Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson argued Wednesday that the U.S. is experiencing a “rising disaster of integrity and ethics” in his first public speech since leaving the Trump administration nearly two months in the past.
“After we as folks, a free folks, go wobbly on the reality even on what could seem probably the most trivial of issues, we go wobbly on America,” Tillerson informed the graduating class of cadets on the Virginia Navy Institute.
Whereas he didn’t point out President Trump by title, Tillerson did reference an “accepting of alternate realities” and warned that the nation is in peril if People cannot agree on primary info.
“If our leaders search to hide the reality and we as folks turn out to be accepting of different realities which can be now not grounded in info, then as an American folks we’re on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom,” Tillerson stated.
Tillerson emphasised that what makes America totally different from Iran, China, Russia, and different adversaries is its dedication to fact-based truths. And he expects doomsday if the U.S. begins accepting alternate realities not primarily based on a set of info.
“If we don’t as People confront the disaster of ethics and integrity in our society and amongst our leaders in each personal and public sector, and regrettably at occasions even the nonprofit sector, then American democracy as we all know it’s getting into its twilight years,” Tillerson stated.
Tillerson at all times emphasised the significance of following an ethical compass and sustaining private integrity when he gave remarks to workers on the State Division. He pressed that sentiment in his brief departing remarks.
“By no means lose sight of your most respected asset, probably the most beneficial asset you possess: your private integrity,” he stated earlier than leaving the division and heading house to Texas in March. “This could be a very mean-spirited city. However you do not have to decide on to take part in that.”
Tillerson, who has maintained a really low profile since leaving workplace, put this speech on his calendar again in January and people near him say that he didn’t wish to again out of the dedication. There isn’t a expectation that immediately’s speech was the start of a Tillerson publicity blitz.
The previous Exxon-Cellular CEO defined that he by no means wished the highest job on the vitality big, echoing feedback he had made on the State Division about by no means eager to be America’s high diplomat. Tillerson additionally informed the cadets that his finest job over 20 years in the past when he was the Exxon divisional supervisor with duty over a big a part of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado.
“Finest job I had ever had. It has all been downhill since,” Tillerson stated as the gang laughed. He then went on to debate his hope for the category: that they’d reside completely satisfied lives by specializing in beliefs that unite folks whereas holding their integrity shut.