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Trumplomacy: Has Trump sidelined Rex Tillerson?

By Barbara Plett Usher

BBC News

2 June 2017

From the section US & Canada

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40138740

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Last month when Rex Tillerson tried to translate “America First” into foreign policy terms for a bemused audience of State Department employees, he probably didn’t expect it would come to mean “America Alone.”

The secretary of state was, by all accounts, a member of the “Remain Campaign” lobbying against a US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.
So President Trump’s “Climate Brexit” was a blow to him – in an ironic twist the fossil fuel company he used to head supports the accord while the government he now represents does not.

It was also a blow to the State Department, and to diplomacy.
How much of a personal setback is not clear because on this, as on other issues, Tillerson kept a low profile.

Twenty-four hours after the decision, the only comment he’d made was an aside at a photo-opportunity. He declared that the US would continue its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and appealed for partners to keep things “in perspective”.

Tillerson had previously said the US should “maintain its seat at the table” on international climate conversations, a sensible position for the nation’s top diplomat and one that he reportedly maintained in White House debates on the Paris Agreement.

But publicly he showed none of the passion demonstrated by his predecessor, John Kerry, who powered negotiations on the deal. It seems the president’s daughter, Ivanka, took the lead in fighting the corner for the Remainers. And the role of super-engaged interlocutor apparently fell to the climate change sceptic in the administration, Environment Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, who spoke at the Rose Garden ceremony.

Mr Tillerson did not attend, whether out of resignation or as an everyday-act-of-resistance, we don’t know. A State Department official said only that he was in his office and “maintained his schedule, preparing for his trip today to Australia and New Zealand”.

No doubt Pruitt (and his ally, White House adviser Steve Bannon) had an easier task than Tillerson, given that he was preaching to a president sympathetic to his economic and nationalist arguments.

But the results are another professional blow to the secretary of state. He’s already facing a proposed budget cut that looks to gut his department. And the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who has even less diplomatic experience than he does, has forged a parallel foreign policy track from the White House.

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