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Letter: Rex Tillerson’s Remarks About Truth and Ethics

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To the Editor:

Re “Tillerson, in Swipe at President, Says ‘Crisis of Ethics’ Infects U.S.” (front page, May 17):

To anyone who embraces common sense and plain evidence, Rex Tillerson’s remarks in his commencement address at Virginia Military Institute are intelligent and welcomed. But they are also profoundly disappointing in their timing, as they are susceptible to being disregarded as the rantings of a disgruntled former employee. Where were these principled notions when Mr. Tillerson was secretary of state?

Until a critical mass of current members of the president’s own party and administration publicly reject his undemocratic behavior and disregard for the rule of law, nothing will change.

This is yet another moment for the many smart and accomplished people within the current administration to do the right thing. America is looking at you, John Kelly, Nikki Haley, Elaine Chao and Jim Mattis, and at every sitting Republican senator.

Damaged legacies are irreparable — just ask Mr. Tillerson.

RON JOHNSTONE
BURLINGAME, CALIF.

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