Trump reportedly fumed to Rex Tillerson about how bribing foreign officials is illegal under U.S. law

Trump and Rex Tillerson
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is profiled in this week's New Yorker, and reporter Dexter Filkins paints a largely sympathetic portrait of the Texas oilman appointed as America's top diplomat through his Boy Scouts connections just months before a golden retirement from ExxonMobil. Tillerson isn't portrayed as being effective — the Trump administration's biggest foreign policy successes were engineered by the military or U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Filkins notes. ("Rex hates her," a senior administration official said of Haley. "He f---ing hates her.") But Tillerson's insularity, held over from his management style as Exxon's CEO, is blamed less than the handicap of having President Trump as his boss.

In his reporting, which included an interview with the embattled Tillerson, Filkins came upon this anecdote:

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