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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

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.


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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