Rex Tillerson

Reince Priebus Has a Truth Allergy

Meanwhile, of 119 State Department positions, seven have been filled or have nominations in place.<p>Obvious anagram Reince Priebus visited with my man Chuck Todd on Sunday, and the conversation turned to why this administration is leaving so many phones unanswered in the executive branch. My man …

U.S. Government

Trump's Cabinet picks fuel stage drama in London and NY

Coming soon to the West End and Broadway stage: Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Tom Price and Scott Pruitt.<p>Four key players in President Donald Trump's …

Scott Pruitt

Donald Trump’s “Oh, never mind” presidency

Alex Brandon, The Associated PressPresident Donald Trump, joined by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, speaks during a meeting with Chinese …

Donald Trump

Russia upset over being blocked from Syria chemical weapons investigation

Russia has protested the U.S.’ refusal to allow its inspectors to participate in a formal investigation into a chemical weapons attack that struck the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhan in northern Idlib, Syria, earlier this month.<p>According to Reuters, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S …

Syria

Exxon's Russian drilling rights denied as Trump distances himself from Kremlin

The oil giant repeatedly attempted to have Secretary of State Rex Tillerson waive sanctions.<p>Exxon Mobil's bid to drill in the arctic alongside …

Russia

US refuses to waive Russian sanctions, denies Exxon request to drill in Black Sea

The Trump administration has rejected a request from oil giant Exxon Mobil to allow it to drill in Russia's Black Sea region. US Secretary of State and ex-Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson had recused himself from the decision.<p>Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the US would not be issuing any waivers to …

Oil

Pence announces $10B defense and energy deal in Jakarta

Vice President Mike Pence continued his trip to Asia Friday with a stop in Jakarta where he announced $10 billion military and energy deal with the …

Indonesia

Andrea Mitchell Spends Three Days Lobbying to Keep Iran Deal

Since the Trump administration announced Wednesday morning that it would be reviewing the Iran nuclear deal in light of the autocratic regime’s …

Iran

The Real Trump Agenda: Helping Big Business

What with U.S. aircraft carriers sailing in the wrong direction, Attorney General Jeff Sessions describing Hawaii as “an island in the Pacific,” and Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent, and Kid Rock larking around in the Oval Office, it’s been a pretty typical week for the Trump Administration: jaw-dropping, …

Net Neutrality

Rex Tillerson Washington D.C. House - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Lives in Kalorama

When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson bought a house in Kalorama earlier this year, he joined the Obamas, Jeff Bezos, and Jared Kushner and Ivanka …

Real Estate

Trump orders review on Tehran sanctions

President Donald Trump has ordered a review into whether sanctions against Tehran should be reinstated. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Tehran the world's "leading state-sponsor of terrorism".<p>President Donald Trump has ordered a review into whether sanctions against Tehran should be …

Iran

Forget sanctions: Exxon would like access to Russian oil anyway

With the simple submission of a technical sanctions waiver, oil giant Exxon Mobil created a potential PR headache for the White House. On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported Exxon is seeking a greenlight from the U.S. government to bypass sanctions on Russia and resume doing business with …

Russia

Trump's nuclear problem with Iran requires a plan B

<b>Once again rhetoric and reality in the Trump administration appear to be at odds with each other.</b><p>Earlier this week, the administration certified to Congress - as it must every 90 days - that Iran was abiding by the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the formal name given to …

Iran

US Ethics Office wants you to know public comments have skyrocketed to more than 39,000 from 164

Sometimes a picture is worth 39,000 words.<p>That's the message that the U.S. Office of Government Ethics sent on Twitter, pointing out that the number …

Ethics

The Case for Caution With Iran

Under U.S. President Donald Trump, the United States has assumed an openly confrontational stance toward Iran. How that stance will turn into policy …

Iran

ExxonMobil's Russian Sanctions Waiver Request And Why Donald Trump Should Deny It

