Media protests after Tillerson takes only one reporter to Japan

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Speaking at a news conference during his visit to Japan, Tillerson said, as quoted by media, that the current level of spending at the State Department was "unsustainable", going on to add that the cut was based on expectations that the US will reduce its participation in military conflicts in the future, while its allies become more active in humanitarian aid distribution and disaster relief - the budget cut will also affect USAID.

Tillerson, who became the top US diplomat under Republican President Donald Trump in February, travelled to Mexico and Germany last month with a small contingent of journalists, including a "pool" reporter who informed colleagues of Tillerson's statements or actions. "I'm not saying this is going to be the norm going forward". News organizations reimburse the government for transport and logistics, so there's no cost to taxpayers.

Tillerson said on Thursday that he's ready to take on Trump's "challenge" to slash the budget at the State Department.

The State Department claimed that the press corps could not be accommodated because Tillerson opted for a smaller plane to save money.

Some of those beat reporters are flying commercially, trying to keep up with Tillerson. She was also briefly part of the team that covered the 2016 election campaign for Reuters.

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The State Department Correspondents Association said in a statement that it was "disappointed" in the decision for Tillerson to bring only one reporter on the trip, but would continue to work with the State Department to address concerns.

The trip is taking place amid escalating tensions with North Korea. In 2014, Skatell told The New York Times he wanted to start a site after observing a gap in reaching "a more mainstream centre-right audience". I spent seven years traveling with Secretaries Hillary Clinton and John Kerry for Bloomberg News and can vouch that the charges to newsrooms were colossal - upwards of $10,000 for a four-city trip to Asia.

For decades, secretaries of state have almost always invited media to travel with them.

The association was responding to the revelation Tuesday that Mr. Tillerson had chosen to be accompanied by a White House correspondent from the Independent Journal Review (IJR), a digital news outlet founded in 2012 by former Republican political operatives, according to Reuters.

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