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Aides Asked Her to Undercut Trump to 'Save Country': Haley

Tillerson and Kelly wanted UN ambassador to join resistance, book says

(Newser) - Rex Tillerson and John Kelly were trying to save the country by undermining President Trump, Nikki Haley says, and they wanted her to help. The former UN ambassador makes the claims about Trump's former secretary of state and chief of staff in a new memoir, With All Due Respect,... More »

Report: Tillerson Rejected Trump Request as Illegal

Bloomberg: Then-secretary of state declined to have DOJ drop a case against Giuliani client

(Newser) - Bloomberg is out with a report that it says is in sync with President Trump's test-the-boundaries style of governing. In 2017, Trump asked then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to get the Justice Department to drop a case against an Iranian-Turkish man who just happened to be a client... More »

Tillerson Says Kushner Froze Him Out

Transcript released of former secretary of state's comments about his tenure

(Newser) - In six hours of conversation with representatives of a House committee, Rex Tillerson detailed his relationship with the White House while he was secretary of state. There were issues. Tillerson expressed disdain and anger at times, Politico reports, toward Jared Kushner. The presidential son-in-law and adviser generally operated on a... More »

Tillerson's Take on Trump-Putin Meeting Infuriates Trump

President says it was Tillerson who was 'totally ill prepared'

(Newser) - Rex Tillerson was "totally ill prepared and ill equipped to be Secretary of State," according to the man who appointed him. President Trump's tweeted insults about Tillerson, whom he again referred to as "dumb as a rock" on Thursday, came after Tillerson told the House Foreign... More »

Tillerson on Trump: He's 'Pretty Undisciplined'

The former secretary of state speaks to Bob Schieffer of CBS

(Newser) - Rex Tillerson has been relatively tight-lipped about his time in the Trump White House. But, some nine months after Trump fired him (an “unceremonious firing by tweet,” Politico recalls), the former secretary of state has finally spoken publicly about his interactions with the president in a “rare... More »

Tillerson: Crisis in Ethics Threatens US Democracy

'When we go wobbly on the truth ... we go wobbly on America'

(Newser) - Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned of a growing crisis in "ethics and integrity in our society and among our leaders" during a commencement address at the Virginia Military Institute, reports Politico . If not addressed, "American democracy, as we know it, is entering its twilight years,"... More »

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 »

If Things Implode in N. Korea, Here's What Happens Next

Rex Tillerson shares light details from discussions with China

(Newser) - It's the conversation that was never had—until now, apparently. The New York Times reports that US diplomats have long tried to open a discussion with China about how things would play out if Kim Jong Un's government (and his father's before that) began to implode. US... More »

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 »

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