When President-elect Donald Trump was looking for his secretary of state, he wished somebody who regarded the half: robust, skilled, and battle-prepared.
Rudy Giuliani needed the job; nevertheless, it was a non-starter. Trump even flirted with the potential of Mitt Romney for some time. However, when it did not appear proper, provided that Romney had referred to like him a phony and fraud throughout the marketing campaign, not to point out that conservatives had been appalled on the chance.
Then, former protection secretary Bob Gates and former nationwide safety adviser Condoleezza Rice got here to the transition with a fantastic concept: Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon, a worldwide conglomerate. Properly-identified to overseas leaders, together with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he was additionally a former president of the Boy Scouts.
And as Trump was casting the half, Tillerson matches the playbill: white-haired, Texas swagger, a confident grasp of the universe.
Fourteen months later, he was gone. Fired, no much less, in a presidential tweet. The official name from the President got here hours later.
This week, he returned to DC — to not meet with Trump to patch issues up, however, to be secretly debriefed by the Home Overseas Affairs Committee. Like most secrets and techniques in Washington, this one acquired out: that Tillerson instructed the members that Putin was extra ready than Trump for his or her assembly in Hamburg, Germany; that whereas American values guided him, he couldn’t assess whether or not Trump was; that Jared Kushner freelanced international coverage with no explicit credentials or talent.