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Rex Tillerson says US diplomacy has 'no wins' in first year in role

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson has said the US State Department does not have any "wins to put on the board" after the first year of the Trump administration.

But "diplomacy is not that simple", he warned.

Mr Tillerson spoke on Tuesday to the US diplomatic corps at a town hall meeting amid low morale and widespread concerns about his planned overhaul of the State Department.

Mr Tillerson said when he started as America's top diplomat, he did not know anyone at the State Department or how it gets its work done.

He says he spent time learning about the agency with an eye toward increasing productivity and empowering employees.

Mr Tillerson says workers offered suggestions for overhauling the department, its structure and technology.

He says the next step is implementing those changes.

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