President Trump on Sunday questioned why he would label China a "currency manipulator" when they are working with the U.S.to deal with North Korea.
Tillerson held talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said in an interview published on April 12 that the level of trust between the two countries had "most likely deteriorated" since Trump took office in January.
"We will see what happens!" But the recent USA missile strike on a Syrian airbase in response to an apparent chemical attack, and the use of the "mother of all bombs" to destroy ISIS tunnels in Afghanistan seem to veer from that focus.
"According to the Russian constitution, we can not strip anyone of citizenship", Putin told Mir television station. "We are holding consultations with our lawyers and I think that such decisions will be made in the very near future".
"The only way to avoid a new Cold War, avoid the arms race, and avoid increasing tensions is to continue to engage Russian Federation in a political dialogue and to make sure that what we do is defensive and proportionate in response to a more assertive Russian Federation".
United States manufacturers and Trump supporters who wanted tough talk on U.S. trading partners could be disappointed that the President declined to use the label following his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The comment was Trump's first in response to a failed missile test by North Korea overnight. The countries - China, Japan, Germany, South Korea, Taiwan and Switzerland - were the same six named in the last currency report issued by the Obama administration in October.
Trump and White House aides have pointed to Beijing's move to restrict coal imports from North Korea as a sign it's listening to Trump. Beyond the expanding ledger of disagreements, Trump has limited ability to offer Moscow concessions at a time US investigators are examining if Russian agents and Trump campaign associates colluded to help the billionaire businessman win last year's presidential election.