President Donald Trump seemingly attacked Sec. of State Rex Tillerson for seeking a diplomatic solution with North Korea. In a confusing move, he both praised the Sec. of State while simultaneously bashing his work product, i.e. diplomacy. It appears,again, that the President has unnecessarily inflamed the crisis in North Korea with his intemperate tweets.
"Diplomacy not a favor we dispense but a critical national security tool for ourselves," tweeted Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. "Potus truly misguided here-& SecState should resign." Carl Bildt, co-chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations, tweeted: "President Trump spectacularly shot down SecState Tillerson after important Beijing talks. How long can this last?"
Some wondered what the president hoped to accomplish. “I see no benefit whatsoever of doing this,” said Ilan Goldenberg, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. “It’s just more Trump irresponsibly escalating for no real reason.”
Other observers were struck by how Trump praised Tillerson while simultaneously seeming to cut him off at the knees. "He did refer to Tillerson as 'our wonderful Secretary of State,' but the message nevertheless undercuts him and underlines the gap between Tillerson and the White House," said a Republican former State Department official.