Secretary of State Rex Tillerson not afraid to leave the media behind.
Tillerson was asked by an IJR writer about what exactly he plans to do now that the media has been barred from the world-traveling plane — and he responded perfectly, saying: “I spend my time working on this airplane.”
This will be vastly different from previous administrations, which tended to have lengthy, fruitless discussions with the news outlets.
The Daily Caller reports:
The U.S. diplomatic press corps was deeply angered when the Department of State announced it did not intend on bringing any members of the press corps aboard the secretary’s aircraft. “The State Department Correspondents’ Association is disappointed that Secretary Tillerson chose to travel this week to North Asia without a full contingent of the diplomatic press corps or even a pool reporter,” the group said in a statement.
Tillerson defended his action, saying, “There’s this long tradition that the Secretary spends time on the plane with the press. I don’t know that I’ll do a lot of that. I’m just not … that’s not the way I tend to work. That’s not the way I tend to spend my time. I spend my time working on this airplane.”
Many major news outlets already have bureau offices in the countries he is visiting, Tillerson continued. “They have bureau offices. They have people there. So it’s not like they can’t cover what’s happening there. The only thing that’s missing is the chance to talk more in the air,” Tillerson explained.
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