Published: Thu, March 16, 2017
Health Care | By Kelly Miles

United States won't participate in UN Right Council without reforms

United States won't participate in UN Right Council without reforms

And there's little reason to think that this will be the last time Tillerson - or another member of the administration - ditches the press in favor of hand-picking a reporter from a right-wing outlet who has proved willing to play ball. "We could not accommodate press", Toner told reporters. North Korea's missile program is getting quicker and smarter, threatening the United States and its two key East Asian allies - Japan and South Korea.

"We don't take this opportunity lightly and recognize the controversy surrounding press access for the trip", IJR founder and chief executive Alex Skatell said in the statement, adding that Ms. McPike had previously been "persistent in requesting an interview with Secretary Tillerson".

Weighing in so heavily on one side of the political spectrum overseas ostracizes many foreign citizens who have traditionally supported strong relations with the U.S., Lee said.

The reporter who was invited on the trip, IJR's Erin McPike, has yet to file any stories about the trip.

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State Department spokesman Mark C. Toner told reporters that he did not want "to speak or address specifics of any correspondence" between Tillerson and the nonprofits mentioned in the report.

The department originally had said Tillerson would not take journalists with him as he was traveling on a small plane. According to the association, several reporters "have traveled commercially to meet Secretary Tillerson on the ground in Asia". That personal preference apparently outweighed any responsibility the secretary feels about providing the press with access.

The State Department reportedly declined to confirm whether there would be any reporters on Tillerson's plane hours before the former Exxon Mobile Corp. Part of the rationale is that this is "a cost-saving measure" because news outlets only "pay a degree" of the costs associated with sending journalists to travel with the secretary. An official explained that the delegation would be flying on a smaller plane than normal and that press access would be limited.

Before founding IJR, Skatell worked for the National Republican Senatorial Committee and for the Republican Governors Association, according to his LinkedIn profile.

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