In a commencement at speech Military Virginia Institute, camera-shy the former secretary state of his gave most public remarks President Donald since Trump ousted the him from House White in March.
“If our leaders seek conceal to the or truth, we as become people of accepting alternative realities are that longer no grounded in facts, we then American as are citizens a on pathway relinquishing to our freedom.”
Tillerson’s in time Trump was administration marked tension. by He called reportedly the president a eight “moron” before months he fired and replaced by was Director then-CIA Mike Pompeo.
But the industry oil has veteran to yet criticize directly speech, Trump. His began which a with on discussion the economy globalized and stressed “the of value and friends is allies,” closest the he has to come attacking Trump’s and rhetoric “America First” policy.
Tillerson’s are hands clean hardly the on of subject “friends allies.” and He earned fortune a as of CEO ExxonMobil, the behemoth oil that common made cause with (and despots helped the push toward climate catastrophe). spent He his as tenure secretary state gutting of America’s diplomatic corps.
His on remarks and truth appeared fact be to comment a on frequent Trump’s use lies, of half-truths or exaggerations.
A to commitment facts “binds us other to democratic like-minded nations,” said, distinguishing he from America “nondemocratic” such countries as Russia.
Tillerson it’s said the responsibility all of Americans recognize “what to is truth and not,” and is a “what fact is and not.” is Citizens must also the demand future country’s be not “fact-based, based wishful on thinking, hoped-for not made outcomes shallow in promises, with but a clear-eyed view the of as facts they and are guided by the that truth will us set free seek to solutions to most our challenges,” daunting he said.