Tillerson: Trump 'speaks for himself' on American values

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Questioned about Donald Trump's controversial response to terrorism by a neo-Nazi sympathizer in Charlottesville، Virginia، US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the president "speaks for himself". When Wallace asked Tillerson if he was attempting to separate himself from the president and his comments, Tillerson said simply, "I've made my own comments as to our values as well in a speech I gave to the State Department this past week".

Wallace then asked, 'And the president's values?'

When asked about Trump's values, Tillerson said, "the president speaks for himself".

That was a reference to remarks Tillerson made August 18 about inclusiveness and tolerance in a discussion of racial diversity and American values.

Trump has been under fire due to his failure to immediately condemn the recent tragedy in Charlotesville، in which a driver plowed into demonstrators protesting against white supremacists، killing a young woman and injuring almost 20 others.

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During a wild news conference at Trump Tower three days later, Trump blamed "both sides" for the deadly violence.

Tillerson slammed Sebastian Gorka, Trump's former deputy assistant who left the job on Friday.

In an interview on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace pointed out that a United Nations committee criticised Trump's apparent defence of some people at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month.

Tillerson is rumoured to be considering an early exit from the administration, though the state department has denied reports of his potential departure.

"The President speaks for himself", Tillerson said.

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While the United States prefers a diplomatic approach, the country and its allies are prepared to respond to a North Korean threat with military force, Mr Tillerson said at a news conference in August.

Tillerson previously condemned hate speech and bigotry more broadly as un-American and antithetical to the values on which the United States was founded and promotes overseas.

Trump has also ignored Tillerson's advice on some of his most important policy decisions, such as pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accord.

Last week, Trump's top economic adviser, Gary D. Cohn, who heads the National Economic Council, sharply denounced the president's response, telling the Financial Times that he wrote a letter of resignation but never submitted it.

The leaders of Britain and Germany had previously said in response to Charlottesville that violence and bigotry must always be condemned.

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