Tillerson says Trump 'speaks for himself' on racial violence

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Though Tillerson denied that Trump's rhetoric made it hard to defend American diplomacy overseas, he refused to deny that he was attempting to distance himself and the state department from Trump's comments.

When Wallace asked Tillerson if he was attempting to separate himself from the president and his comments, Tillerson said simply, "I've made my own comments as to our values as well in a speech I gave to the State Department this past week". "I don't believe anyone doubts the American people's values, or the commitment of the American government or the government's agencies to advancing those values and defending those values".

Trump sparked controversy when he said earlier this month that the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville was caused by "many sides".

Last week, Trump's top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, sharply denounced the president's response, telling the Financial Times that he wrote a letter of resignation but never submitted it. "We will continue our campaign to pressure pacific", "with our allies, with China also, to see if it can bring the Pyongyang regime to the negotiating table, in order to start a dialogue about a different future for the Korean peninsula and North Korea", and reiterated Sunday, Rex Tillerson.

"We do view it as a provocative act against the United States and our allies", Tillerson said in an interview on Fox News Sunday.

"The president speaks for himself, Chris", the Secretary of State offered his stunning response, prompting some silence.

"Clearly, they are still messaging us, as well, that they are not prepared to completely back away from their positions", Tillerson said.

Kim's regime has carried out many missiles program this year, including two long-range ballistic ones, that could start a nuclear war between the USA and North Korea.

"I don't know that we're wrong", Tillerson said.

Until Friday, North Korea had not launched any missiles since the unanimous approval of new United Nations Security Council sanctions three weeks ago. Anne Gearan wrote this story.



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