Tillerson Makes First Diplomacy Trip To Asia

Tillerson Makes First Diplomacy Trip To Asia

In the letter, which is addressed to United Nations advocates and human rights group, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says that the US is sceptical about its membership given the fact that other countries with a poor record of human rights are also members, including China, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

According to CNN, he'll need it. Tillerson's first trip to Asia begins Wednesday, as tensions flare in the volatile region.

The website, the Independent Journal Review, said late Tuesday that IJR reporter Erin McPike is the lone journalist accompanying Tillerson to Japan, South Korea and China.

Questioned about the decision this week, acting State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the agency would make "every effort in the future" to have media on Tillerson's plane.

"We don't take this opportunity lightly and recognize the controversy surrounding press access for the trip", it said in a statement. It said accommodations would be made for those who traveled commercially.

The State Department Correspondents Association, which represents reporters who cover USA diplomacy, said in a statement that it was "disappointed" Tillerson chose to travel to Asia without a full contingent of media "or even a pool reporter".

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The department originally had said Tillerson would not take journalists with him as he was traveling on a small plane.

The invitation is a testament to McPike's tenacious, detailed brand of reporting. While she has years of experience covering Washington, she is not a State Department beat reporter.

The State Department reportedly declined to confirm whether there would be any reporters on Tillerson's plane hours before the former Exxon Mobile Corp.

"We may not share a common view on this, given the makeup of the membership", he added.

The Trump administration has told the State Department to cut more than 50 percent of U.S. funding to United Nations programs, according to reports on Monday.

Or Tillerson will switch back to a plane that can accommodate the diplomatic press corps, suggesting that the decision with regard to the Asia trip was arbitrary, meant to send a message to journalists: Act more like McPike, and you, too, can have access to the secretary.

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