Departing US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson steps away from the podium after speaking at the State Department in Washington on March 13. Tillerson’s time at the State Department was marked by contentious ties with his boss, President Donald Trump, and the depletion of the agency’s upper-level positions. Photo: AP

Rex Tillerson was fired for failing to check the Russian offensive, not because of politics

Hugh Dugan says the back-and-forth bickering between Tillerson and Trump should not hide the fact that the outgoing secretary of state was ineffective at his job, as evidenced by the mounting threat of Russia

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Departing US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson steps away from the podium after speaking at the State Department in Washington on March 13. Tillerson’s time at the State Department was marked by contentious ties with his boss, President Donald Trump, and the depletion of the agency’s upper-level positions. Photo: AP
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Hugh Dugan

Hugh Dugan

Hugh Dugan, a retired US diplomat, advised 11 US ambassadors to the United Nations from 1989-2015. He is distinguished visiting scholar and adjunct professor at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations