Rex Tillerson

Congressional critics slam State Department as rudderless

Congressional critics slam State Department as rudderless

When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made his first official trip to Myanmar on Wednesday, he largely ignored the country’s widespread human rights abuses.

Security forces have conducted or allowed what critics call systematic rape and murder against Myanmar’s Rohingya minority, leading to a refugee flood across the border into Bangladesh. But standing in Naypyitaw, Myanmar’s capital, Tillerson declined to call for sanctions or other censure, saying more investigation is needed.

"If we have credible information that we believe to be very reliable that certain individuals were responsible for certain acts that we find unacceptable,” Tillerson said, “then targeted...

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