Rex Kneels To Kiss Trump’s Ring

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, President Donald Trump, and White House chief of staff John Kelly listen as Trump is introduced during a luncheon with African leaders at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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A remarkable press conference by Rex Tillerson just now to, how else can you say it?, save his job. He didn’t deny calling the President a “moron” over the summer, as NBC reported this morning, but he didn’t address it directly, dismissing it as part of DC’s tendency toward the “petty” and divisive.

It was cringe-inducing. The only real audience was the President. Will the secretary of state’s personal humiliation be enough to satisfy Trump? It’s the kind of question you expect to ask in a tinpot dictatorship. The other piece of “analysis” here also strains belief: Trump just canned his HHS secretary last week … can he shove out his top diplomat so soon?

What can you even say? The whole tableau this morning is the problem with this president. This isn’t about Rex Tillerson.