Tag: Rex Tillerson

Tillerson: U.S. Will Have An Open-Ended Military Presence In Syria

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that 2,000 U.S. troops will remain in Syria, as there are “strategic threats” to the United States beyond the Islamic State. “Iran has dramatically strengthened its presence in Syria […] through its position in Syria, Iran is in a stronger position to extend its track record of attacking…

NYT: WH Plans To Fire Tillerson Will Be Replace By Mike Pompeo

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may soon be fired and replaced with CIA Director Mike Pompeo within weeks, a new bombshell report from The New York Times claims. According to the story, the White House has already developed a plan to force out Tillerson, who has an increasingly strained relationship with President Trump. Pompeo, in…

Rex Tillerson Called Trump a Moron and He’s Furious [VIDEO]

John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, abruptly scrapped plans to travel with President Donald Trump on Wednesday so he could try to contain his boss’s fury and manage the fallout from new revelations about tensions between the president and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, according to six senior administration officials. Kelly summoned Tillerson,…

Tillerson: U.S. Will Respond To Russian Diplomatic Expulsions

After meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Sunday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday said the U.S. would issue its response by Sept. 1 to Moscow’s July 30 announcement that it is expelling 755 U.S. embassy and consulate staff from Russia. Tillerson said he told Lavrov the U.S. hasn’t yet decided how…

U.S. Treasury Fines Exxon $2M for Violating Russia Sanctions

The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday said it’s fining Exxon Mobil Corp $2 million for showing “reckless disregard” for Russia sanctions, the Associated Press reported. Treasury said Exxon subsidiaries signed a deal with Igor Sechin, the chairman of a Russian oil giant, who is on a U.S. blacklist in May 2014. At the time, Secretary…

North Korea Releases Jailed American Student Otto Warmbier

U.S. citizen Otto Warmbier has been released from imprisonment in North Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced Tuesday. The University of Virginia student was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in March 2016 for alleged anti-state acts. Last year, he publicly confessed to stealing a North Korean propaganda banner. Tillerson said he secured…

Russian Minister Jokes About Comey Firing [VIDEO]

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is reacting sarcastically to questions about President Donald Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Lavrov and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson were asked during a photo-op whether Comey’s firing cast a shadow over the meeting between the two diplomats. Lavrov said: “Was he fired? You’re kidding. You’re kidding.”…

Trump: ‘Major, Major’ Conflict With North Korea Possible

In an interview with Reuters on Thursday, President Trump said “there is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea,” but he is hopeful that the U.S. can find other ways to work with the country regarding its nuclear and missile programs. “We’d love to solve things diplomatically,…

U.S. Starts Deploying Controversial Missile Defense System In SK

The U.S. military on Wednesday started moving parts of a controversial missile defense system to a site in South Korea where it will be installed to help protect against threats from North Korea, as tensions rise over Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear weapons programs. Hundreds of local residents protested against the construction of the system, known…

Trump Fox Interview: Assad Is An Animal [VIDEO]

Just a few weeks after sending 500 troops into Syria Trump claimed in his latest interview with Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo that he would not send ground troops into Syria. “We’re not going into Syria, but when I see people using horrible, horrible chemical weapons which they agreed not to use under the Obama administration…

Eric Trump: Nepotism Is ‘A Beautiful Thing’

President Trump’s son Eric doubled down on recent comments, indicating he believes nepotism is a “beautiful thing” days after saying it was “kind of a factor of life.” Eric Trump, who took the reigns of the family business along with his brother Donald Trump Jr., said it made sense to trust family members to look…

Eric Trump: “I’m Sure” Ivanka Influenced Daddy To Launch Syria Strikes

Donald Trump’s decision to bomb Syria was influenced by his daughter, Ivanka, being “heartbroken and outraged” at the country’s alleged chemical weapons attack, one of the president’s sons told a British newspaper. The president launched 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian government air base he alleged was involved in a chemical weapons attack that killed…

Tillerson: Russia Must Choose Between Assad and U.S.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday said Russia must soon choose between its relationship with the U.S. or its relationship with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Tillerson, speaking at the Group of 7 conference, said it still is not clear if Russia failed to take its obligations to Syria seriously or just did a poor…

North Korea Ready For ‘Any Mode Of War’, Trump Threatens N.K. in Tweet

North Korea has warned it will defend itself “by powerful force of arms” against the U.S. Navy, which has angered Pyongyang by deploying a strike group to the Korean Peninsula. North Korea’s foreign ministry on Monday railed against what it described as “reckless moves for invading,” saying the deployment of U.S. forces proves Pyongyang’s nuclear-weapons…

