Secretary of State Rex Tillerson dismiss the credibility of President Donald Trump’s rhetoric and defended American values, after a UN panel criticized the official response to racist violence.
Asked on Fox News Sunday whether president’s stance had made it harder for Washington’s top diplomat to promote US values around the world, Tillerson spoke for his State Department. “We represent the American people, their commitment to freedom and to equal treatment to people the world over, and that message has never changed.”
Asked on whether President Trump had undermined that message, the secretary of state said: “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.”
Fox News host Chris Wallace then gave him another chance to defend Donald Trump, asking: “And the president’s values?” “The president speaks for himself, Chris,” Tillerson replied.
Tillerson: Americans value “freedom,” “equal treatment of people.” Wallace asks about Trump.
Tillerson: “The president speaks for himself” pic.twitter.com/jI4rpI53gi
— Brad Bainum (@bradbainum) August 27, 2017