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Tillerson Denies Castration, but Not Calling President 'Moron'

The secretary of state bemoans the 'destructive games' of Washington DC

(Newser) - The question of whether the secretary of state called the president of the United States a "moron" remains open, with Rex Tillerson once again declining to put the matter to rest. On CNN's State of the Union Sunday, host Jake Tapper asked Tillerson about reports from last week... More »

Trump Wants to Compare IQ Tests With Tillerson

President says he knows who would win

(Newser) - We may never know for sure whether Rex Tillerson called President Trump a moron , a "f---ing moron," or never let an unkind word pass his lips , but Trump himself offers up a solution to the conundrum: "I think it's fake news, but if he did that,... 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 »

N. Korea: 'Parade Goes On' Despite 'Barking Dog'

NK's foreign minister wasn't scared by Trump's UN speech

(Newser) - North Korea has joined a host of other countries in condemning President Trump's speech at the UN . Trump's Tuesday speech, in which he vowed to "totally destroy" North Korea if the country threatened the US or its allies, amounted to "the sound of a barking dog,... 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 »

Report: Trump Is 'Fed Up' With Tillerson

The Secretary of State 'just doesn't get it,' Trump reportedly said

(Newser) - Could Rex Tillerson be the next bold-faced name banished from President Trump's inner circle? Calls for the secretary of state's head are growing louder in the White House, Axios reports, citing sources who say Trump has grown "increasingly frustrated" by Tillerson. The nation's top diplomat didn'... More »

2 Positive Headlines Emerge Amid N. Korea Doom, Gloom

Tillerson sees no 'imminent threat,' and Canadian pastor is released

(Newser) - After a spate of doom-and-gloom headlines on North Korea, two more positive ones emerged Wednesday morning: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to dial down the rhetoric and Pyongyang released a Canadian pastor. Tillerson, speaking to reporters aboard his plane as he returned to DC from Malaysia, made a point... More »

Duterte: US 'Toned Down' Its Human Rights Concerns

Pentagon may begin airstrikes in the Philippines against ISIS

(Newser) - The US already has a small military force in the Philippines to help in the fight against ISIS, but NBC News reports that the Pentagon might ramp things up by allowing US drones to conduct airstrikes. The strikes would be part of an official military mission that could be unveiled... 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 »

Tillerson Is Letting $79M Collect Dust

The Global Engagement Center could get the money, but hasn't

(Newser) - It garnered a small two-paragraph mention in a hefty Foreign Policy piece on Monday: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has $79 million at his disposal for fighting ISIS propaganda—he just has to sign two memos to get it. And he hasn't. Politico reports the funding all relates to... More »

Tillerson to N. Korea: We Don't Want Regime Change

'We are not your enemy'

(Newser) - Rex Tillerson says America wants North Korea to know one thing: "We are not your enemy. We are not your threat," he said Tuesday. "But you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond." The secretary of State said the US hopes... 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 »

US: Iran 'in Default of the Spirit' of Nuclear Deal

But Trump administration still gives wary recertification of Iran's compliance

(Newser) - The US, five other countries, and the EU reached a deal with Iran two years ago this month to make sure the latter's "nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful," and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recertified on Monday that Iran was complying with the agreement, as is... 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 »

Here's What Trump Has Planned for Cuba

Tillerson says new policy will pressure Cuba on human rights

(Newser) - The upside to former President Obama's landmark deal to normalize relations with Cuba is that the Cuban people have benefited, says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The downside, he says, is that they haven't benefited enough. While commending the increased commercial activity in Cuba, Tillerson told the Senate... More »

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