BREAKING: CIA Director Pompeo May Replace Tillerson Over Moron-gate

Axios is reporting that Mike Pompeo, currently the director of the CIA, may be set to replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. Tillerson became embroiled in controversy this week after reports surfaced that he had referred to President Trump as a “moron” and had threatened to resign earlier this year.

Per the report, Pompeo, who was a Republican congressman from Kansas before taking the lead at the CIA, and the president have a good relationship and the Trump trusts Pompeo. The CIA director briefs the president daily and Trump has asked his opinion on numerous issues.

Trump’s relationship with Tillerson has reportedly been strained. Over the weekend, the president shocked observers by undermining the Secretary of State’s efforts at diplomacy with North Korea in a series of tweets.

There has been no word of when Tillerson’s departure might be announced, but the White House has traditionally fired staffers on Friday. A week ago, Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price was forced to resign after it was revealed that he had used taxpayer funds to pay for charter airplane flights.

The Resurgent’s Susan Wright speculated this morning that Pompeo might soon be tapped to replace Tillerson.

 

Is There a Major Shakeup Coming at the State Department?

Perhaps there is more to the stories of simmering tensions between Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Trump, after all.

To recap: On Wednesday, NBC News ran with a story detailing Tillerson’s anger over the president’s highly politicized and wholly inappropriate speech at this year’s Boy Scout Jamboree.
Reports are that Tillerson, a former Eagle Scout and national president of the Boy Scouts, not only threatened to resign, but called Trump a “moron.”

Later on Wednesday, Tillerson actually gave a press conference, where he disputed the reports of his having threatened to resign, although he blew off questions of whether he’d called the president a moron.

Then came the most ominous report of all –
President Trump was said to have full confidence in Tillerson.

At any time during the administration that that phrase, “full confidence” has been uttered, it is almost immediately followed by a resignation or a firing.

Does this mean we can look forward to a coming Rexit?
(See what I did there?)

Well, if there’s any validity to a new report from Axios, maybe.

According to the report, another Cabinet shuffle is forthcoming, with current CIA Director Mike Pompeo being considered to replace the disgruntled Rex Tillerson, as Secretary of State.

The desire is to have as smooth of a transition, as possible. Pompeo is already around the table in the Situation Room, has Trump’s trust, and even delivers the daily briefings to him, personally. With that in mind, he’s seen as a perfect fit.

Also from the Axios report:

Sources tell us Trump recognizes that a Cabinet shuffle would bring bad press. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly wants stability, and so is discouraging high-level departures before next year.

And yet, insiders say Trump’s relationship with Tillerson is broken beyond repair. We’re told Trump was furious that Tillerson didn’t try to blunt the story about him calling the president a “moron,” by just going out and denying it (whether or not it actually occurred).

Trump was reportedly furious that what he considered a successful trip to Las Vegas, hoping to up his profile as a “compassionate leader” was overshadowed by news that his Secretary of State thought of him as a moron and had considered walking away from the dumpster fire known as the Trump administration.

Another element to the story is that chief of staff John Kelly was set to travel with the president on Air Force One on Wednesday, the same day the “moron” story broke, but was abruptly pulled from the flight. Some are saying it was so he could stay back and work on the chaos the story caused. A later report stated that Kelly called Defense Secretary James Mattis and Tillerson to the White House, in order to work through the tensions.

Mattis and Kelly are said to be firm allies of Tillerson in the administration, so there may be something to this.

Until an official announcement of a change at the head of the State Department, we can only watch the moves as they happen and put the pieces together, one by one.

Trump Gets North Korea to Back Down From Threat to Hit Guam

NBC Nightly News reported that while Kim is said to be “reviewing plans for the missile strike to launch toward . . . Guam,” if North Korea “actually goes through with it, Defense Secretary Mattis promised swift military action.”

