"I am proud to shut down the government for border security ... I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it." –Donald Trump
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post:
"Former ambassador Eric S. Edelman concurs. “The press appearance was the most humiliating, degrading performance by a secretary of state that I have seen in my lifetime. He was clearly ordered by the White House to go out and lavish slavish praise on the president.” He points out that “Trump’s comment that Tillerson has refuted the story and NBC owes an apology is evidence” that Tillerson was ordered by the White House to go out there. Edelman adds,
“His statement was actually the quintessence of the non-denial denial.” One wonders why Tillerson is so desperate to hold onto his job, so oblivious to his own uselessness to the president. Trump not only humiliates Tillerson personally; he also signals in episodes like this that Tillerson is unimportant, without influence in his administration.
Tillerson actually does his department, the administration and country harm by remaining in office, preventing someone with possibly more respect and stature from filling that spot. In short, if it was not essential for Tillerson to resign before this latest incident, it is now."