Trump Undercuts His Secretary of State

Oct 2, 2017

Secretary of State Tillerson is using back channel communications to speak directly with the North Koreans. Tillerson is seeking to negotiate with the North Koreans to release Americans being held captive in the country. The Secretary said, “We have a couple, three channels open to Pyongyang.” Rather than sending one unified message to North Korea however, President Trump waded into the crisis and undermined the efforts of Tillerson when launched a volley of tweets about American diplomatic efforts with North Korea. “I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man...” “…Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!” “Being nice to Rocket Man hasn’t worked in 25 years, why would it work now? Clinton failed, Bush failed, and Obama failed. I won’t fail.” North Korea has been seeking to set up meetings with Republican analysts to try to better understand the confusing rhetoric coming from the president.