Tillerson: US committed to 'One China' policy, also Taiwan

Castro asked Tillerson to account for a series of occasions when his foreign policy statements were at odds with the President's, including a recent incident where President Trump seemed to praise Gulf nations for their isolation of Qatar, just hours after Tillerson said the blockade was hampering U.S. military efforts against ISIS.

"We have been very clear with them that this [practice of paying terrorists] is simply not acceptable to us", he added. "We're not going to set this burden down", Tillerson said.

Though Israeli and Palestinian leaders are now disputing the account, Tillerson made the comments in a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"Even with reductions in funding, we will continue to be the leader in worldwide development, global health, democracy and good governance initiatives, and humanitarian efforts", Mr. Tillerson said in prepared testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"They have changed their policy", Tillerson said, referring to the Palestinians.

"I'm deeply concerned with the direction that President Trump appears to intend to take the country and the world", Cardin said in his opening remarks.

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"My concern today, quite frankly, is that your Administration will go down in the history books as being "present at the destruction" of that order we have worked so hard to support and that has so benefited our security and prosperity and ideals", Cardin said.

"We want to see further steps taken on this issue", the official said.

But within hours of Mr Tillerson's statement, both Israeli and Palestinian officials said he was wrong. What I appreciate is what you're doing today is bringing forth a debate that we've needed to have for a long time and that is not focusing on everything we can do but what we should be doing as a nation. Is this a deliberate strategy?

Several senators planned to question Tillerson even more closely about his view of relations with Moscow. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

"If they think that we're somehow willing to relax the sanctions on them before they've complied with the Minsk framework and left Crimea, I think it just will encourage Putin to continue his bullying", Engel said. "I think we're really leaning in to USA leadership" to make clear "we're going to continue in this leadership role, but you, our allies, must do your share". "That's part of the conversation that we've been trying to stimulate". I would tell you, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is a flawless example, and you're well aware of the demands we've been making of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members.

Tillerson said it was possible that the Ukrainian government could come to an agreement with Moscow outside the structure of the 2015 accord.

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