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Tillerson to North Korea: 'Let's Just ... Talk About the Weather'

He says talks can happen without preconditions

(Newser) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the US is ready to talk to North Korea at any time about any subject Pyongyang wants to talk about—without preconditions. "Let's just meet and let's talk about the weather if you want and talk about whether it's going... More »

Tillerson Responds to Reports White House Planning Ouster

'Laughable'

(Newser) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday addressed widespread reports that the White House has a plan to oust him in favor of CIA Director Mike Pompeo, the Hill reports. During a meeting with the prime minister of Libya, Tillerson called the reports from Thursday "laughable" while waving off... 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 »

US: Situation in Myanmar Is 'Ethnic Cleansing

600K Rohingya Muslims have fled amid reports of rape, torture, executions

(Newser) - More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar since August amid reports of a "wave of rape, murder, and arson, entire villages torched by security forces and Buddhist vigilantes," NPR reports. Refugees say men, women, and children have been killed , and UN investigators describe rape, torture, and... More »

S. Korea: Idea of North Destroying Its Nukes Is Problematic

South Korea suggests Olympics might be a good place to start denuclearization discussions

(Newser) - Even if North Korea were on board, it would be "realistically difficult" to destroy the country's nuclear capabilities because they're so developed, according to South Korean President Moon Jae-in. It's for this reason that the international community must pressure North Korea into talks as soon as... More »

Trump on State Dept. Vacancies: 'I'm the Only One That Matters'

President also talked North Korea, Tillerson, and Putin during interview with Laura Ingraham

(Newser) - President Trump sat down with Laura Ingraham Thursday night, and when the Fox News host pressed him on why there are still so many vacancies for top posts in the State Department, he seemed nonplussed. "Let me tell you, the one that matters is me," Trump said, per... More »

2 Lawmakers Try to Curb Trump's Ability to Start a War

Democrats worried about his rhetoric against North Korea

(Newser) - President Trump and Kim Jong Un have not traded public threats of late, but it's still been a busy week in terms of North Korean developments. Defense chief James Mattis visited the DMZ, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sees a potential ally in India, and two Democratic lawmakers aim... More »

Pics From Secret Tillerson Meeting Raise Eyebrows

Expert says one photo was doctored, and both US and Afghanistan claimed wrong meeting location

(Newser) - Rex Tillerson's visit to Afghanistan Monday was cloaked in mystery in more ways than one. Following the secretary of state's surprise meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani—which was only reported after the fact—the US Embassy released a photo of the two men seated together in a... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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