Nikki Haley already chose to tell-all and name names in her memoir. As a former US Ambassador, she didn’t hold back in any way. One of the names she named was none other than Rex Tillerson. Now, he has chosen to respond to those accusations that caught a number of people by surprise.
Haley was quick to tell that Tillerson tried to convince her to go against Trump on more than one occasion. She said that Tillerson, the former Secretary of State, believed that he knew more of what the country needed than Trump.
Rex Tillerson has adamantly denied being the deep state mole that Haley has made him out to be.
In a statement to the Washington Post, Tillerson tries to clear the record about himself and whether he was trying to undermine President Trump’s agenda. He claims that throughout his time of serving the country in the capacity of Secretary of state at “no time” did her or to his direct knowledge did anyone serving with him take actions that would undermine the president. With his “anyone serving with him” statement, he also looked to cover his friend John Kelly’s back since Haley named him along with Tillerson.
Tillerson goes on to explain that conversations had with Trump in the Oval Office were candid and frank. He made straightforward recommendations. Once Trump made decisions, Tillerson insists that “we at the State Department” implemented the decisions with their best efforts.
There’s always going to be a “he said, she said” and this one is a story of just that. He said one thing and she’s saying another. While Haley has nothing to lose and nothing to gain by speaking the truth, some wonder whether she’s eying the VP position after Mike Pence, though that seems highly unlikely. Tillerson would have everything to lose if he were to admit that what Haley said as true since it would be considered treason.
Quite a few ulterior motives could be at play, though it may be too soon to tell.
Rex Tillerson may have been looking to create a counter-position against Trump as a sort of a “Devil’s advocate.” If this were the case, it is entirely possible that Haley misunderstood – and this is the way that many on Capitol Hill are trying to spin it.
Donald Trump didn’t have the nicest things to say about Rex Tillerson once he left the position of Secretary of State. Tillerson, in 2018, said that some of Trump’s ideas violated the law. That’s when Trump identified Tillerson as “dumb as a rock” and “lazy as hell.” Mike Pompeo took over the role that Tillerson had, identifying that it was a better fit. Trump has been satisfied with the job that Pompeo did, saying that there’s “Great spirit at State.”
It seems as though there were some definite personality differences between Tillerson and Trump. Since neither of them seemed to get along, it’s entirely possible that Tillerson didn’t get along with Nikki Haley, either. Tillerson told CBS News that it was “challenging” to work with Trump.
Trump may have caught onto some of what was going on, even before Nikki Haley felt the need to call Rex Tillerson out in her memoir. Tillerson only served in the position of Secretary of State for a little over a year before being fired abruptly by Trump in March 2018.
The bad blood has been spilled out into the media for all to see, with plenty of name-calling happening from both sides. In the end, Haley can say what she wants because she’s no longer the US ambassador. She can speak her truth about what she believes happened with Tillerson and Kelly. While it’s poor timing with the impeachment hearing going on right now, there’s likely going to be an investigation at one point or another to determine if there was any foul play by Tillerson and Kelly.
Tillerson seems to be the only one concerned about clearing his name, too. He’s gone on record several times since Haley chose to name the names of those she felt were going against Trump even though they were close aides in the State Department. Kelly has remained relatively silent, choosing not to confirm or deny any of the allegations. It may be smarter to lay low since Tillerson is so quick to deny. It has a number of people questioning what Tillerson may be trying to hide. Perhaps Haley knew everything and got it right on the mark within her memoir. After all, quick denials usually come from those who are most guilty.