AP reporter says Washington Post claim about Tillerson is false news

On Thursday, the Washington Post published a story on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, claiming he is “isolated, walled off from the State Department’s corps of bureaucrats in Washington and around the world.”

The Post also claimed that Tillerson’s staff members are instructed “not to speak to him directly — or even make eye contact.” The following is a claim from the report:

“Most of Tillerson’s interactions are with an insular circle of political aides who are new to the State Department. Many career diplomats say they still have not met him, and some have been instructed not to speak to him directly — or even make eye contact.”

However, contrary to the report, veteran State Department reporter Matt Lee labeled The Post’s report as false on Twitter.

“This is not true and people repeating it are making it more difficult to address very real issues,” tweeted Lee, who is also a reporter for the Associated Press.

The Post soon hit back, defending their claims made in the piece. Managing editor Cameron Barr posted the following:

“We stand by our report. Multiple sources told us that staffers were instructed not to directly address or make eye contact with Secretary Tillerson while on trips. We made the secretary’s office aware of our intention to publish this reporting in seeking comment for the story. The detail about eye contact was not challenged.”

H/T: The Hill

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