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Tillerson

Rex Tillerson Could Quit Trump Admin Before Year End

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is growing increasingly frustrated with the Trump administration and could quit before the year is through, according to reports.

July 24, 2017
Tillerson

Senate Confirms Tillerson As Secretary Of State In Contentious Vote

In the vote, 56 senators backed Tillerson, and 43 voted no. Senate Democrats had tried, but failed, to delay the vote because of Trump’s executive order banning immigration from seven mostly Muslim countries and temporarily halting the entry of refugees. They said they wanted to ask Tillerson more questions about the issue after Trump signed the order.

February 1, 2017
Tillerson

By A Narrow Margin, Senate Panel Clears Tillerson’s Path To Be Secretary Of State

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 11-10 to approve Tillerson, with every Republican backing the former oil executive and every Democrat opposing him. Democrats said they voted against Tillerson over fears he might lift sanctions on Russia.

January 24, 2017
Rex Tillerson

Tillerson Ducks Queries On Exxon’s Climate Record, Lobbying In Senate Hearing

During the hearings, Tillerson repeatedly said that he and Exxon did not lobby Congress about sanctions against Russia implemented in 2014. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Bob Menendez then confronted Tillerson with lobbying documents that showed Exxon opposed the sanctions and paid Washington-based lobbyists to oppose the legislation.

January 12, 2017
Tillerson

Tillerson Says He Supports Keeping Russia Sanctions — For Now

Tillerson’s support for a more assertive policy toward Russia than Trump has espoused was tempered by his refusal to commit to support maintaining President Barack Obama’s executive order authorizing additional sanctions against Moscow because of its interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

January 11, 2017
John Kerry, Diplomat

Tireless In His Diplomatic Efforts, John Kerry Often Came Up Empty-Handed

Kerry is nothing if not indefatigable, traveling to all corners of the world as America’s top diplomat over the last four years. But as he prepares to leave office, he confronts a mixed legacy, with a handful of successes coupled with searing defeats, especially in the Middle East.

December 28, 2016
Tillerson, Putin, ExxonMobil

Meet Rex Tillerson: Putin’s Pal And Trump’s Nominee For Secretary Of State

Exxon has been doing business in Russia for more than 20 years—but with Tillerson at the helm, the company’s Russian operations have expanded massively.

December 14, 2016
Tillerson, ExxonMobil, Russia, Secretary Of State

Trump Nominates Pro-Russian Oil Tycoon For Secretary Of State

Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has no traditional experience in diplomacy after working for ExxonMobil for nearly three decades. There are also serious questions about the oil executive’s relations with Russia.

December 13, 2016
ExxonMobil CEO Tillerman

Can Exxon CEO Turn From Corporate To National Interest As Secretary Of State?

The central question facing Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson if he becomes U.S. secretary of state is whether a life-long oil man with close ties to Russia can pivot from advancing corporate interests to serving the national interest.

December 11, 2016
Exxon CEO Tillerson

Trump Expected To Name Exxon CEO Tillerson As Secretary Of State

As Exxon’s CEO, Tillerson oversees operations in more than 50 countries, including Russia. In 2011, Exxon signed a deal with Rosneft, Russia’s largest state-owned oil company, for joint oil exploration and production. Since then, the companies have formed 10 joint ventures for projects in Russia.

December 10, 2016
Rudolph Giuliani boasted about "a few surprises" two days before Comey letter

Giuliani Ends His Bid To Serve In The Trump Administration

Giuliani’s withdrawal from consideration came after Trump made clear that he was broadening his search for a secretary of state.

December 10, 2016
Romney begs Trump for a job

Deal With The Devil: Romney Praises Trump Following Dinner Date

“I had a wonderful evening with President-elect Trump,” Romney said in remarks to reporters. “We had another discussion about affairs throughout the world and these discussions I’ve had with him have been enlightening, and interesting, and engaging.”

November 30, 2016
David Petraeus

Why Is David Petraeus Even Being Considered For Secretary Of State?

David Petraeus admitted he shared classified information with his mistress, yet Donald Trump is actively considering him for secretary of state.

November 28, 2016
Video: Scarborough pained by Rudy Giuliani antics

#EndorseThis: Morning Joe Groans As Giuliani Crusades To Win State Job

Rudy Giuliani’s self-serving bluster is so cringeworthy that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough literally groaned in pain at his latest antics.

November 28, 2016
Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway (L) and Paul Manafort, staff of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, speak during a round table discussion on security at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Kellyanne Conway Publicly Trashes Mitt Romney On ‘Meet The Press’

“I am all for party unity but I am not sure that we have to pay for that with the Secretary of State position,” Conway said on CNN.

November 27, 2016
Cartoon: Romney's blinding smile awes Giuliani in SecState Battle

Cartoon: Romney Or Giuliani?

Romney’s blinding smile shocks and awes grim Giuliani in struggle to become Trump’s secretary of state.

November 25, 2016
Romney meets with Trump

Team Of Rivals? Donald Trump Meets With Mitt Romney

Trump and Romney emerged from their meeting after an hour and 20 minutes. Trump told reporters their talks “went great,” and Romney said he and Trump “had a far-reaching conversation with regards to the various theaters in the world.”

November 19, 2016
Rudy Giuliani's flimsy foreign policy experience

Rudy Giuliani’s Flimsy Foreign Policy Credentials

As mayor of New York City, Giuliani gained national recognition for his post-9/11 actions, but Giuliani’s few foreign policy forays as mayor at times turned into minor international incidents.

November 16, 2016
Rudy Giuliani for secretary of state?

Is Giuliani Really The Leading Candidate For Secretary Of State?

“If Rudy wants it, he’ll get it,” former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich told “The Kelly File” on Fox News.

November 15, 2016

Clinton Camp Defends Email Use As Watchdogs Said To Seek Probe

Controversy over Hillary Clinton’s decision to use private email while she was serving as secretary of state have dogged her presidential campaign since before it officially started.

July 24, 2015
Hillary Clinton Campaigning

Newly Released Emails Reveal The Hillary You (Still) Don’t Know

Time magazine describes Hillary Clinton with adjectives rarely used in conventional profiles: “humble,” “self-deprecating,” and “generous.”

July 2, 2015
Photo: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the 2014 Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola, IA. (Gregory Hauenstein/Flickr)

Hillary Clinton’s Use Of Private Email Not Unusual, But Still Raises Questions

A partisan fight has broken out over Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email accounts as secretary of State.

March 4, 2015

Kerry’s Plane Grounded…Again

A series of frustrating mechanical issues has left the Secretary of State without a back to the U.S.

October 16, 2014

Close The ‘Evil’ Prison Camps, Kerry Urges N.Korea

“If we don’t stand with men and women suffering in anonymity, then what do we stand for? If we don’t give voice to the voiceless, then why bother to speak?”–Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking to foreign ministers at the U.N. General Assembly about the crimes against humanity in North Korean prison camps.

September 23, 2014