Tillerson's comments come after Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visited President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday.
"So the president, I think, is committed to at least make an effort in that regard", he said, "and he has certainly asked me to make an important effort as well". I understand what his objectives are. And so that's my only line.
Tillerson said in a statement that Trump and Lavrov discussed a broad range of subjects.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 that relations with Moscow are at a low point after meetings in Russian Federation that seemed to do little to bridge a deepening diplomatic divide over a chemical attack in Syria.
Todd contemptuously insinuated that Tillerson would betray the country and the Constitution to protect President Trump while discussing the firing of FBI Director James Comey, an Obama appointee. "When I'm not clear on what his objectives are, we talk about it", Tillerson said, adding that he would "never compromise my own values". "And my values are those of the country".
However, Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., criticized Tillerson recently for tell Department of State employees that "conditioning our foreign policy too heavily on values creates obstacles to advance our national interests".
"We're starting with the slate we have", he said, "all the problems that are on that slate".
Trump tweeted Friday that the story that there was collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation was "fabricated by Dems as an excuse for losing the election". He heads Friday to Saudi Arabia for discussions with King Salman and to Israel for a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about ongoing turmoil and security threats in the volatile Middle East.
Trump fired Comey Tuesday in a move that sparked calls among some Democrats for a special prosecutor to be appointed in the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the US presidential election.
Trump's presidency has been dogged by the Russian-meddling allegations and investigations by the FBI and congressional committees about contacts between his associates and Russian officials.