Don Davis

Fortifying presidency

Political authorities, news pundits and everyday bloggers debate the high-profile replacement of ex-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with the nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

But is there a deeper reason for the shift?

Sure, there is much ado about the firing of Tillerson, the so-called lack of State diplomatic experience of Pompeo, and his intelligence background in the shrouded agency.

In tandem, President Trump praises Pompeo for his accomplishments and their like minds on issues such as North Korea, Iran and Israel.

Except, I wonder if an additional tactic is being implemented; the counter against the FBI, the media and ‘leakers’.

Mike Pompeo has an impressive resume. He was top of his class at West Point, has substantial backgrounds in the military, business, political, and leader of perhaps the most feared intelligence organization in the world. Without doubt in international terms or worldwide terms, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) that became the CIA, may be the most notorious.

Pompeo is in command of an agency in par with the provenance and influence of the FBI, many would argue, an agency far more intimidating than the FBI.  And once established as Secretary of State, whether confirmed or not, he could be a powerful ally. A trusted and valuable colleague to balance the Trump arena towards what the president may feel is a ‘Russia-witch-hunt’ by the FBI, select Democrats, and the media.

In fact, based on Pompeo’s alleged credentials and reputation, he has no fear of the media, FBI or any domestic or international governmental group. He reportedly has discipline, daring, organizational mannerisms essential for the job, and loyal contemporaries in tow and linked to extend his limits and enforce vital jurisdictions.

Therefore for Trump and Trump supporters alike, Pompeo would make a perfect partner and member of the president’s immediate staff.

Furthermore, Pompeo could be invaluable in changing the inner circle atmosphere and outside ambience by purportedly spearheading or setting up task teams, and the mentality necessary, to combat forces hostile to Trump’s presidency, Trump’s policies, and aggression towards Trump as an individual.

This may be a movement phase to fortify presidential authority, continuity, secrecy, accountability and in theory, clandestinely, delegating consequences for unsubstantiated accusations, classified information leakers, and supposed law breakers and troublemakers.

As a result, it is feasible that Mike Pompeo’s appointment may be part of long term policy, and an impending forecast, on what’s to come in a ‘new Trump era’.

A Trump era that will set trends with bold and unconventional behavior and action, momentum on potential domestic high profile successes and world altering accomplishments, and thus cementing his dominance in the presidency, government agencies and the media.


About the Author
Don Davis is a published Middle East analyst and book author that has been in the Middle East, North Africa, and Mediterranean region since 1992. For more than twenty years most of his research material was client confidential and behavioral related. But some of his abridged reports have been posted as articles or blogs. Don is also the book author of the international spy and assassin thriller, The Children of Santiago. The story is no fuzzy, cutesy story. Instead, a sobering, blunt, action and psychological account about a military general, Santiago, using child, teen and young adults as spies and assassins. Recruited from international families while on active assignments abroad during the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 1990s.