Mike Pompeo Is the Real Trump Whisperer
The conventional wisdom on the firing of Rex Tillerson congealed quickly: He was an ineffective secretary of state who played a crucial role in constraining the president’s reckless foreign policy instincts.
This is not just logically impossible, it’s also wrong. From the earliest days of his tenure, Trump didn’t listen to his diplomat in chief. Tillerson was an adviser whose advice was rarely sought and even more rarely followed. His disputes with the president were widely known—often because Trump took them public—and they made it clear that Tillerson couldn’t effectively perform the most elemental part of his job: speaking for the president in public at home and in private abroad.