Just a couple days after National Economic Director Gary Cohn publicly voiced discomfort with President Donald Trump's response to the Charlottesville white supremacist demonstrations and admitted he felt pressure to resign, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has made some cryptic statements of his own about the commander-in-chief, implying that Trump's personal values are at-odds with those of the U.S.
Asked if such remarks made it harder for him to represent America overseas, Tillerson said: "I don't believe anyone doubts the American people's values or the commitment of the American government or the government's agencies to advancing those values and defending those values". The document never actually mentioned Trump by name but it did call on "the government of the United States of America, as well as high-level politicians and public officials, to unequivocally and unconditionally reject and condemn racist hate speech and crimes in Charlottesville and throughout the country".
'Chris, we express America's values from the State Department, ' Tillerson answered.
"And the president's values?"
"The president speaks for himself, Chris", Tillerson replied.
TILLERSON: I don't believe anyone doubts the American people's values, or the commitment of the American government or the government's agencies to advancing those values and defending those values.
"It shows (Gorka's) lack of understanding of the president's broader policy when it comes to protecting Americans at home and overseas from all acts of terrorism", Tillerson said.
For weeks now, commentators have been noting that "where Trump zigs, Tillerson zags" (paywall), which according to many has put him next in line to be added to the growing list of key Trump hires to have been kicked out of the White House already.
"The president speaks for himself", he said. So we condemn racism, bigotry in all its forms. Rogers, an expert on former Nicaragua dictator Daniel Ortega, stated that he sees similarities between the USA leader and Latin American presidents who stay in power for extended periods.
"Racism is evil - it is antithetical to America's values, it is antithetical to the American idea", Tillerson said.