Sec. Rex Tillerson: 'I Have to Earn' [Trump's] 'Confidence Every Day'

Posted May 17, 2017

I understand what his objectives are. "With those words, Secretary Tillerson sent a message to oppressed people everywhere", McCain argued, "'Don't look to the United States for hope'".

He ruled out relaunching relations with a "clean slate", similar to the attempt at a "reset" by former president Barack Obama and his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, in 2009.

Asked about the line between service to the president and service to the country, Tillerson says "I will never compromise my own values".

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In his conversations with the Russian officials, Trump appeared to be boasting about his knowledge of the looming threats, telling them he was briefed on "great intel every day", an official with knowledge of the exchange said, according to the Post.

"I think it's been well documented - it's pretty well understood, the nature of that interference, here and elsewhere", he said. "When I'm not clear on what his objectives are, we talk about it".

Relations between the United States and Russian Federation have never been so bad after the Cold War and are not expected to "make any fresh start", said the head of USA diplomacy.

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The former Exxon chief executive expounded on what he called "a distinction between values and policy" in charting USA efforts overseas.

Tillerson acknowledged that sour relations between Russian Federation and the US are "not healthy for the world" or for USA national security, but he was sober in his assessment of the future. "A policy has to be tailored to the individual situation". He downplayed the prospect of a Russian Federation "reset"-saying the relationship between the USA and Russian Federation is at an "all-time low point since the end of the Cold War, with a very low level of trust". To the broader issues that we are addressing in terms of advancing our national security interest, our national economic interest".

Trump fired Comey Tuesday in a move that sparked calls among some Democrats for a special prosecutor to be appointed in the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the US presidential election. "We don't give anyone a free pass on any of them".

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Tillerson said he's unconcerned about speculation (from moonbats like Todd) that he may not be able to remain independent from Trump if he had to take a stance that undermined the president.