March 25, 2017


Tillerson Didn't Want His Job, and So Far He's Bad at It (Daniel W. Drezner, 3/25/17,  The Washington Post)

[E]rin McPike, the one reporter permitted on Tillerson's plane for his latest trip, filed a 3,300-word story last Tuesday night. Reading it, I have come to one unmistakable conclusion: I was wrong about encouraging Tillerson to speak with the press. Tillerson should shut the heck up until he demonstrates that he knows what he's talking about.

This interview is terrifying, but not for the reason that Twitter focused on Tuesday night. McPike wrote that Tillerson, asked why he wanted the job, replied, "I didn't want this job. I didn't seek this job." Asked why he said yes, he said, "My wife told me I'm supposed to do this."

Tillerson said he'd never met Donald Trump before the election. As president-elect, Trump wanted to speak with Tillerson "about the world," to get Tillerson's views on the global issues he'd handled as ExxonMobil CEO, McPike wrote. " 'When he asked me at the end of that conversation to be secretary of state, I was stunned.'

Posted by at March 25, 2017 7:21 AM