Though President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks have elicited backlash from liberals and even some conservatives, Secretary of State John Kerry was not among them, apparently.
“He praised as thoughtful some of Trump’s nominees, including defense secretary nominee James Mattis and Rex Tillerson, who (sic) Trump has selected to be Kerry’s successor,” The Boston Globe reported Sunday after a discussion with Kerry.
“Let’s wait and see,” the secretary of state reportedly said when asked how he thought Mattis and Tillerson would ultimately perform.
“I’m not going to get ahead of the decisions that they make,” he continued. “Because governing is very, very different when you’re confronted with the realities. And I think one of the things people make a huge mistake in doing is ginning themselves up over guessing. I’m not going to guess.”
That sounded awfully fair and reasonable. It was also somewhat of a repudiation of the many Democrats and even Republicans who have slammed Trump’s choices.
In a lengthy op-ed published last week by The Daily Beast, for instance, liberal Michael Tomasky outlined what he said were “four reasons tapping Rex Tillerson as secretary of state is a terrible idea.”
The Daily Wire editor-at-large Ben Shapiro, a staunch conservative, has expressed a similar view, arguing that Trump’s “Tillerson pick is a rotten one.”
Similar arguments have also been made about Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general who was nominated by Trump in early December to serve as secretary of defense.
The Tillerson choice was more interesting, however, for the simple fact that Tillerson reportedly planned to carry out Trump’s mission to dismantle President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.
Yet Kerry, who bluntly predicted during the interview that the deal “will stand on its rationale,” found Trump’s pick of Tillerson “thoughtful” nevertheless.
Kerry’s remark was surprising (though appreciated), to say the least.
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H/T The Hill