Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is skipping a major NATO summit in Brussels and meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Washington, D.C. instead. The move has been described as "unprecedented" by a former US ambassador to NATO and "an unmitigated disaster" by another NATO expert. American allies have expressed concern that America is beginning to show they are not as committed to the NATO alliance and Tillerson's skipping of the conference and meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin later in April before he is set to meet with any of the NATO allies again.
Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of State, apparently lied under oath during his confirmation hearing when he was asked if he or Exxon Mobile had ever directly lobbied against sanctions imposed on Russia. Tillerson responded that he has "never lobbied against sanctions [on Russia]," and that "[t]o my knowledge, Exxon never directly lobbied against sanctions.” Committee chairman Sen. Bob Corker interrupted Tillerson and reminded him that "you called me at the time [Russia sanctions were being debated]."