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Rex Tillerson on 60 Minutes: 5 key quotes

Tillerson. Photo: Mateusz Wlodarczyk / NurPhoto via Getty Images

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday evening, where he fielded questions about the North Korean nuclear threat and his relationship with the president.

QuoteWe're not using a carrot to convince [North Korea] to talk. We're using large sticks.
— Rex Tillerson
  • "This pressure campaign is putting — is having its bite on North Korea, its revenue streams. It's having a bite on its military programs."
  • "I'm going to use all the time available to me. Our diplomatic efforts will continue until that first bomb drops. My job is to never have a reason for the first bomb to drop. And we don’t know precisely how much time is left on the clock."
  • Did you call Trump a "moron"? Tillerson dodged again, saying "I'm not going to dignify the question. We got so many bigger issues that we could be talking about. I'm not from this town. I understand this town likes to talk about a lot of things that are really not important."
  • On meeting Putin as Secretary of State, after dealing with him as Exxon boss: "[T]he only thing I said to him was. 'Mr. President, same man, different hat.'"

Tillerson's interview was interrupted by a phone call from Trump himself. After excusing himself to take the call, Tillerson told CBS' Margaret Brennan, "We typically will try to talk every day, even if it's only for a few minutes. A lot of times, I'll call from the road when I'm on a trip just to let him know how it's going."

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Zuckerberg admits Facebook "breach of trust"

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks wearing a t-shirt, with trees behind him
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Mark Zuckerberg weighed in on what he called the "Cambridge Analytica situation" today in a Facebook post, saying there was a "a breach of trust between Facebook and the people who share their data with us and expect us to protect it. We need to fix that."

Why it matters: Facebook has been under extraordinary pressure from lawmakers, regulators and Wall Street to respond to the issue.

Kia Kokalitcheva 2 hours ago
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Twitter's chief information security officer is leaving

The Twitter application is seen on an iPhone in this photo illustration on December 4, 2017. Photo: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Michael Coates, Twitter's chief information security officer who joined in 2015, is leaving the company, as The Verge first reported and the company has confirmed to Axios.

Why it matters: Coates's departure comes just a couple of days after the NY Times reported that Facebook's security chief is on his way out later this year. But Coates appears to be leaving to start his own company.