aside Where, Oh Where Is The Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson?

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Rex Tillerson

I had been thinking that after it had been announced that the US Congress had passed a bill baring the republican President Donald Trump from being able to lift any of the sanctions imposed against Russia without prior congressional review, that the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s days of remaining on the job were numbered but it seems he’s already had it.

There was a 2011 lucrative deal that Mr. Tillerson, as Exxon’s CEO, had negotiated between Exxon and Rosneft, a Russian oil company to explore for oil in Russia’s arctic area worth upwards of $500 billion dollars but which has been on hold ever since the US imposed sanctions on Russia in 2014. He along with the president have been working towards the lifting of these sanctions in incremental steps. However, they have not been successful.

It has been obvious by anyone paying attention to the goings-on of the US Department of State, that Mr. Tillerson sees little of value in its existence. He has shown no resistance to the drastic budget cuts  that the president foisted on the State Department. He has not been a champion of human rights when dealing with foreign governments. He shuns the press.

Here is the rest of the story…

On July 25, 2017, Alex Lockie of Business Insider penned the following report, “State Department says Secretary Tillerson is ‘taking a little time off’ amid tensions in the White House.”

“Heather Nauert, the spokesperson for the State Department, surprised reporters on Tuesday by saying that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is “taking a little time off.”

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“When asked about the discrepancies between Tillerson’s public schedule and his reported movements, and why the department hadn’t updated the press on his whereabouts, Nauert said Tillerson “does have the ability to go away for a few days on his own.”

“Just taking a little time off,” Nauert said of Tillerson’s unannounced absence. “He’s got a lot of work, he just came back from that mega trip overseas as you all well know, many of you were over there with the G20.”

“Asked why Nauert didn’t just say Tillerson was on vacation, she said she didn’t know the standard protocol for listing private days. Nauert then said Matt Lee, the Associated Press’ diplomacy writer, would probably know.”

“Tillerson’s absence comes amid reports that he’s considering leaving the State Department.”


  1. Gronda, he said to a friend he would not last the year. If I was a betting person, he will tender his resignation sooner. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      It is obvious that he hates the job. Besides his wanting to lift the 2014 US sanctions imposed on Russia, I don’t see why he took the job. He can’t think highly of his boss. But, he is the one American who knows what the president said to Putin at the G20 hearing.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • Gronda, he said yesterday he is not leaving, which means he is leaving. We will just have to wait and see. Trump said he might veto the Russia sanctions. I guess he will threaten all states like he did Alaska to get Murkowski’s vote. I am hoping these threats backfire on him as it they show what a horrible leader he is. Keith

  2. You are so right, his sole purpose as Sec. of State is to lift sanctions against Russia and open up the financial floodgates for the rich multinational oil companies to invest. He personally stand to make billions, there is an inherent conflict of interest. Why is Congress not all over this guy, I really hope he does quit so we get someone more qualified to do the work.

    Heck, at this point even old Hillary will do!

    • Dear !EarthUnited,

      The Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has recused himself from acting in any way on behalf of his former company, Exxon where he was the CEO.

      But this didn’t stop Exxon from requesting a waiver from having to abide by the 2014 sanctions imposed against Russia from the Treasury Department or him testifying against the sanctions before congress.

      He and the president have been blocked by congress from having the sanctions lifted.

      And unless Mr. Tillerson has a change of heart, I don’t see him continuing as the US Secretary.

      Hugs, Gronda

  3. Dear Mz. Gronda,

    IMO Tillerson has come to realize he is aboard a sinking ship and he, not being the captain is not willing to go down with the ship! This man has too much to lose personally and financially to continue in this position and he has the choice of losing his well earned stature in the business world by remaining, or leaving and attempting to salvage what is left! His loss to the administration, like the loss of Session would be difficult for the tRump to overcome. With Sessions, I suspect tRump does not understand how much political power Sessions actually wields and he is being foolish in his attempt to remove the man. How many members of the GOPTP congress will the tRump lose if either one of these well respected members of his administration leave on bad terms? This may be the breaking point for tRump and his support in congress…

    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      DDT knows that there will be hell to pay if he fires his Attorney General Sessions. He was hoping that Mr. Sessions would resign after DDT had publicly humiliated and disparaged him but Mr. Sessions is not playing the president’s game. The senate is taking steps to prevent DDT from replacing him when Congress is in recess.

      The president/ Bannon has miscalculated.

      Hugs, Gronda

    • My thoughts exactly, remaining as Sec of State is contrary and harmful to his personal interests. Now that Congress has effectively blocked him from repealing sanctions against Russia without approval, he’s useless. It would be interesting if Trump replaces his whole Cabinet! This is a bit too much reality TV for me.

      • Dear 1EarthUnited,

        The president is desperate to banish the FBI Special Counsel Mueller from continuing the Trump-Russian investigation. His antipathy towards Mr. Tillerson has to do with him interfering in what he wants to do. For example, the only reason why he hasn’t torn up the US-Iran Nuclear Agreement is because of the likes of Mr. Tillerson, his NSA adviser General H. R. McMaster and the Defense Secretary General Jim Mattis talking him out of it.

        The president has this habit of making policy in an instant where those around him, end up fixing his messes.

        Hugs, Gronda

  4. I do not like Tillerson as Secretary of State, but yet I almost feel sorry for him. Trump has blocked most of his appointments and slashed his budget, Kushner called him ‘unprofessional’, Trump went against his advice regarding Qatar, and I’m sure he has taken his share of verbal abuse. I wonder, though, who Trump will pick to replace him?

    • Dear Jill,

      For Mr. Tillerson, Having criticism from the likes of Jared Kushner, an absolute neophyte when it comes to foreign relations and who has no gravitas, has to be galling.

      If I were Mr. Tillerson, I would stay on just to be a thorn but I would start by having more respect for what the US State Department does. I would do a great job for this country, but that means he would have to pay more humbage to his Boy Scout’s pledge.I would call on help from past republican secretaries whom DDT could not stop from assisting Mr. Tillerson.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • You make a good point in that if he stays and tries to actually fill the shoes of past Secretaries of State, tries to do the right thing, it would drive Trumpy nuts, and increase our respect for Tillerson. At this point, he should probably divorce his wife, for he said she was the one who talked him into taking the job! 😀 Seriously, though, I believe he took it for reasons of greed, so in one sense he is getting what he deserves. So many unsavory characters in this administration!

  5. Tillerson has earned whatever stress and frustration his involvement with this administration has brought him. By all accounts a sociable man, he is also one of the great enemies of renewable energy and environmentally safe and innovative resource development, and as such should be considered an enemy of the people. He took this job to benefit his long term investments and future in the energy industry. Let him choke on it.

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