The Los Angeles Times reports North Korean looney leader Kim Jong-un has “decided not to launch missiles toward Guam. According to the Times, the North Korean announcement appeared in Pyongyang’s state media Tuesday shortly after U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned that an attack could quickly escalate to war:

Mattis said Monday that if North Korea follows through on its threats to fire a missile at the United States, “it’s game on.”

 

Speaking to reporters, Mattis added that the U.S. military would “take out” any North Korean missile it detects is heading for American soil, including Guam, a U.S. territory. Mattis said the U.S. would detect a missile of that nature heading toward Guam “within moments.”

 

Mattis added that if North Korea fires at the U.S., “it could escalate into war very quickly . . . yes, that’s called war, if they shoot at us.”

 

Asked how the U.S. would respond, Mattis initially declined to say. When pressed, he said that if U.S. radars and other detection and tracking systems determine that a missile was going to fall into the sea, short of Guam, then the matter would be taken to President Donald Trump for a decision on how to respond.

The Washington Examiner reports North Korea backed down on its threat to launch a missile attack on Guam after Trump threatened it last week with “fire and fury” on North Korea if it threatened the U.S. again.

North Korea’s decision to back down is a yuge victory for President Donald J. Trump and the United States.  The North Koreans backed down after a sustained “Twitter war of words” with President Trump. Trump’s cabinet members deserve credit here as well. United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley got Russia and China to agree to harsh United Nations Security Council economic sanctions against North Korea. Sanctions China actually seems to be willing to implement.  China even warned North Korea that it would be on its own if it launches missiles threatening the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and  National security adviser H.R. McMaster did a great job calming the waters, saying that an attack from North Korea is not imminent And Mattis made it clear the U.S. military was “ready to fight tonight.” NPR reports that Guam and the U.S. air and naval forces based there have been under alert since it was named by North Korea as a potential target

In addition, Sunday the Trump administration announced the end of Obama’s failed do nothing “Strategic Patience” so-called strategy for dealing with the rogue state. Under President Trump the U.S. will hold North Korea to account as we pursue a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

Unfortunately the North Koreans could always change their minds about attacking the U.S. The Los Angeles Times reported the statement in the North Korean state media warned that Kim could change his mind “if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions,” in which case the country’s artillerymen would “wring the windpipes of the Yankees and point daggers at their necks.”

In the Midst of Turmoil, Weekly Bible Study Has Become a Thing in the White House (GOOD)


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Hebrews 10:24-25 NLT – “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”

A recent report from CBN News reveals that some members of the Trump White House have undertaken the noble effort of weekly Bible study meetings.

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Ralph Drollinger, a former NBA player and founder of Capitol Ministries has worked to bring together lawmakers in Washington in this study of God’s Word, believing that building up warriors for Christ in the White House will be carried out in the principles and policies these men and women promote for the nation.

And while this will surely set off the gnashing of teeth and rending of garments by the left, who will shriek about the separation of church and state, we should all be used to that, by now. What these leaders do in their free time should be of no concern to the humanist elements of the left, and to everyone else, it should be a comfort.

Drollinger says that there are currently about a dozen members of the Trump Cabinet participating in weekly Bible study, and he is encouraged.

“It’s the best Bible study that I’ve ever taught in my life. They are so teachable; they’re so noble; they’re so learned,” Drollinger said.

It’s groundbreaking since he doesn’t think a formal Bible study among executive Cabinet members has been done in at least 100 years.

Of those regulars at the Bible study, there are Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Health Secretary Tom Price, Agriculture Secretary Sunny Perdue, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

America’s top cop, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, also attends the study.

“He’ll (Jeff Sessions) go out the same day I teach him something and I’ll see him do it on camera and I just think, ‘Wow, these guys are faithful, available and teachable and they’re at Bible study every week they’re in town,'” Drollinger said.

Knowing Attorney General Sessions is taking part in these study groups is especially comforting, if not for those who understand how important it is for our leaders to have a grasp on some moral grounding, but for his own mental/emotional well-being.

