comes in. Now, whether or not this metric reflects reality on the ground is a question worth discussing.

          • Tomcat

            You need to look at Sept of 2016 if you believe it is seasonal adjustment. And what I am saying is unemployment does not go down when over 100,000 + lost employment.
            That is the bullshit part. I will give them that hurricane took jobs but if those jobs were lost then unemployment went up by that same amount.

        • Karl Dubhe

          If you really wanted to, you can ask to check their math.

          If you know how to do that, I’m sure they’d consider letting you look at the data. Or if you’re rich, you could pay someone to go over their numbers.

          • Tomcat

            All I ask is not to be so fast to believe them and DO YOUR OWN MATH.

          • Tomcat

            If you guys are happy with the figure good for you, I am retired and should outlive the next big recession.

          • Karl Dubhe

            You’re the one who claims that their math is wrong. You do the freaking math work. πŸ™‚

          • kareemachan

            And ;you’re the one who jumps to drumpster’s defense.

          • Karl Dubhe

            WTF? I’ll thank you not to lie.

            Trump’s not the entire government. The bureaucrats who produce stats like this aren’t doing their jobs for him.

    • clay

      It’s the end of the Baby Boom as we know it, and I feel fine.
      (Not really; those Millennials will just leap-frog over us Gen X-ers and take the nice jobs.)

      • Tomcat

        I’ll ask Russia about that one.

    • Tomcat

      156000 Sept of year before. Blame hurricane if you want but don’t lower unemployment rate at same time.

    • Tomcat

      if hurricane took 100000 job is Sept, shouldn’t unemployment have gone up by those same figures?

    • Tomcat

      Well Donald you have done it. They think you are doing a great job.
      Keep up the good work until no one has jobs and unemployment is zero.

  • Henry Auvil

    Even a moron knows the truth hurts.

  • Dot Beech

    Mike Pompeo should never be a public employee in any capacity. I wouldn’t have him on the public payroll plowing snow during a blizzard. Having him as Secretary of State is an utter disaster for thinking, reasoning, non-Xtians, and especially for homos. This is awful news.

  • fkevin

    Replace a Secretary of State with a CIA Director. This should enhance good will and trust across the globe.

    • Ken M

      So we will have a temp leader for the FBI, and no leader for the CIA. Great week to be from KS. So much for National Intelligence.

      • CB

        Putin couldn’t have orchestrated it better. Oh, wait…

    • CharlestonDave

      Because the CIA has been doing such a great job preparing intelligence on NK and such.

      • fkevin

        And because the CIA is reviled across much of the world. It is blamed for coups, assassinations, blackmail, sovereignty interference, black market arms trade, money laundering, training of extremists, drug distribution, and other nefarious endeavors. Whether true or not, the CIA has a dark reputation in the world.

  • Amanda B. Rekendwith

    Too bad for Rex.
    But when you work on the #1 rated Shit Show, you’re bound to get covered in it.

  • netxtown

    C’mon Rex. You got the money and the clout…and you will have the support to put him out. Just do it!

  • Ken M

    Maybe Trump heard wrong and thought Kelly said to encourage departures by the end of the year. You know, start the Year Year fresh.

  • netxtown

    Ya know his craziness has rubbed off when i find myself hoping that the former head of Exxon will stage a coup of our govt. I guess its grasping at straws…..

  • Joe in PA
    • William

      How could we tell?

      • Joe in PA

        Exactly. πŸ™

  • worstcultever

    “without chaos”


    • Joe in PA

      Everything is relative my dear. πŸ™‚

  • ceeenbee

    Hey everybody! Look at me! I’m the jackass in the front smiling like fool, court jester after 59 people died and hundreds were injured in a mass shooting. Isn’t this fun!!!

  • ceeenbee


    Hey everybody! Look at me! I’m the jackass in the front smiling like fool, court jester after 59 people died and hundreds were injured in a mass shooting. Isn’t this fun!!!

    • Ken M

      I wonder if they cross referenced the patients before deciding what rooms he went into. It’s a safe bet not everyone was as “happy, or honored” to see him.

      • Gayer Than Thou

        Seriously. I’d’ve been all “I’ve suffered enough, thank you.”

        • lymis

          I’d have seriously considered pitching a PTSD-inspired screaming fit, pointing at him and repeating, “Oh God, keep him away from me!” until he left.

          • Gayer Than Thou

            Now that would be great TV.

          • Jon

            And he’d be furious, so that’d be delicious too πŸ˜€

          • Ken M

            It would help to explain the lack of live coverage during the visit.

        • (((GC)))

          I think and hope I’d have said, “Mr. Trump, you are a disgrace to our great nation. Resign.”

      • Joe in PA

        I was wondering that very thing. I saw a vid of some guy that was laying in his hospital bed…he said something like “I’ll stand for my president”. And of course with great fan fare he stands. All very patriotic don’t cha know?

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Notice that he has to dominate the picture instead of standing next to the patient equally like a normal person would.

    • yes b’y

      https://media1.giphy.com/media/cIhprQfD0SDOo/giphy.gif On second thought, he would like that.

      • Chanel5

        He would never leave your side if you did that.

    • Uncle Mark

      I would sooo want to throw a full bedpan at him, if I were there.

    • kareemachan

      That is the fakest smile EVER. And Melanoma’s is just has fake.

      • ceeenbee

        I think its disrespectful to purposely misspell Meconium’s name.

        • medaka

          Point up. Yes, I had to look up that one.

      • Todd20036

        Their expressions are more like: take the fucking picture so I can get away from the injured riffraff

      • Mike French

        Check out the Cracker’s smile after he told his very, very funny Porto Rico joke. Heh,heh. a real side splitter, that one.

