Suicide Pact Watch. Why Haven't Steven Mnuchin and James Mattis Resigned?

President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, in Washington. From left, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, acting Secretary of Health and Human Services Eric Hargan, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Trump, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Back in October, BuzzFeed, which is slightly more reliable than CNN, reported:

One US official expressed confidence in Tillerson’s status due to a so-called “suicide pact” forged between Defense Secretary James Mattis, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Tillerson, whereby all three cabinet secretaries vow to leave in the event that the president makes moves against one of them.


This was picked up and spread by Never Trump people of all stripes.

Now a reckoning is due.

Tillerson was fired. Mattis and Mnuchin show no signs of moving. Will BuzzFeed retract or run a correction? Will the people who spread the story have the integrity to admit that they let their dislike for Trump outweigh any commonsense they might have? Of course not. Because that is the advantage of being a Never Trump scandalmonger.


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