Tillerson, Trump, and the White House smokescreen of lies

The secretary of state's sudden ouster is yet another example of the Trump administration's sinister subversion of information and truth

Rex Tillerson and President Trump.
(Image credit: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

It seems that no one thought Rex Tillerson was a good secretary of state — not the career diplomats who have fled from their jobs at the State Department on his watch, not the foreign policy analysts who have pointed to his poor management of the department and clumsy dealings with foreign governments and dignitaries, and not the president himself, who had griped about Tillerson's performance for months and then summarily fired him via a tweet on Tuesday morning.

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Damon Linker

Damon Linker is a senior correspondent at TheWeek.com. He is also a former contributing editor at The New Republic and the author of The Theocons and The Religious Test.