In his conversations with the Russian officials, Trump appeared to be boasting about his knowledge of the looming threats, telling them he was briefed on "great intel every day", an official with knowledge of the exchange said, according to the Post.
Tillerson said in an interview that aired Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that the Arizona lawmaker was well within his rights to criticize him and listed what he viewed as the USA values that "can never change".
The question about the meeting emerged after the Washington Post said Trump might have shared with Lavrov and the Russian ambassador to US Sergey Kislyak some top secret information about the terrorist group Islamic State (outlawed in Russia). In an interview with the NBC television network, Rex Tillerson confirmed that Washington-Moscow relations reached "the lowest level of all time after the end of the Cold War and the level of trust is very low". "It's going to take some time".
"We have such a broad range of important issues that have to be addressed in the US-Russia relationship".
The Kremlin denies it interfered in the election. I understand what his objectives are. Moreover, it is considered "so sensitive" that its parts were not notified not only allies, but also some members of the U.S. government.
Russian Federation has yet to collect much of what it hoped for from the Trump administration, including the lifting of USA sanctions and recognition of its annexation of Crimea.
"I make a distinction between values and policy", Tillerson said on Meet the Press. "You can not start with a clean state", Tillerson said.
"We're starting with the slate we have and all the problems that are on that slate". They are part of everything we do. "You cannot reset, you cannot erase the past, you cannot start with a clean slate and we're not trying to start with a clean slate", he said. "And I think if we are successful in achieving our ultimate diplomatic and national security objectives, we will create the conditions for the advancement of freedom in countries all over the world".
"And there are a large number of issues that we have to get around to addressing in order to put this relationship back together if that is indeed possible", he said.