Tag Archives: Rex Tillerson

REPORT: Trump Pushed Rex Tillerson To Pressure DOJ To Drop Criminal Case Against Giuliani’s Turkish Client

Bloomberg reports: President Donald Trump pressed then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to help persuade the Justice Department to drop a criminal case against an Iranian-Turkish gold trader who was a client of Rudy Giuliani, according to three people familiar with the 2017 meeting in the Oval Office. Tillerson refused, arguing it would constitute interference in an ongoing investigation of the …

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Tillerson: Netanyahu Often Fed Trump “Misinformation”

Haaretz reports: U.S. President Donald Trump was “played” by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on several occasions, said Trump’s former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday during a panel interview with Harvard professors. Tillerson, who had a contentious tenure as the U.S.’s top diplomat, said that Netanyahu is “an extraordinarily skilled” politician and diplomat, but “a bit Machiavellian.” He continued, …

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Former Sec. Of State Rex Tillerson Blasts Jared Kushner For Hijacking State Department Foreign Policy Decisions

The Daily Beast reports: Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson claims the State Department was kept in the dark about key U.S. foreign-policy decisions during his time in the Trump administration because the president’s son-in-law had effectively set up his own shadow operation. Jared Kushner was privately working on strategic partnerships with foreign countries and meeting discreetly with world leaders …

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CNN Host Grills Sarah Sanders: If Trump Thinks Rex Tillerson Is Dumb As A Rock, Why Did He Hire Him?

Mediaite reports: CNN host Alisyn Camerota grilled White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on President Donald Trump‘s tweet about former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson being “totally ill equipped” — even though Trump was the one who thought he was qualified enough to appoint. Sanders replied with a non-answer — choosing to avoid the question and focus on how …

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Former US Envoy To North Korea: Rex Tillerson Signed Off On Ransom For US Student With Trump’s Approval

CNN reports: Joseph Yun, the former State Department Special Representative for North Korea, confirmed Monday that he signed an agreement to pay North Korea $2 million for the release of American student Otto Warmbier in 2017. In an interview with CNN’s Jim Sciutto, Yun said that he did so with the approval of then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and that …

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Trump: Rex Tillerson Was “Lazy And Dumb As A Rock”

Glorious Leader is ever so pissed at his former secretary of state Rex Tillerson, who earlier today declared (on video) that his former boss is undisciplined, won’t read anything, much less his press briefings, and had to be talked about committing “illegal acts” multiple times. The infighting will never end. But now the press gets to resurface all of the …

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Tillerson Unloads On Trump: He’s Undisciplined, Won’t Read His Briefings, Likes To Do Illegal Things [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: The fired secretary of state, who while in office reportedly called Trump a “moron” (and declined to deny it), expounded on his thoughts on the president in a rare interview with CBS News’s Bob Schieffer in Houston. It wasn’t difficult to read between the lines. “What was challenging for me coming from the disciplined, highly process-oriented …

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Tillerson Shades Trump In Commencement Address: Don’t Accept Alternative Realities Not Grounded In Facts

“If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no long grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom. A responsibility of every American citizen to each other is to preserve and protect our freedom by recognizing what truth is and is …

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REPORT: Tillerson Blames Ouster On Jared Kushner

Ronan Farrow reports at The New Yorker: When I mentioned the White House’s role in escalating rumors of his demise, Tillerson appeared to have been waiting for the question. “Mm-hmm,” he said, nodding. “When you say ‘the White House,’ who are you talking about?” he asked. “The White House is comprised of how many people?” Hook, the director of policy …

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Tillerson Jabs At Trump In Farewell Speech [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: Rex Tillerson is officially done as secretary of state, but he got in what appeared to be one final dig at President Trump before heading out the door. At the every end of his farewell speech to the State Department on Thursday, Tillerson talked about the importance of maintaining your integrity and having respect for others. …

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LIVE VIDEO: Rex Tillerson Holds Press Conference

CNBC reports: Outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whose firing was announced hours earlier, is slated to address reporters from the State Department briefing room on Tuesday afternoon. Tillerson’s ouster, first reported Tuesday morning, was quickly confirmed by President Donald Trump in a tweet. White House officials said Tillerson found out on Friday that he would be fired, according to …

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Tillerson Found Out He Was Fired From Trump’s Tweet

Axios reports: The State Department said that Rex Tillerson did not speak to President Trump before the announcement that Mike Pompeo would replace Tillerson as Secretary of State, adding that Tillerson was “unaware of the reason” for his dismissal. State added that Tillerson “had every intention of staying because of the critical progress made in national security.” Remarkable statement from …

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Bannon Celebrates Ousting Of “Globalist” Tillerson

Mediaite reports: It would seem Steve Bannon is delighted by the news that Rex Tillerson is out as Secretary of State. When the news started to make waves on Twitter, Axios‘ Jonathan Swan tweeted that received a text from Bannon with what may be his first reaction to the Tillerson development. Bannon also expressed joy over the departure of WH …

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BREAKING: Trump Fires Sec. Of State Rex Tillerson

CNBC reports: Rex Tillerson is out as secretary of State, ending a tumultuous tenure as America’s top diplomat that was marked by a series of public disagreements with his boss — President Donald Trump. Since Tillerson took the post in February 2017, mixed messages repeatedly came out of the White House and a State Department with diminishing relevance. The intramural …

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SURE JAN: Rex Tillerson Claims Trump Is Avoiding Britain To Let Theresa May Focus On Brexit Negotiations

Bloomberg reports: U.S. President Donald Trump is avoiding a visit to Britain because he wants to allow Prime Minister Theresa May to focus her attention on withdrawing from the European Union, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. While Trump said last week that he “canceled” a visit to London to formally open the new U.S. embassy because the old site …

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Tillerson Vows Indefinite US Presence In Syria

Bloomberg reports: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged patience in waiting out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying there’s no place for him in the war-torn country’s future while vowing that the U.S. military will remain to counter Islamic State, al-Qaeda and Iran. In remarks prepared for a policy speech Wednesday on the Syrian war, Tillerson called for closer cooperation with …

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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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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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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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