An expert shares his wisdom with HuffPost UK.<p>ExxonMobil is reportedly seeking permission from the US government for approval to resume drilling around the Black Sea with a Russian partner, the state-owned Rosneft.<p>The oil giant’s request is being reviewed by the Trump administration and is certain …

Donald Trump

Rex Tillerson says U.S. might put North Korea back on state sponsors of terror list

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that the Trump administration is reviewing whether to relist North Korea as a state sponsor of …

North Korea

Rex Tillerson accuses Iran of 'alarming provocations'

Rex Tillerson has accused Iran of “alarming and ongoing provocations” that export terror and destabilise the world after a friendly meeting with …

Iran

Putin on the move: Russia is moving back into Ukraine, as the Trump administration does nothing

Meanwhile, another Putin critic is killed, and Rex Tillerson's ex-company gets a present from Russia<p>Although President Donald Trump has not followed through on a reported plan that would have allowed Russia to shed its sanctions and win Ukrainian land through rigged elections, his administration’s …

Russia

Once critical of global deals, Trump slow to pull out of any

WASHINGTON (AP) — The "America First" president who vowed to extricate America from onerous overseas commitments appears to be warming up to the view that when it comes to global agreements, a deal's a deal.<p>From NAFTA to the Iran nuclear agreement to the Paris climate accord, President Donald …

Iran

Trump: Iran ‘not living up to the spirit’ of nuclear deal

President Donald Trump slammed Iran Thursday, accusing the country of “not living up to the spirit” of the nuclear deal that his administration said this week Tehran was following.<p>“As far as Iran is concerned, I think they are doing a tremendous disservice to the agreement that was signed,” Trump …

Iran

Tillerson to meet with Southeast Asian foreign ministers in May

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet with the foreign ministers of Southeast Asian countries on May 4 in Washington ahead of planned regional summits in November, a State Department official said on Thursday.<p>The foreign ministers of the 10-member Association of …

South China Sea

The payoff—Exxon asks for a waiver to take next step in Rex Tillerson's $500B deal with Putin

After all, Donald Trump has thrown some missiles at an airbase in Syria, Putin has said bad things about him, and they’re definitely taken off their …

Russia

The World Next Week: April 20, 2017

The chemical weapons crisis continues to unfold in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits Moscow, and NATO Secretary-General...<p>Chinese …

World Politics

WSJ.com What's News - Worldwide News Briefs for Apr 19

MAINSTREAM EUROPEAN LEADERS TRY NEW ELECTION TACTIC: FULL EMBRACE OF THE EU<p>To counter rising Euroskeptic and nationalist parties, candidates for the leadership of France and Germany are embracing the EU and its single currency. It's a switch in style that will get a big test in French presidential …

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U.S. mixes its signals on foreign affairs

As he nears his 100th day in office, President Donald Trump's efforts to appear decisive and unequivocal in his responses to fast-moving global crises have been undercut by a series of confusing and conflicting messages from within his administration.<p>Over the past two weeks, policy pronouncements …

Foreign Policy

WSJ: Exxon seeking to resume work on Russia venture curtailed by sanctions

Exxon Mobil (XOM -0.3%) has applied to the Treasury Department for a waiver from U.S. sanctions on Russia in a bid to resume its joint venture with …

Russia

Exxon Mobil trying to get around U.S. sanctions on Russia: report

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s former company has applied to get around U.S. sanctions on the Vladimir Putin regime, according to a report.<p>Oil …

Russia

What Does Russia Want From Donald Trump?

Ivan Kurilla, <i>European University of St Petersburg</i><p>There are several explanations for why relations between Russia and the United States having been in decline since 2010, from Russia’s increasingly aggressive postures (especially regarding Ukraine) to US support of regime-changing revolutions …

Russia

Exxon Seeks Permission to Ignore Sanctions, Drill in Russia

Typically, when a company requests special permission to be exempted from U.S. sanctions, it provides the government with an argument for how …

Oil