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The Atlantic: Tillerson Doesn't 'Understand His Job'

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By    |   Tuesday, 04 Apr 2017 01:32 PM

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson doesn't "understand his job," according to The Atlantic, mainly because he hasn't clearly outlined what U.S. foreign policy will look like under the administration of President Donald Trump.

While defining Tillerson's stellar qualities, saying he had "by all accounts, sterling character — honest, considerate, soft-spoken, but effective at managing a large business," the magazine rendered a blistering indictment of his performance since taking over the State Department in February.

"Tillerson's aversion to the press does not reflect a becoming modesty, or even a canny desire to pop the big surprises on them only when he is ready. It reveals, rather, that he does not yet understand his job. For a democracy's foreign policy to succeed it must be understood and argued out. That task the secretary of state has hitherto avoided.

"If he shuts out the diplomatic press corps — the wonkiest of them all, and the easiest to deal with in Washington — he is only asking for more trouble for himself and the administration.

Sooner or later, someone needs to explain what Trump's foreign policy is," the Atlantic stated.

Tillerson should also be reconciling America's interests, reassuring allies and promising "a steady hand in the years to come."

The article handed Tillerson black marks for some of what he has overseen so far, including a pick for deputy secretary of state, which was "shot down at the last minute in a bit of palace intrigue," seeing his budget slashed by 29 percent, shutting down his press operations for several weeks, dropping his press entourage on his first trip, which was to Asia, and nearly skipping a NATO meeting.

The article schooled Tillerson, former CEO of Exxon Mobil, on the diverse needs of his job and gave him low marks for his performance so far.

"The higher offices of state require all kinds of qualities rarely assembled in one individual, among them, yes, basic management skills, but also sensitivity to domestic politics, intellectual depth, a certain degree of vision, substantive knowledge of often recondite issues, interpersonal skills at wheedling, coaxing, intimidating and persuading, and a public persona," the Atlantic noted. "So far, Secretary Tillerson is doing poorly."

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