Mar 23, 2017 04:37 AM EDT

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Says He Didn't Want His Job

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated that he did not seek or desire his current job. He only took it after his wife convinced him to.

The CNBC reports that Rex Tillerson, the current Secretary of State serving under President Donald Trump's administration, credits his wife for his present occupation. In an exclusive interview with the Independent Journal Review, he said that he did not want the job, nor did he seek it.

Trump had apparently called him to talk about the world but had ended the conversation by offering Tillerson the job as the United States of America's head diplomat and also the fourth person in line for the presidency.

Tillerson said that he was stunned with the job offer. When he told his wife the news once he got home, she gave him an I-told-you-so in the form of "I told you God's not through with you," writes CNBC.

"My wife told me I'm supposed to do this," Tillerson said. He added that he had planned to retire this month and be with his grandkids out on the ranch.

In other news, Tillerson is planning to skip a NATO meeting in favor of welcoming China's president during his visit, followed by a trip to Russia in April, reports Reuters. The news gives off the impression that Russia is being given priority over NATO allies.

The NATO meeting would have been Rex Tillerson's first since he took office. Skipping the talks would be a mistake, says Eliot Engel, who is the senior Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives foreign affairs committee.

He says that it is a "grave error" that will shake the confidence of American's allies. It will also create concern that Trump's administration is too cozy with Putin.

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