Wednesday, October 4, 2017

CFR President Says Tillerson Should Resign

Does the head of one of Washington's most powerful foreign policy think tanks want to become Secretary of State?

In uncharacteristically direct language, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) President Richard Haass is calling on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to resign.  Here is more from The Hill:

Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass slammed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a tweet on Wednesday, calling for him to step down from the nation's top diplomatic post.
"Rex Tillerson has been dealt a bad hand by the Potus & has played it badly. For both reasons he cannot be effective SecState & should resign," the think-tank's president said.
Haass's comments come as tensions appear to mount between Trump and Tillerson. 
NBC News reported on Wednesday that Tillerson had mulled leaving his post this summer, and that top Trump administration officials, including Vice President Pence, urged him to stay in his post despite his growing frustration with Trump.

As readers may recall, Haass, who is an acquaintance of Tillerson, was in the running to become President Trump's Secretary of State back in December.

Tillerson came into office with fairly good relations with think tank land.  Here is a previous Think Tank Watch piece about Tillerson's strong ties to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).