Andrew Harnik, The Associated PressSecretary of State Rex Tillerson leaves after speaking at a news conference at the State Department in Washington on Tuesday. President Donald Trump fired Tillerson and said he would nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him.
Rex Tillerson was chief executive of energy giant Exxon Mobil before he was the former secretary of state. Big jobs, both, and Tillerson looked and sounded every bit the corporate titan, with a leonine head framed by thinning white hair, chevron eyebrows, a soothing, basso Texas drawl, dark suits, and an easy self-assurance.
By the time Tillerson stood at a podium in the State Department briefing room on Tuesday after being fired by the president, he was a man so diminished and humiliated that he occasionally appeared to be out of breath, his voice shaky, his delivery dutiful and subdued.
After checking off a list of his accomplishments as secretary of state, Tillerson thanked everyone but the president. “I’ll now return to private life as a private citizen,” he said. “As a proud American. Proud of the opportunity I’ve had to serve my country.” Then he left without taking any questions.
Tillerson is a reminder of the price some people pay for existing in Donald Trump’s orbit. Trump, of course, is an unpredictable, self-absorbed and ill-informed manager who thrives on playing people against one another while making sure that he occupies center stage. If you don’t get with that program — not a policy program so much as a cult of personality — you’re shown the door.
Indignities are central to the experience. The Wall Street Journal shared an anecdote in its account of Tillerson’s firing about a state dinner in China in November. Trump and Tillerson were served apparently unappetizing plates of salad. Tillerson left his untouched, causing the president to worry that …read more
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