Skills, competence and political stances are not the only thing that determines US presidents’ relations with members of their administration. This was clearly seen in the relation between the departing Tillerson and President Trump. There was zero chemistry between the two men. Relations took a turn for the worse when Tillerson publicly insulted Trump and they fell apart due to Tillerson’s stubborn approach against Trump and opposition of his public stances. Tillerson reportedly told his counterparts in closed meetings to ignore Trump’s tweets and statements as they mean nothing. Tillerson crossed the line and eventually Trump fired him via a Twitter post while still lying in bed.
In his farewell speech to the Department of State employees, Tillerson warned them of Washington which he described as a “very mean-spirited town” and advised them to maintain their values no matter what the circumstances are. It’s clear whom he meant with these statements. Tillerson appeared like a destroyed and pathetic man with tearful eyes although his fortune is well-over $320 million.
Trump’s story with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is less tragic than his story with Tillerson but it’s similar. The absence of personal acceptance and the different stances quickly brought Trump’s relation with McMaster to an end. McMaster’s appointment was compulsory as he replaced Michael Flynn whom Trump personally liked and admired for his fiery temperament. During the electoral campaign, for instance, Flynn echoed Trump’s famous statement against Hillary Clinton, “lock her up,” for deleting 30,000 e-mails from her personal e-mail.
McMaster was different than Flynn in his temperament and appearance as he resembled – as one journalist described him –a boastful bodyguard in a bar in Philadelphia which he hails form. Trump, however, did not like McMaster’s academic approach and school-like style during presentations and proposal of solutions and perceptions. Trump who quickly gets uninterested was bored of his daily meetings with McMaster which resembled lectures.
Trump does not like long meetings. When US Secretary of Defense James Mattis wanted to convince Trump that torture was ineffective to extract confessions from terror convicts, he did not lecture him but simply said that he can do better with “a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers” than he does with torture.
There was no psychological glue to bind Trump with McMaster. Trump actually seemed resentful of McMaster whom he once described as boorish and arrogant. Once while McMaster was preoccupied with a presentation, Trump interrupted him and told the participants: “Look at him, he looks so serious,” – meaning he is arrogant and he admires his tone while he echoes big words.
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