It’s been nearly two weeks since President Trump refused to blame white supremacists for the violence that took place at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and he’s still — rightfully — receiving criticism for his callous remarks about “both sides” being responsible.
Last week, Anastasia Crickley, the Chairperson of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), said the committee was “alarmed” by the “racist demonstrations” that have taken place recently in the U.S. She also called on the Trump administration to “investigate thoroughly the phenomenon of racial discrimination targeting, in particular, people of African descent, ethnic or ethno-religious minorities, and migrants.”
On Sunday, during an interview with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Fox News’ Chris Wallace brought up this statement and asked Tillerson if Trump’s questionable values are making it difficult for him to “push American values around the world.”
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Tillerson said in response to this question:
‘Chris, we express America’s values from the State Department. We represent the American people. We represent America’s values, our commitment to freedom, our commitment to equal treatment of people the world over, and that message has never changed.’
Not satisfied with Tillerson’s generic comment, Wallace pressed him further when he made the following observation:
‘And when the president gets into the kind of controversy he does, and the U.N. committee responds the way it does, it seems to say they begin to doubt whether we’re living those values.’
To this, Tillerson said, without addressing Trump’s values specifically:
‘I don’t believe anyone doubts the American people’s values, or the commitment of the American government or the government’s agencies to advancing those values and defending those values.’
After this, Wallace asked directly:
‘And the president’s values?’
Backed into a corner, Tillerson simply said:
‘The president speaks for himself, Chris.’
Wallace then asked Tillerson if he was separating himself from the president. The secretary of state didn’t give a direct answer and instead referred to the speech he recently delivered to the State Department condemning bigotry and hatred.
‘I’ve made my own comments as to our values as well in a speech I gave to the State Department this past week.’
Watch Tillerson’s comments in the video below, available via Twitter.
Many people were stunned by Tillerson’s hesitation to talk about Trump’s values, and they didn’t hesitate to express their surprise on Twitter.
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.
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