SecState Tillerson: Trump Did Not Discuss Sources or Methods With Russian Ambassador

SecState Tillerson: Trump Did Not Discuss Sources or Methods With Russian Ambassador

SecState Tillerson: Trump Did Not Discuss Sources or Methods With Russian Ambassador

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has briefed President Vladimir Putin on his May 10 meeting with US President Donald Trump in the usual way he does, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said about media rumors the US leader had allegedly shared some classified information. But Mr McMaster said on Tuesday that the president "wasn't even aware where this information came from" and "wasn't briefed on the sources and methods". [.] I am devoted to helping the president achieve his objectives, helping him be successful.

Asked to whether he believes Russian meddling took place, Tillerson said Moscow's election-linked cyberattacks had been a proven problem for the United States and for other countries as well. And so that's my only line.

"We're starting with the slate we have".

"I have a great relationship with the president", Tillerson told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd on NBC News.

The former oil executive said he was "not at all" concerned about how much independence he has under Trump but acknowledged that he has "to earn his confidence every day with how I go about those affairs and how I go about conducting the State Department's activities consistent with the direction he wants to take the country". "When I'm not clear on what his objectives are, we talk about it".

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One of those national security objectives, Tillerson said, is to try to establish a better relationship with Russian Federation despite that nation's interference in last year's USA presidential election.

"I can't remember a single time - and I've worked for two secretaries of defense as well as the secretary of state - where the principal, a cabinet official, put out a public statement about something this big and this newsworthy where the communication staff and staff in general wasn't aware, wasn't tracking it, wasn't helping edit it, wasn't pushing it out", Kirby added.

The former Exxon chief executive expounded on what he called "a distinction between values and policy" in charting USA efforts overseas.

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. "What I am shocked about is you're sitting down with the secretary of state ... and you've got a such a short period of time to ask really serious, important questions". "Policy has to be tailored to the individual situation".

Trump is "listening to input from all interested parties in the region and understanding, in the context of a peace initiative, what impact would such a move have", he said.

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