Former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has warned that American democracy was threatened by a growing “crisis of ethics and integrity,” an apparent swipe at his former boss, President Donald Trump.
“If our leaders seek to conceal the truth or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom,” Tillerson said Wednesday in a graduation address at the Virginia Military Institute.
Tillerson did not mention Trump by name during his address to graduates at the military college in Lexington, Virginia.
Tillerson, who was fired by Trump in March after little more than a year on the job, warned that a crisis involving truthfulness and integrity is threatening US democracy.
“If we do not as Americans confront the crisis of ethics and integrity in our society and among our leaders in both the public and private sector —…