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UPDATED: Thu., June 27, 2019, 12:48 p.m.

Tillerson says Kushner conducted foreign policy without him

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cited an awkward encounter with President Donald Trump’s son-in-law in a Washington restaurant as an example of diplomacy being conducted behind his back when …


Pompeo swaps no-profile espionage for overt diplomacy

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) – Mike Pompeo has swapped the no-profile, cloak-and-dagger world of covert espionage for the life of a buttoned-down diplomat, representing the public face of the Trump administration’s …


Trudy Rubin: Tillerson held the brake on Trump’s worst instincts. Now what?

Rex Tillerson’s biggest mistake was that he didn’t retire with dignity on his own terms before his boss unceremoniously sacked him and named CIA chief Mike Pompeo as his successor. …


Fired diplomat Tillerson says he’s praying for America

Rex Tillerson, in a message sent to U.S. embassies and consulates three days after President Donald Trump ousted him, also told American diplomats he was proud of them and would …


Michael Gerson: Trump unbound amid a cloud of chaos

It is a natural tendency to examine presidential decisions for what ideological content or policy direction they indicate. What does the removal of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signal about …


Marc A. Thiessen: Tillerson’s insubordination meant he had to go

There are many reasons Rex Tillerson’s tenure as secretary of state was a failure, from his notorious isolation from his subordinates to his failure to help quickly staff the political …


Senate confirmation fights ahead on Trump’s State, CIA picks

Back in 2017, the Senate gave quick confirmation to President Donald Trump’s national security team and his first secretary of state. But it’s not likely to go as smoothly for …


UPDATED: Tue., March 13, 2018, 9:29 p.m.

Trump ousts Tillerson at State, replacing with CIA’s Pompeo

President Donald Trump unceremoniously dumped Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday – by tweet – and picked CIA Director Mike Pompeo to take his place, abruptly ending Tillerson’s turbulent …


China floods Africa with needed dollars, stoking U.S. concern

From Djibouti to Ethiopia, Kenya to Egypt, the United States is sounding the alarm that the Chinese money flooding Africa comes with significant strings attached.


Kenya President and opposition leader meet to unify country

Kenya’s president and opposition leader announced Friday they will work together to unite the country, which has been divided along ethnic lines following last year’s disputed elections.


UPDATED: Fri., March 2, 2018, 7:54 p.m.

U.S. makes Cuba staffing cuts permanent after ‘health attacks’

Citing mysterious “health attacks” in Havana, the United States said Friday it is making permanent its withdrawal of 60 percent of its diplomats from Cuba, extending an action that has …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 8:44 p.m.

Tillerson tries to soothe badly strained relations with Turkey

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for more than three hours Thursday in what both sides predicted would be two days of difficult talks …


U.S. Secretary of State in Egypt at start of Mideast tour

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson flew into Egypt on Sunday at the start of a five-nation tour that coincides with heightened regional tension as well as unease over the …


Iran deal ‘fixes’ to dominate Tillerson’s agenda in Europe

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is seeking British and French support for tough new penalties against Iran and preventing a U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.


Tillerson says fix sought to law on Iran deal

The Trump administration is working with key lawmakers on a legislative fix that could enable the United States to remain in the Iran nuclear deal, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 15, 2017, 10:11 p.m.

Tillerson retreats on offer of unconditional NKorea talks

America’s top diplomat stepped back Friday from his offer of unconditional talks with North Korea, telling world powers the nuclear-armed nation must earn the right to negotiate with the United …


Tillerson says Ukraine key sticking point in US-Russia ties

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that Ukraine was the sole sticking point keeping the United States and Russia from forging a closer relationship, suggesting that all other …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 8:37 a.m.

U.S. declares ‘ethnic cleansing’ against Rohingya in Myanmar

The United States declared the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar to be “ethnic cleansing” on Wednesday, threatening penalties for military officials engaged in a brutal crackdown that has …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 18, 2017, 7:18 a.m.

Trump administration takes a step toward closing PLO office

The Trump administration put the Palestinians on notice Friday that it will shutter their office in Washington unless they’ve entered serious peace talks with Israel, U.S. officials said, potentially giving …


Official: U.S. would consider individual sanctions for Myanmar

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that the U.S. is deeply concerned by “credible reports” of atrocities committed by Myanmar’s security forces and called for an independent investigation into …


Tillerson to make 1st trip to Myanmar amid Rohingya crisis

Top U.S. diplomat Rex Tillerson will make his first trip to Myanmar this month to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, the State Department said Thursday.


Here, there, everywhere, Tillerson trip all about terrorism

Through seven nations across three different parts of the world, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson devoted himself to his president’s overarching foreign policy mission: Defeating terrorism. His trip concluded Thursday …


Tillerson again insists Syrian leader Assad must go

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson doubled down Thursday on Washington’s call for Syrian President Bashar Assad to leave power, looking past recent battlefield gains by his Russian-backed forces to …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 8:59 a.m.

Tillerson in India to highlight U.S. strategy in South Asia

Combating terrorism and India’s role in war-torn Afghanistan dominated talks between U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Indian counterpart Wednesday as Tillerson highlighted the Trump administration’s new strategy …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017, 10:07 p.m.

Tillerson seeks Arab help in U.S. effort to isolate Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took the Trump administration’s case for isolating and containing Iran in the Middle East and beyond to two Gulf Arab nations on Sunday, pushing …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 12:39 p.m.

Tillerson seeks stronger ties with India, chides China

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Wednesday for the U.S. and India to expand strategic ties. He also pointedly criticized China, which he accused of challenging international norms needed for …


Trudy Rubin: Inside Trump’s hard-line strategy on Iran

So the United States is headed down a path where we could wind up with the worst of all possible outcomes: an Iran freed of nuclear restraints at a time …


Milbank: The president is put to the test

Trump: Tillerson intelligent? You are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.


Trudy Rubin: Tillerson is toast, so is diplomacy

Even if Tillerson stayed in place, it’s unclear that he could counter his boss’s deepest instincts. Nor is it clear that any successor to Tillerson can convince Trump that diplomacy …


Kathleen Parker: Trump recaptures the spotlight

The very last thing Trump needs right now is a political shootout over guns.