Top US Envoy Tillerson Confident of His Relationship with Trump


"So the president, I think, is committed to at least make an effort in that regard", he said, "and he has certainly asked me to make an important effort as well".

"I have a great relationship with the president", Tillerson said in a "Meet the Press" interview to be aired Sunday.

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

Asked about Trump's campaign vow to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, Tillerson said the president is taking "a very deliberative approach". And so that's my only line. John McCain (R-Ariz.) lobbed at his approach to foreign policy in a recent New York Times op-ed. For the American people, our national security interest and otherwise, for this relationship to remain at this low level.

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"I think it's largely viewed that it is not healthy for the world". "You can not reset. You can not erase the past".

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

Tillerson met last week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov but defended not bringing up the US intelligence community's conclusion that Moscow meddled in last year's USA presidential election to help Trump win, a contention that Russia has rejected.

The president, after paying a state visit to Saudi Arabia, is set to travel to the region later this month to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.