White House Readies Plan To Replace Tillerson With Pompeo, Install Cotton At CIA

CIA Director Mike Pompeo (left) and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photos by Bill O'Leary (Pompeo) and Jabin Botsford (Tillerson).

The White House has readied a plan to oust embattled Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who has become one of the most personally loyal and politically savvy members of President Donald Trump’s national security team, two administration officials confirmed Thursday.

The plan, hatched by White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, is expected to be set in motion over the next few weeks, and has broad support within Trump’s inner circle, the officials said. But it was unclear whether Trump had signed off on the plan yet, and the president has been known to change his mind about personnel and other matters before finalizing decisions with public announcements.

Under the plan, Pompeo would likely be replaced at the CIA by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., one of Trump’s most steadfast defenders and a confidant to some leading members of the foreign policy team, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the White House has not publicly announced the moves.

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  1. And the mice will all eat in the dreams that they choose.

    Sad to see Tillerson go. He might have been the only fraternal sanity in the whole Trump organization. The ideas of Pompeo seem not orthodox. I do not know how this fares but that tiny hand closer to midnight might have even moved closer. A scary prospect but not enough to know how long Trump can hold his job.

    War may loom.


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