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Politics Tillerson urges 'kindness' in farewell remarks at State

03:45  23 march  2018
03:45  23 march  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday praised the department's employees and urged " kindness " in what he called "a very mean-spirited town" during his final remarks as the nation's chief diplomat.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday praised the work of the agency's employees and urged kindness in the face of what he called "a very mean-spirited town."

Speaking to department personnel in what are likely to be his last remarks as the nation's chief diplomat, Tillerson emphasized values of respect and dignity, and called for employees to perform "one act of kindness" each day.

"This can be a very mean-spirited town," Tillerson said to a round of laughs and applause. "But you don't have to choose to participate in that."

The remarks came more than a week after President Trump unceremoniously fired Tillerson in a tweet, and simultaneously announced that he had tapped CIA Director Mike Pompeo for the post.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivers farewell remarks to employees at the State Department.

You' re viewing YouTube in Russian. You can change this preference below. Outgoing Secretary of State , Rex Tillerson , didn’t mention President Donald Trump by name during his farewell speech to the State Department, but he did urge kindness and treating others the way you want to be treated.

Notably absent from Tillerson's remarks was any mention of Trump - the second time since his firing that he declined to acknowledge the president in public comments.

While he is technically set to terminate his commission as secretary of State on March 31, Tillerson is expected to leave Washington and return to his home state of Texas before then.

The secretary has been in Foggy Bottom intermittently since his firing last week to complete paperwork and assist with the transition process.

Tillerson, a former ExxonMobil CEO, often had a difficult tenure at the State Department, sparring with Trump on key foreign policy issues, like the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate accord, and facing criticism for his management of the agency.

But after he concluded his remarks on Thursday, Tillerson left the State Department to several minutes of applause, as he shook the hands of employees on his way out the door.

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