Thursday, March 15, 2018
Hey Donnie, It's the Ides of March
What's that sound I hear? Oh yeah, it's the sound of knives being sharpened.
I was struck when I watched Rex Tillerson give his farewell press briefing yesterday after being fired by Twitter, the ultimate humiliation for the former CEO of ExxonMobil. He wasn't speaking in his usual calm, assured cadence. His voice was shaky and it was hard to tell if he was struggling to control anger or shock.
The impression I was left with was this is a powerful man who probably has many powerful and loyal friends, none of whom are apt to forget Trump's slight anytime soon. I expect Tillerson et al will see to it that Trump's indignity is paid back.
Meanwhile in the Big Apple you've got Gary Cohn, Mr. Goldman Sachs, and his coterie who are probably also honing their daggers.
With Kelly and McMaster rumoured to be next in line to walk the plank and the FBI and the CIA still reeling from Trump's nut punch, the Mango Mussolini has few allies within the military/national security apparatus to race to his defence.
Oh yeah, and we can't forget the Congressional Republicans who are coming to see Trump as a major electoral liability. This president's political capital is nearing overdraught.
With a special prosecutor breathing down his neck and at least half of his children considered in some legal jeopardy, Trump has put himself in a terrible position. There's something he can genuinely take credit for.