Rex Tillerson responds to John McCain's criticism

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks at the welcoming ceremony to kick off Arctic Council events in Fairbanks Alaska on Wednesday

U.S. President Donald Trump did not discuss "sources, methods or military operations" in his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday, after reports that Trump disclosed classified information.

"So the president, I think, is committed to at least make an effort in that regard", he said, "and he has certainly asked me to make an important effort as well". [.] I am devoted to helping the president achieve his objectives, helping him be successful.

"So, the President, I think, has committed to at least make an effort in that regard and he has certainly asked me to make an important effort as well", Tillerson said, noting that relationship with Russian Federation comes up in his conversation with leaders of Europe as well. And so that's my only line.

"We're starting with the slate we have and all the problems that are on that slate".

U.S. -Russian relations, now at their worst since the Cold War, will not reset "with a clean slate", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told NBC on Sunday. "And I understand I have to earn his confidence every day with how I go about those affairs and how I go about conducting the State Department's activities consistent with the direction he wants to take the country".

"I don't think there's any question that the Russians were playing around in our electoral processes", he said. "And my values are those of the country".

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The former Exxon chief executive expounded on what he called "a distinction between values and policy" in charting US efforts overseas. "You can not start with a clean state", Tillerson said.

He said this. "In a recent address to State Department employees Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, 'Conditioning our foreign policy too heavily on values creates obstacles to advance our national interests'".

USA intelligence has also accused the Kremlin of directing a hacking and influence campaign aimed at helping Trump, who says he wants to improve ties with Moscow, defeat Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the November presidential election.

The instability, although driven by Trump, has in some ways extended and amplified the effect Russian Federation sought to achieve with its unprecedented campaign to undermine the 2016 presidential race. Kislyak is a central figure in the probe into Russian election meddling and the involvement of former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.

Trump is "listening to input from all interested parties in the region and understanding, in the context of a peace initiative, what impact would such a move have", he said.

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