Trump’s Tillerson Opens Door on TPP, “I do not oppose.” China’s “illegal” island-building. @gordongchang. @michaelauslin, @aei.

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01-11-2017

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Trump’s Tillerson Opens Door on TPP, “I do not oppose.” China’s “illegal” island-building. @gordongchang. @michaelauslin, @aei.

“Tillerson said he wasn't against TPP, a massive trade pact that Trump condemned as he made staunch opposition to free trade deals a centerpiece of his presidential campaign.

"I do not oppose" TPP, Tillerson told the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee. "I share some of (Trump's) views regarding whether the agreement that was negotiated serves all of America's interests the best."

Tillerson also blasted Russia's invasion of Ukraine as an "illegal action" -- something Trump hasn't done -- and said he even would have sent the country defensive weapons to use against Moscow.

In a striking exchange, Tillerson admitted that he'd only spoken to the President-elect about world affairs in general terms, and that they haven't discussed Russian policy, telling the Senate panel "that has not yet occurred."

And he took steps in his opening remarks to strike an overall tougher line on Moscow than Trump has to date, saying, "Russia must know that we will be accountable to our commitments and those of our allies, and that Russia must be held to account for its actions."

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/11/politics/tillerson-confirmation-hearing/

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