Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is growing increasingly frustrated with the Trump administration and could quit before the year is through, according to reports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Giuliani’s withdrawal from consideration came after Trump made clear that he was broadening his search for a secretary of state.
“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.”
David Petraeus admitted he shared classified information with his mistress, yet Donald Trump is actively considering him for secretary of state.
Rudy Giuliani’s self-serving bluster is so cringeworthy that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough literally groaned in pain at his latest antics.
“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.
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.”
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.
“If Rudy wants it, he’ll get it,” former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich told “The Kelly File” on Fox News.
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.
Time magazine describes Hillary Clinton with adjectives rarely used in conventional profiles: “humble,” “self-deprecating,” and “generous.”
A partisan fight has broken out over Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email accounts as secretary of State.
“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.