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Tillerson says Trump 'speaks for himself' about Charlottesville

Rex Tillerson on Fox News Sunday

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson distanced himself from President Trump's controversial responses to the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, while speaking with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.

"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," Tillerson said in reference to Charlottesville. "And the president's values?" Wallace replied. "The president speaks for himself, Chris," Tillerson answered.

The secretary of state did not accede to Wallace's suggestion that Trump's words complicated U.S. diplomatic efforts abroad. Watch Tillerson's comments in context below, and read The Week's Simon Maloy for more on why Trump's remarks were so widely condemned. Bonnie Kristian