U.S. seeks cooperation with Russian Federation to end Syrian conflict

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington DC US Jun 13 2017. Reuters

"Hammond said the secretary is in the process of working through disagreements with Russian Federation, and this is not consistent with what we're trying to do", the official added. The Trump campaign is under investigation over whether it helped these efforts.

"They use the reorganization as an excuse to not act on anything", one former State official told Politico. Emphasizing the economic relationship between China and North Korea، Tillerson called on China to use its influence with North Korea for creating the conditions where parties can have a "productive dialogue".

"The sobering truth is we're still far where we ultimately need to be to operate in the modern information environment", Michael Lumpkin, coordinator of the Global Engagement Center under the Obama administration, told Congress.

Thornton said Tillerson would continue to press China on the South China Sea issue while in Asia, where the United State has been pressing for rapid adoption of a code of conduct over competing territorial claims.

Since February, State Department officials have been urging Tillerson to unlock $60 million meant for the unit from the Pentagon and another $19.8 million allotted for the program in the department, according to the former senior State Department official.

"What we're seeing is a small group of people with very thin knowledge making all the decisions in a very centralized and isolated process".

US Hiring Maintains Strong Pace, Jobless Rate Falls to 4.3%
Compared with a year ago, the number of jobs has increased by 388,0000, driven by a surge in 354,000 full-time positions. A more encompassing rate that includes discouraged workers and the underemployed was unchanged at 8.6 percent.

"Hammond said the secretary is in the process of working through disagreements with Russian Federation, and this is not consistent with what we're trying to do", the former senior State official told Politico.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tillerson's remarks.

Some officials said that Tillerson may not understand the details of the funding or he may not be aware of what his aides are doing.

Trump has preserved the deal for now, although he has made clear he did so reluctantly after being advised to do so by Tillerson.

Trump and Tillerson have been shown little interest in repudiating Russian Federation for the election cyberattacks that have been reported by multiple USA intelligence agencies. The Trump administration has considered returning these properties.

Tillerson will participate in meetings of diplomats of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Manila, and discuss "denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, maritime security, and counter-terrorism", the State Department said. At a House Committee on Armed Services hearing in March, several experts said USA counter-propaganda efforts are disjointed and lack a strategy tailored to specific threats.

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