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Trump names State spokeswoman Nauert for UN ambassador

President Donald Trump announced Friday he’s nominating State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018

Trump jokes ‘who’s next?’ as tumult engulfs White House

President Donald Trump consumed Thursday morning’s TV headlines with amusement. Reports of tumult in the administration were at a feverish pitch – even on his beloved Fox News – as …

UPDATED: Sun., March 11, 2018

Trump administrations words, deeds on Africa are colliding

U.S. words and deeds are colliding as Tillerson travels across Africa. On trade policy, HIV/AIDS and humanitarian aid, the United States at times seems at odds with itself, muddying efforts …

U.S. and Egypt pledge allegiance in IS fight raging in Sinai

The United States and Egypt on Monday reaffirmed their commitment to battle Islamic militants in the Middle East as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held talks with Egyptian officials …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018

State Department loses top career diplomat as crises abound

The Trump administration is losing its top career diplomat in a heavy blow to the State Department amid numerous international crises.

Tillerson seeks to show ‘America First’ isn’t America alone

As President Donald Trump declared that “America First does not mean America alone” at a global economic forum in Switzerland, his top diplomat was on a European trip of his …

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 27, 2018

Holocaust remembered as warning amid far-right resurgence

Holocaust survivors wearing striped scarves that recalled their uniforms as prisoners of Nazi Germany placed candles on the train tracks carried people to their deaths at Auschwitz on Saturday, exactly …

Trump letter to African leaders: Tillerson to make 1st visit

President Donald Trump in a new letter to African leaders says he “deeply respects” the people of Africa and that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will make an “extended visit” …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 23, 2018

U.S. says Russia to blame for Syrian chemical weapon attacks

Russia is ultimately to blame for any use of chemical weapons in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday amid reports of a suspected chemical attack this week …

Tillerson presses Europe on Iran deal, as France bristles

The Trump administration on Tuesday pressed ahead with efforts to convince European allies to add tough new requirements to the Iran nuclear deal, a move met with deep skepticism in …

Tillerson signals deeper U.S. military commitment in Syria

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled deeper U.S. commitment to Syria on Wednesday, saying America would maintain its military presence there to prevent an Islamic State resurgence. He said the …

U.S. meets Korean War allies, wants more pressure on North Korea

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Tuesday for nations to step up the U.S.-led “maximum pressure” campaign against North Korea by thwarting sanctions evasion and interdicting ships conducting illicit trade …

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 30, 2017

Ray of hope, then deep hostility between U.S. and North Korea

In the first month of Donald Trump’s presidency, an American scholar quietly met with North Korean officials and relayed a message: The new administration in Washington appreciated an extended halt …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

Tillerson’s offer of talks with North Korea left hanging

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has softened America’s stance on possible talks with North Korea, calling it “unrealistic” to expect the nuclear-armed country to come to the table ready to …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017

Tillerson softens U.S. stance on possible talks with North Korea

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday softened America’s stance on possible talks with North Korea, calling it “unrealistic” to expect the nuclear-armed country to come to the table ready …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017

Amid low morale, Tillerson says changes coming to State Dept

Seeking to reassure American diplomats amid low morale, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson unveiled changes Tuesday to the State Department that he said would help workers perform better and position …

House Democrats press Tillerson on Trump’s Muslim retweets

A group of House Democrats is demanding that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tell them whether President Donald Trump’s frequent use of social media is putting U.S. diplomats and Americans …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017

Trump denies Tillerson out as secretary of state

President Donald Trump on Friday denied he wants to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, calling reports to that effect “fake news,” as his top diplomat brushed off speculation that …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017

Trump weighs plan to replace Secretary of State Tillerson with CIA’s Pompeo

The White House is discussing a plan to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo in a major shake-up of President Donald Trump’s …

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017

State Department battles criticism of Tillerson’s management

The State Department is hitting back at growing bipartisan criticism of Rex Tillerson’s leadership and accusations he is presiding over a debilitating brain drain of the nation’s diplomatic corps.

USAID cancels jobs for dozens of applicants amid State Dept. hiring freeze

The U.S. Agency for International Development sent letters last month to 97 applicants for Foreign Service jobs, saying the positions had been “cancelled.”

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 30, 2017

Tillerson, Mattis tell senators new war authority not needed

Senior U.S. national security officials told Congress on Monday a new war authorization is “not legally required” to conduct combat operations against terrorist groups and warned lawmakers that prematurely repealing …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017

Belatedly, Trump admin finishes list of off-limits Russians

The Trump administration gave Congress on Thursday a list of Russian officials who may soon become off-limits to anyone who wants to avoid U.S. sanctions, as criticism mounted over the …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017

Review to confirm Rohingya ‘ethnic cleansing’

U.S. officials are preparing a recommendation for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to declare that “ethnic cleansing” is occurring against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims. That assessment would raise pressure on the …

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 23, 2017

Tillerson travels to Iraq, hours after visiting Afghanistan

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is on an unannounced trip to Iraq just hours after returning from a similar surprise visit to Afghanistan.

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 15, 2017

‘I’m intact,’ Tillerson says, brushing off drama with Trump

The strained relationship between President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson came under renewed focus Sunday, as the nation’s top diplomat insisted that Trump has not undermined him …

Tillerson: North Korea diplomacy continues until 1st ‘bomb drops’

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving the North Korean crisis “will continue until the first bomb drops.”

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 10, 2017

Trump’s jibe deepens feud with Tillerson; he was joking?

President Donald Trump challenged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to “compare IQ tests,” delivering a sharp-edged ribbing that threw a bright spotlight on his seemingly shaky relationship with his top …

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 1, 2017

Trump says envoy ‘wasting his time’ talking to North Korea

President Donald Trump says his chief diplomat is “wasting his time” trying to negotiate with North Korea about its nuclear and missile programs.

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 30, 2017

Tillerson says U.S. has direct channels to talk to North Korea

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged on Saturday that the United State is maintaining direct channels of communications with North Korea even as tensions rise over the North’s nuclear …