Rumors have been circulating regarding Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and whether he intends to resign from the Trump administration amid tensions that have been brewing regarding key staffing delays.
In a recent response on Wednesday, Rex Tillerson said, “I’m not going anywhere” and said that he intends to stay in the administration for “as long as the president lets me.” (via Western Journalism)
The Secretary of State has been dealing with delays concerning key staff appointments at the State Department, partially due to vetoes from figures in the Trump administration. Among other things, the Trump administration proposed a budget cut of nearly 30 percent, a hiring freeze, and is looking to rearrange offices within the department. He has also received criticism from Jared Kushner, Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law.
Yet despite this, Tillerson is unwavering in his determination to stay on as Secretary of State. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert denied these rumors, saying, “We have spoken with the secretary. The secretary has been very clear he intends to stay here at the State Department…he’s deeply engaged in that work.” (via The Hill)
Tillerson, a former ExxonMobile CEO, has expressed frustration in the past regarding government life, telling reporters that government was “not a highly disciplined organization. Decision-making is fragmented, and sometimes people don’t want to make decisions. Coordination is difficult through the interagency [process].” (via The Hill)
The inefficiencies of the government, the difficulties in staffing his department, as well as Tillerson disagreeing with Trump’s criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions were all reasons these rumors began circulating in the first place. However, it seems that these speculations are unfounded, and Tillerson aims to keep his commitment to the Trump administration.
R.C. Hammond, another State Department spokesman, said that passionate discussions between members were not unusual, nor are they a sign that relationships are souring. “Colleagues are capable of frank exchanges, evaluating nominees did get off to a slow start, but it is now moving along at a pretty good clip.” Still, one unnamed source close to Tillerson added that the relationship between Trump and Tillerson was “becoming a death by one thousand little cuts.” (via Western Journalism)
Tillerson decided he would remain on as Secretary of State as long as the president allows. Do you think he made the right choice in remaining loyal to President Trump?
Returning from a vacation where he took a few days off for himself, Tillerson is coming back to the White House with a renewed commitment to do his best, saying that he serves “at the pleasure of the president. I’ll be here as long as the president lets me.” (via Western Journalism)
As the president deals with many problems facing his administration – a relentless Russian witch-hunt from the media, rebooting a stalled healthcare bill in congress, and a series of leakers that are undermining the public image of the President – it is good to know that Tillerson intends to remain loyal to the President at such an important time.
Hopefully, the rest of Trump’s top staff follow Tillerson’s example, and solidify themselves around Trump, prepared to do the work in front of them and serve at the pleasure of the president, even if they disagree on certain issues.