Did Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Just Turn on Trump?

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Zach Gibson  Getty Images  AFP

In an extraordinary exchange at the tail end of his "Fox News Sunday" interview this morning, Tillerson pointedly, and repeatedly, isolated Trump's despicable responses to the white supremacist terror in Charlottesville, Virginia, from his own, and from "American values".

In response, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination took the unusual step to call out the U.S. for its "failure at the highest political level to unequivocally reject racist violent events".

WALLACE: And the presidents values?

"And the President's values?" anchor Chris Wallace asked. 'We represent the American people.

Trump has been under fire due to his failure to immediately condemn the recent tragedy in Charlotesville، in which a driver plowed into demonstrators protesting against white supremacists، killing a young woman and injuring almost 20 others. But his words are particularly hard-hitting when you consider that they came mere days after economic adviser Gary Cohn said he drafted a resignation letter because he was so upset by Trump's post-Charlottesville remarks.

Rex Tillerson, usually discrete on the scene of domestic policy, has not explicitly denounced these statements.

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Tillerson said the nation's commitment to fighting racial injustice was unquestioned.

When Wallace asked if Tillerson was distancing himself from Trump's comments on Charlottesville, Tillerson said he shared his opinion in a State Department speech last week. A United Nations committee this week criticized the Trump administration for, quote, its failure at the highest political level to unequivocally reject and condemn the racist violent events and demonstrations.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday seemed to dismiss the credibility of President Donald Trump's rhetoric.

Tillerson is rumoured to be considering an early exit from the administration, though the state department has denied reports of his potential departure. We represent American values, our commitment to freedom, our commitment to equal treatment to people the world over and that message has never changed.

Tillerson previously condemned hate speech and bigotry more broadly as un-American and antithetical to the values on which the United States was founded and promotes overseas. Rogers, an expert on former Nicaragua dictator Daniel Ortega, stated that he sees similarities between the USA leader and Latin American presidents who stay in power for extended periods.

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