Rex Tillerson Meets Russian Counterpart in First Trip as Top U.S. Diplomat

BONN, Germany — By the time Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson decided that he wanted to join his counterparts at an important global gathering in Bonn — his first trip overseas as America’s top diplomat — all the good hotel rooms in this small German city had been taken.

So Mr. Tillerson and his entourage of temporary State Department helpers took rooms at a rambling health clinic next to a public bathhouse in the picturesque town of Bad Neuenahr, more than 20 miles outside of the city — a bit like holing up in Beltsville, Md., for a conference in Washington, D.C.

The remoteness of the location, though, fit with the growing distance between the Trump administration and its European counterparts on such issues as immigration, refugees, defense and trade.

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