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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 did not describe the country’s brutal military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims as ethnic cleansing, as other diplomats have done.

Security forces have conducted or allowed what critics call systematic rape and murder against the Rohingya minority, leading more than half a million to flee to squalid camps in neighboring Bangladesh since August.

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...

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