The president fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson yesterday via an early morning tweet. And it looks like the president really liked humiliating Tillerson with the surprise and the disrespect of announcing it publicly on social media before Tillerson knew anything. It also looks like the president is not done.
First up, we have Andrew McCabe, someone that the presidents’s supporters hate as a person with a “conflict of interest.” Looks like President Trump is trying to get Sessions to fire McCabe a day or two before he is set to retire, obviously having an impact on his pension.
We also now have reports that Trump wants to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions as well, and in fact appears to be actually in the planning stages of this:
President Donald Trump has been formulating a plan to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Vanity Fair reported on Wednesday.
Sessions has been a target of Trump’s ire since he recused himself from the FBI’s Russia investigation last March, following reports that he was not forthcoming during his Senate confirmation hearing about his contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign season.
Next we have National Security Adviser McMaster:
And three sources told me that the next official likely to go is National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster
Is this all part of a brilliant leadership strategy to deflect criticism, out play everyone, and win the political game? Probably not, in fact it appears to be a sign that Trump is feeling extreme pressure and is starting to get out of control and nonsensical:
“When he’s under pressure is when he tends to do this impulsive stuff,” said Jack O’Donnell, former president of the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. “That’s what I saw in the business. When he began to have pressure with debts, when the [Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City] was underperforming, is when he began acting very erratically.”
O’Donnell pointed to the increasing pressure on Trump with the Russia investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and the scandal surrounding Trump’s alleged affair with a pornographic film star. “I think he likes the vision of himself being in control,” O’Donnell said. “I doubt he realizes the consequences of North Korea, just like he didn’t realize the consequences in business of walking in and firing someone at the Taj without thinking about it. It’s Trump.”
The walls are caving in?