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'You're Kidding!': Russian Minister on Comey Firing

Sergey Lavrov seemed to react sarcastically to Comey question at DC presser

(Newser) - US News says he "appeared to get irritated," while Politico and NBC note he was being sarcastic, but if Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov didn't know about President Trump firing FBI Director James Comey before Wednesday morning's presser at the State Department, he does now.... More »

McCain: Tillerson Remarks Kill 'Hope' Across Globe

In human rights op-ed, senator says our values must inform US foreign policy

(Newser) - When John McCain was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, one thing got him and his fellow POWs through the toughest moments: hope, bolstered by the belief that the US government and citizens had not forgotten them. But in a Monday op-ed addressing human rights in the New York Times ... More »

Trump's Big Phone Call Tuesday: Vladimir Putin

Leaders will speak amid low point in US-Russia relations

(Newser) - President Trump has an important phone call on his docket Tuesday: He'll be speaking with Vladimir Putin at 12:30pm Eastern. The talk comes less than a month after Trump said US-Russian relations "may be at an all-time low," notes the Wall Street Journal . The most recent... More »

Trump: 'Major Conflict' With N. Korea Possible

Tillerson says Kim Jong Un 'isn't insane'

(Newser) - President Trump says he wants to resolve America's differences with Pyongyang peacefully—but there is the chance we "could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea." Trump tells Reuters that the country is currently his biggest international worry. Asked whether he considers Kim Jong... More »

US Accuses Iran of 'Alarming Provocations'

Trump has ordered review of policy

(Newser) - Rex Tillerson wants Iran to know that the US hasn't forgotten about it amid current difficulties with Syria, Russia, and North Korea. He accused the country of "alarming ongoing provocations" Wednesday, the day after the Trump administration began a government-wide review of Iran policy, Reuters reports. Tillerson called... More »

Russia Vetoes UN Resolution on Syrian Chemical Attack

And Rex Tillerson says US-Russia relations are at a 'low point'

(Newser) - The US—along with France and the UK—had sought to pass a resolution condemning the use of chemical weapons in Syria and calling for a full probe into last week's attack only to have it vetoed by Russia during a meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday,... More »

Eric Trump 'Sure' Ivanka Pushed President to Bomb Syria

He says Trump's daughter isn't afraid to contradict his advisers

(Newser) - How did President Trump go from staunchly opposing any action in Syria to launching an airstrike in a matter of days? His son, Eric Trump, tells the Telegraph he's "sure" the decision has Ivanka Trump's fingerprints all over it. "Ivanka is a mother of three kids... More »

Kremlin: Tillerson Meeting 'Not in Putin's Diary'

Snub believed to be result of Syria tensions

(Newser) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson travels to Russia Tuesday—but, unlike when he visited Moscow as CEO of ExxonMobil, he will not be meeting Vladimir Putin. A Putin spokesman said Monday that they have not announced "any such meetings and right now there is no meeting with Tillerson in... More »

Trump Administration Gets Tough With Russia

Iran, Russia warn US not to cross 'red lines'

(Newser) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Moscow on Tuesday, and the visit is highly unlikely to be the love-in that some predicted in the Trump administration's earlier days. Tillerson talked tough on Russia in interviews Sunday, calling for the country to end its support of Syria's... More »

Haley: Syria Regime Change 'We Think Is Going to Happen'

Says Trump's decision to bomb was 'one of president's finest hours'

(Newser) - President Trump's decision to bomb Syria this week "was really one of the president's finest hours," says US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, speaking with CNN 's State of the Union. "He wanted to know exactly what the facts and evidence was. He... 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 »

N. Korea Hails Latest Test as a 'Revolution'

High-thrust rocket engine a breakthrough in space program, Pyongyang claims

(Newser) - North Korea has conducted a ground test of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine that leader Kim Jong Un is calling a revolutionary breakthrough for the country's space program, the North's state media said Sunday. Kim attended Saturday's test at the Sohae launch site, according to... 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 »

Rex Tillerson Used Email Alias 'Wayne Tracker' at Exxon

At least in missives about climate change, says New York attorney general

(Newser) - An investigation into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors regarding its knowledge of climate change has revealed that former CEO and current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used an alias email address to discuss the subject, says New York's attorney general. In a letter to a New York judge on... More »

White House Press Release Copies ExxonMobil's

Both releases contained identical paragraph

(Newser) - The White House and ExxonMobil were literally on the same page Monday when a White House statement on the oil giant's investment plan lifted an entire paragraph from an Exxon press release issued around 30 minutes earlier. Both statements praised how the company is "strategically investing in new... More »

One Word Keeps Dogging Rex Tillerson: Absence

The secretary of State has kept an extremely low profile thus far

(Newser) - A word that has been dogging Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: absence. Absence from the spotlight, from a high-profile human rights event Friday, and from the press, though that's set to change, somewhat, as of Monday. A rep for the State department attempted to answer the question of where,... 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 »

Tillerson Confirmed by Senate

Vote is 56-43, largely along party lines

(Newser) - The Republican-led Senate has confirmed Rex Tillerson as President Trump's secretary of state, the AP reports. Senators voted 56-43 largely along party lines to approve Tillerson's nomination to be the nation's chief diplomat. Most Senate Democrats opposed Tillerson's nomination, angering Republicans who considered the former Exxon... More »

Senate Committee Narrowly Backs Tillerson as SecState

Vote is 11-10 along party lines

(Newser) - Rex Tillerson's bid to be secretary of state narrowly won approval Monday from the Republican-led Foreign Relations Committee, a move that all but assures Senate confirmation of President Donald Trump's choice to be the nation's top diplomat, the AP reports. Members of the committee voted along party... More »

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