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Tillerson leads from shadows of State Department

He has skipped every opportunity to define his views or give guidance to US diplomats abroad, limiting himself to terse, scripted statements

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Defenders say Mr Tillerson has been accomplishing far more behind the scenes, including arranging for the first trip of a Saudi foreign minister to Iraq in more than a quarter-century - his first foray into the sinkhole of Middle East politics.

Washington

HENRY Kissinger slipped into the State Department last week for a quiet lunch in his old office with Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil chief executive, who has all but covered himself in a cloak of invisibility in his first six weeks as secretary of state.

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