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Shane Savitsky Mar 21, 2017
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Tillerson to skip NATO meeting, visit Russia next month

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will skip what would be his first NATO meeting in Brussels next month to attend President Trump's get-together with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago and will head to Russia at the end of April, per Reuters, citing 4 current and former U.S. officials.

Why it matters: The news comes at the end of a day where the headlines were dominated by House testimony from FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers about Russian interference in the presidential elections and ties to the Trump campaign. Trump has previously criticized NATO and called for its members to contribute more for their own defense.