    • Has to be the biggest face in the picture. Upstage the sick woman, why don’t you, you stupid disgusting, shameless, callous putz?

      • Mike French

        The biggest, if by biggest you mean bloated, grossly obese.

    • The_Wretched

      Not to mention being closest to the camera so he takes up the focus of the shot. He’s missed the point that he’s there to be seen as support.

    • Adam Schmidt

      I kinda expect that there was a statement before this picture along the lines of “I’m going to pose with you and you’re going to smile or I’ll have you deported.”

    • madscntst

      I don’t want to be that person, but that family looks awfully…”ethnic”… considering Trump’s views on minorities. Wasn’t there a blond-haired, blue eyed, white family available?

    • andrew

      I sometimes actually feel sorry for Trump because he doesn’t know how to behave like a normal human being. That feeling does go away when I think about the real damage he is doing to our nation.

    • TFW you realize your injured family member who was visited by a president was no more than a backdrop for a cheetolini press grab.

      *TFW= that feeling when

    • Priya Lynn

      That’s exactly what I was thinking when I saw Trump smiling ear to ear in those pictures with hospital staff that treated shooting victims. Incredibly tone deaf, “Aren’t I great”, kind of vibe exploiting a tragedy.

    • gothambear

      Warmest Condolences given!

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    He’s so fucking wrongheaded. If I was President, I’d want to be known as the person who brought in single payer or helped blunt gun violence. But no, he’s gobbling at the trough and wiggling his big ass behind for Putin and picking fights with NK AND hired people like Scaramuchi & Tillerson in the first place and wondering why the press for him is soooooooooo bad.

    • Mikey

      yes, but you’re a human being, and probably not a Republican either.

  • Gayer Than Thou

    Look, I’m no fan of Tillerson, but maybe it would be easier for everyone if this time, instead of firing a cabinet secretary, Trump just fired himself.

  • William

    Time for Liesel to say So long, farewell.

  • BearEyes

    Everywhere he flipped, there was Tillerson’s face instead of his.
    the ‘money’ quote.

  • Tom Furgas

    Mr. Tillerson was just calling it like he saw it. When he exits he should be sure to tell Mr. Trump just what he thinks of him. I’d certainly do that, and flip him off in the bargain.

    • Gianni

      Would be absolutely terrific if when Rex is leaving and the cameras are there to record his final handshake with Donnie, he says something akin to, “Mr. President, I just want to say that I put my all into doing my job and working with you, but you are truly a fucking moron.” It would be on the record and the whole world would see and hear it.!

  • DesertSun59

    Without exception, every firing so far in this admin has been because THAT PERSON dominated a news cycle and not 45.

  • Jeffrey

    Here in Las Vegas no one really talked about Trump’s visit as anything more than an inconvenience and a PR visit.

    • I flew into Phoenix the day cheetolini was flying from there to Reno. They were late leaving, and our plane had to be diverted to Tucson to sit on the outer skirts of the runway until it was clear to land in Phoenix. The cab drivers were all ANGRY! As they weren’t allowed near the airport while cheetolini was dragging his ass leaving. My flight landed at 11 am and my trip was the first one of the day for my cabbie.

  • ‘After what Trump considered a strong trip to Vegas’

    Fucking moron prick.

  • Ken M
    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Stove needs to be lower.

  • Mike C
  • Stephen Elliot Phillips

    I wonder if this is all orchestrated.
    Maybe trumps known for quite some what tillerson said and thinks about baby-orange.
    Nows its just being used as an excuse to get rid of tillerson so they can install a war monger as SoS to escallate conflicts with nkorea and iran.
    Somebody like john bolton

  • Paula

    The truth hurts, doesn’t it, Donnie?

  • The_Wretched

    “Sources tell us Trump recognizes that a Cabinet shuffle would bring bad press”

    Because there is always a question if Trump understands anything he’s doing.

  • David Raymore

    Does Trump still think he is on The Apprentice? All he can say is You’re Fired almost every other week when he loses his shit after someone steals his limelight from him. What a pathetic, little man.

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    And as goes Rex so goes those two other shitgibbons. As a side note, for a while now I’ve been debating whether Kelly is a good guy or not. On one hand he is clearly trying to prevent damage, but on the other he us trying to save 45’s presidency, which will ultimately lead to more damage.

    • I’m caught on the same fence as you. Since he’s ex-military my hope is that he is trying to control the damage cheetolini does to our country.

      • righteous mob

        Same with Mattis.

  • grada3784

    We still don’t know if Tillerson thinks Trump is a Moron or if he thinks Trump’s a Fucking Moron.

  • andrew

    Trump just can’t understand why Tillerson just didn’t lie and tell the press that he never called him “a moron’ or “a fucking moron”. Trump is a pathological liar and doesn’t understand that not everybody has the same illness.

  • boobert

    My Friday prediction, Tillerson is toast . Not because he likely called dotard a f…..g moron, but because he got more press !

    • Gianni

      He’s a goner. It’s only a matter of time and Donnie will want to try to make it seem like a non sequitur. Just a normal departure having nothing to do with this current upheaval, insult, and press coverage. He wants to avoid bad press (even though it’s all ‘fake news’) at all costs.

  • JCF

    Nikki Haley is measuring the drapes.*

    * Supposedly Mike Pompeo is in the running also. But I think Nikki will cut a bitch…

  • Eddie Besketti

    “Sources tell us Trump recognizes that a Cabinet shuffle would bring bad press.” Yes, and bad press = Fake news.