Tillerson Tells State Department Employees Budget Cut Reflects New Priorities

Tillerson Tells State Department Employees Budget Cut Reflects New Priorities

The State Department reportedly allowed only one reporter - from a conservative media outlet - to fly with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Asia after initially telling journalists there wasn't any room for the press.

The State Department rejected the idea McPike was acting a a pool correspondent, the Examiner reported.

"The level of spending that the State Department has been undertaking, in particular this past year, is simply not sustainable", Tillerson said."As time goes by, there will be fewer military conflicts that the USA will be directly engaged in".

Several of our members have traveled commercially to meet Secretary Tillerson on the ground in Asia.

Tillerson arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday for the first leg of the trip, which is occurring amid escalating tensions with North Korea. "We will also make every effort to include a contingent of media on the Secretary's plane going forward".

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News organizations pay the USA government for the cost of their travel. "We expect that the diplomatic press corps will be afforded access to Secretary Tillerson equal to that given to the reporter on the plane".

Tillerson admitted it would be challenging but said he accepted that challenge "willingly".

The nine-sentence letter, emailed to State employees as Tillerson was traveling in Asia, came shortly after the administration released a blueprint of plans to cut more than $10 billion, or 28 percent, out of the core budget for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

"It was made a decision to take a journalist who was not, or from an outlet that doesn't normally travel with the secretary, as part of an effort to include a broader representation of the U.S. media", added Toner, who also served under former president Barack Obama. In rare cases, particularly late in a secretary's tenure, some news outlets have declined, such as former Secretary John Kerry's December 2016 trip to Saudi Arabia.

Before founding IJR, Skatell worked for the National Republican Senatorial Committee and for the Republican Governors Association, according to his LinkedIn profile.

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