House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi seems to have caught a case of amnesia, drawing criticism and amusement over her comments on Rex Tillerson’s exit as Secretary of State.
Pelosi’s past remarks on Tillerson haunted her today, after she alleged the former Secretary’s ousting was done in order to curry favor with Russia. Months worth of policy disagreements between the President and Tillerson on everything from relocating the US Embassy in Israel to Trump’s handling of North Korea and the Paris Climate Agreement culminated in a single tweet:
“Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!”
Pelosi, who never misses an opportunity to claim Russian collusion, released the following statement:
“Secretary Tillerson’s firing sets a profoundly disturbing precedent in which standing up for our allies against Russian aggression is grounds for a humiliating dismissal,” the California Democrat wrote. “President Trump’s actions show that every official in his Administration is at the mercy of his personal whims and his worship of Putin.”
However, those who don’t suffer from spontaneous memory loss might remember an inconvenient fact. Pelosi also had claimed Tillerson’s hiring was capitulation by President Trump on behalf of the Kremlin, a fact that the Washington Free Beacon was quick to note.
“Rex Tillerson’s cozy relationship with the Kremlin is especially alarming in light of his attitude toward sanctions over Russia’s aggressive behavior in Europe, while at the same time the President-elect continues to side with Russiaover the judgment of the U.S. intelligence community,” she wrote Dec. 13, 2016. “Fawning over Putin is poor preparation for being the top diplomat of the United States of America.”
So which is it? The awkward catch 22 Pelosi finds herself in comes as Democrats and Republicans continue to battle over alleged Russian collusion, with Democrats using the narrative as a tactic they hope will prove beneficial in winning seats during this year’s midterm elections.
While Tillerson was fired the day after accusing Vladimir Putin and Russian agents of using a nerve agent to poison a U.K. spy and his daughter, even the New York Times had been reporting for several months that the President was planning to replace him. It’s no secret Trump and Tillerson disagreed on a number of key issues.
Another problem with Pelosi’s statement is that Trump’s choice for Tillerson’s replacement, CIA chief Mike Pompeo, is very vocal on his opinions of Putin, stating “[Russia] has reasserted itself aggressively, invading and occupying Ukraine, threatening Europe, and doing nothing to aid in the destruction and defeat of ISIS.”
The Democratic Party’s Marxist stalwart is getting up there in age and it’s finally beginning to show. Perhaps Pelosi’s dementia has progressed.