Democratic Congressional challenger Montgomery condemns Tillerson ouster

Chalis Montgomery, a candidate for Georgia’s 10th Congressional District, said Monday that the president’s firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reeks of dangerous authoritarianism.

Tillerson is the second person to exit the administration in a week after Gary Cohn, the president’s top economic advisor, left the post. The ouster, while not completely surprising, comes at a time when the president is in negotiations to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in May.

The move also comes just hours after Tillerson backed the United Kingdom and blamed Russia for the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter—which the White House would not do last week. The president nominated CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be the next Secretary of State.

“What happened this morning is further evidence of the creeping authoritarianism that has been evidenced by this president since before day one,” said Montgomery, a Democrat from Bethlehem, Georgia. “This president is dangerous and values blind loyalty over stability in leadership. This instability weakens America.”

Montgomery said that while she didn’t support all of Tillerson’s views and policies——particularly the fact that he had not refilled the diplomatic ranks—this firing does not reflect well on the president’s leadership.

The president said he wanted someone in the job who was on the same wavelength as him. In Pompeo, a former Republican congressman, the president has a Trump supporter who will undoubtedly politicize the diplomatic ranks.

“While Tillerson’s tenure has done inexorable damage to the state department, diplomacy should never be expendable,” Montgomery said.

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