I have been keeping an eye this morning on the Rex Tillerson congressional hearings. It has been interesting to say the least. Tillerson, who is Trump’s nominee for Secretary fo State, seems a bit out of his league. It is clear that he has a lot to learn about how diplomacy works. But I was pleased with one answer that he gave amidst the barrage of questions he is facing today.
Just a few minutes ago Tillerson told Florida Senator Marco Rubio that a Secretary of State must understand the culture and history of a country where a diplomatic issue may arise. It was a great comment and certainly one that should bring a smile to the face of any historian.
This exchange was especially interesting in light of Marco Rubio’s disparagement of the humanities when he was on the campaign trail last year. Here is the infamous “welders-philosophers” comment: