The new dissonance between the President of the United States and his Secretary of State on North Korea. This is not the first time that Donald Trump contradicted – to say humiliated – a member of his administration.
What Trump said to Tillerson by tweets interposed, is simply not to waste time negotiating with the “Little Rocket Man“, that is to say, Kim Jong-un. It does not help. Clinton, Bush, and Obama, he said, tried unsuccessfully. ” Keep your energy Rex, we will do what we need to do.”
I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2017
Would this be the veiled threat of a military operation against Pyongyang? In any case, the president’s remarks surprised him 24 hours after Tillerson announced, during a trip to Beijing, that there were channels of communication between the United States and North Korea, suggesting that a dialogue was possible.
The State Department, however, tempered the statement by stating that the North Koreans had shown no signs of interest in talks.
This is not the first time Donald Trump has disagreed with his administration. He had already said that discussing with North Korea was not the solution, while his defense secretary, James Mattis, expressed a contrary opinion.
But the president seems to take a special pleasure to sabotage the efforts of Rex Tillerson who tries to lead a more traditional diplomacy.
This leads some observers to start speculating on the longevity of the former Exxon CEO at the State Department.