Only a select few will ever have the privilege of saying that they were a Secretary of State for the United States, one of the highest profile positions in an American presidential administration.
But that didn’t mean that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wanted the job.
“I didn’t want this job. I didn’t seek this job,” he told IJR reporter Erin McPike.
When asked why he took it, Tillerson replied, “My wife told me I’m supposed to do this.”
Tillerson went on to describe the conversation in which President Trump, whom he had never met before the election, asked him to join the administration. In the conversation, Trump praised Tillerson’s experience as the CEO of ExxonMobil. Trump thought that those skills would aid Tillerson in his new role.
Tillerson explains his reaction to the conversation as “stunned.” He later explained that his retirement was coming up in March.
“I was going to go to the ranch to be with my grandkids.”
His wife was ultimately the one to convince him, saying, “I told you, God’s not through with you.”
“My wife convinced me. She was right. I’m supposed to do this,” he finished.