I Have a New Theory For Why Donald Trump Might be Afraid to Fire Rex Tillerson

Before getting started, let me preface this article by saying that this is nothing more than my own speculation based on common sense, the facts I know, and the odd circumstances in which we’re all living. That said, while my predictions and gut feelings aren’t always right — quite a few of them have been.



Nevertheless, even if my theory is wrong, I think this is something more people need to be discussing.

So, what is this mysterious theory?

Well, it centers around Donald Trump, Rex Tillerson, and Russia.

As most reading this are probably aware, it was recently discovered that a few weeks ago, Tillerson called Trump a “f*cking moron” and nearly resigned. Not only that, but Trump was apparently aware of the fact Tillerson said this about him — yet did nothing.

Since then, I haven’t really seen anyone talk about how strange that is.

This is Donald Trump we’re talking about, right? The unhinged, emotionally unstable buffoon with an enormous ego who doesn’t dare let anyone upstage him, let alone call him a “f*cking moron” in front of other people.

Based on what most of us know about Trump, this should have been a situation that sent him into a rage spiral that would have almost certainly led to this “president” trying to force Tillerson out. If Jeff Sessions recusing himself from the Russia investigation spawned several instances where Trump tried to publicly humiliate and shame him into resigning, one would think finding out that his Secretary of State called him a “f*cking moron” would have yielded an even harsher response from Trump.

While reports indicate Trump’s angry, it’s not over the fact that Tillerson insulted him — just that people found out about it.

Clearly this begs the question: Why is Tillerson still employed by this administration?

I think it’s because Vladimir Putin likes him.

Again, this just me expressing an opinion, so please don’t take this as any “matter-of-fact” statement.

For those who may have forgotten, while Tillerson was chief executive at ExxonMobil, he was given a “friendship award” from Putin. Even when Trump chose Tillerson as his Secretary of State, there were a lot of people asking the question, Why him?


Of all the people Trump could have chosen, with all the rumors about his possible ties to Russia swirling, he picked an oil executive who had been given a “friendship award” from Putin, himself.

I’m not saying Putin is telling Trump to keep Tillerson, or that the Secretary of State is taking “marching orders” from the Russian president not to resign, but what if the circumstances that led Trump to pick Tillerson in the first place are why he currently remains a part of this administration?

After all, for Tillerson to seem rather bold in contradicting statements Trump has made (which he’s done quite frequently), along with the fact that he didn’t seem shy about calling him a “f*cking moron” in the presence of others, plus the fact that the “president” didn’t seem to retaliate against his Secretary of State in any way, if you ask me, it seems as if Tillerson is operating from a position where he’s not afraid of Trump.

That seems rather odd considering Trump clearly likes to surround himself with “yes-men” who kiss his backside and cater to his ego.

Once again, this is just me throwing out a few ideas, but something about this doesn’t make sense. Donald Trump isn’t the kind of person to sit idly by while someone he views as a “subordinate” personally insults him — in front of a group of people, no less — yet that’s exactly what happened. Which makes me thinks there’s much more to why Rex Tillerson seems to feel so emboldened as Secretary of State and why Trump doesn’t treat him the same way he has others.

It’s just a thought, but I do think it’s a topic more people should be discussing.

But I’m curious what everyone thinks. So feel free to follow me on Twitter and Facebook to let me know.




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Eg Kbbs

    Interesting speculation. Could very well turn out to be the truth.

    But, of course, don’t ignore as commentor Nicholas A Kocal mused, Tillerson has special awards from Russia and a continued Tillerson Sec of State could very well lead to a nice profit for Putin / Russia for oil.

    Note that I said Putin / Russia with intention of implying that Putin could personally profit above and beyond Russia profiting. Putin is the oligarchy where the leader profits first and the country may or may not profit afterwards. Not unlike trump / USA.