Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gave the reporters of America a run for their money, after he decided to hold a press conference without any press present at it.
The media exploded in backlash, which was proof enough that they were looking to twist whatever statement Tillerson would give at the address.
In return for not inviting reporters during Tillerson’s press conference, The State Department offered a transcript of what he laid out, which gives clarity to the matter.
“I think what you heard is the expression of this administration’s policy and views not just toward this region, but toward American relationship with the Muslim world here as well as more broadly,” he said.
“And I think the President clearly was extending a hand and understanding that only together can we address this threat of terrorism that has befallen all of us, not just in this region but worldwide.”
“It’s these forces that prey on those who are less able to care for themselves,” he said. “So I think in our view, and I know the President’s view, defeating these evil forces is the first step on advancing human rights worldwide, and he clearly has that in his mind as well.”
As Tillerson put this delicately, he is not “a big media press access person.”
“I personally don’t need it. … When we’re ready to talk about what we’re trying to do, I will be available to talk to people. But doing daily availability, I don’t have this appetite or hunger to be that,” Tillerson said.
“When I have something important and useful to say, I know where everybody is and I know how to go out there and say it,” he finished.
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