Secretary of State Tillerson Travel to the Philippines, Thailand, and Malaysia

Posted August 03, 2017

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is sitting on almost $80 million set aside for the State Department to combat propaganda from Russian Federation and terrorists groups - and most of it will expire if he doesn't act soon.

"We initiated a sustained and continued intensified campaign for what I like to call, peaceful pressure, because the options available to us, I think, as all of you well understand, are limited", Tillerson said.

Differences between Trump, top White House aides and Tillerson and the State Department bubbled to public attention even before a well-publicized spat last month over the Iran deal, which ended with Trump siding with Tillerson while making it clear he wants out of the accord.

He was unable to show that the US has fulfilled President Donald Trump's objective of a new, more cooperative relationship between the former Cold War foes, noting only modest efforts in Syria as a sign the nations share some common goals.

The bill which was approved overwhelmingly in both chambers, by a margin of 98-2 with strong support from Trump's fellow Republicans as well as Democrats, a feat that seemed impossible with the embattled health care legistlation bill.

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The video then recorded the vehicle crashing. "It's important for people not to rush to judge her". "She was just amusing ". During Obdulia Sanchez's first court appearance she sat emotionless as the court read her charges.

Vice President Mike Pence sounded a distinctly different note about the sanctions bill Tuesday, when he was in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, seeking to reassure Russia's neighbors, who are anxious about Moscow's expansionist policies.

"Neither the president nor I are very happy about that", Tillerson said of the sanctions bill.

In a wide-ranging assessment of his first six months in office, Tillerson laments the sour state of relations with Russian Federation and points to Russia's move to kick out many USA diplomats serving in Russian Federation.

Putin's decision to slash the staff at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Tillerson suggested, was a play to domestic politics after Barack Obama expelled Russian diplomats and seized two Russian properties in the closing weeks of his presidency. "He felt he had to do something".

In a rare question-and-answer session, Tillerson recalled Trump's meeting with Sergey Lavrov, Putin's top diplomat, three months ago.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Regional forum and other meetings that will be held in Manila from August 5 to 9, the State Department said on Wednesday.