Tom Cotton

Trump Plans to Oust Tillerson as Secretary of State

“The White House has developed a plan to force out Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, whose relationship with President Trump has been strained, and replace him with Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director, within the next several weeks,” the New York Times reports.

“Mr. Pompeo would be replaced at the C.I.A. by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), who has been a key ally of the president on national security matters, according to the White House plan. Mr. Cotton has signaled that he would accept the job if offered, said the officials, who insisted on anonymity to discuss sensitive deliberations before decisions are announced.”

Cotton Eyed for Possible CIA Vacancy

Mike Allen: “We told you about internal administration conversations about sliding CIA Director Mike Pompeo over to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whenever he heads back to Texas.”

“Now we’re hearing about a top possibility for the next chess move: Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) was considered for CIA director (and SecDef) during the transition, and is a candidate for CIA again.”

“Cotton is one of the few senators with an easy relationship with Trump, talking to him a few times a week, giving him advice about top jobs (that Trump has taken), and planting the seed for the Iran policy announced Friday.”

Cotton Faces Angry Constituents

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) “came under fire at a raucous town Monday, as constituents pelted the Arkansas Republican on topics ranging from Donald Trump’s tax returns and possible ties to Russia to the GOP push to repeal Obamacare,” Politico reports.

“It was the latest in a string of confrontations between GOP lawmakers and voters during Congress’ two-week spring recess, coming on the heels of the party’s failed bid to overturn the Democratic health care law. Cotton, a rising star in the Republican Party seen as a potential White House aspirant in time, withstood 90 minutes of boos and occasional cheers from an oft-agitated crowd in Little Rock, Arkansas.”

Cotton Tells House to ‘Start Over’ on Health Care

In a series of tweets, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said the House health-care bill can’t pass Senate without major changes.

Said Cotton: “To my friends in House: pause, start over. Get it right, don’t get it fast… GOP shouldn’t act like Dems did in Obamacare. No excuse to release bill Monday night, start voting Wednesday With no budget estimate!”

He added: “What matters in long run is better, more affordable health care for Americans, NOT House leaders’ arbitrary legislative calendar.”

Cotton Faces Angry Town Hall Meeting

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) “faced an angry crowd Wednesday at a town hall in his home state of Arkansas, as constituents demanded answers on everything from Republicans’ plans to repeal Obamacare and build a border wall to funding for PBS,” CNN reports.

“The venue was at capacity — police said it held 2,000 people — and the audience routinely screamed at the senator throughout the event.”

Cotton Says Bombing Iran Would Take Only a Few Days

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) says bombing Iran’s nuclear facilities would take several days and be nothing like Iraq War, BuzzFeed reports.

Said Cotton: “Even if military action were required — and we certainly should have kept the credible threat of military force on the table throughout which always improves diplomacy — the president is trying to make you think it would be 150,000 heavy mechanized troops on the ground in the Middle East again as we saw in Iraq and that’s simply not the case. It would be something more along the lines of what President Clinton did in December 1998 during Operation Desert Fox. Several days air and naval bombing against Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction facilities for exactly the same kind of behavior.”

Insiders See Backlash After GOP Letter to Iran

A survey of political influentials finds that one-third of Republicans believe that Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and his GOP colleagues — including several potential presidential candidates — crossed the line when they published an open letter to Iranian leaders warning about a possible nuclear deal, Politico reports.

“Democrats feel strongly that the freshman’s gambit was not just a breach of protocol — one Iowan called it ‘borderline treasonous’ — but a political ‘gift’ that neutralizes an issue where they have been potentially vulnerable.”