State Department Could Forfeit $60M In Counter-Propaganda Money

State Department Could Forfeit $60M In Counter-Propaganda Money

"In Kuala Lum-pur, he will meet officials to discuss strengthening cooperation on a range of issues in the 60th year of US-Malaysia bilateral relations", it read. The unit was created in the spring of 2016 to combat propaganda from the Islamic State militant group (ISIS).

"The sobering truth is we're still far where we ultimately need to be to operate in the modern information environment", Michael Lumpkin, coordinator of the Global Engagement Center under the Obama administration, told Congress.

"I think with respect to how we conduct foreign policy in light of the fact that the president communicates the way he does is, as I've explained to the people in this building, look, it's just like anything else, it's part of the environment in which we work", Tillerson said.

The money is earmarked for the State Department's Global Engagement Center and Tillerson has not issued a request for it. $60 million of it will expire on September 30 if it is not transferred to the State Department by then, officials told Politico. Turning to Asia، Tillerson said the U.S.is willing to sit down for talks with North Korea on the condition that they give up on their pursuit of nuclear weapons.

More news: President penned Trump Jr. 'misleading' text on Russian Federation meeting

Tillerson has held off for months, without public explanation, on accepting the war chest set for his department, according to Politico. That's stoked new tensions between Tillerson and the White House in the past; Tillerson reportedly blew up at White House aides last month after they torpedoed his pick for a new envoy to east Asia. The secretary is concerned that releasing the money will complicate ongoing negotiations with the Kremlin on sensitive issues such as Syria and the Russian intervention in Ukraine, a former State department official told Politico. Multiple officials said Tillerson is aware of funding requests from the unit to unlock the money.

Donald Trump has heard the USA intelligence assessments about Russian Federation taking steps to help put him in power, but the president refuses to believe it. Trump recently sat down with radical TV preacher Pat Robertson said, in reference to Russia's Vladimir Putin, "Why would he want me?"

Trump has preserved the deal for now, although he has made clear he did so reluctantly after being advised to do so by Tillerson. He reaffirmed the administration's commitment to "making America great again", but emphasized that when Trump says "America first", he does not mean "America alone".

The ministry said Lavrov and Tillerson agreed to meet on the sidelines of the 24th ASEAN Regional Forum, which will be held from August 6-8 in the Philippine capital, Manila.

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