President Trump's loss in confidence in former FBI Director, James Comey, resulted in his employment termination.The US Secretary of State in response had this to say to NBC's "Meet the Press".
"I am devoted to helping the president achieve his objectives… and I understand I have to earn his confidence every day with how I go about those affairs and how I go about conducting the State Department's activities consistent with the direction he wants to take the country."
Trump reportedly demanded a loyalty pledge from Comey in late January, however, when questioned about this the President denied the report. "No, I didn't.But I don't think it would be a bad question to ask," he told Fox News.
"I will never compromise my own values," Tillerson told NBC, "And my values are those of the country." So as long as the President's objectives equally align with these values, he is willing to continually assure the president of his ability.
The Secretary went on to address other current pressing issues involving the US and other foreign relations and commented on the state of the relationship between Moscow and the United States.He stated that the idea of a reset or a refresh, both ideas pushed forward by president Obama and George W.Bush was misguided.
"You cannot erase the past," he said. "You cannot start with a clean slate."
Therefore the issues between the two countries need to be addressed to ensure that both nations could advance in their relations.He has no doubt that Russia meddled in the US elections, but instead of being the major focus, this he believes is just one of the wider range of issues that needs to be addressed between both countries.
He also commented on the move of the U.S.Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem which was one of the pledges the President made during his campaign.
The President has since backed away from this pledge, but Tillerson says it is commendable as it is crucial for President Trump at this time to exercise caution in determining how such a decision would impact the peace process."
Palestinians are of the argument that "moving the embassy would prejudice one of the most sensitive issues in the conflict and undermine America's status as an effective mediator" while Israel "claimed that moving the embassy would be good for peace."