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Tillerson Unconcerned About Independence After Comey Firing

17 May 2017, 01:09 | Clarence Schmidt

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Tillerson, on NBC's "Meet the Press, was questioned about an assertion by Russia's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, that the issue was not raised during his talks last week in Washington with the secretary, or at a White House meeting with President Donald Trump".

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says it is clear that Russian Federation meddled in last year's presidential election, and that Washington and Moscow will not be able to restart with "a clean slate". I understand what his objectives are.

Asked about U.S. intelligence reports that Russia meddled in last year's United States presidential election campaign, Tillerson said, "I don't think there's any question that the Russians were playing around in our electoral processes".

The president's decision to fire FBI Director James B. Comey last week was the latest destabilizing jolt to a core institution of the US government.

He said this. "In a recent address to State Department employees Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, 'Conditioning our foreign policy too heavily on values creates obstacles to advance our national interests'".

However, "it's inconclusive as to what, if any, effect it had", he added.

CNN said State released the same statement more than 20 minutes after Tillerson's remarks were distributed by the White House.

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Tillerson said the Washington political debate over Comey's firing does not affect him and his relationship with Trump.

"I have a great relationship with the president".

Tillerson said the United States and Russian Federation have numerous major issues to consider, but said he has no question in his own mind that Russian Federation interfered. "I can't really answer that".

But Tillerson reiterated his belief that those values should not determine foreign policy.

"America's values of freedom, of treatment of people, human dignity, freedom of expression throughout the world, those are our values", Tillerson said. "Policy has to be tailored to the individual situation".

But when host Chuck Todd asked him where he would draw the line for Trump, he said: "I will never compromise my own values, Chuck".

"The president is being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact the peace process", Tillerson said.



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