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Tillerson: "I Didn't Want This Job"
03-22-2017, 08:22 AM,
Tillerson: "I Didn't Want This Job"
Tillerson: "I Didn't Want This Job"

<p>Having recently waded into the Russia-NATO axis scandal, when as Reuters first reported on Monday Rex Tillerson planned to skip the April 5-6 meeting of NATO foreign ministers despite flying a week later to Russia, which as Reuters said is "a step allies may see as putting Moscow's concerns ahead of theirs", only to <a href="">reverse his decision last night</a>, and offer NATO several "conflict-free" dates which could work for an upcoming meeting (NATO has yet to respond), attention has turned this morning to an interview Tillerson <a href="">gave to the IJR </a>in which the former Exxon CEO appears to be expressing some reluctance about his current posting. </p>
<p>In the interview, Tillerson said the job of secretary of State wasn't a role he actually sought out. </p>
<p><strong>"I didn't want this job. I didn't seek this job," </strong>Tillerson told the Independent Journal Review in an interview during his recent Asia trip. </p>
<p>So why did he take the job? As <a href="">the Hill points out</a>, when asked why he agreed to take on the position of secretary of State, Tillerson said his wife "told me I'm supposed to do this."</p>
<p>During the interview Tillerson said he had never met President Trump before the election. After his victory, the president wanted to talk with Tillerson "about the world." </p>
<p>“When he asked me at the end of that conversation to be secretary of State, I was stunned," Tillerson said. Tillerson later told his wife about the offer.&nbsp; </p>
<p>“I told you God’s not through with you," he said his wife told him. The former ExxonMobil CEO added: “I was supposed to retire in March, this month. I was going to go to the ranch to be with my grandkids." </p>
<p>Tillerson also said he serves at the "pleasure of the president." </p>
<p>"My wife convinced me," he said. "She was right. I'm supposed to do this." Tillerson was confirmed as secretary of State in February, despite a late effort by Democrats to slow down the nomination.</p>

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