Were James Mattis And Rex Tillerson Betrayed By The White House?

Gen Mattis, Gen. Flynn and Rex Tillerson were not consulted about the immigration order

For some reason the White House didn’t inform or seek guidance on President Donald Trump’s explosive executive order on immigration from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Director Homeland Security General John Kelly, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan or with any of the key Republican members of Congress who are involved with counter-terrorism.

As we know last Friday President Trump issued an executive order that severely restricts immigration from seven Muslim countries, suspends all refugee admission for 120 days, and bars all Syrian refugees indefinitely. The order was kept so secret that the agencies who were involved in making it work were caught off guard and it was that lack of complete understand that led to protests and misunderstandings of the order.

There can no doubt the White House betrayed key members of their own team by not trusting that they could keep a secret. Also, had the White House cleared this through proper channels then the firestorm it caused could have been avoided.

The order was penned by White House Senior Adviser Stephen Miller, with the guidance of “chief strategist” Stephen Bannon. The idea that Miller would create an executive order on immigration without consulting the key members of the Trump Administration is nothing short of stunning.

Let’s be clear the immigration order will stand all legal challenges that it will face in court. Let’s also be clear that President Trump, was moving forward keeping his promise of keeping America safe with the order.

The problem was not with the order itself but how Miller went about crafting the document in the first place. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, spent all weekend and early Monday saying that it was “kept secret,” to make sure no one in terrorist community could be tipped off.

So, was Mattis, Kelly and Tillerson not to be trusted? Were key members of Congress that could have helped back the White House on the order not to be trusted?

rex tillerson james mattis

The bigger take-a-way from this is will White House advisor’s like Miller and Bannon continue to draft policy without consulting with their own cabinet?

My guess is that Gen. Mattis, who is highly respected by the military as well as both Republicans and Democrats in Congress, will leave if he is not part of the vetting system.

Creating policy without having the great minds that were handpicked by President Trump himself, directing and helping craft it, is the recipe for disaster.



Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.