March 13, 2018
Mattis losing a close ally in Tillerson but also a weak partner
Journalists Jacqueline Klimas, Wesley Morgan
The loss of one of his closest allies may give Defense Secretary Jim Mattis a strengthened relationship with President Donald Trump.
Departing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been a frequent, like-minded confidant to the retired Marine general, who consulted with him several times a day as the two navigated the tumultuous Trump administration. But current and former government officials say the relationship did little good for Mattis, given the clear disdain that Trump and his inner circle have for Tillerson.
In Tillerson's place, Trump has chosen CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who's already developed a reputation as a powerful force.
Read the full article in Politico.