Rexxon Tillerson Is Unhappy About Russian Sanctions

The Associated Press reports:

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says neither he nor President Donald Trump is “very happy” about new sanctions on Russia that Congress has voted to put in place. But he says the sanctions show that Americans are frustrated by Moscow, even though they want the U.S. to have a functional relationship with the nuclear-armed power.

Tillerson is lamenting the sour state of relations with Russia more than half a year into Trump’s term. He says they’ve gotten worse and is pointing to Russia’s move to kick out many U.S. diplomats serving in Russia.

Still, Tillerson says the U.S. has had some successes working with Russia on lowering violence in Syria. Tillerson says he’ll meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during his trip to the Philippines starting Sunday.

  • bambinoitaliano

    In other words, the WH is dragging its feet to sign the sanction bill.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    What would make me happy would be seeing Tillerson and his BFFs Trump and Putin in a bamboo cage, but that’s just me.

    • Todd20036

      Hey, who am I to judge people’s sexual proclivities?

  • ByronK

    Wait a minute. Tillerson says that Americans are frustrated by Moscow but the White House claims that Americans don’t care about Russia and it’s just the media that’s obsessed. Which is it, boys?

    • Bryan

      [insert slack-jawed press-briefing excuse here]

    • zhera

      It’s both, obviously. But they won’t explain how that can be, because covfefe.

      • ByronK

        Oh, well covfefe! Say no more.

  • PickyPecker
    • Judas Peckerwood

      He looks like he’s going to eat Tillerson’s heart and steal his soul — whoops, too late!

    • ByronK
      • Bryan

        “I fell in love with you the first time I looked into…”
        https://youtu.be/fj9bzZFKAUY

        • ByronK

          “Get you in a lot of trouble…” lol

        • FAEN

          Billie Holiday-I thank my father every day for playing her loudly every Sunday when I was a kid. I’m much richer for hearing her amazing voice and having her in my life.

          • Bryan

            Hear hear!
            I had a musical mentor that led me to classic vocalists like Billie, Sarah, Dinah. Anything on Verve label, really.
            From Carmen McCrae to Chris Connor and everyone in between…

          • PickyPecker
          • Bryan

            Love it!

          • FAEN

            Billie, Sarah, Dinah, Ella, Louis, Chet…they and more were played every Sunday.

    • Hank

      The Way You Look Tonight…
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIW_Ah0wg-w

      • Lakeview Bob

        Only Ginger Rogers can look that good with shampoo in her hair.

  • Jay Mills

    Although I’m sure that this whole thing has been worked out with the Kremlin beforehand, including the bogus reactions, they may not want to push Putin too far. Remember, the Russian hackers have lots of dirt on the GOP, never made public…

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I’m watching The Purge. Why do I feel that, like Idiocracy, this too will become reality.

    Decriminalized murder. An outlet for American Rage.

    • FAEN

      Don’t some cops already live in ‘The Purge’?

    • JCF

      But hey, we’ve GOT to cater to the White Rural Underclass!

      https://i.ytimg.com/vi/Aqk5YW7_YBw/hqdefault.jpg

      • Rebecca Gardner
        • FAEN

          Unfortunately they will never surrender their batshit crazy way of thinking.

      • FAEN

        But but they keep telling me it isn’t about race but about their heritage 🙄

        • zhera

          Funny how, after the civil war ended, the only thing that changed was their right to own slaves. But it’s totally not about that, mmkay???!?!?

          Hmm

          • Jonathan Smith
          • FAEN

            But but I’ve been told by some rural Southerners that the slaves were THRILLED to be there and they LOVED their lives.

            That’s not BS by the way. I actually did have that conversation.

          • Octavio

            Some senators and members of congress still believe that.

          • FAEN

            The KKKeebler Elf leads that pack. Or is it PAC?

          • zhera

            Oh yea! They were saved from a meaningless life in Africa, running around free and stuff.

      • William

        Feel better knowing a minor scrape that becomes infected will be many of these folks’ demise.

