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Rex Tillerson Issues a Parting Warning on Russia

Much work needs to be done on Moscow's 'troubling behavior and actions,' he says

(Newser) - Rex Tillerson didn't thank President Trump in his parting statement after being fired Tuesday —but he didn't call him a moron again, either. Instead, the departing secretary of state praised progress on relations with China and moving toward North Korean denuclearization, but warned of Russia's "... More »

Tillerson Got a Warning: 'You May Get a Tweet'

Fired secretary of state says he'll return to private life as 'proud American'

(Newser) - Right on the heels of the news that Rex Tillerson was out as secretary of state came the news that Tillerson didn't know he was out as secretary of state and only learned that CIA Director Mike Pompeo was replacing him when the rest of the world did. Tillerson... More »

Rex Tillerson Is Out as Secretary of State

Trump is replacing him with CIA chief Mike Pompeo

(Newser) - Another White House staffing bombshell: Rex Tillerson, who has had a rocky public relationship with President Trump, is out as secretary of state, reports the Washington Post . Trump is replacing him with CIA chief Mike Pompeo, a move the president himself confirmed on Twitter: Pompeo "will do a fantastic... More »

Tillerson Digs In on Cuba as FBI Finds No Evidence of Attacks

Secretary of state refuses to send diplomats back, will likely form a review board

(Newser) - The United States would be "putting people intentionally in harm's way" if it sent diplomats back to Cuba, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tells the AP , even as a new FBI report casts doubt on the theory that Americans were hit by "sonic attacks." Following months... More »

Tillerson Unexpectedly at White House After News of Plan

The 'New York Times' says a plan for his ouster is in place

(Newser) - Rumors of a planned ouster of Rex Tillerson are nothing new, but the New York Times reports it's learned of an actual plan to do so. Unnamed senior White House officials tell the paper that chief of staff John Kelly has created a transition plan, to be put... More »

How Much More Can Tillerson Take?

Being secretary of state is quite different than heading Exxon—and Rex may not like it

(Newser) - "I don't know. I'm not a diplomat" is an odd statement to make if you're a high-ranking US Cabinet official tasked with critical matters of diplomacy. Yet those words were uttered by the US secretary of state during a September meeting at the UN regarding Iran'... More »

Sources Float Name of Possible Replacement for Tillerson

CIA Director Mike Pompeo, as Trump's rift with current secretary of state reportedly deepens

(Newser) - It's been a tumultuous week on the Tillerson-Trump front, with the secretary of state forced to hold a presser to address rumors he'd once nearly resigned (he denied that) and that he'd called the president a moron (he didn't say either way, though a spokeswoman later... More »

Did Tillerson's Statement Just Make Things Worse?

Gist of coverage is that his ties with Trump remain irreparably damaged

(Newser) - Rex Tillerson made the unusual move Wednesday of calling a news conference to refute reports that he's on the outs with President Trump and came close to resigning his post as secretary of state. So it's safe to say Tillerson is in DC for a while? Don't... More »

In Surprise Statement, Tillerson Shuts Down Story

'I have never considered leaving this post,' says secretary of state

(Newser) - In what CBS News calls "abruptly scheduled remarks" Wednesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called President Trump "smart" as part of a direct repudiation of a report from NBC News that alleged Tillerson came within an arm's length of resigning this summer and called the president a... More »

Trump on N. Korea: Tillerson's Negotiations Are a Waste

'We'll do what has to be done!' president tweets at secretary of state

(Newser) - After lamenting the "almost impossible situation in Puerto Rico" and blasting "politically motivated ingrates" there Sunday morning , President Trump moved onto a new topic on Twitter: North Korea and its nuclear weapons program. The Guardian reports that barely 24 hours had passed since Secretary of State Rex Tillerson... More »

Tillerson: 'We Have Lines of Communication' to North Korea

Secretary of State says 'we're not in a dark situation'

(Newser) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged Saturday that the US is maintaining direct channels of communications with North Korea even as tensions rise over its nuclear and missile programs, the AP reports. Tillerson said the US was probing North Korea's willingness to talk, and called for a calming of... More »

Tillerson: Diplomat Injuries in Cuba May Lead to Big US Move

Secretary of state says US Embassy there may be shuttered due to mystery 'incidents'

(Newser) - No one knows what's injuring US diplomats in Havana, not even (ostensibly) Raul Castro . And so Rex Tillerson said on Sunday's Face the Nation that the US government is considering closing the US Embassy there in response to this "serious issue," per the AP . "We... More »

Tillerson Had 'Clarifying' Questions for Russia

Regarding the expulsion of US diplomats, embassy staff

(Newser) - Mark your calendars: The US will make up its mind by Sept. 1 on how to respond to Russia's expulsion of 755 diplomats , Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday. The news followed a meeting between Tillerson and Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in the Philippines, during which Tillerson says... More »

State Department: No 'Rexit,' but He Is Taking Time Off

Spokesperson denies reports he's planning to exit his post

(Newser) - A State Department spokesperson continues to push back against reports that Rex Tillerson has plans to exit the Trump administration. But in doing so, she made a point to say that he serves "at the pleasure of the president," reports the Hill . Tillerson himself hasn't responded to... More »

Reports: Tillerson May Be Gone Soon

But spokesman denies that secretary of state is considering an early exit

(Newser) - Jeff Sessions may not be the only Cabinet member whose days are numbered . Multiple reports say Secretary of State Rex Tillerson isn't destined for a long tenure. The latest is Reuters , whose source says Tillerson was "very upset at not having autonomy, independence and control over his own... More »

Rex Tillerson 'Explodes' at White House Aide

Secretary of state's frustration has boiled over, sources say

(Newser) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson finds dealing with the White House frustrating, and tensions boiled over Friday when he "exploded" at a White House aide, insiders tell Politico . The sources say White House officials present, including Jared Kushner, were "stunned" when Tillerson laid into presidential personnel office chief... More »

Secretary of State Tillerson: 'I Didn't Want This Job'

His wife convinced him 'God's not through with you'

(Newser) - As the old saying goes: Behind every successful man there stands a woman … making him become the United States' secretary of state. At least that's how the adage was apparently interpreted in Rex Tillerson's household, per an interview with Tillerson that appeared Tuesday in the International Journal... More »

Tillerson's Travel Plans Worry Allies in NATO

He's skipping an alliance meeting, will visit Moscow

(Newser) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's travel plans aren't sitting well with his counterparts in Europe. Tillerson will skip a NATO meeting early next month, the first time in more than a decade a secretary of state has done so, reports Reuters . On top of that, Tillerson will travel... More »

Tillerson Takes Bold Stance on Countering North Korea

Says pre-emptive military action is definitely 'option on the table'

(Newser) - Looks like North Korea and the US finally agree on something—though unfortunately, that something is the possibility of war. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in South Korea, where he said Friday that the era of "strategic patience" is over and pre-emptive military action is definitely an "... More »

Tillerson 'Sidelined' at State Department

Sources say he's trying to boost his profile

(Newser) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson feels that he has been sidelined—along with the entire State Department—and is looking for ways to boost his profile, insiders say. A State source tells Politico that Tillerson has privately asked aides for advice on boosting his profile and engaging with the media... More »

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