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

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, speaking March 16 in Japan in one of his first press availabilities since becoming America's top diplomat, offered support for a Trump administration proposal to slash the State Department's budget by nearly 30%.

The conservative-leaning outlet, which bills itself as a digitally savvy news source for millennials, has 35 million monthly readers and more than 50 reporters, according to its website. Because she is not a member of the press pool, she likely will not be sharing information with the rest of the press corps.

Cavusoglu said during a live TV interview that he and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would meet Tillerson in two weeks, reports Anadolu news agency.

The decision stirred complaints because it broke with decades of tradition and may impede news coverage of Tillerson's foreign policy moves.

The travel offer came from the State Department, and "after editorial consultation, McPike accepted the seat", he said.

It is not yet clear, however whether Trump and Tillerson have significant policy differences or if he can defend his department against some of Trump's closest aides such as Steve Bannon who want to dismantle parts of the federal government and limit USA engagement with the world, said three of the current and former officials.

"He is making a very sensible calculation", said a former US official, noting that Congress, not the president, holds the purse strings.

The former Exxon Mobil Corp CEO faces multiple challenges in his unfamiliar role as chief U.S. diplomat, including a boss in U.S. President Donald Trump who makes unpredictable policy pronouncements and does not take kindly to criticism or contradiction, said four current officials. While she has years of experience covering Washington, she is not a State Department beat reporter.

White House officials vetoed Elliot Abrams, Tillerson's choice for deputy secretary, the department's second-highest post, one of the current officials said.

Of course, the MSNBC talking heads weren't impressed with Tillerson's statements and lamented what the cuts would do the agency's "morale".


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