Tillerson handles outreach to allies upset over Jerusalem
When President Donald Trump announced US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was an ocean away in Europe. At Trump's side was Vice President Mike Pence, who will represent the administration on a Mideast trip later this month.
The secretary's absence was deliberate, but administration officials argue it didn't reflect the narrative of Trump-Tillerson tension that has enthralled Washington -- even though the top US diplomat opposed the announcement. As the President unveiled his decision -- one that foreign and religious leaders, current and former officials, and Mideast and security analysts say could alienate allies and disrupt the region -- administration and State Department officials said Tillerson had been mak...
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