Tag Archives: State Department

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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REPORT: Yesterday Trump Promised Justin Trudeau That Sarah Palin Won’t Be Named Ambassador To Canada

Toronto’s Globe & Mail reports: The White House has assured Canada that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will not be appointed as U.S. ambassador to Canada. A Trudeau government official says that assurance was provided to Canadian officials during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to the White House on Monday. “It isn’t Sarah Palin,” the official said. American officials have ...

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How To Become Trump’s US Ambassador To Austria: Watch The Sound Of Music At Least 75 Times [VIDEO]

The Palm Beach Post reports: Patrick Park is an avid fan of “The Sound of Music.” You might say he’s obsessed with it. “Really, I’ve seen it like 75 times,” the concert pianist/industrialist said. “I know every single word and song by heart. I’ve always wanted to live in the Von Trapp house.” Well, if he can’t live there, at ...

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SWAMPITY: Senate Confirms Tillerson In 56-43 Vote

The New York Times reports: Rex W. Tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive of Exxon Mobil, was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday in a 56 to 43 vote to become the nation’s 69th secretary of state just as serious strains have emerged with important international allies. The many votes against Mr. Tillerson’s confirmation made his selection among the ...

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MASS RESIGNATIONS: All Senior State Department Management Officials Leave Rather Deal With Trump

The Washington Post reports: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s job running the State Department just got considerably more difficult. The entire senior level of management officials resigned Wednesday, part of an ongoing mass exodus of senior foreign service officers who don’t want to stick around for the Trump era. Tillerson was actually inside the State Department’s headquarters in Foggy Bottom ...

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Senate Panel Approves Tillerson In Partisan 11-10 Vote

Reuters reports: The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly approved President Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, former Exxon Mobil chairman Rex Tillerson, on Monday. The vote was 11-10, with every committee Republican backing Tillerson and every Democrat opposing his nomination. Tillerson is expected to be confirmed for the position when the matter comes before the 100-member Senate, where ...

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Marco Rubio Caves On Rex Tillerson’s Confirmation

The Washington Post reports: Sen. Marco Rubio will vote for President Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, he announced Monday, resolving the final major question surrounding Rex Tillerson’s bid to be confirmed as the nation’s top diplomat. “Given the uncertainty that exists both at home and abroad about the direction of our foreign policy, it would be against our national ...

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Trump Taps Billionaire Pharma Mogul And NFL Franchise Owner Woody Johnson To Be Ambassador To Britain

Swampity-swamp-swamp. Reuters reports: President-elect Donald Trump said on Thursday that National Football League team owner Woody Johnson was “going to St. James,” indicating he would assume the plum diplomatic post of U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom. Trump referred to Johnson, owner of the New York Jets, as “ambassador” during remarks at a luncheon in Washington honoring supporters on the ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Rex Tillerson’s Confirmation Hearing

The hearing starts on 9AM Eastern. The Guardian reports on what to expect: Rex Tillerson was a surprise pick for secretary of state, having had no previous government experience. He worked for more than 41 years for just one company, ExxonMobil, the last 10 years as chairman and chief executive officer. He emerged as an outside candidate only in the ...

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Tony Perkins “Thanks” John Kerry For Providing List Of LGBT Rights Accomplishments For Trump To “Undo”

Via press release from hate group leader Tony Perkins: Some people have to-do lists. President-elect Donald Trump has an undo list. And thanks to Secretary of State John Kerry, most of it is already meticulously outlined in a new memo. The report couldn’t have come at a better time for conservatives, who have spent the last few weeks pointing out ...

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HISTORIC: Sec. John Kerry Issues Formal Apology To LGBT State Department Staffers For Past Discrimination

Politico reports: Secretary of State John Kerry is formally apologizing to gay, lesbian and other employees of the State Department who faced past discrimination because of their sexual orientation. The apparently unprecedented apology, issued in a statement Monday, is the latest step that the Obama administration has taken to promote inclusion of the LGBT community in its ranks. It comes ...

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Michele Bachmann Can’t Wait For Trump To Purge Obama’s Ungodly Evil LGBT Rights Supporters [AUDIO]

Brian Tashman reports at Right Wing Watch: Yesterday, ex-Rep. Michele Bachmann appeared on Family Research Council President Tony Perkins’ “Washington Watch” radio show to discuss President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration, and in particular Perkins’ call for Trump to purge LGBT rights supporters from the State Department. Perkins said that under President Obama “our government has been perverted to be used ...

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SWAMPITY: Trump Nominee Rex Tillerson To Get $180M Exxon Payout In Advance Of Confirmation Hearing

The Guardian reports: Exxon boss Rex Tillerson will receive more than $180m from the company as he severs financial ties with the oil industry to become Donald Trump’s secretary of state. Tillerson’s confirmation hearings begin next week. If confirmed, Tillerson will surrender all unpaid stock that was part of his pay package, more than 2m shares. In exchange, the company ...

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