Thursday, October 5, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4084: Senator Corker Reacts to Secretary Tillerson's Statement (and President Trump) - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Yesterday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made a statement and answered a few questions regarding conflicts which some have alleged he has had with President Trump. Along with specifically denying he has considered resigning, Secretary Tillerson also very notably refused to answer a question as to whether or not he called President Trump, "A Moron".

After the Secretary's statement, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), went on record in support of Secretary Tillerson, Secretary of Defence James Mattis, and Chief of Staff John Kelly. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of Senator Corker's Statement.

SENATOR CORKER (beginning at 0:00): I, I think, ah, Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Mattis, Ω∫ [lip smack] and, ah, Chief of Staff Kelly, ahum Ω∫ , are - those people that help separate our country from chaos. And, ah, Ω∫ [lip smack] I, ah, support them very much. Ahum Ω∫  [lip smack], and I, I don't know what he may have said after the briefing. Ahum [lip smack]. I watch from, I, I mean look - I see what's happening here - I deal with people throughout the administration - and, ahum I, he, he, from my perspective is in an incredibly frustrating place - where Ω∆ - ahum Ω∫  [lip smack] - as I watch, okay - and I can watch very closely on many occasions - I mean, I, you know, Ω he ends up not being supported in the way that I would hope a Secretary of State would be supported.

[video omission/splice at 0:50]

SENATOR CORKER: I, I, think he's in a very trying situation - trying to Ω, Ω∫ [lip smack] to ah Ω, solve many of the World's problems Ω, ahum, a lot of times without the kind of support and help that I'd like to see him have Ω∫ .

JOURNALIST A: Does he ever think about resigning at any point in time?

SENATOR CORKER: Ω I, I can't get into that.

JOURNALIST B: When you say that Tillerson, Mattis, and Kelly are separating this country from chaos - do you mean th-, from th-, President's chaos?

SENATOR CORKER: Well it's just they, they, they, they act in a very, ah, they work very well together to make sure that the policies that we put forth around the World Ω∆ are - you know ∆ - sound and coherent. There are other people Ω ah, ah, ah within the administration in my belief that don't Ω∆ - okay? I'm sorry.

This photo (immediately above) was captured during 0:09, just after the Senator says, "... Chief of Staff Kelly, ahum ..." and just prior to "... are - those people that help separate ..."

Notice the significant lateral vectoring of the corners of his mouth - this signifies Regret (Ω notates Regret displays in the dialog above). The Inward Lip Roll indicates a suppression of strong emotions - however, the outward bulging of the tissue below his lower lip projects Frustration (∫ notates Frustration).

This image shows Senator Corker, momentarily expressing Regret, just after he says, "... where ..." and before he says, "... ahum - as I watch, okay..." (during 0:36). Here we see his mouth corners pulled directly laterally.

Another simultaneous emotion in this moment is that of Disgust. Do you see it? It's subtle. (Slight tightening of the tissue in his "mustache area" along with mild flaring of his nostrils). Disgust is notated by the ∆ sign in the above dialog.

This last picture is more of a pure regret expression - although it occurs more during speech - just as Senator Corker begins to say, "I, I can't get into that" (During 1:02 - In response to a question as to whether Secretary Tillerson had considered resigning).

Note how this image is a bit blurry due to the Senator's head moving away from the journalist as he begins his answer - another manifestation of regret.

It's important to stress that this is but a partial nonverbal analysis with only some of the more prominent signals notated.

Summary: Senator Bob Corker has significant regret, frustration, and disgust for President Trump. He also has knowledge that Secretary Tillerson has, in fact, considered resigning.

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