Tillerson: Trump 'Speaks For Himself'

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While until recently he continued to defend the president in words if not in actions (as he did after the North Korea threats), in an interview with Fox on Sunday morning (Aug. 27) he discussed the president's handling of the violence in Charlottesville, making no attempt to hide his disagreement with Trump's stand.

In response, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination took the unusual step to call out the USA for its "failure at the highest political level to unequivocally reject racist violent events".

The former ExxonMobil CEO appeared on "Fox News Sunday" to highlight "American values" but dismiss Trump's condemnation of "both" sides of the attack.

Wallace asked Tillerson whether Trump's words in recent weeks had made it more hard to promote American values overseas.

When host Chris Wallace then asked whether Tillerson was "separating himself" from Trump's remarks, Tillerson answered, "I've made my own comments as to our values".

"Today we have an American president who has publicly proclaimed a moral equivalency between neo-Nazis and Klansmen and those who would oppose their venom and hate", Biden wrote.

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He also strongly refuted the allegation of former White House official Sebastian Gorka on the absence of word "radical Islamic terrorism" in Trump's Afghan policy speech.

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Trump, in the aftermath, denounced neo-Nazis and the KKK, but his argument that "both sides" in the violent protests were to blame has brought widespread criticism. Notably, Tillerson was quick to put Trump's threats of "fire and fury" against North Korea into perspective, reassuring Americans that there was no imminent threat of a nuclear war.

"The president speaks for himself, Chris", Tillerson replied.

But then Wallace zeroed in on the weakness in that statement, pressing Tillerson to respond specifically to the United Nations panel's criticism of Trump.

"Here's what I said on Saturday", he told the crowd, before reading parts of the initial White House statement. We represent American values, our commitment to freedom, our commitment to equal treatment to people the world over and that message has never changed.

Trump has also ignored Tillerson's advice on some of his most important policy decisions, such as pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accord. Rogers, an expert on former Nicaragua dictator Daniel Ortega, stated that he sees similarities between the U.S. leader and Latin American presidents who stay in power for extended periods. One failed and none posed risk to the United States, the US Pacific Command said in a statement late Friday.

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