Tillerson Flap Bad Timing for Iran Decision: Balance of Power

6 Oct 2017   Iran, USA

Signs of friction are again plaguing Donald Trump’s White House at a pivotal moment for his policy agenda. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s team spent yesterday disputing a report he referred to Trump as a moron and was on the verge of resigning over the summer, only to be talked off the ledge by Vice President Mike Pence and others. The timing couldn’t be worse — it comes as Trump needs to project unity within his administration, especially as he appears set to break with international opinion once again, this time on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. While Trump has publicly attacked the accord, Defense Secretary James Mattis told senators this week the Obama-era deal was “something that the president should consider staying with.” White House officials who have left or been fired include Trump’s chief strategist, national security adviser and communications director. Even his legal team […]

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