Tillerson Says US-Russia Relations 'Under Considerable Stress'

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When Trump signed the bill on Wednesday, he said it was "seriously flawed" because "it encroaches on the executive branch's authority to negotiate" and "strike good deals for the American people". Tillerson said he wouldn't be doing his job if he didn't express his views, even when they conflict with those of the president.

If nominated and confirmed, Brownfield will have a full plate; his responsibilities would include balancing the political tightrope of U.S. -Mexico relations under Trump, dealing with the roiling political crisis in Venezuela, managing the diplomatic end of the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations, and helping cement the historic Colombian peace deal brokered past year.

He was unable to show that the US has fulfilled President Donald Trump's objective of a new, more cooperative relationship between the former Cold War foes, noting only modest efforts in Syria as a sign the nations share some common goals.

"Hammond said the secretary is in the process of working through disagreements with Russian Federation, and this is not consistent with what we're trying to do", the former senior State official told Politico.

At a State Department press briefing on Tuesday, Tillerson conceded State still "had a lot of open slots" but praised career diplomats for stepping up in the interim.

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In another sign of USA concern about the North, the Trump administration published a notice Wednesday in the Federal Register detailing a new ban on Americans traveling to North Korea. "Does it make our lives more hard? There's been no belligerence", Tillerson said. "Of course it makes our life more hard". The ban, which includes potential exceptions for journalists and humanitarian workers, will take effect on September 1 and expires one year later unless extended by Tillerson.

"Anytime you have a dramatic change in the administration like we had six months ago, there are going to be individuals who struggle with that", he said.

But one Tillerson aide, R.C. Hammond, suggested the department might also be hesitant about using the money for one of its intended purposes: Pushing back on the Kremlin. "We have differences, but I think if we're not having those differences I'm not sure that I am serving him".

Pence said Trump would sign the sanctions into law "very soon", and that states in eastern Europe, including Ukraine, the Baltic states and Georgia should see that as a further of American commitment to their independence and sovereignty.