State Dept. surprised by Tillerson defending Trump

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Russian interference in the 2016 US election has been "well documented", but it's still in the interests of the U.S.to attempt to improve relations with Moscow, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

But when host Chuck Todd asked him where he would draw the line for Trump, he said: "I will never compromise my own values, Chuck".

"I have a great relationship with the president", Tillerson said.

"I make a distinction between values and policy", Tillerson said on Meet the Press.

"The President I think has made it clear that he feels it's important that we re-engage with Russian Federation".

"Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has said that such media speculations were part and parcel of the campaign that had been launched long before the U.S. presidential election with the aim of putting political pressures on the new administration in the White House and for bargaining over various appointments and lobbying".

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The US-Russia relationship is at its lowest point since the end of the Cold War, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said, asserting that President Donald Trump is committed to raise the current level of trust between the two countries.

Tillerson also said that there is wide agreement that it's not "healthy" for the world for the U.S. -Russia relationship to "remain at this low level".

"We're not trying to start with a clean slate", Tillerson said. They are part of everything we do.

The secretary of State during the interview also addressed the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, noting the USA isn't trying to start "with a clean state" with Russia. And in fact they serve as the guidepost and they serve as the boundaries as we develop our foreign policy approaches and our diplomatic efforts.

Confusion at the upper levels of United States government was on display Monday as the White House scrambled to respond to a report that President Donald Trump disclosed highly classified information to Russian officials last week. Kislyak is a central figure in the probe into Russian election meddling and the involvement of former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.

Tillerson said in a statement that Trump and Lavrov discussed a broad range of subjects.

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