Tag Archives: State Department

COGNITIVE DISSONANCE: State Department Ridicules North Korea’s Military Parade As “Dog And Pony Show”

The Hill reports: The State Department on Thursday called a recent military parade in North Korea a “dog and pony show,” even amid reports that the Trump administration is planning a military procession of its own. CNN’s Michelle Kosinski tweeted the swipe from a State Department official. The comment came after media reports surfaced that top Pentagon officials are in ...

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US Ambassador To Panama Resigns Over Trump’s Racist Comments, First In US Diplomatic Corp To Do So

The Independent reports: The US ambassador to Panama has resigned from his post on principle, writing in a resignation letter to the State Department that he can no longer serve the Trump administration, according to Reuters. The US State Department confirmed the departure of John D Feeley, saying he decided to “retire for personal reasons, as of 9 March this ...

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SRSLY: Russia Accuses US Of Election Meddling

Business Insider reports: Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Tuesday accused the US of a “direct interference in our electoral process and internal affairs” following the State Department’s criticism of Russia’s decision to bar opposition leader Alexey Navalny from running in the upcoming presidential election against Vladimir Putin. “This State Department statement, which I’m sure will be repeated, is ...

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Refugee Agencies Ordered To Downsize US Operations

Reuters reports: The U.S. State Department has told refugee agencies it will sharply pare back the number of offices across the country authorized to resettle people in 2018 as President Donald Trump cuts the number of refugees allowed into the United States. The announcement was made at a Dec. 1 meeting in Washington with State Department officials and representatives from ...

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JERUSALEM: Evangelicals Flood City With “God Bless Trump” Messages On Buses, Billboards, And….Camels

The Jerusalem Post reports: Vice President Mike Pence might have postponed his trip to Israel, but the love for US President Donald Trump is still being felt throughout Jerusalem as 110 massive “God Bless Trump” signs went up in recent days throughout the city, on billboards, buses and even camels. The campaign was created by Dr. Mike Evans, a prominent ...

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State Department Observes Human Rights Day

The Trump administration last week pulled out of the United Nations Global Compact On Migration, a 2016 193-nation agreement “pledging to uphold the rights of refugees, help them resettle and ensure they had access to education and jobs.” And in standard Trumpian hypocrisy, today we get this from the State Department: Sixty-nine years ago today, in the aftermath of World ...

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State Department Issues “Worldwide Caution” For US Citizens In Wake Of Trump’s Move On Jerusalem

From the right wing Townhall: The State Department has issued a warning for U.S. citizens traveling anywhere in the world after the Trump administration announced its decision to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, recognizing it as the capital of Israel. The alert, posted on December 6, is a “worldwide caution” that asks U.S. citizens to be on ...

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US Pulls Out Of UN Global Compact On Migration

The Guardian reports: The Trump administration has pulled out of the United Nations’ ambitious plans to create a more humane global strategy on migration, saying involvement in the process interferes with American sovereignty, and runs counter to US immigration policies. The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, informed the UN secretary general, Antonio Guterres, at the weekend that Donald ...

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Trump: It’s Fake News That I’m Booting Rex Tillerson

But nothing about Michael Flynn so far. The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump says media speculation that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will leave his job soon is “fake news.” Trump is responding on Twitter to widespread reports attributed to White House officials describing a plan to oust Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Trump says ...

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BREAKING: Rex Tillerson To Be Forced Out

The New York Times reports: The White House has developed a plan to force out Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, whose relationship with President Trump has been strained, and replace him with Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director, perhaps within the next several weeks, senior administration officials said on Thursday. Mr. Pompeo would be replaced at the C.I.A. by Senator ...

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Tillerson Observes Transgender Day Of Remembrance: The United States Honors The Memory Of Those Killed

Via State Department press release: On Transgender Day of Remembrance, the United States honors the memory of the many transgender individuals who have lost their lives to acts of violence. Transgender individuals and their advocates, along with lesbian, gay, bisexual and intersex persons, are facing increasing physical attacks and arbitrary arrests in many parts of the world. Often these attacks ...

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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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