The reported State Dept problems cannot be laid at the feet of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. To begin with, the act of cutting back the department by a measley 8% does nothing compared to the last 8 years of growth. That will in no way affect State’s ability to perform its tasks. What is changing is where foreign policy is decided and where the rubber meets the road. this will explain it all to you.
As Written By Will Racke for the Daily Caller:
Rex Tillerson’s tumultuous tenure as the nation’s top diplomat appears to be nearing an end, according to a deluge of reports that have him being forced out in the near future.
The New York Times reported Thursday that the White House has drawn up a plan to replace Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and tap Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton to take over at Langley. Other media outlets subsequently issued corroborating reports, adding more weight to rumors that President Donald Trump was ready to give Tillerson the boot.
On Friday, Trump himself dismissed the stories as “fake news,” but there was no denying that speculation of Tillerson’s long-rumored exit had reached a fever pitch.
If Tillerson is forced out after less than a year on the job, he is not likely to be missed by the White House or the Washington foreign policy community. The former ExxonMobil CEO never really jelled with Trump’s foreign policy advisors in the West Wing and often found himself contradicted or sidelined entirely on key diplomatic matters in favor of Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law.
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