Saturday, 29 February, 2020


Tillerson urges 'respect,' warns of 'mean-spirited' Washington

Tillerson urges 'respect,' warns of 'mean-spirited' Washington Tillerson urges 'respect,' warns of 'mean-spirited' Washington
Bennie Garza | 24 March, 2018, 09:25

Last Tuesday, President Trump announced via Twitter that he was replacing Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

"Tillerson left office quicker than almost every other president's first pick for secretary of state in history", Ostermeier said.

Tillerson got sustained applause from staff, who clapped solidly for many minutes after Tillerson finished his remarks and while he slowly worked his way toward the exit, shaking dozens of hands as he departed, CNN reported.

The country faces many challenges - in some instances perplexing foreign affairs relationships, and in other instances serious national security threats.

"Never lose sight of your most valuable asset, the most valuable asset you possess: your personal integrity", Tillerson says.

Tillerson's departure barely 14 months into the Trump administration puts him on a short list of high-level government officials whose tenures have been incredibly brief.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gave his farewell speech Thursday, encouraging State Department employees to do "one act of kindness each day" in what he described as a "mean-spirited" Washington, D.C.

"But you don't have to chose to participate in that", he added, getting even bigger applause. "Once you've done so, it is very, very hard to regain it, so guide it as the most precious thing you possess", he said.

"Each of us get to choose the person we want to be, and the way we want to be treated, and the way we will treat others", the veteran Texan oilman said. Tillerson irritated Trump in both manner and vision and clashed with the president on issues ranging from North Korea diplomacy to the Iran nuclear deal.

Tillerson maintains the title of secretary of state until his commission terminates at midnight March 31. "Only you can relinquish it or allow it to be compromised".

In today's speech to staff (though sure to be seen by Trump), Tillerson said he hopes they will continue to be guided every day by the values they have spoken about during his not-quite-a-year tenure including safety, accountability, honesty and, most importantly, personal integrity.

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