We have had a couple of days of high drama…..did Tillerson call Trump a moron or not?
Well we still do not know for after his, Tillerson, speech he never clarified that one point….he worked hard to say everything that the president wants to hear……and it worked for now….for Trump has come out patting Tillerson on the back and saying what a fine American he is.
Tillerson has contradicted Trump on many occasions and yet he still retains his job….does not sound like a Trump deal now does it?
Truth be told I was not a fan of Tillerson after his nomination….I thought he was a poor choice to run one of the most important cabinet posts…..he brought nothing in way of experience to the job.
How much longer can Tillerson sing the Trump tune….especially on the handling of North Korea?
Rex Tillerson could be the worst of the 69 secretaries of state in the history of the republic, but he did not deserve the drubbing he took Sunday from his boss.
Moreover, Washington’s efforts to disarm North Korea were not served by the public humiliation of America’s chief diplomat over the weekend.
“I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man,” President Trump tweeted Sunday morning. Then came the second blast “Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!”
It was bad enough that Trump blasted “Rex” in public, but to compound the sin, the president did so while Tillerson was in Beijing, talking to the Chinese about disarming North Korea. China insists, as a price of its enforcement of sanctions, that America try to negotiate with Pyongyang. Trump’s words, therefore, undercut efforts to get Beijing to cut off the flow of cash to the stocky Kim Jong-un, also now known, thanks to Trump’s previous insults, as “Little Rocket Man.”
This last thing, the “moron” comment, has this growing rift between Tillerson and the president……can this thing be handled so that Tillerson keeps his job?
The American Conservative has taken a closer look at this situation…..
For months now, Trump has been piqued by rumors of disloyalty that have filtered up to him from Foggy Bottom, the home of the State Department. In private meetings, the president has also been irked by Tillerson’s arguments for a more-traditional approach on policies, from Iran to climate change to North Korea, and by Tillerson’s visible frustration when overruled. Trump has chafed at what he sees as arrogance on the part of an employee.
And as Tillerson has traveled the globe, Trump believes his top diplomat often seems more concerned with what the world thinks of the United States than with tending to the president’s personal image [bold mine-DL].
If Trump thinks the Secretary of State’s job is to burnish the president’s personal reputation instead of promoting the interests of the U.S. (and I have no difficulty believing he thinks that), it is little wonder that he and Tillerson are such a poor fit. Tillerson may already be widely regarded as one of the worst Secretaries of State in modern times, but even he seems to understand that boosting Trump’s personal image isn’t part of his job. Even if it were part of his job, Trump would make it impossible for him to do that because he is constantly gainsaying Tillerson in public. The president chose Tillerson for the position, but can’t keep himself from second-guessing and contradicting his own appointee and thus guaranteeing his irrelevance in the eyes of other governments.
This situation is just silly…..Tillerson is gone it is just a matter of optics when.
Right now Trump has lost so many high placed advisers that he needs to kick back and wait for a better time….he will continue to feel up his base and when they come on-line with Tillerson leaving….then he will be gone like a dirty shirt.
My guess is, unless something changes, buy January 2018.