'The Situation Is Bad': Tillerson Laments Sour Ties With Russia

'The Situation Is Bad': Tillerson Laments Sour Ties With Russia

The money to combat Russian misinformation was set aside by Congress late past year for the State Department's Global Engagement Center.

"We do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula", Tillerson said.

Still, Tillerson noted he has received Trump's confidence and said the president often calls at unusual times seeking input on various foreign policy matters.

Tillerson has not filled almost 200 senior posts in the department, having resisted putting many people in place while he carries out a State Department restructuring so he can fulfill Trump's request to slash $10 billion from its budget. But President Donald Trump's top diplomat says he's comfortable in his job and in his relationship with the commander in chief.

It is "part of the environment in which we work", Tillerson told reporters Tuesday. The bill nearly unanimously supported by both houses of Congress.

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Washington still maintains economic sanctions on Tehran for its ballistic missile program, its support for terrorism and its human rights abuses.

Tillerson's comments sound at odds with those of Vice President Mike Pence, who said the president is "unified" with Congress.

"Neither the president nor I are very happy about that", Tillerson said of the sanctions bill.

Tillerson added. In response to a question about simmering tensions with Russian Federation that just announced it is expelling 755 USA diplomats، Tillerson said terrorism is one area of mutual interest with Moscow and both countries are committed to the stability of Syria following the battle to defeat ISIL، but the relationship with Russian Federation continues to be under "considerable stress".

Putin's decision to slash the staff at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Tillerson suggested, was a play to domestic politics after Barack Obama expelled Russian diplomats and seized two Russian properties in the closing weeks of his presidency.

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Senators overwhelmingly approved the bill with a vote of 98-2, a day after the House and Senate agreed on the terms. If the bill passes the Senate, it would be sent to the White House for Trump to sign into law or veto.

"Any leader of any country has their whole population watching them as well", Tillerson said. "Does it make our life more hard?"

Tillerson also revealed that Trump told Lavrov when the two met in the Oval Office in May that "we need some good news" from Moscow.

The next substantive conversation about how to move forward will likely be over the weekend.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho are both attending a Southeast Asia summit that is expected to focus heavily on regional concerns about the North. Susan Thornton, the top Asia hand in the State Department, said Tillerson had no plans to sit down with Ri.

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