It's impossible to imagine a Secretary of State in the Obama administration or George w. Bush's or Bill Clinton's or George H.W. Bush's or Ronald Reagan's or Jimmy Carter's or Gerald Ford's or Richard Nixon's or Johnson's or Kennedy's or Eisenhower's or Truman's and certainly not Franklin D. Roosevelt's saying that their president "speaks for himself."
The president of the United States is, of course, supposed to be the voice of the nation. He is supposed to speak for America. But, in the view of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, his president, Donald Trump, "speaks for himself" after the alt-right, white supremacist, Klan rally in Charlottesville. Donald Trump, implies Tillerson, doesn't share American values.
“You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent,” Trump said. Both sides included “very bad people”, the president added, saying those gathered for the far-right rally, ostensibly to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E Lee, included many “fine people”.
Asked if such remarks made it harder for him to represent America abroad, Tillerson said: “I don’t believe anyone doubts the American people’s values or the commitment of the American government or the government’s agencies to advancing those values and defending those values.”
“And the president’s values?” asked Chris Wallace, the Fox news anchor.
Tillerson replied: “The president speaks for himself.”
Will hyper-thin skinned Trump tolerate this insubordination from his state handmaiden. Is Tillerson making Trump his "cuck" in Bannonspeak? Who's next, the generals? How many limbs can Trump amputate from his administration before it collapses? Ultimately it's not a limb that needs severing. The head is the insurmountable problem. That has to go.
Then again, Tillerson should probably be keeping his thoughts to himself. With the New York State Attorney General and other state attorneys closing in on Tillerson/Exxon with a racketeering indictment, Rex might soon be in dire need of one of those Arpaio pardons.