Rex Tillerson Says Russia Meddled In US Election

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The current state of relations between Washington and Moscow is "not healthy" for the United States and the whole world, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday. Can't start with a clean slate until maybe they either own up to what they did, or we punish them in a way that they're not going to do this again.

"I have a great relationship with the president".

Asked what the line between service to Trump and service to the country is for him, Tillerson said he "will never compromise my own values".

Judging from this exchange, Chuck Todd seems like he would definitely be a more trustworthy Secretary of State than Rex Tillerson, and Tillerson was interesting for what it didn't reveal.

Asked about United States intelligence reports that Russia meddled in last year's U.S. presidential election campaign, Tillerson said, "I don't think there's any question that the Russians were playing around in our electoral processes".

Tillerson said he wants to help President Trump fulfill the promises he made to the millions of Americans who voted him into office, but his top priority is to remain true to his values and to the American people. "We don't dismiss any of them". He downplayed the prospect of a Russian Federation "reset"-saying the relationship between the USA and Russian Federation is at an "all-time low point since the end of the Cold War, with a very low level of trust". "And I think if we are successful in achieving our ultimate diplomatic and national security objectives, we will create the conditions for the advancement of freedom in countries all over the world".

And you know, these are not new tactics on the part of the Russian government, directed not only at us but at others.

"We have to look at this relationship in the broadest contour", he said, adding that he was committed to improving cooperation between Moscow and Washington. "Whether we can improve it or not remains to be seen", Tillerson told the NBC broadcaster.

The Secretary of State's answer combined with the Comey firing and the NBC News interview paints a picture of a campaign and now an administration that is guilty of working with Russian Federation to win a presidential election. Tillerson added that he does not think "there's any question" the Russians interfered with the electoral process, but he also pointed out that intelligence reports show it is "inconclusive as to what, if any effect, it had".

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