Tillerson weighs Latin America expert for top State Department post

Tillerson weighs Latin America expert for top State Department post

Tillerson weighs Latin America expert for top State Department post

The article added that R.C. Hammond, a Tillerson aide, "suggested the money is unwelcome because any extra funding for programs to counter Russian media influence would anger Moscow, according to a former senior State Department official".

Trump has repeatedly called the report's findings a "hoax" and a "ruse" for Democrats to explain why they lost the election.

The State Department is "certainly not hollowed out", he said.

The officials say their former colleagues are frustrated that Tillerson has not requested the transfer of $60 million from the Pentagon to State's Global Engagement Center, an organization created a year ago to "diminish the influence of worldwide terrorist organizations".

"Hammond said the secretary is in the process of working through disagreements with Russian Federation, and this is not consistent with what we're trying to do", the former senior State official told Politico.

As we recently discussed, Trump is giving Putin what he wants in Syria, while simultaneously isolating the United States diplomatically, fracturing Western alliances, largely ignoring Russia's attack on the USA elections - all of which serve Moscow's strategic goals.

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"What we're seeing is a small group of people with very thin knowledge making all the decisions in a very centralized and isolated process".

Speaking at a press conference held at the state department in Washington DC, Tillerson argued that Iran's military forces must leave Syria, and the Syrian regime must let the Syrians to form a new constitution and to run free and fair presidential elections ahead the the USA cooperation with Russian Federation.

The money is earmarked for the State Department, but Tillerson hasn't submitted a request for the funds, reported Politico.

Trump has preserved the deal for now, although he has made clear he did so reluctantly after being advised to do so by Tillerson.

This will also be an opportunity to make further progress on the long list of priorities that were initially set out in the U.S. -ASEAN strategic partnership inked under the Obama administration back in 2015, some of which have continued to be discussed under Trump, including at the Special US-ASEAN Meeting in May (See: "The Real Challenge for US-ASEAN Relations Under Trump"). The Trump administration has considered returning these properties. The White House previously had said Trump would do so, but has not said when.

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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