I will admit right up front here that from the very beginning I was not a fan of Rex Tillerson and thought that President Trump could have chosen much more wisely the individual to be his Secretary of State. But then, as the old saying goes, I’m not the president and Donald Trump is. But that said, to now be hearing some of the things Tillerson has been saying about the president, I would say my initial gut feeling about the man was pretty much spot on. You see, it’s now according to Tillerson that President Trump repeatedly wanted to violate the law, and he describes the president as being both “undisciplined” and uninterested in details.
And it was at a charity dinner in his native Texas just this past Thursday night that Tillerson took the opportunity to criticize both President Trump and his supporters during some public remarks he made at the event. The ex-secretary of state turned political commentator said, “I will be honest with you, it troubles me that the American people seem to want to know so little about issues that they are satisfied with a 128 characters.” And he then went on to say, “I don’t want that to come across as a criticism of him.” And he added, “It’s really a concern that I have about us as Americans and us as a society and us as citizens.”
Tillerson also offered up a bit of political opinion claiming that “there’s no question” that Russia interfered in the 2016 Presidential elections, point blank. But what is it that he offers up as proof? He had no involvement in the campaign whatsoever and yet can now state unequivocally that the Russians somehow interfered in the election. And that he can now so confidently make such a claim is frankly more than a little bizarre. He told reporters, “What Russia wants to do is undermine our confidence, and undermine the world’s confidence in us.” Of Putin, he said “many people talk about playing chess. Putin plays three-dimensional chess.”
And then it was during a rare interview, also on Thursday night, that Tillerson told well-known ‘fake news journalist’ Bob Schieffer, of the Communist Broadcasting System (CBS), “I think part of it was obviously we are starkly different in our styles. We did not have a common value system.” He said, “I’d have to say to him, ‘Well, Mr. President, I understand what you want to do, but you can’t do it that way — it violates the law, it violates a treaty.” Tillerson went on say, “He got really frustrated.” And then added, “I think he grew tired of me being the guy every day that told him you can’t do that and let’s talk about what we can do.”
Tillerson, a former chief executive of ExxonMobil, had zero government experience and had never met President Trump prior to his nomination. Upon coming onboard Tillerson immediately struggled to fit in, focusing on internal State Department streamlining rather than on broader foreign policy goals as his relationship was said to fray with President Trump. Tillerson said, “It was challenging for me coming from the disciplined, highly process-oriented ExxonMobil Corp to go to work for a man who is pretty undisciplined, doesn’t like to read, doesn’t read briefing reports, doesn’t like to get into the details of a lot of things.”
Personally, I always thought that Tillerson was in a bit over his head right out of the gate, he always struck me as being an odd choice. I mean here we had a guy who, depending on who you listen to, left his successor at ExxonMobil and rather sizable mess to clean up and yet was expected to be in charge of America’s foreign policy and all of the complexities that go along with it. So I’m not sure what it was that he saw in Tillerson that somehow made the president think that he was up to the challenge of being our nation’s chief diplomat, but he so very obviously was not. And that eventually became obvious to the point where he had to be let go.
After all, Tillerson may have been pretty good at coloring inside the lines, but Trump was elected president to do something different. Different styles and desires, so Trump fired him after he learned the lay of the land. I also find it a stretch to think that Tillerson became an instant expert on all the nuances of treaties that took years to draft. And I have a feeling he was listening to those ‘Deep State’ operatives who actually run the State Department. That alone would have been enough for the president to fire him. Our foreign policy was a mess after Barry, Hitlery and Kerry-Heinz. Who, other than globalists would want to perpetuate that mess?
Also keep in mind that it was Tillerson who recklessly lobbied for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to change its rules on youth membership and allow homosexuals to join the organization. That rule change, which Tillerson spoke about in a speech back at the May 2013 National Annual Meeting of the BSA, states, “No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.” And it was two years after that rule change that the BSA changed its rules again to allow homosexual men to work in the organization as Scout Masters and in other positions which needlessly exposed young boys to predators.
And I think that in order to get any kind of support from the RINOs who controlled congress President Trump had to work with them in a give and take situation which meant he had to be willing to nominate some of their recommended people in his administration and Tillerson was one of these nominations. The stronger the president gets, maintains high approval ratings with Republican voters, the more flexibility he has to replace people in his administration for people he truly likes and not who ‘The Swamp’ may pressure him to nominate. And there have examples of President Trump doing just as we have gone through the las couple of years.
Since President Trump took office nearly 3 million jobs have been created, 304,000 manufacturing jobs have been created, and manufacturing employment stands at its highest level since December 2008. There have been 337,000 construction jobs created, and construction employment stands at its highest level since June 2008. American families received $3.2 Trillion in gross tax cuts and saw the child tax credit double. President Trump followed through on his promise to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and he successfully eliminated the penalty for Obamacare’s burdensome individual mandate. Reason enough for me to vote for him again.