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Trump has damaged Tillerson beyond repair. He should leave, but then what?: President Trump has left his chief foreign policy negotiator a deeply damaged diplomat, perhaps as profoundly wounded in his world standing as any predecessor back to Thomas Jefferson, the first U.S. secretary of State.

Less than an hour after Rex Tillerson had finished a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping, he told reporters at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Beijing that back channels had been opened with North Korea to try to defuse a crisis that seemed to be spiraling toward nuclear war. “We are probing, so stay tuned,” Tillerson said enigmatically. Less than a news cycle later, however, there was no equivocation from his boss.

“I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man,” Trump tweeted, using his favorite nickname for North Korea’s erratic leader Kim Jong-un. “Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!

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Trump has damaged Tillerson beyond repair. He should leave, but then what?: President Trump has left his chief foreign policy negotiator a deeply damaged diplomat, perhaps as profoundly wounded in his world standing as any predecessor back to Thomas Jefferson, the first U.S. secretary of State. Less than an hour after Rex Tillerson had finished a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping, he told reporters at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Beijing that back channels had been opened with North Korea to try to defuse a crisis that seemed to be spiraling toward nuclear war. “We are probing, so stay tuned,” Tillerson said enigmatically. Less than a news cycle later, however, there was no equivocation from his boss.“I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man,” Trump tweeted, using his favorite nickname for North Korea’s erratic leader Kim Jong-un. “Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!”