Trump Officials Tell Russia To Stop Supporting Assad

Trump Cabinet members are cautioning Russia to reconsider its relationship with President Bashar al-Assad in the wake of Syrian chemical attacks that killed more than 80 people last week, most of them civilians. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Sunday on Fox News: “I think what we should do is ask Russia: How could it…

Rex Tillerson Asks Russia To Rethink Alliance With Bashar Al-Assad

Speaking to reporters a week before his scheduled trip to Moscow, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday there is “no doubt in our mind” that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government is behind a chemical attack that killed dozens of Syrians on Tuesday, and “it’s time that the Russians really need to think carefully about…

Tillerson: ‘No Comment’ On North Korea After 6th Missile Launch

U.S. officials said Tuesday that North Korea launched a KN-15 missile into the Sea of Japan. This latest test comes days before Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet with President Donald Trump in Florida. The two are expected to discuss North Korea. In response to the latest launch, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a…

Susan Rice Denies ‘Unmasking’ Trump Officials

Former national security adviser Susan Rice denied on Tuesday that she was responsible for “unmasking” the names of top Trump officials, as was claimed in reports on Monday. “I leaked nothing to nobody, and never have and never would,” Rice said on MSNBC. Rice denied that she or any Obama administration official “used intelligence for…

Report: Diplomats Told to ‘Avoid Eye Contact’ With Tillerson

President Trump’s secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has been so cut off from his own diplomats during his tenure that employees have been told not to speak directly to him or even make eye contact, according to a new report in The Washington Post. The former ExxonMobil chief executive reportedly takes a private elevator to…

U.S.: North Korea Tested Rocket Again

North Korea tested a rocket engine Friday night in the latest of what appears to be a mounting effort by the Hermit Kingdom to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile, U.S. officials told Reuters. The engine test was North Korea’s second such launch this month. North Korea appears to have ramped up its nuclear efforts, officials…

Trump Issues Permit For Keystone XL Pipeline

The Trump administration on Friday issued a permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to be built, effectively reversing the previous White House’s decision to reject the plans two years ago. According to the Associated Press, the U.S. State Department, in reviewing the project plans, decided the pipeline would be in “the national interest,” despite…

Tillerson Plans To Skip NATO Meeting, Visit Russia In April

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to skip an April 5-6 meeting of NATO foreign ministers for a U.S. visit by the Chinese president and will travel to Russia later in the month, U.S. officials said on Monday, a step allies may see as putting Moscow’s concerns ahead of theirs. Tillerson intends to miss…

White House Statement Plagiarizes ExxonMobil

A White House press release on a new ExxonMobil expansion appears to have lifted an entire paragraph from ExxonMobil’s press release on the expansion, The Washington Post reports. The two passages are identical, with the exception of the words “United States,” which appear in full in the White House statement and abbreviated in ExxonMobil’s release.…

Senate Confirms Tom Price As HHS Secretary

On Monday the Senate voted 52 to 47 to confirm Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to lead the Health and Human Services Department. The party-line vote was the fourth contested Cabinet vote in a row. Democrats argued before the vote that Price, a seven-term congressman and former orthopedic surgeon, had failed to come clean about some…

Trump Approves Keystone, Dakota Access Pipelines

President Donald Trump on Tuesday set in motion the construction of the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines. The directives were given through an executive order. The Obama administration killed the Keystone project in 2015, citing environmental concerns, while it also commissioned a report on the environmental impacts of the Dakota Access pipeline as fears grew…

Marco Rubio: He’ll Support Rex Tillerson’s Nomination For Sec. Of State

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida says he’ll support Rex Tillerson’s nomination for secretary of state. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected this afternoon to vote on President Donald Trump’s nominee. Rubio had clashed with Tillerson at a committee hearing earlier this month after the ExxonMobil CEO refused to label Russian President Vladimir Putin…

Rex Tillerson Trump’s Secretary Of State Faces Senate Grilling

The second day of Senate confirmation hearings started Wednesday morning with President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, former ExxonMobil executive Rex Tillerson facing heavy questioning, especially due to his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Tillerson has downplayed his relationship with Russia, though, and his prepared remarks claim “Russia today poses a danger,…

Trump Sides With Assange On Russia Hacking

President-elect Donald Trump is seemingly taking the word of Julian Assange over that of the U.S. intelligence community, writing on Twitter that the WikiLeaks founder “said it was not the Russians who gave” him the leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee and other prominent political officials. “Julian Assange said ‘a 14 year old could…