Tillerson Argues With Another Aide

July 3, 2017


Secretary of State Rex Tillerson argued with senior White House aide Stephen Miller over immigration issues last week in a second recent clash with the White House.

Miller pushed Tillerson and the State Department to be tougher on immigration and make changes to the programs they control, according to four people familiar with the conversation in the West Wing. John Kelly, the head of the Department of Homeland Security, was also present.

Two of these people described the conversation as tense, though there wasn’t the “yelling” that Tillerson reserved for Johnny DeStefano, the head of presidential personnel, in a different argument at the White House the same day, according to one of these people.

Tillerson made it “quite clear” to Miller that he wanted autonomy over his department, one of these people said.

2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • bygeorge says:

    Trump formed up a team. Team work is necessary to drain the swamp effectively. It would appear that direct communications with T Rex,, mano a mano so to speak, by underlings, is not a good channel for effective communications. The President must intervene, tell Tillerson his goal then let Tillerson do his job. It would help if he had a congressional approved DoS staff to work under him.

  • ZACAL says:

    WH staff must recognize and accept they are staff not intervening policy desiders. This is one of the Washington swamp problems.

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