Foreign Policy

Report: Tillerson Might Resign

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

People close to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told CNN that he's probably going to resign from his position at the end of the year, but others say his resignation may come sooner rather than later.

If these accounts are to be believed, Tillerson is coming around to the idea that he occupies an ineffectual and pointless position.

For weeks, conversations with Tillerson friends outside of Washington have left the impression that he, despite his frustrations, was determined to stay on the job at least through the end of the year. That would allow time to continue efforts to reorganize the State Department and would mean he could claim to have put in a year as America's top diplomat.

But two sources who spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity over the weekend said they would not be surprised if there was a "Rexit" from Foggy Bottom sooner that that.

Both of these sources are familiar with Tillerson conversations with friends outside Washington. Both said there was a noticeable increase in the secretary's frustration and his doubts that the tug-of-war with the White House would subside anytime soon.

No shit?

I was going to say he hasn't accomplished anything as secretary of state, but that's not necessarily true depending on your perspective. We may not view it as a great accomplishment, but he has shuttered numerous offices at the State Department including the war crimes office. That was one of his stated goals.

In the realm of foreign policy, however, Tillerson hasn't done anything. He can't. Whether Tillerson believes other countries should be seen as allies or adversaries, it more or less doesn't matter. Virtually every initiative or mission Tillerson has been dispatched on has ended in failure because Trump tweeted about it while he was on the toilet the next morning.

It's hard for me to imagine that Tillerson's replacement, whoever it may be, will have a different experience. Everything Trump touches turns to shit and everyone who works with him is eventually humiliated.

  • muselet

    Donald Trump sees no need for diplomacy or a State Department to conduct it.

    Rex Tillerson is more than happy to *ahem* reorganize the State Department into something small and ineffectual, because that’s what Trump wants.

    The military wants a robust State Department so it doesn’t have to get into quite so many shooting wars. There is no evidence Trump cares much about the military’s opinion, or indeed that he is even aware of it.

    This will not end well.


  • Everything Trump touches turns to shit and everyone who works with him is eventually humiliated.

    So true! I never saw “The Apprentice” but no need. He’s “managing” the Nation like I would imagine an episode of the show would run, and he is becoming an international laughingstock. His managerial incompetence is as stunning as his grand mal personality defects.

    • Ken Kohl

      and he is turning this country into shit. I ever thought I’d see the day where the Pres-i-den’-cy has been turned into a punch line.

  • Michael B. Conway

    Because there is no money to be made in a state department job.

  • Nefercat

    “he occupies an ineffectual and pointless position”
    Not really the descriptor you would expect of a United States Secretary of State, is it?

    For good or ill, here is the list just since Nixon: Henry Kissinger, Cyrus Vance, Edmund Muskie, Alexander Haig, George P. Shultz, James Baker, Lawrence Eagleburger, Warren Christopher, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry.

    You could say a lot about State under the people on that list, much of it uncomplimentary, but ineffectual? Not the first word that comes to mind.

    Of course, a chickenshit third world banana republic doesn’t need the SoS to be effectual or useful. After all, the rest of the world is leaving us behind so what use does State have for budget or staffing that could go instead to the grifters in the White House?

    • Aynwrong

      Pretty much.

  • Aynwrong

    I actually hope Ti

    • Badgerite

      A good ramble, though. Spot on. Especially like the part about Wallace and Schmitt. Ain’t it the truth.

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