Rex Tillerson did not want to accept the position of Secretary of State; and he has proven to the American people that he should have declined. He is seldom present when dignitaries from foreign nations come to Washington. The one exception was on Wednesday when Russian Foreign Minister Sergi Lavrov, and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak came to the White House at the request of Vladimir Putin.
Recently Senator John McCain criticized both the president and Tillerson for their selectivity in choosing support for the leaders of foreign nations.
McCain said that Tillerson “sent a message to oppressed people everywhere: Don’t look to the United States for hope” with remarks at the State Department in which he advocated against tying national security goals to “someone adopting our values.”
He continued denouncing the support of tyrants vs the shunning of our allies who share our beliefs and principles. He warned nations who believe that they have our support may be ignored by this administration.
“If you happen to be in the way of our forging relationships with your oppressors that could serve our security and economic interests, good luck to you. You’re on your own.”
Naturally Tillerson disagreed, and supported the connection between Trump and Erdogan, Duterte, Putin, and his statement that it would be an honor to meet with Kim Jong-un.
“But I make a distinction between values and policy. A policy has to be tailored to the individual situation. To the country. To its circumstances. To the broader issues that we are addressing,” he continued. “And so policies have to be adaptable. They have to change. They have to adjust to conditions. But our values can never change.”
In photographs Trump did not want the world to see, he was very obviously more friendly with Lavrov and Kislyak than he has ever been with any of our allies. His refusal to shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hand will never be forgotten.
Let’s be completely honest about Trump and foreign policy; he has none; he “wings it.”
Neither he nor Tillerson have traveled to the capitals of nations aligned with the values of the American people. Tillerson has traveled to meet with a Russian agent in Brussels, and to meet with Putin in Moscow; no surprise there.
Trump and his circle of sinners represent a different America; it is not the nation which nurtured me or the one I watched positively change throughout my 70+ years.
I don’t like anything about our government today; it is un-American.
by James Turnage
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