Yesterday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made a rather stunning comment about President Trump’s commitment to American values, and one of his aides attempted clean-up today in comments to CNN.
Fox’s Chris Wallace asked Tillerson on Sunday about the President’s response to Charlottesville and if it’s a problem for him “when some foreign leaders question the President’s values.”
Tillerson talked about how the State Department is always expressing American values, but when asked about the President’s values, the Secretary of State said, “The President speaks for himself, Chris.”
An unnamed Tillerson aide told CNN today that Tillerson wasn’t being critical, but in their comments they did offer a little bit of criticism for the President’s Charlottesville response:
“The secretary and President have expressed different points of view. He isn’t being critical, but more so re-establishing without confusion what are known American values,” the aide said.
“The values start from the Constitution. The President’s job is to uphold those values. Did he do the best job ever responding to Charlottesville? Nope. But that doesn’t mean America changes.”
The aide added, “That is why the President speaks for himself because the Constitution speaks for the country.”
There’s also reporting today saying that President Trump is getting “fed up” with Tillerson.
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