Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

White House on Tillerson: 'The president can't undercut his own Cabinet'

Illustrative Iran's Hormoz ballistic missile Illustrative Iran's Hormoz ballistic missile
Melinda Barton | 09 October, 2017, 03:11

Corker told reporters on Capitol Hill on Wednesday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis and White House chief of staff John Kelly were helping the Trump administration to maintain some order amid increasing chaos.

The NRA donated $30m (£22.6m) to Mr Trump's presidential campaign - and in April, the USA leader told members they had "a true friend in the White House". "He's had tremendous accomplishments on the global stage by working with allies and confronting enemies".

Sanders' comments came hours after Trump urged the Senate Intelligence Committee - which is now focused on an ongoing investigation into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian operatives - to instead investigate "the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!"

The first time he said it, Trump had been meeting with senior military leaders at the White House.

Sanders declined to offer much clarity when pressed further; repeatedly saying that Trump avoids broadcasting future actions.

"We're never going to say in advance what the president's going to do, and as [Trump] said last night, you'll have to wait and see".

How seriously should Americans - or the nation's adversaries - take his cryptic line? "He's been very clear that that's his number one priority".

Tension between Trump and Tillerson resurfaced over the weekend when the secretary of state said during a trip to China that the USA was in direct communication with North Korea, which has ramped up its nuclear device and missile testing in recent months.

Speaking to reporters during his visit to San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Friday, Vice President Mike Pence was asked about Trump's remark and referred reporters to the White House "on any exposition on that comment".