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Tillerson: Trump says look past turmoil and re-engage Russian Federation

Tillerson: Trump says look past turmoil and re-engage Russian Federation

"I don't know what the Prime Minister is seeing and hearing from New Zealanders, every New Zealander I talk to expresses concern and sometimes alarm about the conduct of the US President".

The first official top level visitor from the Trump administration to New Zealand was greeted by torrential rain and frosty public mood.

Around the world leaders have raised concerns about Mr Trump's unpredictability, particularly on social media, but New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English didn't raise the issue during a meeting with Mr Tillerson in Wellington on Tuesday.

Tillerson said the US valued the ongoing defense relationship with New Zealand, which was seen in the deployment to train Iraqi forces in the Middle East.

I think often about the day-to-day existence of Rex Tillerson, a 65-year-old political neophyte who was literally getting ready to retire in March before Trump unexpectedly asked him to be America's chief diplomat, and who has openly admitted since then that he "didn't want" the job and accepted it only at the urging of his wife. Two activists also scaled a construction crane to unfurl a large banner that read "Climate Denial, Huuge Mistake!"

The Secretary of State said the USA was willing to work bilaterally with countries such as NZ despite backing out of TPP and the Paris Accord.

Ironically, it's rumored that Tillerson is one of a minority on Trump's staff that actually encouraged the president to stay in the Paris Accord, but we don't know for sure.

Tillerson later allayed local fears about US becoming more isolationist and about US President Donald Trump being "unpredictable", as per New Zealand Herald.

All smiles between Bill English and Rex Tillerson but much of New Zealand not so warmly disposed.

Tillerson said Trump told him not to let the public firestorm or the FBI and Congressional investigations into his ties to Russian Federation impede the job in any way.

Tillerson also refused to discuss his boss' tweeting, saying Trump had "his own unique way" of communicating. "And it's served him pretty well, and I don't intend to advise him on how to communicate".

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