Tillerson to testify in House as Russia sanctions vote nears

Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tillerson stopped short of registering his opposition to a new package of Russian Federation sanctions the GOP-led Senate is considering in retaliation for Moscow's meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its aggression in other parts of the world, including Syria and Ukraine.

Tillerson spoke at a wide-ranging budget hearing in which he also discussed Trump's China policy and said he expected the administration to complete a review of Afghan policy in the coming weeks. And those are the kind of discussions we're having.

"They have changed their policy", Tillerson said, referring to the Palestinians.

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"How can Americans and our allies around the world have confidence in your word, in the State Department's position, and most of all, that it represents what President Trump believes?"

At the top of the agenda for Tillerson's multiple hearings is the Trump administration's controversial global affairs budget, which as FP reported, would gut State Department and USAID funding and potentially even tee up a plan to fold that agency into the State Department entirely.

"It is outrageous and offensive that Secretary Tillerson would even suggest appointing a Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism is unnecessary, particularly given that his State Department committed to filling the post back in April", she said in an email to JTA. Trump has announced that he will withdraw the United States from that compact, under which countries set voluntary commitments to reduce carbon emissions. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the top Senate Democrat.




We're thankful for your support in every way. "I think we're really leaning into USA leadership to make it clear to these long-standing allies and very important allies and friends of ours that America has been leading for a very long time, and the American people have been reaching in their pockets and paying for this leadership for a very long time", Tillerson said.

And he disagreed with the view, raised by many Democrats, that President Donald Trump's foreign policy decisions along with the State Department's failure to fill hundreds of vacancies are undermining U.S. leadership and values.

In talks with the Palestinians about renewing peace talks, President Trump and USA officials have pressed for a change.

He said during the hearing to Tillerson, "I'm appalled that you have completely zeroed out - zeroed out - the democracy assistance account". Chris Murphy, a Democrat.

We're going to punish the Russians. "I think we're really leaning in to United States leadership" to make clear "we're going to continue in this leadership role, but you, our allies, must do your share".

However, Mr Tillerson did not name any countries.

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