Tillerson to skip North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels next month

Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon is supposed to represent the USA at the April Nato summit.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has written to the leaders of the U.S. Senate urging them to approve Montenegro's bid to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, saying it is "strongly in the interest of the United States", media reported on March 21.

So far he has navigated his first official trip to meet with G20 foreign ministers in Bonn, Germany in mid February, a March trip to Asia where he shored up America's relationship with China, and a Trump budget that proposes to slash $10bn (£8bn) from his department.

The Nato summit is scheduled for 5-6 April, but the State Department confirmed that Mr Tillerson would meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at President Trump's Florida club, Mar-a-Lago, from 6-7 April. US officials also said Tillerson would visit Russian Federation later in April.

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The secretary of state has had a rough first few weeks on the job. "This is something to be worked out, no problem", Mr. Mattis told reporters shortly before a Tuesday meeting with Finnish Defense Minister Jussi Niinisto at the Defense Department.

President Donald Trump chose Tillerson in December, just over a month after Trump's surprise election victory.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg refused to address questions concerning Mr. Tillerson's schedule before a meeting with Mr. Mattis at the Pentagon earlier in the day, saying only, "I think we all understand that in times of turmoil, in times of uncertainty, the need for strong worldwide institutions like NATO is even greater". The dilemma facing the IJR is that its growth as a receptacle for pro-Trump gossip has endeared it to the White House, which, in turn, has generated opportunities to appear more like a non-terrible website. That initial decision to skip the ministerial in order to attend bilateral talks with Russian Federation sparked outcry from some House Democrats on the chamber's intelligence and foreign relations committees.

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