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Rex Tillerson

  1. white house
    Trump Hired Them, Then He Called Them IncompetentJohn Kelly is just the latest Trump hire to fall from the president’s good graces. So much for hiring the “best people.”
  2. nikki haley
    Nikki Haley’s Skillful and Opportunistic MAGA Balancing ActOnce again, Nikki Haley has figured out how to keep herself in the news as a potential Trump-Pence successor while declaring her Trumpist loyalties.
  3. impeachment season
    Trump’s New Impeachable Offenses Threaten Pelosi’s Narrow Focus on UkraineHow do you decide how to impeach a president who won’t stop committing high crimes and misdemeanors? That’s a tough question for House Democrats.
  4. politics
    Rex Tillerson Is ‘Dumb As a Rock,’ Says the Guy Who Made Him Secretary of StateThe former secretary reportedly told Congress this week that Putin outmaneuvered Trump in their first meeting.
  5. the national interest
    Tillerson, Who Privately Called Trump ‘Moron,’ Pretty Much Confirms It in Public“Pretty undisciplined, doesn’t like to read, doesn’t read briefing reports, doesn’t like to get into the details of a lot of things.”
  6. Ronan Farrow on the Sad State of American DiplomacyThe newly minted Pulitzer winner and best-selling author chats about the necessity of the State Department and his Harvey Weinstein reporting.
  7. Pompeo Confirmed As Secretary of State, With Seven Democratic VotesOnce Trump and Pompeo brought Rand Paul around, the hawkish CIA director’s confirmation was inevitable.
  8. the national circus
    Frank Rich: The Hidden Logic of Trump’s Staff ExodusThe president is looking for a specific type in an underling.
  9. White House Fires State Dept. Official Who Contradicted Tillerson Firing AccountIt’s a veritable fire-a-palooza!
  10. Tillerson’s Firing Brings America Closer to War With North KoreaThe secretary’s departure suggests Trump will kill the Iran deal in May – and sabotage the prospects of diplomacy with North Korea in the process.
  11. Trump’s Choice to Lead CIA Oversaw ‘Black Site’ Interrogation ProgramGina Haspel reportedly oversaw the waterboarding of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri and the destruction of interrogation tapes.
  12. select all
    Like You, Rex Tillerson Spent the Weekend Dreading Trump’s TweetsHe was told to keep a lookout.
  13. foreign policy
    The Mess Rex Tillerson Is Leaving BehindHe has been fired as secretary of State. His legacy is chaos at the institution he ran.
  14. the national interest
    Trump Denies Russian Guilt in Murder. Tillerson Admits It, Is Fired. Hmm.A pretty suspicious sequence of events following the murder of a Russian former double agent in Britain.
  15. President Trump Fires Secretary of State Rex TillersonMike Pompeo will take his job ahead of talks with North Korea.
  16. trump administration
    Grown-ups Are Not Running America’s Foreign PolicyA group of Model U.N. teenagers could probably pick and execute policies better than this administration.
  17. Commerce Department Offers Trump Ammunition for His Trade WarTrump has until April 11 to decide whether to impose high tariffs on aluminum and steel. It’s a subject that divides his party and administration.
  18. The Pentagon Is Afraid to Give Trump More Military Options on North KoreaTop Defense officials believe that a military strike would be reckless and unnecessary — and don’t trust Trump to reach the same conclusion.
  19. foreign policy
    How U.S. Foreign Policy Is Being Shaped by Trump’s TweetsTillerson & Co. jump through hoops to turn the president’s random assertions into a coherent diplomatic strategy.
  20. climate change
    The Rockefellers vs. Exxon, the Company That Made Them the RockefellersThe family that pioneered the oil industry in America wants to expose what Exxon hid from the public about climate change.
  21. White House Officials Are Afraid of Trump’s ‘Nuclear Button’Thus far, Trump has allowed his advisers to overrule his worst instincts. But “the adults” are losing influence — and the “Button” is in his hands.
  22. Trump Might Fire His Top Diplomat for Always Pushing DiplomacyRex Tillerson keeps publicly calling for talks with North Korea, free of any preconditions. Trump’s generals would prefer war.
  23. Trump: Secretary of State I Constantly Undermine Will Not Be FiredThe secretary of State can, at least temporarily, go back to eviscerating his department.
  24. the national interest
    It’s Been a Banner Day for Donald TrumpA brief summary of a day of dysfunctional government.
