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What the brutal Rexit tells us about Trump

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Tillerson sits to Trump's right at a cabinet meeting in January. Photo: Ron Sachs, Pool / Getty Images

President Trump's firing-via-tweet of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, following his sudden imposition of tariffs, reflects the president's increasing comfort with solo use of his awesome power over policy, personnel and politics.

Why it matters: White House officials tell us that it's getting ever more difficult for aides to disagree with Trump, or stand up to him about the consequences of decisions great and small.