Trump and Vice
President-elect Mike Pence appeared together at a VIP dinner
featuring nearly 150 diplomats from countries around the world
along with U.S. lawmakers and members of the Trump White House
who will take power on Friday.
"I think it's tougher than he thought," Trump told the crowd,
noting that Tillerson was in attendance. "He goes into a
country, takes the oil, goes into another country. It's tough
dealing with these politicians, right? He's going to be so
incredible," Trump said.
Tillerson has faced tough questions from some senators about his
warm ties to Russia as a top U.S. oil executive. U.S. Senator
Marco Rubio of Florida, a Republican, has said he might vote
At the black-tie dinner, both Trump and Pence sought to reassure
countries that might be concerned about the "America First"
agenda they plan to pursue that could lead to rewriting the NATO
alliance and trade deals.
"The truth is and this may be news to many of you but I'm not
sure that the national media here in America completely
understands the president-elect," Pence said in introducing
"He's going to stand tall on the world stage," Pence added.
"Donald Trump will be a president who puts American first but we
will work every day with nations around the world to advance the
peace and prosperity of our allies and our friends across the
(Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
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