The media’s reporting on the White House as of late has take a turn for the worse, maturity-wise.
The media treats White House reporting like a middle school drama, with NBC News reporting last week that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson referred to President Trump as a “moron.” Tillerson held a brief press conference to deny the allegations. It seemed odd that a press conference would be needed for something so petty, but perhaps Tillerson gave it to squash the narrative of a conflict between the State Department and Trump.
During a recent interview with Forbes, Trump said that he didn’t think Tillerson made the aforementioned comments, and added a joke afterward: “I think it’s fake news, but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win.” Mensa, the high-IQ society, couldn’t help but see the comment as a perfect opportunity to put themselves in the spotlight (hey, they are geniuses after all), and publicly announce that they’d host an IQ test showdown between the two.
— The Hill (@thehill) October 10, 2017
Regardless of the truth of that particular comment, if it really was just a rumor, perhaps it was one that grew out of escalating tensions between Trump and Tillerson.
And if Trump is really thinking about canning Tillerson, who will his replacement be at Foggy Bottom? If you tune into Fox News, it’ll likely be a familiar face: former ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton.
Bolton was seen entering the White House yesterday as Trump was having lunch with Tillerson.
John Bolton spotted going into the West Wing a few minutes ago. He had complained recently his access to talking to WH had been cut off
— Steve Brusk (@stevebruskCNN) October 10, 2017
“The president is having lunch with the Secretary of State right now and the Secretary of Defense,” CNN’s John King reported. “At the White House at the same time: a man who’s sometimes floated around as a potential replacement for Rex Tillerson, John Bolton.”
Naturally, Bolton’s visit only fueled speculation that he’d replace Tillerson.
While no comments from Trump himself have so far indicated that Tillerson is on the verge of being relieved of duty, every White House firing until this point has been pretty abrupt.
Should Bolton take over at Foggy Bottom, his views on North Korea will certainly match Trump’s. Check out an interview he did recently on the rogue country with Fox News:
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 9, 2017
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