Appearing on Fox News with Chris Wallace this Sunday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seemed to distance himself from President Trump’s comments on the violence in Charlottesville between white supremacists and counter-protesters.
Towards the end of the segment, Wallace turned the focus to Trump’s Charlottesville comments, asking Tillerson if they made it harder for him to “push American values around the world” when some foreign leaders question the Trump’s values.
“Chris, we express America’s values from the State Department,” Tillerson replied. “We represent the American people, we represent America’s values, our commitment to freedom, our commitment to equal treatment of people the world over, and that message has never changed. … I don’t believe anyone doubts the American people’s values or the commitment of the American government or the government’s agencies to advancing those values and defending those values.”
“And the President’s values?” Wallace asked.
“The President speaks for himself, Chris,” Tillerson replied.
“Are you — separating yourself from that, sir?” Wallace asked, seemingly taken aback.
“I’ve made my own comments as to our values as well in a speech I gave to the State Department this past week,” Tillerson said.
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