Rex Tillerson skipping North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting has White House scrambling for explanation

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy during the Meeting of the Ministers of the Global Coalition on the Defeat of ISIS Wednesday M

So far he has navigated his first official trip to meet with G20 foreign ministers in Bonn, Germany in mid February, a March trip to Asia where he shored up America's relationship with China, and a Trump budget that proposes to slash $10bn (£8bn) from his department. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon is supposed to represent the USA at the April Nato summit.

The secretary of state has had a rough first few weeks on the job. "I didn't seek this job", he told Independent Journal Review.

Trump has often praised Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Tillerson worked with Russia's government for years as a top executive at Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N), and has questioned the wisdom of sanctions against Russia that he said could harm US businesses.

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During last year's election campaign, Trump called the alliance "obsolete" and criticised allies whom he said were not paying enough for their own defense.

Tillerson will reportedly participate in President Donald Trump's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Florida on April 6-7.

Brian Klaas, ‎Fellow in Comparative Politics at London School of Economics, told The Independent that "if Vladimir Putin had a wishlist, near the top of it would be Trump calling North Atlantic Treaty Organisation "obsolete", then having an icy meeting with Angela Merkel, before Secretary of State Tillerson snubs North Atlantic Treaty Organisation by missing a key summit".

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Stoltenberg was speaking on the sidelines of a meeting in Washington of the 68-nation coalition fighting the Islamic State group.

The former diplomat said it was vital to present a united front toward Moscow. The decisions led some European officials to worry about the Trump administration's commitment to the alliance.

So, on Tuesday, we got the IJR's distillation of Tillerson, the oilman diplomat, which was a generally boring, scattered, overly adverbed account that featured a chocolate chip cookie on Tillerson's desk, made mention of the "tumultuous Middle East" and troops "bounding into Iraq", while, unfortunately, including this sentence: "Broadly, now that Trump's in office, witness how business background melded with style has upended global dialogue about the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)..." The NATO chief said he agreed on the need for more defense spending across Europe and Canada and for the alliance to step up contributions in fighting terrorism.

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Many have criticised Mr Trump's 28 per cent cut to the budget of the State Department in his proposed budget, because diplomacy is necessarily a large part of the U.S. security agenda.


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