Sessions has been targeted by President Trump for a consistent campaign of demeaning and demoralizing social media taunts, surprisingly, because of a very principled stand Sessions took early on (in recusing himself from the Russia probe).

I’d say he can only benefit from the fellowship of likeminded believers and the consistent pursuit of godly study.

That is the value of fellowship, when the world comes against you.

Romans 1:11-12 NASB “For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be [a]established; 12 that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine.”

And Trump, himself?

So far, he has not made time to attend any of the Bible studies, although he is invited each week and receives copies of Drollinger’s teachings from each meeting.

Many have already determined that Trump’s alleged faith was “campaign trail faith,” which is to say, lip service to draw in the evangelical vote. This is not a new thing among politicians, but rarely have those who identify as “Christian” been so eager to support a man so openly profane as Trump, with the hope that he can be changed, afterwards.

Indeed, Drollinger has likened Trump to Samson – a man consecrated before his birth to God, destined to save the Israelites from the Philistines, in the Book of Judges.

I have some issues with that characterization, not the least of which is this urge to compare a man who has openly rejected God in one breath, while claiming to be a Christian in the next to a Biblical figure, in an attempt to justify support.

If our purpose is a higher calling of pursuing and promoting a godly agenda, we don’t wishcast about who we hope our leaders might be, but we lean on what Scripture teaches about leadership.

And we pray for them.

Vice President Pence, on the other hand, has planned to join the meetings, when it becomes feasible for him to do so.

In Pence, Drollinger sees many similarities to biblical figures like Joseph, Mordecai and Daniel – all men who rose to the number two position in governments at different times in history.

“Mike Pence has respect for the office. He dresses right – like it says Joseph cleaned himself up before he went to stand before the Pharaoh,” Drollinger told CBN News.

“Mike Pence has uncompromising biblical tenacity and he has a loving tone about him that’s not just a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal,” he continued. “And then fourthly, he brings real value to the head of the nation.”

Many are leaning on Pence to be the faith-filled leader in the dark corridors of Washington’s political elite. Time will tell.

For now, it should be a comfort to know that some of our leadership are taking the time to meet, study the Word, and presumably, to pray.

Proverbs 11:14 AMP “Where there is no [wise, intelligent] guidance, the people fall [and go off course like a ship without a helm], But in the abundance of [wise and godly] counselors there is victory.”

Sen. Kamala Harris Beclowns Herself at Pompeo Confirmation Hearing

Democrats aren’t tone-deaf. They just only know two or three notes.

A freshman Senator from California, Kamala Harris, beclowned herself at Mike Pompeo’s CIA confirmation hearing by ensuring Pompeo was familiar with her version of the agency’s mission.

Yes! All agencies in the Obama administration were required to recite our national security priorities by heart:

  • Perfecting racial and gender diversity through quotas
  • Fighting Islamophobia through outreach (especially NASA)
  • Saving the world by accepting all SCIENCE™ supporting manmade global warming / climate change
  • Promoting the special rights of the LGBT community
  • Embracing abortion for everyone

Harris grilled Pompeo on two of these, as if he were appointed by President Obama, not soon-to-be President Trump.

Not only did she read the talking points flawlessly from her printed notes, she also cited the debunked “97 percent consensus” figure as if it were gospel truth and the oceans were lapping at the Shenandoah foothills.

Pompeo, to his credit, answered that he didn’t necessarily agree with the catastrophic prognostications of climate change doomsayers, and that he saw the CIA’s mission as “keeping America safe.”

To which Harris replied, “Sir, I’m not clear. Do you believe that NASA’s findings are debatable?” (My italics.) Of course they’re debatable. That’s really the whole point of real science, which uses the scientific method. That method says nothing about if x percent of scientists agree on something, that it’s no longer debatable.

The hypotheses of predicted disaster if climate change isn’t reversed have not come to pass. Therefore, by definition, the premises, observations, and data upon which those hypothesis are based are in fact subject to debate.

If the CIA were run the way Democrats like Harris would like to run the world, we’d all be Communists drinking Vodka by now.