Tillerson said he didn't know why Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak was present at an Oval Office meeting this week between Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Tillerson assured Todd that he has "a great relationship with the president", suggesting that it's specifically because he does "understand what his objectives are".
Tillerson said in an interview that aired Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that the Arizona lawmaker was well within his rights to criticize him and listed what he viewed as the United States values that "can never change". And so that's my only line. "We're starting with the slate we have, and all the problems we have are in that slate". "And my values are those of the country".
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 U.S. diplomacy.
But Tillerson reiterated his belief that those values should not determine foreign policy.
"It should be understood that we are not trying to make a good start", said Donald Trump's, close associate "Words like" restart "are outdated". It's certainly not healthy for us.
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European Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said he hoped Trump would not abandon multilateralism and free trade. A senior US Treasury official said Mnuchin had been quizzed on a series of issues, including Trump's tax-cutting plans.
The Secretary of State noted that addressing Russian interference in the recent USA election is one of the many important issues that will have to be addressed before the relationship improves.
The president's decision to fire FBI Director James B. Comey last week was the latest destabilizing jolt to a core institution of the USA government. "And I think if we are successful in achieving our ultimate diplomatic and national security objectives, we will create the conditions for the advancement of freedom in countries all over the world".
Trump tweeted Friday that the story that there was collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation was "fabricated by Dems as an excuse for losing the election".
"I think it just speaks to a level of dysfunction at the State Department, in terms of at least the communications effort that I think is truly remarkable", Kirby said.
Asked what repercussions the Russians should face for interfering in the USA election, Tillerson did not offer any specifics.