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MORNING BRIEF: Tillerson says Trump wants him to focus on US-Russia relations despite probes

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that the U.S. relationship with Russia is at a low point, and he was directed by President Trump to rebuild the relationship and not allow the political turmoil over possible Russian ties to the Trump campaign to impede his task.

Tillerson, who was in Wellington, New Zealand, said he couldn't comment on the details of the Russia investigations or whether they could bring down the administration because "I have no direct knowledge."

'THE STORY' 

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt defended the Trump administration's decision to withdraw from the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change Monday night, dismissing the accord as "all hat and no cattle."  (WATCH INTERVIEW)

WATCH FOX BUSINESS' 'VARNEY & COMPANY' TODAY AT 9:45 AM ET FOR AN INTERVIEW WITH PRUITT

'HANNITY': THERE'S A CREDIBILITY CRISIS AT CNN 

NO 'WAR ROOM'?

President Trump’s White House has decided against setting up a war room to respond to the flood of revelations related to the FBI and congressional Russia investigations, Politico reported, citing four advisers close to Trump.

Trump has decided that media inquires would best be handled by his outside lawyer in New York instead of a team inside the White House, the magazine reported late Tuesday.

CHAFFETZ: I WORRY THAT COMEY WILL DODGE QUESTIONS

TUCKER: OUR LEADERS HELP FANATICS WHO HATE OUR WAY OF LIFE

'SPECIAL REPORT' HOW COMEY'S TESTIMONY COULD BE TURNING POINT FOR TRUMP

PLUGGING THE LEAK

A federal contractor was arrested over the weekend and accused of leaking a classified report containing "Top Secret level" information on Russian hacking efforts during the 2016 presidential election.

IMAMS REFUSE 

Over 130 Muslim religious leaders have refused to say funeral prayers for the terrorists who took part Saturday’s London Bridge attack, a decision that was seen as “unprecedented” because the ritual is usually performed on the deceased no matter his past actions.

'HANNITY' DR. GORKA: WE'RE NOT GOING TO PUT UP WITH THIS

COMING UP ON FOX NEWS CHANNEL

8: 35 AM ET: Vice President Pence delivers remarks at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington. Watch live on FoxNews.com

12:45 PM ET: Treasury Secretary Mnuchin addresses leaders from the private & public sectors at the US-China Business Council's Annual Meeting. Capital Hilton. Watch live on FoxNews.com

COMING UP ON FOX BUSINESS

8:30 AM ET: Tomas Hoenig, FDIC chairman, will be on 'Mornings With Maria'

8:50 AM ET: Kip Moore, country singer, will be on 'Mornings With Maria'

4 PM ET: Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, will be on "After the Bell"