Another week has ended. And another week’s worth of wild stories from the Capital have piled up. Let’s take a look at some of major pieces that are moving in Washington, DC.
Tillerson Down – and Almost Out
Nearly every news outlet is now reporting that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s days are numbered. This has been speculated on for some time, but a New York Times report today all but cements it. The Times wrote that President Trump’s and Tillerson’s relationship has deteriorated to the point where the White House is obviously looking to replace him in the next month or so accordingly to administration officials. Its seems that the end is nigh for Tillerson after months of being berated by the President on Twitter.
The White House plans to replace Tillerson with current CIA director Mike Pompeo. Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, a Trump ally, will likely be drafted to back fill Pompeo’s vacancy. And thus, the Washington shell game continues.
Tax Reform Struggles to Stay Afloat
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is closer than ever to passing tax reform. His efforts, however, hit a major speed bump Thursday evening when Republican senators threatened to send it off course. Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Bob Corker (R-TN) demand that McConnell cut $350 billion out of the deficits it will likely create.