Trump wants to rebuild ties with Moscow: Tillerson

Despite New Zealand's differences with the United States Prime Minister Bill English should make it very clear that

Tillerson was also asked about relations with Russian Federation, and said that while the relationship was not good at the moment, President Trump had asked him to engage with the country and ignore the current scandals about collusion.

"He's been quite clear with me to proceed at whatever pace and in the areas I think we might make progress", Tillerson said from Wellington, New Zealand.

The Trump administration has been stepping up efforts to rally worldwide support for driving up pressure on the North.

Two Congressional intelligence committees and the FBI are investigating into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Around 150 placard-waving protesters have thrown water-filled condoms at an effigy of Donald Trump, objecting to his withdrawal from the Paris climate deal and calling on Bill English to take a stronger stand.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson carries an umbrella in the rain as he steps off his plane in Wellington, New Zealand, June 6, 2017.

At a press conference, Bill English said: "New Zealanders have for a long time not liked various presidents of the USA and disagreed with their views about our anti-nuke policies for 30 years - but that doesn't prevent us confirming our shared values and cooperating with them on security and defence".

Tillerson's New Zealand stopover came after he visited Australia with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

Trump might have got an amnesty from English on Twitter, but there was no invitation for him to visit in the diplomatic bag returning with Tillerson - English said it was too close to the election. (New Zealanders didn't exactly greet Tillerson with a lot of warmth after that decision).

"Defeating them on the battlefield will not end this", Tillerson said.

"So I don't think anyone should interpret that the US has somehow stepped away from these issues or is seeking to isolate itself", he said.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shakes hands with Prime Minister Bill English during a press conference at Premier House on June 6, 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand.

Asked about Trump's love of Twitter, Tillerson said it was up to him.

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