With no undue respect

From The Dallas Morning News:

WASHINGTON – Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to subvert President Donald Trump’s agenda as part of an effort to “save the country,” according to a new book by Nikki Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Tillerson, the former ExxonMobil chief executive, worked on that aim with former White House chief of Staff John Kelly and tried unsuccessfully to recruit Haley to the cause, she said.

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“Kelly and Tillerson confided in me that when they resisted the president, they weren’t being insubordinate, they were trying to save the country,” Haley wrote in “With All Due Respect,” which is set to be released on Tuesday.

“It was their decisions, not the president’s, that were in the best interests of America, they said. The president didn’t know what he was doing,” she wrote, according to an advanced copy obtained on Sunday by the Washington Post.

Tillerson went so far to tell Haley that if he didn’t resist Trump’s decisions “people would die,” Haley wrote.


Trump has not commented on the alleged activity by Tillerson and Kelly, though he took to Twitter on Sunday to tell his followers to get a copy of Haley’s tome. Tillerson, in turn, didn’t respond to the Post’s request for a comment.

Kelly, however, has told news outlets that “if by resistance and stalling, she means putting a staff process in place … to ensure the (president) knew all the pros and cons of what policy decision he might be contemplating so he could make an informed decision, then guilty as charged.”

In case you were wondering about the logos, Haley joined the board of Boeing months after leaving the administration. Empty Barrel Kelly was hired by Caliburn International, a military contracting conglomerate. One of its subsidiaries, Comprehensive Health Services, operates the facility in Homestead, Floriduhhh where they separate immigrant children from their parents. Twitler’s lapel pin needs no further explanation.


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2 responses to “With no undue respect

  1. I was wondering what Caliburn meant, until I got to the part where you explained it. On the bigger version I can see that’s a sword above it, not a cross, not that there’s ever been much practical difference.

    I doubt the real inside story of the Twitler administration will emerge until much later. Most of these books that are coming out now are written by people who still have “political ambition” and an agenda, giving them (or their ghost writers) every incentive to put a particular spin on things.

    Haley’s joined the board of Boeing? If she really wants to earn some respect, she should do something about the corporate culture of financial bullshit which has displaced the engineers as the dominant element there, which is why their planes keep crashing due to shitty software (people will die? hundreds already have). It’s the perfect opportunity for a Republican to show she can solve an actual problem. Until then, Boeing is the perfect example of why we need someone like Warren to regulate their asses off.

    • I had heard on the news that Kelly was hired by the company that runs the Homestead facility, but I hadn’t heard a word about Haley being taken on by Boeing. Don’t know why I was so surprised. After all, she’s an expert on avionics, right? We know she’s not there to make a difference in corporate policies that will result in safer planes. She was hired as a favor to Rethuglicans so she has a steady source of income (board members make a minimum of $315,000 yearly), probably for doing nothing, and can run for office in the future and do Boeing some favors.