Tag Archives: State Department

State Department Deletes Mar-A-Lago Promotion

Talking Points Memo reports: The State Department on Monday removed a blog post promoting President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida following criticism from ethics advocates and Democrats, and questions from reporters. The post boasting Mar-A-Lago as the “Winter White House” was posted to the State Department’s ShareAmerica website and had also been posted by the U.S. embassies in the ...

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State Department Site Pitches Mar-A-Lago

USA Today reports: An article about Mar-a-lago started making the Twitter rounds Monday afternoon after users — including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. — noticed that it was appearing on the official website for the U.S. embassy in London. But where did it come from? The post, which describes the Trump property as the “winter White House” and details ...

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Trump Administration Rewards Fawning Fox & Friends Host With Gig As State Department Spokesperson

The Daily Beast reports: Fox & Friends news anchor Heather Nauert was officially announced Monday as the next spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department. Mark Toner, a holdover from the Obama administration, was relieved of his duties. “Heather’s media experience and long interest in international affairs will be invaluable as she conveys the Administration’s foreign policy priorities to the American ...

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SWAMPY: Exxon Paid Tillerson $27M In 2016

Reuters reports: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson received compensation worth $27.4 million last year when he was chief executive of Exxon Mobil Corp, the world’s largest publicly traded oil producer, regulatory filings showed on Thursday. He and other senior executives got raises even though Exxon’s net income fell more than 50 percent in 2016 as the company, like many ...

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House LGBT Caucus Denounces Chechen Attacks On Gay Men, Demands Action From Secretary Rex Tillerson

Via press release: The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus denounced reports of hundreds gay men being arrested, detained, and tortured in Chechnya, an autonomous, predominantly Muslim subject of Russia. Additional reports indicate that several of the detained individuals have been murdered in custody. On April 10th 2017, Representatives Cicilline and Lowenthal led a bipartisan letter of 50 Members of Congress urging ...

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MOSCOW: Tillerson Meets Putin At The Kremlin

The New York Times reports: After Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson waited for much of the day, wondering whether he would get to meet with President Vladimir V. Putin, the two men sat down at the Kremlin late Wednesday afternoon in the first face-to-face meeting between the Russian leader and a top official in the Trump administration. Relations between ...

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State Department Calls On Russia To Denounce And Stop Murders and Torture Of Gay Men By Chechen Police After Reports Of Detentions In “Secret Prison”

Yesterday the State Department called on Russia to investigate reports that Chechen police are rounding up and murdering gay men. Tonight the State Department has issued a second statement: We are increasingly concerned about the situation in the Republic of Chechnya, where there have been numerous credible reports indicating the detention of at least 100 men on the basis of ...

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State Department Calls On Russia To Investigate Reports Of Murders Of Gay Men By Chechen Police

J. Lester Feder reports at Buzzfeed: The US State Department has called on Russia to investigate reports that more than 100 LGBT people have recently been detained, tortured, or murdered in the region of Chechnya. “We urge the Russian government to conduct an independent and credible investigation into the alleged killings and mass arrests, and hold the perpetrators responsible,” a ...

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BRUSSELS: Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson Gives NATO Allies Two Months To Boost Their Defense Spending

Or else…what? The Associated Press reports: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned NATO allies Friday to boost defense spending or come up with plans to reach the alliance’s budget guidelines within two months. Tillerson, in his first talks with NATO counterparts in Brussels, said that Washington is spending a “disproportionate share” on defense compared with its 27 partners, and ...

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NO, SERIOUSLY: Melania Trump Calls For Diversity And Women’s Empowerment In Rare Speech [VIDEO]

CNN reports: First lady Melania Trump called for women’s empowerment and celebration of diversity in rare remarks Wednesday morning at the State Department. “As leaders, we must continue to work towards gender empowerment and respect for people from all backgrounds and ethnicities, remembering always that we are all members of one race, the human race. Each one of us is ...

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State Department Condemns Russian Crackdown After Hundreds Arrested At Anti-Putin Protests [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: The United States harshly criticized Russia’s detention of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and hundreds of other protesters Sunday in central Moscow. A Reuters reporter saw police detain Navalny, who called the rally to protest corruption, on Moscow’s Tverskaya Street and put him in a police truck. Hundreds of opposition protesters crowded around the police van and tried ...

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State Department Defends Hate Group’s Appointment To UN Delegation: We Value Diverse Viewpoints

Among C-FAM’s “diverse viewpoints” are advocacy for the criminalization of homosexuality and regular declarations that LGBT Americans are literally demon-possessed agents of Satan. The Washington Blade reports: “The United States does seek to include individuals from civil society organizations with diverse viewpoints and allow them to observe the U.N. in action during the Commission on the Status of Women,” Acting ...

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State Department Appoints Catholic Anti-LGBT Hate Group Leader Austin Ruse To United Nations Delegation

Via press release from OutRight: On Monday, 13 March, the United States Department of State announced that its official delegation to the 61st annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) includes representatives of two organizations known to oppose the UN human rights system, LGBTIQ rights, and women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights: the Center for Family ...

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REPORT: Rex Tillerson Used Email Alias To Cloak Climate Change Talk From Exxon’s Public Records

Talking Points Memo reports: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used an email alias to discuss issues related to climate change while he was an executive at ExxonMobil, according to the New York attorney general. Attorney General Eric Scheiderman made the claim in a letter Monday asking a New York state judge to enforce a subpoena for documents in the state’s ...

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State Department Orders NYC Medical Examiner Not To Release Autopsy Results For Russian Ambassador

Drink your polonium, comrade. The New York Daily News reports: An iron curtain has fallen on the autopsy results of Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, who died in New York last month, officials said Friday. The city Medical Examiner announced it will not be releasing the cause of death for Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s combative ambassador to the United Nations, ...

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Tillerson Recuses From Keystone Pipeline Review

Reuters reports: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has recused himself from issues related to TransCanada Corp’s application for a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said in a letter on Thursday to the environmental group Greenpeace. “He has not worked on that matter at the Department of State, and will play no role in the deliberations ...

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Jon Huntsman Tapped As Ambassador To Russia

Politico reports: Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman has been offered the job of U.S. ambassador to Russia and is in the process of submitting paperwork to accept the position, two administration sources have confirmed. Huntsman, who served as ambassador to Singapore under President George H.W. Bush and then to China under President Barack Obama, was an outspoken critic of President ...

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Trump Signs Revised Muslim Travel Ban

Reuters reports: President Donald Trump signed a revised executive order on Monday banning citizens from six Muslim-majority nations from traveling to the United States but removing Iraq from the list, after his controversial first attempt was blocked in the courts. The new order, which the White House said Trump had signed, keeps a 90-day ban on travel to the United ...

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Rex Tillerson Breaks Long-Standing Tradition, Skips Out On State Department’s Annual Human Rights Report

The Washington Post reports: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who during his confirmation hearings repeatedly vowed to promote human rights as a core American value, alarmed human rights advocates when he did not appear in person to present the State Department’s annual human rights report, released Friday. In a break with long-standing tradition only rarely breached, Tillerson’s remarks were limited ...

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SWAMPY: Trump Names Kelly Knight Craft, Wife Of Billionaire Coal Magnate, As US Ambassador To Canada

Last month Trump had to promise Justin Trudeau that it wouldn’t be Sarah Palin. Bloomberg reports: President Donald Trump has chosen Kelly Knight Craft, a long-time donor to Republican campaigns, including his own, as ambassador to Canada, according to a person familiar with the matter. Craft accepted the nomination and is completing the paperwork process required before Senate consideration, said ...

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