Tillerson need to drain the State Department swamp.
Exxon Mobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson is a highly experienced manager who will inherit a politicized US Department of State and a number of crises in the Middle East, former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Chas Freeman told Sputnik.
Earlier on Tuesday, Trump officially announced he would nominate Tillerson to be the United States’ next secretary of state.
"Tillerson will inherit a diplomatic service and State Department that have been seriously de-professionalized, politicized, and demoralized," Freeman said on Tuesday.
The Exxon Mobil chief, Freeman added, will enter office amidst new uncertainties over relations with Iran, the Israel-Palestine issue and a significant enhancement of the Russian role in the Middle East.
Tillerson would also inherit an escalated military confrontation with China over the Taiwan issue, a rising threat from a nuclear-armed North Korea, and the steady distancing of US allies from America, Freeman pointed out....His deputy, John Bolton, won't be any help in that and will instead become part of the problem.
Sputnik InternationalTillerson to Inherit ‘Politicized’ State Department, Middle East Crises