Rex Tillerson

Meet the horsemen of our environmental apocalypse

These Trump appointees are destroying life on Earth for us and for our children<p>Consolidation of power by the oil and coal barons began immediately after the election; president-elect Trump’s transition advisors emerged as an oil industry dream team. Despite the initial antipathy between Trump and …


Gulf diplomatic crisis: US says some demands on Qatar 'difficult to meet'

<b>Washington:</b> The United States says some demands on Qatar by its neighbors "will be very difficult to meet." But the US isn't rejecting the demands …

Middle East

Donald Trump sends 'warm greetings' to Muslims celebrating Eid

<b>Washington</b>: US president Donald Trump sent "warm greetings" to Muslims celebrating the end of Ramadan, after his administration broke with the …


Report: Rex Tillerson may drop Iraq, Myanmar from child soldiers list

Published 16m ago on<p>by Tom McKay<p>ShareEmail<p>Published 16m ago on<p>by Tom McKay<p>Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has chosen to remove Iraq and Myanmar from …


Under Trump, US foreign policy is increasingly being left to the generals

Qatar is home to the US’s largest military base in the Middle East and a long-time US ally. Since its Gulf neighbors, led by Saudi Arabia, imposed a blockade two weeks ago, president Donald Trump has enthusiastically praised the blockade and attacked Qatar—contradicting the messages from his own …

Foreign Policy

The Coming War with Iran?

The Saudi war in Yemen is really directed at…Iran. Donald Trump’s first overseas visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel was specifically targeted at…Iran. The Saudi-led isolation of Qatar is actually about…Iran.<p>The escalation of U.S. military actions against the Syria government is… well, do I really …


Qatar blockade exposes rifts in Trump administration's 'peculiar' foreign policy

While Donald Trump backs the Saudi-led ultimatum, the state and defense departments are openly critical – a mixed message that could worsen the crisis<p>The crisis created by the ultimatum delivered to Qatar by the Saudi-led Gulf coalition has been deepened by mixed messages from Washington.<p>While …

Foreign Policy

State Department's anti-Semitism office will soon have no staff

The office will be vacant July 1, and it's unclear if the Trump administration plans to fill it

Trump Administration

US to remove Iraq, Myanmar from list of world's worst offenders in use of child soldiers

<b>Washington:</b> In a highly unusual intervention, secretary of state Rex Tillerson plans to remove Iraq and Myanmar from a US list of the world's worst …

Trump Administration

Rex Tillerson’s tilt gives Ottawa officials hope

“Canada has nothing to worry about. The President is a big fan. It’s the single best bilateral relationship we have.”<p>This cheery, optimistic talk came from a senior Republican, a strategist who has run top-level GOP campaigns for three decades and has close White House ties. Donald Trump, he was …

Trump Administration

Narendra Modi US visit: Monitoring Donald Trump's super thumb

Nope. Nothing yet.<p>It’s the unavoidable beat in the #ModiTrump backroom - constant vigil of the the super thumb’s Twitter handle, especially in the …

Narendra Modi

Neighbors demand that Qatar close Al-Jazeera, cut Iran ties

As 4 Arab nations hand Qatar list of demands, Qatari diplomat tells CBS News her country being maligned with "terrorism card" for its "openness"

Middle East

Rex Tillerson is so slow at filling offices that even Donald Trump is complaining

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How America’s friends and enemies have adjusted to the age of Trump

As US allies wrestle with what to do next, China hopes to benefit from a world in flux<p>Several US presidents have proclaimed a new world order. Today …

Chrystia Freeland

Unlikely allies: Israel and the Saudis

The shifting allegiances of today’s Middle East<p>Israel’s Channel 2 news station improbably made history last week by airing a brief interview with an obscure policy wonk named Abed al-Hamid Hakim. The subject was the blockade of Qatar imposed by the Saudis and a couple of other despotic Sunni Arab …

Middle East

Russia cancels talks after US imposes new sanctions over Ukraine conflict

State department spokeswoman offers blunt response to cancellation amid rising tensions, as planes see another close encounter over Baltic Sea<p>Russia has canceled a planned round of talks with the US in protest at new sanctions imposed this week over Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine.<p>The …


The US military doesn't seem to be on board with Trump's condemnation of Qatar

Days after President Donald Trump returned from first trip abroad, stopping in Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Italy, the Saudis — along with the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain — cut ties with Qatar, halting traffic on sea, air, and land and ordering Qatari citizens to leave the Gulf states …

Middle East

Hillary’s Emails Are the Well That Never Runs Dry

I promise you I’m not making this up:The State Department has opened a formal inquiry into whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her …

Hillary Clinton

Trump's State Department denies jobs to winners of prestigious scholarship for minority students

Graduates of one of America’s most prestigious diversity fellowships won’t get the fast-track into prime State Department roles they were …


Rex Tillerson to Work With Russia on Cybersecurity (Even After Hacking)

The secretary of state's three-point plan calls for working with Russia on several issues including, surprisingly, cybersecurity.

World News

Rex Tillerson Works From Home Instead of Confronting Venezuelan Ghosts of His Past

Venezuela and its president, Nicolás Maduro, have proved to be favorite targets of the Trump administration’s ire. At the outset of a summit on …


Tillerson Skips Mexico Trip to Focus on Gulf Crisis Talks - Bloomberg

Efforts to end a two-week-old crisis in the Persian Gulf shifted to the U.S., with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson canceling a trip to Mexico to try …

Middle East

Trump Is Cutting Into the Bone of American Leadership

McMaster, Tillerson, Mattis, and Kelly have largely ruined their own credibility.

Foreign Policy

Diplomats fish for access in Trump’s Washington

Whispering gallery wonders who to talk to in a town that trades on political contact

U.S. Dept. of State

Travel to North Korea Could Be Banned for Americans, Rex Tillerson Says

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. is considering "some type of travel visa restriction" to the authoritarian state.

North Korea

A Federal Judge Just Ruled that Dakota Access Pipeline Broke the Law

You COULD eat money, but it tastes like shit. <b>A federal judge just threw a huge wrench into the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.</b> He …


Rex Tillerson: Anti-Semitism Could Get Worse With a State Department Special Envoy

"By having a special person, an envoy out here, one of my experiences is, mission then says, 'Oh, we've got somebody else that does that,' " …

Trump Administration

Morning Bits

A political meltdown. “New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has the lowest approval rating of any governor in the country over the past 20 years, according to a new poll released Wednesday.”<p>Now they have to repair their decrepit brand. “Fox News Shedding ‘Fair & Balanced’ Slogan Because It’s Too …

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Rex Tillerson Does a Double U-Turn on Palestinian Prisoner Payments

The U.S. secretary of state said the payments would end, but then changed his mind, twice.

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Tillerson unites D’s and R’s — they all ridicule his testimony

The president’s draconian budget cuts to the State Department have virtually no defenders outside the White House. Many lawmakers and outside experts acknowledge that the State Department is not immune to waste and that a relook at its organization and staffing would not be unreasonable. However, …