No 'clean slate' between the U.S. and Russia, Tillerson says

No 'clean slate' between the U.S. and Russia, Tillerson says

"I think it's been well documented, it's pretty well understood the nature of that interference here and elsewhere", he said.

"With those words, Secretary Tillerson sent a message to oppressed people everywhere, 'Don't look to the United States for hope, ' " McCain wrote in an op-ed in the New York Times last week.

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 U.S. values that "can never change". And I have great respect for the senator.

"I am devoted to helping the president achieve his objectives, helping him be successful", Tillerson said.

The State Department was caught unaware by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson defending President Trump's handling of highly classified information, according to a new report.

In the aftermath of President Donald Trump firing FBI Director James Comey, the White House made staff rather scarce when it came to the Sunday shows this morning, with most of the programs having nobody from the administration on to give the president's side of the situation.

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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. "To the broader issues that we are addressing in terms of advancing our national security interest, our national economic interest".

Tillerson echoed his earlier statements on bilateral ties, saying relations had fallen to "an all-time low point since the end of the Cold War, with a very low level of trust".

"We're starting with the slate we have and all the problems that are on that slate".

The mainstream media is desperately pushing the narrative that Trump had fired Comey to derail the FBI's investigation of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

"I don't think there's any question that the Russians were playing around in our electoral processes", he said.

Trump's presidency has been dogged by the Russian-meddling allegations and investigations by the FBI and congressional committees about contacts between his associates and Russian officials.

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