Not only does this situation leave the public narrative of the meetings up to the Chinese foreign ministry as well as Korea’s and Japan’s, but it gives the American people no window whatsoever into the views and actions of the nation’s leaders. And the offer to help those reporters who want to travel unilaterally is wholly unrealistic, given the commercial flight schedules, visa issues and no guarantee of access once they are there.But the issues go beyond just the March 14-19 trip and affect the day-to-day coverage of the nation’s top diplomat and U.S. relations with the rest of the world.
Not bringing press on a trip like that is unusual & insulting to any American who is looking for anything but a state-run version of events— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 9, 2017
BOOKER: You will bring press corps with you as you travel overseas, and you will commit to having those regular interactions with, uh, with the press?TILLERSON: If confirmed, I will look into what would be appropriate to take. I've not — I've not gotten that far in my thinking.BOOKER: Okay. And, and, uh, so you haven't thought through about issues of accountability and transparency.TILLERSON: I have thought through issues of accountability and transparency. Your question was the size of my press corps, I think.BOOKER: No, sir, it was not. My question was access of the media and the public to the work of the secretary of state.TILLERSON: We want to ensure at all times, if confirmed, that the secretary of state and the State Department is fully transparent with the public.