Tillerson: Diplomats must be a team despite personal beliefs
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says America's diplomats are entitled to express political beliefs but says "we cannot let our personal convictions overwhelm our ability to work as one team."
Tillerson is addressing employees at the State Department on his first day on the job. He's alluding to a "dissent cable" signed by hundreds of diplomats criticizing President Donald Trump's immigration order.
Tillerson says the election was hotly contested and he wants U.S. diplomats to apply their skills to adapting to a changing diplomatic situation.
The former Exxon Mobil CEO also says he may make unspecified changes to the State Department. But he says his approach will never be "change for the sake of change."
Tillerson says the first thing he asks himself every morning is whether Americans are safe.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
LSU community begins saying farewell to Coach O
Escapee from Juvenile Detention Center gets hefty bond for breakout
The Short List: Who could be LSU's next head football coach?
News 2 Geaux: One escapee from BR juvenile detention center still missing
Coach O announces split with LSU football program despite win over the...