This morning Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was interviewed by Jake Tapper on CNN's State of the Union. Among other subjects, Mr. Tapper addressed Senator Bob Corker's statement from earlier this week regarding President Trump's behavior toward Secretary Tillerson, specifically Senator Corker's statement of, "You cannot publicly castrate your own Secretary of State..."
What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of Secretary of State Tillerson.
JAKE TAPPER to REX TILLERSON: "I want to - ask about Senator Bob Corker who said something 'bout you. Ah, and he was referring - he's a friend of yours. He has - tremendous respect for you. He speaks highly of you all the time. He says that you're one of the best things about the cabinet. And he's dismayed. He thinks President Trump is constantly undermining you. This is a Republican Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He said, the President has, 'Castrated you before the World stage'. That's his word - not mine. What's your response to that?"
During 0:14 (captured immediately above), as Jake Tapper says, "... He thinks President Trump is constantly undermining you...", Secretary Tillerson tilts his head to his left and displays a classic microexpression. Watch this video several times - at normal speed and again at 1/2 speed as the photo does not show its dynamic nature.
Note how the corners of Rex Tillerson's mouth evanescently move slightly down and laterally - simultaneously with a tightening of his "mustache area" along with a subtle flaring of his nostrils. This is a classic microexpression - projecting a combination of both Disgust and Regret.
Summary: In this interview, Secretary of State Tillerson displayed a microexpression of combined Disgust and Regret immediately upon hearing the words "President Trump".
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