In the case of Gary Cohn, his departure was his reaction to Trump's following through on tariffs, something that a globalist like Cohn couldn't deal with. He also previously disagreed with Trump vehemently on climate change and immigration and so, if you aren't capable of supporting the boss when the decision is made, it's best that you go. And this would apply to any senior staff member of a President since they know his positions and if they can't persuade him to change, they need to either get on board or leave. I'm not going to get into any specifics on tariffs except to say that I think Trump is selectively using them as part of his deal making and it appears that it might already be paying dividends in the case of Mexico and Canada.
And Cohn's replacement, CNBC regular Larry Kudlow, is a rock-ribbed believer in the American system and had a rock star history while earlier with Bear Stearns. I guess CNN didn't realize that when they announced that Trump's new economic advisor was a TV talent. I can just feel the dripping jealousy that is coming out of CNN, knowing that the globalist is replaced by a rock-ribbed supporter of the American capitalist system which has served this country well for over two-hundred years.
Let's move to the Department of State where Tillerson was fired based on the same inability to get on board with the President on his agenda that Cohn exhibited. Tillerson, a good man and a seasoned businessman of the highest order, just wasn't a good selection. He believes in global warming, was lukewarm at best to Trump's position on immigration controls and also favored retention of the deal with Iran on nuclear materials. This last one was the last straw as it now comes out that Tillerson was actively working with the European Union to try and support the outrageous so-called treaty (it was never signed) giving money to Iran, only to mock America about any desires to cutback on their nuclear advancement. Trump wasn't going to have any of that.
And the opportunity that the firing brought was also outstanding. A solid choice was made by selecting former Congressman and current CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace Tillerson. Pompeo was an Army officer, first in his class at West Point who also served as a Congressman from Kansas before his short stint as Director of the CIA. He's smart, analytical and of a viewpoint that will make him a great Secretary of State, capable of shepherding the President's plans through Foggy Bottom. And his vacancy at the CIA has resulted in the choice of Gina Haspel to replace him. Ms. Haspel is a career CIA analyst, leader and operative who is the current Deputy in the agency, the position which is, in effect, the nuts and bolts post under the Director.
Here's the bottom line to all of this. When Donald Trump was elected to the White House as a Washington outsider, he had to trust many people to help him fill the many leadership posts that needed to be filled. Some of those he trusted were silently pushing the "same old, same old" approach and, as a result, some of the Cabinet nomineess turned out not to be fully in tune with his agenda and it has created operational problems. Now after about fifteen months in office, he has reached his comfort zone as President and is making some needed adjustments to his central team to get the things done that he was elected to do. These moves will enhance that effort.
Remember, all senior political appointees in the Executive Branch serve at the pleasure of the President. He is merely upgrading his team for the months ahead and the moves are good ones. After all, every President wants a team that presents proposals, but when team members balk at carrying out the decisions that the President ultimately reaches, they must be replaced. America will be better because of it and making the country better is what the job is all about.