'The president speaks for himself': Rex Tillerson distances himself from Trump

Posted August 28, 2017

Sec. of State Rex Tillerson was asked about Trump's values after the United Nations criticized his response to racist demonstrations in the US.

Tillerson, appearing on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, was asked whether the kinds of controversies Trump embroils himself in leaves the worldwide community (the United Nations in particular) doubting that America is living up to its stated values.

REX TILLERSON, SECRETARY OF STATE: Chris, we express America's values from the State Department.

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

When asked about that, Tillerson tried to act like Trump is just a guy talking, and not the president of the United State of America.

"Today we have an American president who has publicly proclaimed a moral equivalency between neo-Nazis and Klansmen and those who would oppose their venom and hate", Biden wrote.

The Aug. 13 protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, began as a rally organized by white supremacists and turned deadly when a counter-protester was run down by a vehicle.

Tillerson's remarks followed harsh criticism of Trump from National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, who said in an interview Friday that he almost quit over the president's handling of the events in Charlottesville.

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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.

"Those who embrace it poison our public discourse and they damage the very country that they claim to love", Tillerson said.

Tillerson says that the president is "speaking for himself" in political terms.

Tillerson's statement is the latest effort by conservatives to distance themselves from the Trump's refusal to denounce white supremacy.

TILLERSON: I've spoken - I've made my own comments as to our vales as well in a speech I gave to the State Department this past week. We represent the American people.

In front of the students, the secretary of State had, on August 18, strongly "condemned the racism and bigotry in all their forms ".

The influential chief economic adviser to Donald Trump, Gary Cohn, has criticized the president this week, judging that he had to "do better" to condemn the white supremacist. "We're going to continue our peaceful pressure campaign as I have described it, working with allies, working with China as well to see if we can bring the regime in Pyongyang to the negotiating table".