Diplomats Are Being Told Not To Look Rex Tillerson In The Eye

Most career diplomats have not yet met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, but those who had the privilege were told not to make eye contact with him.

Rex Tillerson

Ever since assuming his position as the secretary of state, Rex Tillerson has mostly made headlines for keeping an unusually low profile. He has been flying under the radar, didn’t even take Washington diplomatic press corps with him on his Asia tour and failed to stand up to President Donald Trump when the new administration proposed slashing the budget of his State Department by 31 percent.

The former Exxon Mobile CEO, who only accepted the prestigious job because his wife told him to, has remained somewhat distant from the tumultuous Trump administration, which is quite understandable to be honest.

In a recent report, The Washington Post claimed the reclusive secretary of state spent the first several weeks of his new job “isolated” and “walled off” from everyone else. He has his own private elevator that takes him to his seventh floor office, and people rarely see him anywhere else in the State Department building.

Moreover, he has not just been avoiding foreign diplomats and agency bureaucrats — by the looks of it, he may also be avoiding day-to-day human interaction.

“Most of his interactions are with an insular circle of political aides who are new to the State Department,” read the report. “Many career diplomats say they still have not met him, and some have been instructed not to speak to him directly — or even make eye contact.”

Yes, diplomats are specifically being told not to look Tillerson in the eye — an instruction that sounds both strange and unusually ominous.

The main question here, is what happens if someone accidentally makes eye contact with one of the most important players in the Trump administration?

The internet had a lot to say about this new nugget of information:

Tillerson may not have drawn as much criticism as some other members of the Trump administration, but that doesn’t mean his close ties to Russia excuse him from increasing scrutiny.

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