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>> Lastly, we're going to treat each other with respect. No one will tolerate disrespect of anyone.>> As he starts his new job as the nation's top diplomat Thursday, Rex Tillerson inheriting a demoralized state department work force. Many openly resisting the dramatic shifts in U.S. policy pushed by Donald Trump in his first days as president.
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Waiting for Tillerson on day one, an extraordinary memo of dissent signed by nearly a thousand State Department employees voicing deep concern with Trump's executive order blocking entry for refugees and the citizens of seven Muslim majority countries. Diplomatic Correspondent, Warren Strobel.>> In no time has there ever been 900 current and former foreign service officers signed a protest or dissent memo like this.
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There are several complains. One that this is un-American. By closing America's doors to refugees. They're concerned about implementation. Trump signed his executive order without informing allies or even key congressmen. I think the main concern for US diplomats is what message does this send to the rest of the world about the United States which is seen, at least historically, as a country that provides an example to others.
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>> Despite questions about his own ties to Russia and Vladimir Putin, Strobel says the former Exxon Mobil CEO starts with a reservoir of good will.>> The basic feeling at state is, can't wait for Tillerson to get here. He's not a diplomat but he seems like a sane guy who knows the world.
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He's a grown up. He's better than a lot of other choices we could've been with, wanna to get to work with him. But I think he's also gonna arrive and find out that a lot of the offices are empty. Not completely empty people but a lot of the senior assistant secretaries of state and policymakers have either left or were pushed out by Trump.
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>> Strobel saying Tillerson's first days in office will likely set the tone.>> He's gonna also have to deal with this angst within his workforce about whether their opinions are valued. Whether they're gonna be retaliated against.>> Tillerson has no prior experience in government or foreign policy, but his work over decades in energy development put him in contact with top leaders around the world.
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>> So help me God.>>
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