State department acting spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement that there was only one seat available on Tillerson’s plane for media.
The US State Department on Monday issued and then deleted a congratulatory message for an Oscar win by a prominent Iranian director who criticised President Donald Trump’s travel ban as “inhumane.”
The US department of homeland security halted refugee resettlement interviews in anticipation of the likely changes in refugee policies under Donald Trump.
According to John Kerry, Yemen’s Houthi group and the Saudi-led coalition agreed to a ceasefire from Thursday.
US President Obama, vice president Joe Biden and defence secretary Ash Carter highlighted the xenophobic nature of Trump’s policies and also criticised his position on US trade policy in the run up to 2016 US presidential elections.
Most of the new US advisers, who will make up the bulk of the new troops, will be Army Special Forces, as are the about 100 advisers now in Iraq.
“For the defeat of ISIL to stick in Iraq and Syria, these badly broken places destroyed by ISIL, pillaged by ISIL, mistreated by ISIL, are going to need to be rebuilt,” US Defence Secretary Carter said.