US President Donald Trump denied any rift with his highest ranking official, the Secretary of State, after Rex Tillerson described the former as a 'moron' during a private chat session with fellow American officials. The comment brought into focus the relationship between the two men. The meeting where the session took place was a secure conference room colloquially known as 'tank'. The meeting took place only a day after a situation room meeting in the White House concerning Afghanistan. The meetings were long ago scheduled to consecutively happen.
The second meeting was wider in scope, ranging from a number of treaty commitments signed by the United States to the country's troop distribution in different parts of the world. A number of other American interests were discussed. Sources confirmed that the White House meeting was unsatisfactory. The President was not happy with the longest running war the US was presently fighting. He wanted to sack General John Nicholson, the army commander in charge of American troops in Afghanistan. He compared the battle scene with administering a famous New York restaurant.
The Pentagon meeting a day after was designed to provide the President a wide and effective tutorial on the real world conditions present at that part of the world. In the normal course of events, the President is provided an empirical view of commitments and threats. A few officials wanted Trump to be present at the meeting, given the President's known lack of understanding concerning the issues involved.
President and his lack of knowledge regarding real-world affairs
Officials in the know said that the meeting turned out to be a rough one. People were not listening to what Tillerson said, but what the President uttered during the meeting. For DOD people, the day went quite rough. Their leadership was questioned directly and feathers were ruffled. Participants were perplexed at Trump's direct questions. They were also aghast at his lack of knowledge concerning how the world works. This is significant as meetings inside Pentagon 'tank' provide a sobering view of the threats facing the United States.
It is to be noted that Trump did not discuss the scaling up of America's nuclear arsenal during the meeting. The US President has earlier batted for scaling up the nuclear capability of the country. In a media interview, he had mentioned that he preferred a world sans nuclear weapons, but if any country has one, the US must surpass it technologically and militarily.