Tillerson unaware of White House 'person of interest' in Russia probe

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, at a news conference in Saudi Arabia Saturday, May 20th said he had no knowledge about a "person of interest" in the Trump administration, following a Washington Post story that said a current White House official close to President Donald Trump was a significant "person of interest" in the investigation into possible ties with Russia.

The fallout followed Trump to Riyadh but did nothing to cool the welcome he received by the royal Saudi family.

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (C) attends a signing ceremony between U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (not pictured) at the Royal Court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
US First Lady Melania Trump (L) and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R) chat with Saudi Crown Prince and Minister of Interior, Muhammad bin Nayef Abdulaziz, at the Saudi Royal Court in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
During remarks to reporters about his meeting with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef (3rd R), U.S. President Donald Trump turns to shake hands with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (2nd L) at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump (2nd L) and his delegation, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L), Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (3rd L), senior advisor Jared Kushner and chief economic advisor Gary Cohn sit down to meet with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Saudi delegation at the Royal Court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir (R) and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrive for a press conference following a bilateral meeting in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE (Photo credit should read FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (C) joins U.S. President Donald Trump's delegation for meetings with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at the Royal Court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir (R) and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hold a press conference following a bilateral meeting in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE (Photo credit should read FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (C), shakes hands with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) during a bilateral meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayif bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (R) at a hotel in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
(From L) White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, US President Donald Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross take part in bilateral meeting with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud at the Saudi Royal Court in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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King Salman bin Abdulaziz greeted Trump on a red carpet as he stepped off Air Force One, shaking the hand of his wife, Melania, and riding in the U.S. presidential limousine.

Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, the Vatican and Belgium has been billed by the White House as a chance to visit places sacred to three of the world's major religions, while giving Trump time to meet with Arab, Israeli and European leaders.

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