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>> And we view there are->> The US Secretary of State has asked NATO to reschedule what would be his first summit in April after it was revealed he initially planned to skip the meeting. All 28 members of the alliance are supposed to be there. But US officials say Rex Tillerson plans to join President Donald Trump for meetings with China's president in Florida instead, before heading to Moscow later in the month.
A former NATO official said the alliance had initially offered to change the date for him, but was denied by the State Department. Reuters' Arshad Mohammed says that initial snub has put NATO countries on edge.>> Look, a lot of European countries look at this and they're afraid that Rex Tillerson is metaphorically flying over Brussels to go deal with Moscow.
That makes them uneasy. It makes them think that their concerns are secondary and that the United States is more interested in dealing with Russia than it is in dealing with it's treaty partners.>> News of the trip coming as the head of the FBI confirmed to Congress that the Bureau is investigating, not only Russia's interference to the 2016 election, but any possible connections to the Trump campaign itself.
Trump has denied any ties to Russia.>> I have no loans in Russia.>> But he's also repeatedly questioned the alliance created to deter Russian aggression.>> They're just taking advantage. They're not putting up their fair share.>> If you are a small country like Lithuania or Latvia or Estonia, the Baltics, for the United States Secretary of State to skip the meeting and go to Moscow later in the month makes people think well gee, maybe they're not that committed to the alliance.
>> NATO's Secretary General on Tuesday met with the US Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, who praised NATO, and said the transatlantic bond is getting stronger. A spokesperson said Tillerson will meet many NATO countries this week to discuss the coalition against Islamic State.