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.
Asked about United States intelligence reports that Russia meddled in last year's USA presidential election campaign, Tillerson said, "I don't think there's any question that the Russians were playing around in our electoral processes". I am devoted to helping the president achieve his objectives, helping him be successful.
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. "And my values are those of the country". "Policy has to be tailored to the individual situation".
Russian interference in the 2016 US election has been "well documented", but it's still in the interests of the U.S.to attempt to improve relations with Moscow, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.
Contradicting explanations from the White House that the decision was based on recommendations from the Justice Department, Trump said in an interview with NBC News' Lester Holt this week that "regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey". "You can not start with a clean state", Tillerson said.
"I make a distinction between values and policy", Tillerson said.More news: Flynn associates subpoenaed in Russian Federation probe
One of those national security objectives, Tillerson said, is to try to establish a better relationship with Russian Federation despite that nation's interference in last year's US presidential election. He downplayed the prospect of a Russian Federation "reset"-saying the relationship between the US and Russian Federation is at an "all-time low point since the end of the Cold War, with a very low level of trust".
"He's clearly trying to cause drama between the secretary of state and the president", Huntsman said.
"America's values of freedom, of treatment of people, human dignity, freedom of expression throughout the world. serve as the boundaries as we develop our foreign policy approaches and our diplomatic efforts", Tillerson told Todd on Meet the Press.
He said Russian meddling was one of a "broad range of important issues that have to be addressed" in ties between Washington and Moscow, such as the Syrian conflict. "They're (repercussions) just part of that broader landscape of conversations", he said.
"I think terms like having a reset are overused".