Tillerson off to Europe on 1st trip amid disarray at home

Lavrov asked Tillerson, whose remarks were interrupted when US media handlers asked journalists to leave the meeting room. But it's also emblematic of the Trump administration's modus operandi, which included firing most of the State Department without finding replacements and shutting Tillerson out of the meeting with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday. Many European states have been wary of waning USA support, especially Baltic and Eastern European states who are fearful of Russian influence in the region. The response was one of only two answers he gave reporters during the whole trip.

Germany, which as host of the meeting helps set the topics for discussion, is ready to challenge the USA administration on the issue, according to the official, who asked not to be named because the discussions about preparing for the meeting remain confidential.

While Tillerson has been on the job for just two weeks and may not be immersed in all subjects yet, Wilkinson said: "Foreign ministers will be understanding that in the early days he may not have all the answers, but they will want to know they have a conduit to someone who can speak for the U.S".

Also Thursday, U.S. Gen.

Lavrov ducked a question about the seeming disorder in Washington. Inside the State Department, some officials fear that this is a politically-minded purge that cuts out much-needed expertise from the policy-making, rather than simply reorganizing the bureaucracy.

The G20 meeting is being hosted by German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel who has been a vocal critic of Trump's protectionist and nationalist leanings.

Tillerson is hesitant to talk to the press.

. Tillerson made his diplomatic debut at a G20 gathering in Germany where his counterparts hoped to find out what "America First" means for the rest of the world.

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"I'm just not really happy with some of the decisions the government back home is making and I just want to show that not all Americans think that way", said Jeremy, originally from CT.

"Tillerson remains silent on United States foreign policy", said top German daily the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Even Lavrov asked why the rush.

Relations with the media came up during a meeting between Tillerson and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

Tillerson is part of a major United States diplomatic offensive after Trump caused dismay in Europe by dubbing North Atlantic Treaty Organisation "obsolete", praising Brexit, claiming the European Union is doomed and taking a distinctly softer line on Russian Federation.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. would consider working with Russian Federation in some areas but would stand up for its own interests. But he took a firmer stance than the president has on Russian aggression, especially in Ukraine.

All eyes were on Tillerson as he made his debut as America's top diplomat after President Donald Trump promised to put USA interests first while also offering a softer line on Moscow.

"As we search for new common ground, we expect Russian Federation to honor its commitments to the Minsk agreements and work to de-escalate the violence in the Ukraine", Tillerson said after talks with Lavrov. He met with more than a dozen of them.


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