Rex Tillerson Won't Say If Trump 'Speaks For American Values'

Rex Tillerson Won't Say If Trump 'Speaks For American Values'

Asked on Fox News if Mr Trump's stance had made it harder for Washington's top diplomat to promote USA values around the world, Mr Tillerson said: "We represent the American people, their commitment to freedom and to equal treatment to people the world over, and that message has never change".

In the immediate aftermath of the events in Charlottesville, where several anti-racist counter-demonstrators were injured and one was killed, the USA became the subject of widespread global scrutiny and drew criticism from the U.N.'s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

"We express America's values from the State Department", Tillerson began.

WALLACE: And the presidents values?

Trump has faced bipartisan criticism for his statements after violence in Charlottesville blaming "many sides" for the violence surrounding a white supremacist rally. Then, then next day, he generated further controversy with his "both sides" remark during a press conference at Trump Tower.

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Dozens of Republicans joined the backlash to Trump's response, which not only drew a moral equivalence between Ku Klux Klan sympathizers and neo-Nazis and those opposing them, critics said, but came too slowly after a horrific instance of violence.

The Administration "must do better in consistently and unequivocally condemning these groups", Cohn, who is Jewish, said.

Wallace mentioned the United Nations criticism in his question to Tillerson about Trump's comments.

The relationship between Tillerson and Trump has been rocky for months, and this latest break isn't likely to bolster the secretary of state's already precarious position in the White House hierarchy. Wallace continued, referring to Trump's statements and how that might affect others' perceptions of United States values.

"Nowhere is it an American value", Tillerson said in the speech on August 18.

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Tillerson said the nation's commitment to fighting racial injustice was unquestioned.

"The President speaks for himself،" Tillerson said.

Trump has also ignored Tillerson's advice on some of his most important policy decisions, such as pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accord.

"Those who embrace it poison our public discourse, and they damage the very country that they claim to love", Tillerson had said.

The leaders of Britain and Germany had previously said in response to Charlottesville that violence and bigotry must always be condemned.

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