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Tillerson Signals Impatience With China While Vowing to Stay On

  • Top diplomat says he’s got ‘pretty thick skin and thick armor’
  • Calling out China, he says U.S. is expecting to see change
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Albright Says Tillerson Is Between a Rock & a Hard Place

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled growing U.S. impatience with China on issues from North Korea to trade while vowing to stay on the job as long as President Donald Trump will have him.

During a 30-minute interview at the State Department, Tillerson also showed increasing pessimism about the chance for a quick resolution to a standoff between Qatar and a bloc of nations led by Saudi Arabia. And he said the “pretty thick skin and thick armor” he developed as CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp. helped him shrug off rumors about tensions with Trump and reports that he’s considered resigning over differences with the president.