You might have expected the first press conference in Moscow featuring both a Trump administration official and a Russian official to be something of a victory lap. After all, Trump was Russia’s preferred candidate in the 2016 election; he had promised to realign US foreign policy to work with Moscow. He even picked Rex Tillerson, an oil magnate and a man to whom Vladimir Putin personally awarded a Russian state medal, to be secretary of state.
But you’d be wrong. Secretary Tillerson’s Wednesday afternoon press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was a tense, awkward affair at which the two …read more