This morning, President Trump, in a series of tweets, directed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to end peace negotiations with North Korea.
This comes as Tillerson met with China’s President Xi Jinping in Beijing. “We can talk to them, we do talk to them,” said Tillerson as he briefly spoke to reporters when asked if the administration has a direct line of communication with the North Korean Government. Trump directed his tweets toward Tillerson saying he should stop, “Wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man.”
This prompted discussions of a possible Tillerson resignation, “Humiliating for Tillerson, but worse, renders him useless. He’ll resign, today or after a brief face-saving interval,” said a former Obama administration official.
Tillerson’s aides quickly denounced the notion of serious peace discussions with the North Korea.
“Being nice to Rocket Man hasn’t worked in 25 years, why would it work now? Clinton failed, Bush failed, and Obama failed. I won’t fail,” tweeted Trump later in the day.
There seems to be a sense of uncertainty and miscommunication from the White House and miscommunication that clearly needs to be addressed.