Dr. William J. Parker III, chief operating officer of the EastWest Institute, appeared on the David Webb Show on March 14 to discuss the nomination of Michael Pompeo by President Donald Trump as U.S. secretary of state to replace Rex Tillerson.
“[Mike Pompeo] has served as a congressman, served as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, West Point grad, Harvard Law School grad. He has the bona fides and he has the experience,” said Parker.
Parker underscored the importance of aligned strategic communications in foreign policy between the U.S. president and his Cabinet members, particularly the secretary of state. He referred specifically to disagreements between Trump and Tillerson on issues such as the Paris climate treaty and the Iran nuclear deal.
“When the boss makes the decision, then you proceed forward. If you can’t live with that decision, then you step down,” Parker said on the show, aired on Patriot Radio.