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Rex Tillerson is off to an agonizingly slow start as secretary of state.Tillerson didn't attend important meetings with foreign leaders.Tillerson's future impact at State depends on his relationship with President Donald Trump, but so far, that has seemed lukewarm. Tillerson's candidate for deputy, Elliott Abrams, was rebuffed – reportedly at Bannon's urging – after Trump had seemed initially supportive. Tillerson persisted and offered Abrams the job in early January.Several hours later, reportedly after Bannon showed Trump some critical comments Abrams had made about him during the campaign, Tillerson was informed that the nomination had been nixed. Tillerson tried to reverse the decision but failed. A fascinating example was Tillerson's conversation with the president just before Trump placed a telephone call to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Tillerson tried to explain the tricky Kurdish problem in detail, but that wasn't what engaged Trump, according to one well-informed source.
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