  25. Trump Appears to Be Firing Tillerson Via Public ShamingThe president used the same technique on Jeff Sessions, and he’s still attorney general — but Tillerson may not have much appetite for humiliation.
  26. Trump to Put ‘Quartet of Warriors’ in Charge of Foreign PolicyRex Tillerson’s dismissal will be no surprise. But the military-heavy character of the new team that will ascend to power in his absence is ominous.
  27. immigration
    300,000 Central American and Haitian Immigrants May Soon Face DeportationMany of the immigrants have U.S.-born children and own homes and businesses, and some have lived in the country for decades.
  28. Rex Tillerson: Some Days I Feel Like I Need to ‘Curl Up in a Ball’The secretary of State sure seems to hate his job.
  29. Tillerson Given Chance to Deny ‘Moron’ Comment, Doesn’t Take It“I’m not gonna deal with that petty stuff.”
  30. Trump Recently Demanded an Eightfold Increase in Nuclear ArsenalTrump saw a slide showing America had more nukes in the late 1960s than it does now – and demanded we close the missile gap with history.
  31. foreign policy
    How Tillerson Is Trying to Save the Iran Deal From His BossIf you can’t work with a moron, work around him.
  32. the national interest
    Is Trump About to Trigger a Cabinet ‘Suicide Pact’?Implosion watch.
  33. the national interest
    Trump Furious Tillerson Refused to Deny Calling Him a MoronThere’s even moron this story.
  34. GOP Senator: Tillerson Helps ‘Separate Our Country From Chaos’Bob Corker strongly implies that Americans need the secretary of State to protect them from their president.
  35. apocrypha
    Donald Trump Is a World-Historic Genius: An Op-ed by Rex TillersonIt is I who am the moron, Rex Tillerson writes.
  36. Tillerson Denies Wanting to Resign, But Doesn’t Deny Calling Trump a ‘Moron’Asked about the reported insult, the secretary of State said he wouldn’t address “petty stuff.”
  37. Report: Tillerson Called Trump a ‘Moron’The secretary of State was reportedly close to quitting in July until several top administration officials convinced him not to.
  38. foreign policy
    Playing ‘Good Cop, Crazy Cop’ Won’t Work With North KoreaTrump can’t out-crazy crazy, especially if the U.S. has lost its diplomatic credibility.
  39. foreign policy
    Trump Administration Trying Direct Diplomacy With North Korea to Defuse CrisisIt’s already not going very well.
  40. Aides to Trump: U.S. Needs to Police the World to Protect Corporate InterestsTrump’s top advisers (reportedly) told him that America needs a globe-spanning army in order to “make the world safe” for U.S. businesses like his.
  41. foreign policy
    Tillerson Says U.S. May Shut Down Cuba Embassy Over Sonic Attacks on DiplomatsAt least 21 American diplomats and their families have been injured in a series of bizarre incidents.
  42. Trump May Be More Dangerous Than His Handlers RealizedTrump is starting to follow through on his most destructive ideas. And he has tariffs and the death of the Iran deal on his to-do list.
  43. politics
    Rex Tillerson Won’t Say If Trump ‘Speaks for American Values’“The president speaks for himself.”
  44. U.S. May Bomb ISIS in the Philippines: ReportAs Tillerson meets with Duterte, the Pentagon mulls opening a new front in America’s war against the (so-called) Islamic State.
  45. Tillerson Denies He Wants to Quit, But Doesn’t Appear to Be Doing Much LeadingDiplomats complain that the former Exxon CEO is a surprisingly ineffectual manager — but that may be what Trump wants.
  46. Shockingly, Trump Doesn’t Know Who Hezbollah Are or What They DoWho’da thunk it?
  47. Trump Brought Up Russian Meddling at Top of Putin Meeting, Says TillersonAt a meeting than ran 90 minutes longer than expected, Trump and Putin discussed Russian interference in U.S. elections, the secretary of State says.
  48. Secretary of State Gives Up on Diplomacy, Berates White HouseTillerson is tired of the White House blocking his hires and letting the president’s son-in-law usurp his authority. And he’s done holding his tongue.
  49. Trump Trashes Key U.S. Ally in Defiance of His Diplomats (Again)The administration was trying to reassure Qatar that it has America’s support, when Trump declared Doha a funder of terrorism at a “very high level.”
  50. ‘Shadow Secretary of State’ Jared Kushner Is in Hot WaterAfter an overseas trip in which he played a role well beyond his job description, he’s returning home to a much dicier situation.
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