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Janice @jskielb3
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1/It’s time 2 turn our attention 2 Rex Tillerson (TRex) & the Dept/State, as part/my series/threads looking @ the executive depts from the perspective/firings, layoffs, buyouts, & early retirements-all Reductions In Force (RIFs),& how @POTUS is using them 2 reshape the Fedl govt.
2/TRex was confirmed as Secretary/State (SoS) by the Senate on 2/1/17, just a month after retiring early from being CEO/ExxonMobil, one of the largest corporations in the world with revenue near $400B & 80k employees in 200 countries.
3/Much has been made by the lib MSM/Tillerson negotiating w/Putin & other Russians while heading Exxon, but he also had good relations elsewhere in the world, including in the ME, esp w/Saudi Arabia, Qatar, & UAE. We can assume these made him an attractive candidate to @POTUS
4/TRex was reportedly 1st suggested 2 @POTUS by Condoleezza Rice in 11/16 & was advocated 4 by Bannon & Kushner. Submitted by the prez upon his inauguration, TRex’s apptment was confirmed 2/1, 9 1/2 months ago. & as w/so many/@POTUS ‘s cabinet, MSM insists he is on his way out.
5/Like so many bf him, TRex’s tenure in the Trump Administration may not be over despite MSM’s many unnamed sources claiming it so. The BBC quotes both the spokespersons for the WH (Sarah Sanders) & the State Dept as saying TRex isn’t going anywhere.…
6/On the other hand, earlier this week there was a departure frm the State Dept-but it wasn’t TRex.… Maliz Beams, State Department counselor, is “stepping away” from working on the Dept’s “redesign,” replaced by Christine Ciccone, the department’s dep CoS.
7/ But Beams is just the most recent to depart from State. Let’s rewind to February of this year, just days into TRex’s takeover/the DoS, & the “bloodbath” that first sent the MSM into such an uproar.
8/… This is actually one of the least hyperbolic of the many MSM articles on this theme, as rumors flew that whole swaths of state dept em’ees quit-no were fired-no were asked 2 resign. Most of the rumors were from “unnamed sources, of course.”
9/Truth was there were a whole lot/people leaving, altho this wasn’t nearly as unusual as MSM’s outrage made it appear. While the MSM seemed quite naive or posturing to express outrage when a mere 4 political apptees left-yet less so as these were soon joined by dozens then 100s.
10/Most infamous of the early departures were the 7th floor self-described “Deep State,” who had allegedly been planning & scheming right up until TRex had them escorted to the door.
11/Since those early days, the State Dept seems 2 have been the primary dept the MSM has been most upset abt regarding firings, layoffs, buyouts & early retirements (I’m lumping together as RIFs). From this I infer State was indeed a focal point for the hoped for #resistance .
12/Even now, when you’d think the Left would’ve accepted @realDonaldTrump State Dept transition, the MSM is still appalled at every politico purged, every redundant post left vacant.… It’s been ten mons & it’s absurd 4 MSM 2 claim diplomacy is “destroyed.”
13/In fact, even many libs are begrudgingly admitting foreign policy has been an area of success for @POTUS .… Yet still no acknowledgement of any assistance from poor TRex.
14/To hear the MSM, TRex has barely held on to the reins of a chaotic, mismanaged department. After digging a bit into his background, I believe this is nothing more than another Leftist smear campaign. To understand why, let’s briefly take a closer look at Tillerson’s background
15/Rex Tillerson was born in Texas 65 years ago. His father was an executive in the Boy Scout organization, & TRex was a scout, reaching the top rank of Eagle, then continued his association with the group until he held the title of national president (2010-12).
16/TRex’s friends say to understand Rex, you must understand the Scouts. The Boy Scout motto? “Be Prepared.”
17/After various jobs including busboy & cotton picker,TRex graduated frm UT-Austin an engineer. He worked his way up ExxonMobil, 1/largest, most successful cos. in the world. He started middle class, ended worth abt $300M, walking away from addl $180M if he’d stayed<yr 2 retire.
18/I find it impossible to believe that this world-recognized business executive, this engineer, this Eagle Scout, would suddenly bc incompetent in the face of a proposed 8% staff cut.…
19/Trust him or not, like his history as an oil exec or not, Rex Tillerson should be the poster boy 4 exceptional competent & success.Comparing his achievements & experience 2 former pres Obama, the community organizer & 1 term senator, proves the MSM 2B delusional or lying.
20/& looking @ the State Dept RIFs, including the notoriously self-named 7th floor “Deep State” gang, as just part/over a dozen dept’l reductions, TRex is doing no more nor less than his job, his part of the shared mission @POTUS as assigned to his cabinet to help #DrainTheSwamp
21/The End.
Addendum/ More evidence there are no plans to sack TRex.
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