That’s how Rex Tillerson, your Secretary of State, describes himself. He was explaining his decision not to allow a pool reporter to travel with him on his trip to Asia in March.
Tillerson claimed the decision not to allow more reporters had to do with a desire to save money, saying the plane “flies faster, allows me to be more efficient” with fewer people on it.
That’s just science – everyone knows that planes fly faster with fewer reporters on them.
True to form, Tillerson yesterday held a press conference in Riyadh that excluded the U.S. press. No worries, though – he later provided a transcript of the questions and answers given to the Saudi press.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, oversaw the process and stood alongside Tillerson throughout. He wanted to make sure that the free and independent press that Saudi Arabia is famous for had, you know, total discretion to ask and print what they want. I think that’s in the First Amendment to the Saudi Constitution, but I’ll have to double-check that.
Transparency. That’s what the Trump administration is all about.