Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson being fired leaves the White House in an unstable and chaotic situation, infers David Smith of The Guardian. His job was incredibly hard to begin with, needing to advise President Trump on tough issues while maintaining good relations. The blunt firing of such a highly ranked person in DC sent out many shock waves. Tillerson’s replacement, Mike Pompeo, will now be bogged down by the weight that he could be fired, which could lessen his effectiveness; countries might be less inclined to trust in him. Tillerson leaves amid of other departures and turmoil in the White House.
As a Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson failed immensely, argues Zack Beauchamp of Vox. His hollowing out of the State Department left the country weaker and less able to engage in foreign policy issues. Under him, 60% of its best career diplomats resigned while new applications halved. Initially seen as the “adult in the room,” Tillerson grossly mismanaged his relationship with President Trump, alienating him. In office for more than a year, he failed to fill essential positions like ambassadors to South Korea and Saudi Arabia. As he couldn’t control Trump or his own department, Tillerson's firing was long overdue.