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A funny thing happened to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the way to the exit door: He didn't leave.Tillerson has had a catastrophically bad encounter with official Washington. It not only continues, but on many areas of supposed disagreement, Trump has ended up adopting, more or less, the diplomatic course that Tillerson recommended.Two policy areas where Tillerson's approach seems to have the president's support, despite noise to the contrary, are dialogue with China on the North Korea crisis, and cooperation with Russia to stabilize Syria.Trump and Tillerson also share the unpopular but probably inescapable view that the U.S. must work with Russia to stabilize Syria.Trump may get hammered for it, but the conversation was sensible, and it capitalized on Tillerson's patient spadework.Tillerson is famously a former Boy Scout. Trump has tested Tillerson's determination and dignity, but at Thanksgiving, the secretary of state is still at the table.
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