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No Press? No Problem

Tillerson boards his plane in Germany after the G-20 in February

Tillerson trades open access diplomacy for CEO secrecy

• It’s getting written a lot that he’s an idiot, and he’s not an idiot”

Rex Tillerson is rewriting the rules for what it means to be secretary of state. His ideas for conducting diplomacy track closely with beliefs shaped during his 40-year career at Exxon Mobil Corp., where negotiations happened behind closed doors, leaks could cost millions of dollars in shareholder value, and the press was seen as a nuisance. Case in point: Tillerson’s staff hand-picked just one reporter, from the Independent Journal Review, a conservative website, to join him on his plane during his recent trip

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