Rex Tillerson: hapless, hopeless and tragic. Now his time is up – By Richard Wolffe – The Guardian UK

Tillerson’s tenure was so bad, it prompted some rare bipartisan agreement. So farewell then, Rex

By Richard Wolffe – The Guardian UK

Rex Tillerson was a part-time truth-teller. In one national security meeting, he had the piercing insight and honesty to call Donald Trump “a moron” – possibly an Anglo-Saxon kind of moron. Yet, like his boss, he lacked the self-awareness to know that the same critique applied to himself, as the moron’s secretary-of-state.     

There were clues along the way, many of them spotted by the man he so openly disdained. It was the moron-in-chief who challenged the moron-of-state to an open contest of intellectual power. “I think it’s fake news,” Trump told Forbes magazine, dismissing the moronic comments. “But if he did [say] that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win.”  READ MORE

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Trump fires Tillerson: president swings axe after series of policy clashes

President tweets secretary of state is out and announces CIA director Mike Pompeo will become top diplomat. Trump announced the shake-up in a tweet, adding that Gina Haspel, Pompeo’s deputy, would become the CIA’s first female director.

Tillerson’s departure had long been predicted after a series of clashes over policy. But the announcement, made just four hours after the secretary of state landed in Washington after a tour of Africa, took Tillerson unawares.  READ MORE

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 03/14/2018 at 1:34 pm

    Tillerson is no moron. As Wolffe noted in his article:

    “Tillerson arrived in his job with all the executive skills you might expect after a very long and triumphant career at the top of one of the biggest corporations in the world: ExxonMobil, where he was CEO for a decade.”

    What we should ask is who benefited from Tillerson’s hollowing out of the state department.

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