      • Lantor

        Displaying that flag should amount to a declaration of treason. That is, after all, what it is.

    • Gustav2

      Walking into a rural Ohio McDonald’s today, two old men at separate tables with MAGA hats on…

      and we saw Trump signs still on a couple of front lawns.

      • FAEN

        They’ll never admit they’ve been had.

      • zhera

        Yuck, they still use those hats?

        (I’m dying to know what your husband brought home the other day!)

        • Gustav2

          He didn’t have his reading glasses so he used the voice option in a room full of siblings. I did get an oil on slate roof shingle folk art landscape made in the 1930’s

          • zhera

            Better than a frozen horse’s head!

      • Joe in PA

        Hey Gustav…a friend is visiting Columbus going to the Ohio State Fair. I hear the “Fireball” ride is amazing. Ahem.

        • Gustav2

          That’s what happens when you lower taxes and don’t replace retired inspectors

          • Joe in PA

            Pffffttt…government overreach! Job-killing safety regulations! /s

  • Tomcat

    Then he should quit and go to work over there for Putin.
    But watch what you drink.

    • thatotherjean

      And stay away from men carrying umbrellas.

  • AtticusP

    Jesus Christ. Why don’t we just let Putin annex us? That seems to be where we’re headed anyway.

  • justmeeeee

    But, if he doesn’t meet secretly, it doesn’t really count, ya know?

  • Tomcat

    The trump family has proved one important thing.
    politicians are NOT the most vile, disgusting, immoral people on earth.
    apparently (real estate people) can give them a run for their money.

  • Rex

    So Tillerson and Trump are unhappy about Russian sanctions.
    It’s almost like it’s going to effect them personally.

    • Tomcat

      A promise is a promise. Unless it is to the American public.

    • zhera

      So worried about relations with Russia. Europe? EU? Great Britain, Germany, France? Apparently not that important.

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    • Nowhereman

      I almost hope that he vetoes it, just to watch congress override it.

  • JCF

    Putin probably yanked his personal Moscow Hookers&Blow privileges…

  • boobert

    I hope he doesn’t sign them . Let’s see if congress will stick to it and override him .

    • Tomcat

      Hell he is already bragging that he wanted strict sanctions all the time.

      • boobert

        How’s he gonna explain signing it to putie? ” They made me sign it, your still my bestie.”

  • Jonathan Smith

    yeah, so, still, No https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e77fa5067eb9a49b49ff3b7f78b80574fa7d62dc5a788dd1023c07244cf19daf.jpg
    i AM NOT letting Washington ruin my week, this weeks theme is dogs & goats. read into THAT what you will

    • zhera

      You are a fountain of cuteness!

    • FAEN

      AWW-can I have the puppy??

      • Natty Enquirer

        Na-a-a-a-a-ah

        • FAEN

          LOL-BETCH 😉

      • djcoastermark

        As long as I can have the other little fella.

        • FAEN

          It’s a deal 🐶😍🐶😍

    • djcoastermark

      The cuteness is getting cuter though. Adorbs.

    • Ernest Endevor

      Now I want goats.

      • marshlc

        My niece just got alpacas. Very ugly-cute, which is one of the best kinds of cute.

        • Ernest Endevor

          Aren’t they kind of big? I just like goats. I admire them. Plus, since the hubby is Satan they’ll fit right in. I wonder what they need by way of care? This would be an excellent google project instead of getting on with work.

          • zhera

            Goats will eat just about anything.

          • Ernest Endevor

            Pugs??

          • zhera

            Maybe not?

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Almost Impossible to contain. Love to jump on your car.

            Also, a wet goat is a dead goat.

          • Ernest Endevor

            Rilly?

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Yeah, they don’t even bother to get sick – they just die.

          • Ernest Endevor

            Sounds like you speak from experience.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Is what farmer buds tell me.

          • zhera

            Wet equals dead? How so?

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            They cant handle cold, inclement weather. Desert creatures.

