Tillerson: Trump says look past turmoil and re-engage Russia

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson learned this the hard way when he visited New Zealand on Tuesday. According to Pence, Russia, Iran and terrorist groups are guilty of deteriorating the situation in the world.

Greenpeace protesters are making their mark in the capital ahead of today's visit by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

After meeting with the US top diplomat, New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English said Tillerson had reassured him of the U.S.' ongoing engagement in economic and security spheres in the Asia-Pacific.

President Donald Trump sparked worldwide critiques with a decision to end the US role in the Paris climate treaty, which would require about three years for a full withdrawal from the global accord.

NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell also seemed a bit surprised at the overwhelmingly negative reaction in New Zealand.

According to Stuff's report, Tillerson stood by Trump's decision to exit the deal that he said did not serve U.S. interests.

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"There's a lot of disagreement in New Zealand with some of the administration's policies but there's always going to be shorter term tension around politics".

"Defeating them on the battlefield will not end this", Tillerson said.

Referring to the investigations, Tillerson said Tuesday, "I really am not involved in any of these other issues".

But Mr Little, who also met with Rex Tillerson, said he had not held back. "And today our relationships with Russian Federation are at a very low point and they've been deteriorating".

Mr Trump wanted him to "identify areas of mutual interest where perhaps we can build some level of trust and confidence so that there are areas where we can work together". Stuff.co.nz reports that he said: "On Paris I think the president again felt it was simply not an agreement that served the American people well". On Tuesday, Rex Tillerson informed on the new task of the USA diplomatic corps. "And I don't intend to advise him on how to communicate".

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