Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gave his farewell address at the State Department Tuesday having been unceremoniously fired from the Trump administration. In his remarks, he spoke of the need for detente with Russia.
Tillerson highlighted what he believed were successes under his leadership at the department, such as the “maximum pressure” policy to force the North Korean leadership to the negotiating table by increasing the “scope and effectiveness of the sanctions” against the regime.
When talking about Russia, he called it's behavior troubling, he said that Moscow "must assess carefully as to how its actions are in the best interests of the Russian people and of the world more broadly."
He added that a situation where Russia is isolated "is not in anyone's interest."
Tillerson said that US actions in Syria and the ceasefire helped save many lives. He added that there was “more to be done in Syria, as well as stabilizing Iraq” while also referencing the adoption of the South Asia strategy to compel the Taliban to participate in peaceful negotiations with the Afghanistan government.
“Effective at the end of the day I am delegating all responsibility to deputy secretary Sullivan,” Tillerson continued, before stating that he would formally step down from his position on March 31st.
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