Tillerson Not Using $80M to Fight ISIS, Russian Propaganda

Tillerson Not Using $80M to Fight ISIS, Russian Propaganda

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia August 5 to August 9, the State Department said on Tuesday.

The money to combat Russian misinformation was set aside by Congress late a year ago for the State Department's Global Engagement Center.

The Kremlin-backed news site Sputnik compares the Global Engagement Center to the Ministry of Truth from George Orwell's 1984, and Hammond told Politico the secretary of state did not want to upset Russian Federation while trying to find common ground on Syria and other matters.

Most of the money - $60 million - was earmarked for the State Department's Global Engagement Center and has been sitting with the Pentagon, and it will expire if it is not transferred before September 30.

It is highly unusual for a Cabinet secretary to turn down money for his department. The slow moving of the money could just be how Tillerson operates. Turning to Asia، Tillerson said the U.S.is willing to sit down for talks with North Korea on the condition that they give up on their pursuit of nuclear weapons.

"This is an extraordinary example of the dysfunction that is ripping through the State Department".

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"What we're seeing is a small group of people with very thin knowledge making all the decisions in a very centralized and isolated process". That's stoked new tensions between Tillerson and the White House in the past; Tillerson reportedly blew up at White House aides last month after they torpedoed his pick for a new envoy to east Asia. Multiple officials said Tillerson is aware of funding requests from the unit to unlock the money.

"Hammond said the secretary is in the process of working through disagreements with Russian Federation, and this is not consistent with what we're trying to do", the former senior State official told Politico.

Trump and Tillerson have been shown little interest in repudiating Russian Federation for the election cyberattacks that have been reported by multiple USA intelligence agencies.

While Tillerson will no doubt seek to make progress the Trump administration's top priorities, at the outset it is important to recognize that in engaging regional interlocutors, he, like other top officials, is likely to face a barrage of questions about the administration's approach to Asia and the wider world.

Tillerson is scheduled to participate in a series of meetings involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Manila starting Saturday. At a House Committee on Armed Services hearing in March, several experts said US counter-propaganda efforts are disjointed and lack a strategy tailored to specific threats.

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