Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson needs to go

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Rex Tillerson needs to go

This has been said by mul­ti­ple peo­ple since the first time Rex Tillerson’s name was announced as Pres­i­dent Trump’s pick to run the State Depart­ment. Every­one has their rea­sons: no expe­ri­ence, lib­eral ten­den­cies, love of the Iran nuclear deal, love of TPP… the list goes on an on. I have a new rea­son to want him out.

He’s too weak to stand up to Pres­i­dent Trump.

Politico posted an arti­cle today ask­ing if Tiller­son should resign. While much of what they said had its stan­dard left­ist tilt, one impor­tant note is that Tiller­son has been the least effec­tive Sec­re­tary of State so far, per­haps ever. Harsh crit­i­cism. Nonethe­less, it’s quite true. Tiller­son has lit­er­ally noth­ing notched in the win col­umn. The rea­son isn’t just his lack of abil­ity. He’s under­mined by the Pres­i­dent and placed far below the level that most Sec­re­taries of State enjoy. He’s sub­servient to John Kelly now and Reince Priebus before him. His word holds less weight than peo­ple allegedly under him, namely Jared Kush­ner, Wilbur Ross, James Mat­tis, and Gary Cohn. Even Steve Ban­non, when he was in the White House, had much more pull than Tillerson.

In short, Rex Tiller­son isn’t strong enough to lead the for­eign affairs wing of the White House.

While not endors­ing them, both John Bolton and Nikki Haley would be bet­ter choices. Bolton is out­spo­ken enough for the job, which may be why he doesn’t have it. Haley has proven to be aggres­sive enough, though she may have the same chal­lenges as Tiller­son if she’s unwill­ing to fight her way up Trump’s peck­ing order. I should men­tion Mitt Rom­ney, but I won’t. I just don’t like the guy.

If Tiller­son stays, it will be because Pres­i­dent Trump wants some­one in posi­tion that he can bully or embar­rass with Tweets like these:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/914497877543735296

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/914497947517227008

Now is not the time for Amer­ica to have an inef­fec­tive Sec­re­tary of State. Between China, Rus­sia, the Mid­dle East, North Korea, Venezuela, and tur­moil in Europe, we need some­one like James Baker. Instead, we have a bored old rich guy whose biggest claim to fame is being rec­og­nized by Vladimir Putin as a Friend of Russia.

This has been said by multiple people since the first time Rex Tillerson’s name was announced as President Trump’s pick to run the State Department. Everyone has their reasons: no experience, liberal tendencies, love of the Iran nuclear deal, love of TPP… the list goes on an on. I have a new reason to want him out.

He’s too weak to stand up to President Trump.

Politico posted an article today asking if Tillerson should resign. While much of what they said had its standard leftist tilt, one important note is that Tillerson has been the least effective Secretary of State so far, perhaps ever. Harsh criticism. Nonetheless, it’s quite true. Tillerson has literally nothing notched in the win column. The reason isn’t just his lack of ability. He’s undermined by the President and placed far below the level that most Secretaries of State enjoy. He’s subservient to John Kelly now and Reince Priebus before him. His word holds less weight than people allegedly under him, namely Jared Kushner, Wilbur Ross, James Mattis, and Gary Cohn. Even Steve Bannon, when he was in the White House, had much more pull than Tillerson.

In short, Rex Tillerson isn’t strong enough to lead the foreign affairs wing of the White House.

While not endorsing them, both John Bolton and Nikki Haley would be better choices. Bolton is outspoken enough for the job, which may be why he doesn’t have it. Haley has proven to be aggressive enough, though she may have the same challenges as Tillerson if she’s unwilling to fight her way up Trump’s pecking order. I should mention Mitt Romney, but I won’t. I just don’t like the guy.

If Tillerson stays, it will be because President Trump wants someone in position that he can bully or embarrass with Tweets like these:

Now is not the time for America to have an ineffective Secretary of State. Between China, Russia, the Middle East, North Korea, Venezuela, and turmoil in Europe, we need someone like James Baker. Instead, we have a bored old rich guy whose biggest claim to fame is being recognized by Vladimir Putin as a Friend of Russia.