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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
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
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
Rudy

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
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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

Bill Clinton ‘Dumbfounded’ By Rove’s Comments About Hillary

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times Bill Clinton said he was “dumbfounded” by Karl Rove’s suggestion that his wife might have suffered from a traumatic brain injury, but shrugged off the incident and suggested that it was just the beginning of a GOP effort to raise questions about Hillary Rodham Clinton’s stamina. “I’ve got to give […]

May 14, 2014

U.S. Scrambles To Save Imperiled Middle East Peace Talks

By Joel Greenberg, McClatchy Foreign Staff JERUSALEM — U.S. officials on Wednesday clung to the idea of revived Middle East peace talks even after tit-for-tat provocations by the Palestinians and Israelis in recent days signaled that Secretary of State John Kerry’s signature diplomatic effort was in danger of collapse. Palestinian officials on Wednesday formally applied to […]

April 3, 2014

Kerry Tells Senators That Obama Syria Policy Is Collapsing

Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) — Two prominent Republican senators say that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told them — along with 13 other members of a bipartisan congressional delegation — that President Barack Obama’s administration is in need of a new, more assertive, Syria policy; that al Qaeda-affiliated groups in Syria pose a direct terrorist […]

February 3, 2014

Hillary Clinton Over Joe Biden In 2012? Possible

Oct. 14 (Bloomberg) — When does “no” not really mean no? When politicians say it. Reporters understand that if the circumstances are right, the answer can always change. On Thursday, NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the rumor du jour, that President Barack Obama might ask Clinton to swap jobs […]

October 14, 2011

Kerry A Lock for Secretary of State?

In a profile of Senator John Kerry and his foreign policy vision–and actions, as Foreign Relations Committee Chairman and friend of many foreign leaders, Kerry is a de-facto member of Obama’s national security team–the New York Times magazine analyzes the likely successor to Hillary Clinton over at Foggy Bottom: Kerry’s willingness to go anywhere he […]

July 15, 2011