Spokesman Announces Fill-In For Secretary Of State That Will Make Your Blood Boil

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It’s almost like President Donald Trump didn’t think things through. His sudden removal of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson three days ago has left an unfilled position in an already tumultuous administration.

Although Mike Pompeo (current CIA director) has been announced as Trump’s pick to replace Tillerson, Pompeo has yet to be confirmed by the Senate. This leaves a vacancy in an already stripped-down State Department.

And while the White House is in chaos, the rest of the world moves on. This includes scheduled meetings between the U.S. and other governments. Amidst the heightened tension and uncertainty surrounding North Korea, our staunchest ally in the region, South Korea, was planning to meet with Tillerson in Washington D.C. to discuss strategy.

But now that Tillerson has been unceremoniously dispatched, who will fill the shoes of Secretary of State in this meeting with South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha? According to KBS World Radio:

‘During a regular press briefing on Thursday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Noh Kyu-duk confirmed Kang and Ivanka Trump would sit down together when asked if such a meeting might be on the cards.’

That’s right. Ivanka Trump will be trying on the position of Secretary of State in a meeting with a foreign government.

When Rex Tillerson was announced as Trump’s pick for Secretary of State, it was widely noted that he was less qualified than his predecessors.

The position of secretary of state is prestigious, and requires experience in both government and foreign relations. Here are some former secretaries of state, listed with the experience they brought to the job:

Thomas Jefferson, 1st Secretary of State

  • Admitted to Virginia Bar Association, practiced law
  • Wrote the Declaration of Independence
  • Served as a colonel, state and federal representative, and governor of Virginia
  • Was the Minister to France for five years

James Madison, 5th Secretary of State

  • The Father of the Constitution
  • Author of The Federalist Papers
  • Served in congress

William H. Seward, 24th Secretary of State

  • State senator and governor of New York
  • Giant of the abolitionist movement, used his law degree to represent African-Americans, also offering his home as a depot on the Underground Railroad to hide fugitive slaves
  • Served two senate terms

Madeleine Albright, 64th Secretary of State

  • Robust academic career specializing in international relations
  • Congressional liaison for the National Security Council
  • Served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

Colin Powell, 65th Secretary of State

  • 35 years of military service, rising to the rank of general
  • Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under George H.W. Bush
  • Founded the largest alliance of non-profit organizations aimed at improving the lives of children

Colin Powell, 65th Secretary of State

  • 35 years of military service, rising to the rank of general
  • Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under George H.W. Bush
  • Founded the largest alliance of non-profit organizations aimed at improving the lives of children

John Kerry, 68th Secretary of State

  • Vietnam veteran with a long law career
  • Served in the U.S. Senate for 18 years
  • Chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

But even Rex is eminently more qualified than Ivanka. He at least had years of experience running a monolithic multinational energy corporation.

Compared to previous Secretaries of State, Ivanka is unimpressive. She holds no advanced degrees. She has only had one brief job outside of her father’s empire. She has modeled in the past, and now owns a fashion brand, funded by her father. Ivanka has no other experience in government or foreign relations.

Not only is Ivanka incredibly unqualified, she seems to have become interested in international matters only after her father declared his campaign for the presidency.

Even if Ivanka Trump were to be experienced enough to conduct foreign relations discussions as a representative of the U.S., she still should be completely disqualified from acting as stand-in Secretary of State. Remember this little problem?

Lastly, Republicans’ welcoming of Ivanka is definitely not rooted in respect for the position of first daughter:

Featured image: Molly Riley/Pool via Bloomberg

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