On Wednesday, United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addressed speculation that he was considering resignation. Tillerson explained that he is committed to serving President Trump, never having pondered resignation.
The Secretary of State’s time in office has recently been surrounded by controversy, as President Trump has called for Tillerson to stop pursuing diplomacy with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
…Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2017
By telling Tillerson to essentially stop doing his job, President Trump is undermining the United States’ diplomatic potential.
Although Trump’s disregard for the State Department’s duties are meant to act as a projection of power, it ultimately lowers morale within the administration and is counterintuitive.