Tag Archives: State Department

Court Rejects Right Wing Lawsuit Seeking To Force State Department To Keep Digging For Hillary’s Emails

The Washington Examiner reports: A federal judge in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a case Thursday which would have compelled the State Department and the U.S. archivist to continue searching for emails from Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state in which she used a private email server and address. The case, brought by Cause of ...

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US Tightens Economic Embargo On Cuba

The New York Times reports: The Trump administration on Wednesday tightened the economic embargo on Cuba, restricting Americans from access to hotels, stores and other businesses tied to the Cuban military. A lengthy list of rules, which President Trump promised in June to punish the communist government in Havana, came just as Mr. Trump was visiting leaders of the communist ...

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LISTEN: What US Diplomats In Cuba Heard

The Associated Press reports: It sounds sort of like a mass of crickets. But not quite. A high-pitched whine, but from what? It seems to undulate, even writhe. Listen closely: Some hear multiple, distinct tones colliding in a nails-on-the-chalkboard effect. The Associated Press has obtained a recording of what some U.S. Embassy workers heard in Havana, part of the series ...

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REPORT: Rex Tillerson’s “Moron” Comment Came After Trump Demanded 10-Fold Increase In Nuclear Arsenal

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump said he wanted what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal during a gathering this past summer of the nation’s highest ranking national security leaders, according to three officials who were in the room. Trump’s comments, the officials said, came in response to a briefing slide he was shown that ...

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TICK TOCK: Trump Furious With Rex Tillerson After “Moron” Flap Steals Headlines During Las Vegas Visit

Axios reports: Trump advisers and allies are floating the idea of replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, age 53 — someone who’s already around the table in the Situation Room, and could make the switch without chaos. Sources tell us Trump recognizes that a Cabinet shuffle would bring bad press. White House Chief of Staff ...

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Sam Brownback Defends Anti-LGBT Actions At Hearing To Be International “Religious Freedom” Ambassador

The Associated Press reports: Sam Brownback, in line to be ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, on Wednesday defended his decision as Kansas governor to scrap an order that barred discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Brownback in 2015 rescinded the order issued in August 2007 by then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius that banned discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender ...

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REPORT: Rex Tillerson Called Trump A “Moron”

NBC News reports: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was on the verge of resigning this past summer amid mounting policy disputes and clashes with the White House, according to multiple senior administration officials who were aware of the situation at the time. The tensions came to a head around the time President Donald Trump delivered a politicized speech in late ...

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Homocon Richard Grenell’s History Of Twitter Assholery Comes Up At Ambassadorship Confirmation Hearing

Homocon Richard Grenell history of assholery on Twitter came back to bite his Quisling ass today during his Senate confirmation hearing to be US ambassador to Germany. Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) took issue with Grenell’s remarks — saying he brought it up privately with the nominee and wished to bring it up publicly ...

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CUBA: State Department Halts US Visas Indefinitely, Reduces Personnel Over Sonic Attacks On Diplomats

The Associated Press reports: The United States is warning Americans against visiting Cuba and ordering more than half of U.S. personnel to leave the island, senior officials said Friday, in a dramatic response to what they described as “specific attacks” on diplomats. The decision deals a blow to already delicate ties between the U.S. and Cuba, longtime enemies who only ...

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Trump Contradicts State Department, Says US Opposes “Foolish” Independence Campaign By Catalonia [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: President Trump said Tuesday that the United States opposes an independence drive in the Spanish region of Catalonia, telling reporters that such secession would be “foolish.” “I think Spain is a great country, and it should remain united,” Trump said during a news conference with the visiting Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. The president’s remarks mark ...

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Putin Regrets Awarding Tillerson Russia’s Order Of Friendship: He’s Fallen In With The Wrong Company

Reuters reports: Vladimir Putin took a jab at Rex Tillerson on Thursday, joking that the U.S. Secretary of State had “fallen in with the wrong company” since he had awarded him a Russian state honor for his contribution to Russian-U.S. relations. Hopes of detente in Moscow’s relations with Washington under Donald Trump, who had praised President Putin before winning the ...

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CUBA: More Sonic Attacks At US Embassy

The Associated Press reports: Mysterious incidents affecting the health of American diplomats in Cuba continued as recently as August, the United States said Friday, despite earlier U.S. assessments that the attacks had long stopped. The U.S. increased its tally of government personnel affected to 19. The new U.S. disclosures came the same day that the union representing American diplomats said ...

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White House Announces Nomination Of Homocon Trump Loyalist Richard Grenell As US Ambassador To Germany

Politico reports: President Donald Trump intends to nominate Richard Grenell, a former spokesman for the U.S. mission to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, to be the next ambassador to Germany, the White House announced Friday. Grenell, a prominent supporter of Trump, was previously said to be in the running for NATO ambassador, before former Sen. Kay Bailey ...

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US Expels Russian Diplomats In NYC, DC, And SF

USA Today reports: The Trump administration retaliated Thursday against Russia’s expulsion of U.S. diplomats ordering the Russian consulate in San Francisco closed and reducing the number of Russians in the Washington, D.C., embassy and consulate in New York. The closures will need to happen by Saturday, the State Department said. Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the move brings the U.S. and ...

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REPORT: Tillerson Is Next On The Chopping Block

Axios reports: There’s a ticking problem with Rex Tillerson, and it’s growing louder by the day, according to officials inside and close to the White House. President Trump has been growing increasingly frustrated with his Secretary of State. Recently, after Trump had returned from a meeting on Afghanistan, a source recalled Trump saying, “Rex just doesn’t get it, he’s totally ...

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LIVE VIDEO: State Department Briefing On North Korea

USA Today reports: State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert will hold a briefing Wednesday on the heels of tense exchanges between the U.S. and North Korea. A day earlier, President Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury” in response to reports of a new milestone in the country’s nuclear quest. South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported that North Korea’s military ...

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CUBA: State Department Reveals Staffers Suffered Severe Hearing Loss From “Acoustic Attack” [VIDEO]

CNN reports: The US believes several State Department employees at the US embassy in Havana were subjected to an “acoustic attack” using sonic devices that left at least two with such serious health problems they needed to be brought back to the US for treatment, several senior State Department officials told CNN. One official said the employees could have suffered ...

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LIVE VIDEO: State Department Briefing On North Korea

USA Today reports: State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert will hold a briefing Wednesday on the heels of tense exchanges between the U.S. and North Korea. A day earlier, President Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury” in response to reports of a new milestone in the country’s nuclear quest. South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported that North Korea’s military ...

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Rex Tillerson Spurns $80M Earmarked To Fight Russian Disinformation Campaigns, Funds To Expire Next Month

Politico reports: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is resisting the pleas of State Department officials to spend nearly $80 million allocated by Congress for fighting terrorist propaganda and Russian disinformation. It is highly unusual for a Cabinet secretary to turn down money for his department. But more than five months into his tenure, Tillerson has not issued a simple request ...

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KANSAS: Trump Nominates Gov. Sam Brownback To Be US Ambassador-At-Large For Religious Freedom

The Kansas City Star reports: President Donald Trump has appointed Gov. Sam Brownback to an ambassadorship, a little more than a month after the Kansas governor saw his signature tax policy dismantled by the state’s Legislature. Trump announced Brownback’s appointment as ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom Wednesday evening. Brownback had long been expected to be named to the post. “Religious ...

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