My wife made me take the job, says Tillerson


Speaking to Independent Journal Review, the 64-year-old said: "I didn't want this job".

The former ExxonMobil CEO added: "I was supposed to retire in March, this month". Tillerson went on to say Japan "has a larger footprint [than South Korea] in the Asian Pacific region" and "is obviously an important element of that trilateral relationship [with South Korea]" in terms of Korean Peninsula issues. When asked why he had accepted the job, he replied saying that his wife (Renda St. Clair) "told me I'm supposed to do this". "She was right. I'm supposed to do this", he said, adding, "I serve at the pleasure of the president".

On his return, he floated the idea to his wife Renda St Clair who, Tillerson said, shook her finger at him and said: "I told you, God's not through with you".

He came under criticism after the state department press corps was not taken along with him on his trip to Asia. The filing said Tillerson used the "Tracker" account to discuss climate change and other matters from at least 2008-2015. After his victory, the president wanted to talk with Tillerson "about the world".

Perhaps his wife can convince him to start traveling with a press pool and hold daily briefings like the top diplomats before him.

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"So I think we need to have a good defense. I understand it's important to get the message of what we're doing out, but I also think there's only a objective in getting the message out when there's something to be done".

Despite his close ties to Russia, Tillerson became Trump's pick weeks after parading political rival Mitt Romney at his New Jersey golf club and a pricey Manhattan meal.

When questioned about Russian Federation, the IJR reported: "He was so cagey ... his answer wasn't even worthy of inclusion".