Tillerson rejects reports of low morale at State Dept: ‘I walk the halls, people smile’

Tillerson rejects reports of low morale at State Dept: ‘I walk the halls, people smile’
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Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTrump administration’s top European diplomat to resign in February Pompeo planning to meet with Pat Roberts amid 2020 Senate speculation Trump concealed details of meetings with Putin from senior officials: report MORE is rejecting reports that there is low morale at the State Department.

"I walk the halls, people smile," Tillerson told Bloomberg Businessweek in a recent interview.

“If it’s as bad as it seems to be described, I’m not seeing it, I’m not getting it.”

The secretary of State has called for a "redesign" of the department.

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In a September speech, Tillerson said the "most important" thing he can do is "enable this organization to be more effective, more efficient, and for all of you to take great satisfaction in what you do day in and day out."

“Because if I accomplish that, that will go on forever, and you will create the State Department of the future," he said in the speech to staff.

Reports have surfaced over the past few months about tensions between President Trump and Tillerson due to policy disagreements.

In a pair of tweets earlier this month, Trump said Tillerson was "wasting his time" trying to achieve diplomacy with North Korea.

NBC News reported that Tillerson referred to Trump as a "moron" and was on the verge of quitting.

In an interview earlier this month, Tillerson defended his role in the Trump administration.

“The president wants to know what I think,” Tillerson said on CBS’s “Face the Nation."

“But I have complete freedom to express my views to the president. And he listens to those views,” he added.