Have you heard about that awkward moment when Rex Tillerson snubbed his job as secretary of state?
As President Donald Trump’s administration continues to be embroiled in controversy, reports surfaced this week that Tillerson didn’t even want his position and his wife had to nudge him to take it.
Tillerson reportedly detailed the discussion he had with his better half in an interview with the Independent Journal Review.
“I didn’t want this job. I didn’t seek this job,” he said. “My wife told me I’m supposed to do this.”
Tillerson went on to explain that he had never met Trump prior to the election. Apparently as president-elect, Trump arranged to speak with Tillerson “about the world,” drawing from his experience dealing with complicated global issues during his time as CEO of Exxon Mobil.
“When he asked me at the end of that conversation to be secretary of state, I was stunned,” Tillerson said.
After his wife encouraged him to take the position by asserting that “God’s not through with you,” Tillerson accepted the role, and he said he now feels that he was destined to do so.
“I was supposed to retire in March, this month,” he said. “I was going to go to the ranch to be with my grandkids,” — which is exactly what he should have done instead of becoming a member of this unruly group of misfits Trump has put together to help him run the country.
Although he hasn’t been under as much scrutiny as many other Trump cronies, Tillerson has not been exempt from criticism since assuming this important role.
He was also ousted for using an alias email address to discuss climate change while at Exxon.
He faced backlash again earlier this week when reports revealed that he was planning to skip his first NATO foreign ministers’ meeting set for early April in Brussels so that he could attend Trump’s meeting with China’s president, Xi Jinping, in Florida.
He also broke from tradition by not taking the Washington diplomatic press corps with him on his Asia tour. He only brought along a journalist from the Independent Journal Review, who captured that golden nugget about Tillerson being initially hesitant to take this job.
Perhaps his revelation to the Independent Journal Review — which he must have known was going to make headlines all over — was actually a cry for help.
Hey Tillerson, we’re only two months into the presidency; it’s not too late to get out and go back to the ranch.
Banner and thumbnail credit: Reuters, Jonathan Ernst