Ed note–another one of those ‘NUH-HUH, NUH-HUH, TOLD YA TRUMP WAS OWNED BY THE NEOCONS’ that proved to be a dud, like the others. And no, I don’t buy into the notion that Trump interceded on this matter because he only recently learned of the article that Abrams–convicted of lying to Congress concerning the Iran Contra affair on behalf of Israel–had written in the Weekly Standard 7 months ago trying to derail his candidacy. He was sending a message all the way to Tel Aviv that there are new rules in place.
This is what Trump does, one minute hot, the next minute cold, and all done in order to confuse his enemies and dismantle the plans they have made against him.
NEW YORK TIMES
Mr. Trump overruled his newly minted secretary of state, Rex W. Tillerson, and rejected the secretary’s choice for his deputy at the department, two people briefed on the decision said Friday.
The deputy’s job was denied for Elliott Abrams, a conservative who had served under President Ronald Reagan and President George W. Bush, deals a blow to Mr. Tillerson in his first week on the job. The rejection of Mr. Abrams leaves Mr. Tillerson without a sherpa to help guide the first-time government official around the State Department headquarters.
Mr. Trump had a productive meeting with Mr. Abrams on Tuesday, according to a White House official and a person close to Mr. Abrams. But after it took place, Mr. Trump learned of Mr. Abrams’s pointed criticisms of the president when he was running for president, the administration official said. Among those criticisms was a column headlined “When You Can’t Stand Your Candidate,” which appeared in May 2016 in The Weekly Standard.
Mr. Trump has been increasingly focused on who was with him or against him during his campaign, according to several people who have spoken with him in recent days.