Tillerson declares he's comfortable in job _ and with Trump

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Tillerson also revealed that Trump told Lavrov when the two met in the Oval Office in May that "we need some good news" from Moscow.

Tillerson said the US Congress decision to pass the sanctions bill had made attempts to thaw ties "more hard", but that "all the indications are" that Trump will sign it. But its mission was expanded, along with the fresh funding, at the end of past year in light of Russia's election meddling and to counter messages from governments in such nations as China, Iran and North Korea.

Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov said it is important that the U.S. president is thinking about the current situation and prospects for bilateral relations, but his intention to sign the sanctions bill into law contradicts the building of ties.

Tillerson added that the sanctions may hinder attempts at restoring the relationship between the two counties.

The assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere, covering Latin America and Canada, could play an outsized role in US foreign policy given the Donald Trump administration's fixation on immigration issues from Latin America, trade deals with its closest neighbors, and the unraveling crisis in Venezuela.

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"Hammond said the secretary is in the process of working through disagreements with Russian Federation, and this is not consistent with what we're trying to do", the former senior State official told Politico. "Does it make our lives more hard?"

He said this at a briefing in Washington on Tuesday, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. "Of course it makes our life more hard".

Tillerson defended his plans to reorganize the State Department - a process that will likely see steep budget and staffing cuts - as necessary to keep the agency relevant in the 21st century.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is sitting on almost $80 million set aside for the State Department to combat propaganda from Russian Federation and terrorists groups - and most of it will expire if he doesn't act soon. "There's a lot of unexpected things that happen to us in the world of diplomacy and we know how to adapt to that, we know how work with it". "We have differences, but I think if we're not having those differences I'm not sure that I am serving him". The criticisms have fed rumors that he is frustrated about sparring with the White House over policy and complaints within the department he is trying to "redesign" for the 21st century, and that has considered resigning.

"Anytime you have a dramatic change in the administration like we had six months ago, there are going to be individuals who struggle with that", he said.

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