US President Donald Trump has cooled some of his previous foreign policy rhetoric overnight but admitted relations with Russia may have taken a turn for the worse in recent days.
After hosting Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, Trump said the organisation was “no longer obsolete” and the White House will do more to help its partners in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Trump has previously said the US pays an unfair amount into Nato and has questioned its purpose.
The US commander-in-chief said at a joint press conference: "They made a change... now they do fight terrorism.
"I said it [Nato] was obsolete. It's no longer obsolete," Trump added according to reports by the BBC.
Trump remarked relations with the Kremlin “may be at an all-time low”, while Putin told Russian TV the level of trust between the two nations had “not improved but has rather deteriorated”.
Tillerson’s meeting with both the Russian premier and foreign minister Sergei Lavrov was set against a backdrop of increasing tensions ramped up after the White House launched a missile strike at long-term Russian ally Syria last week.
Despite reports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons as part of the country’s civil war, Russia has refused to budge on its support and condemn the country’s leader. Instead, it has questioned the reports, with Lavrov most recently questioning whether the reports had been faked by Assad’s enemies.
Meanwhile back in the US, reports in the Wall Street Journal revealed a softening of Trump’s stance towards China and its currency.
In an interview with the US newspaper, Trump refused to label China a currency manipulator, despite having previously promised to do so when taking office.
"I think our dollar is getting too strong and partially that's my fault because people have confidence in me," Trump said.