          • marshlc

            My sister had goats, years ago ,and while the nannies were very sweet, the billy was a real asshole.

        • Octavio

          Compared to llamas, alpacas are beauty queens. Plus, they have sweet dispositions, love to be caressed and their coats brushed, don’t eat as much as llamas, rarely spit at you, and will follow you around like faithful dogs. I’ve had goats, llamas, and alpacas. The alpacas were the calmest of the three. The goats were the most mischievous, the llamas the crankiest. And all three will eat a pasteur of greenery into a dusty desert in about five minutes. Alpacas and llamas are members of the camel family. Goats are members of sheep-antelope subfamily Caprinae.

          • Cattleya1

            Welcome back, Octavio – we missed you!

          • Octavio

            Thank you.

          • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

            “rarely spit at you” LOL!

      • FAEN

        Now I can’t have goat curry for the foreseeable future.

        • Ernest Endevor

          Ahem. Vegetarian. Ahem.

          • FAEN

            Oy! I’m sorry matey. I was a vegetarian for a few years but fell off the wagon 😞

          • Ernest Endevor

            I’ve been doing it for years. I found I reached a point where eating meat isn’t an option. I do, however, eat fish and eggs. So I kept my hypocrite card stamped. But veganism – I was one for about 6 years – is really hard.

          • FAEN

            I tried to be a vegan but as you stated it’s incredibly difficult.

        • Jeffrey

          I was in Morocco last month and was fully vegetarian while I was there. I can’t play with goats and then eat them.

          • FAEN

            It’s much easier to be a vegetarian in places like Morroco and India. The food is so layered with flavor and spice I don’t miss meat at all.

          • Jeffrey

            Absolutely. And after walking trough the Berber souks and seeing meat out on counters in 100 degree heat I lost all desire for meat.

        • Kruhn

          Oh I’ll always have goat curry. It is the best.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        No, you really don’t.

        • Ernest Endevor

          I daresay you’re right. People do have them. People around here have them. I’ll ask my trainer, his parents are kind of farmers. But most likely you’re right.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Get a nice friendly goose instead.

          • clay

            LOL

          • PickyPecker
          • zhera

            Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

          • The_Wretched

            the boy then went on to stand up still holding the chicken. His parents thankd the boy for using his special chicken whisper-wrangling skills, killed the bird and they ate dinner.

            I also offer free hugs*.

      • Raising_Rlyeh

        Me too, they’re quite delicious.

    • Duh-David
      • Jonathan Smith

        personally, no. i like Men. 🙂

        • clay

          Some men are goats.

    • Jeffrey

      Then lets talk about Armie Hammer playing hot 24yr old daddy to a gorgeous young man in Call Me by Your Name. The trailer dropped today. Just finished the book and it was excellent http://www.awardsdaily.com/2017/08/01/call-name-trailer-drops/

    • bkmn

      Read recently that the Natl Park Service is thinking about ridding the Olympic Natl Forest of mountain goats. They are not native to the area and have attacked hikers and campers in the past.

      • The_Wretched

        Also, whole goat BBQ. Spare goats goto the gyro factory.

    • Gerry Fisher

      I’m a very big fan of goat screams. They make me chortle!

  • FAEN

    Tillerson is not happy having his pipeline of cash cut off?

  • JWC

    too fucking bad Tillerson

  • jimbo65

    O/T. I’ve really had it with these 45 apologists. On the rare times I tune into MSNBC daytime, I’m getting revulsed. For as much as I don’t like Nicole Wallace, she’s arguing with a right winger trying to defend 45’s dictation of Jr’s excuse. That’s it. Off to do some shopping.

  • Halou

    “Tillerson is lamenting the sour state of relations with Russia more than half a year into Trump’s term. He says they’ve gotten worse….”

    Part of the problem here is Russia’s intransigence. On each and every point of contention they have offered nothing and expected concessions to come rolling in. Acting like a love-struck school boy who is waiting for their crush to make the first move, it’s just not going to happen.

  • Professor Barnhardt

    OT: from the DCRTV Mailbag:

    “Most people in DC wouldn’t care or get it, but John Waters favorite bar
    in Baltimore has closed. It’s the ONLY bar he ever frequented often
    over the many years, The Club Charles. While in Baltimore’s gay
    district, the art deco bar was never advertised per se as a “gay bar.”
    But it was a place to run into practically anything including Iggy Pop
    or Johnny Depp. I never met them, but I did see the lead singer of the
    B-52’s in there once. RIP Club Charles.
    http://www.baltimoresun.com (8/1/17)”

    Club Charles, storied Station North bar, has closed

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/music/midnight-sun-blog/bs-fe-club-charles-closed-20170727-story.html

    • djcoastermark

      Looks like it was the perfect dive bar.

  • boobert

    If chump signs it , I wouldn’t be surprised if tillerson resigns. Getting rid of sanctions was the only reason he took the job.

  • Blake J Butler

    Remember the name Amy McGrath next year in Kentucky.

    https://youtu.be/CcjG2fK7kNk

  • Lakeview Bob

    Rexxon? Very clever. Love it. What Rexxon thinks is so typical of a man that is owned by Russia.

  • HZ81

    That’s 1,000 words with that pic, Joe.

    • Hank

      Looking at their facial expressions, I have to wonder if Rexxon is groping Putinesca??? They both look SOOO VERY Pleased!!!!

  • Nowhereman

    We already HAD a functional relationship with Russia–keeping them at arms’ length and watching our back. They are our worst adversary and it’s really really stupid to invite them into the inner circle of the White House and share confidential information with them. Putin is not our effing BFF. Rexxon in just pissed because now Exxon won’t be able to start drilling in Russia. I wonder if Exxon will make him pay back the golden parachute they gave him. I swear, there is not one person on Trump’s staff that is worth the air they breathe.

    • Gianni

      BFF – Best Fucking Friend

  • DesertSun59

    Amusing.

    The absolute sole reason for Tillerson’s existence as SoS is to negotiate the lifting of sanctions so that his, 45’s and their friends’ Rosneft stock rises.

    That’s it. Nothing else.

  • Sam_Handwich

    this is from an interview with WSJ

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DGK_O4aXoAEL4Ig.jpg

  • Gerry Fisher

    He sure is loyal…to the $$.

  • Blake J Butler

    I’m enjoying following John Leguizamo’s facebook feed.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Can’t imagine why he’s so upset…bahahahahahaha, as if.

  • billbear1961
  • Jerry Kott

    He seemed like a Trojan Horse from the get go. He has toooo many red flags.

  • Buford

    Ruck Fex.

  • bkmn

    Poor snowflake. And fuck you for ending the promotion of democracy around the world.

  • geoffalnutt

    Rexxon just wants that oil deal with Russia. Period.

    • kareemachan

      Yup. and he’s having a REAL hissy fit cuz it ain’t gonna happen.

  • Michael R

    This whole election was about Russia sanctions .
    So they should both be really pissed off .
    I still can’t believe Russian Rexxon got confirmed .
    Hopefully he’ll go down with the whole bunch.

  • EdA

    Gee, “Friendship … friendship … such a perfect friendship”

  • canoebum

    Relations with the Russians have never been better! They elected our President and got their guy in as Secretary of State. All they have to do now is fix the 2018 Congressional Election and their takeover will be complete. What’s the problem?

  • JT

    Send Tillerson to Guantanamo. Treasonous scumbag.

  • Ken M

    If I owned 180 million in Exxon stock, I wouldn’t be happy either.

  • kareemachan

    Tough shit, Rex. If you can’t stand the heat….

    Get the FUCK out of Dodge.

  • Girlgoon

    How much Exxon stock does Trump own ?

  • Marti386

    We can have a functional relationship with Russia when it stops being run by ruthless Russian mobsters who meddle in our elections and round up gay people, Rex.

    UNTIL that moment, shut the fvck up.