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Rex Tillerson

"Is Tillerson the only sensible person in the admin..."



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Rex Wayne Tillerson (born March 23, 1952) is an American engineer and a businessman. Tillerson is the chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Exxon Mobil Corporation, the world's sixth largest company by revenue.

Tillerson was the national president of the Boy Scouts of America from 2010 to 2012.

On December 13, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced that Tillerson would be his nominee for Secretary of State.

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President Donald Trump declared the U.S. nuclear arsenal "far stronger and more powerful than ever before," even as his top diplomat was working to calm the North Korea crisis and insisting there wasn't "any imminent threat."

In a series of early-morning tweets Wednesday, Trump reaffirmed his threat from a day earlier by reposting video of him warning that Pyongyang would be "met with fire and fury like the world has never seen" if it made more threats to the U.S. Then he said that his first order as president had been to "renovate and modernize" the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

"Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!" Trump tweeted.

It wasn't immediately clear what evidence the president had, if any, to support his claim about the nuclear force. The White House wouldn't say, other than to point to an executive order Trump signed in his first days in office commissioning a review to ensure the U.S. nuclear deterrent is "modern, robust, flexible, resilient, ready" and tailored for 21st century threats.

The White House has not detailed any findings from that evaluation. A modernization effort started by former President Barack Obama is in the early stages, but the force is essentially unchanged from the way Trump inherited it on Jan. 20.

Stephen Schwartz, an independent analyst of nuclear weapons issues, called the boast "patently absurd." He wrote on Twitter that "literally nothing has happened in the last 201 days to increase the overall power of the US nuclear arsenal."

Only hours before Trump's tweets, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged calm and said Americans should have "no concerns" despite the exchange of threats between the president and North Korea. Aboard his plane as he flew home from Asia, Tillerson insisted the developments didn't suggest the U.S. was moving closer to a military option for dealing with the crisis.

"Americans should sleep well at night," Tillerson said. He added: "Nothing that I have seen and nothing that I know of would indicate that the situation has dramatically changed in the last 24 hours."

The mixed messages from Tillerson and Trump put the onus on the North Koreans to decide how to interpret the latest missives from the U.S.

In more tranquil terms than Trump, Tillerson sought to explain the thinking behind Trump's warning. He said the president was trying to send a strong and clear message to North Korea's leader so that there wouldn't be "any miscalculation."

"What the president is doing is sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un would understand, because he doesn't seem to understand diplomatic language," Tillerson said. "I think the president just wanted to be clear to the North Korean regime on the U.S.'s unquestionable ability to defend itself." He said the U.S. "will defend itself and its allies."

The comments put Tillerson once again in the role of translating the president's aggressive rhetoric into more diplomatic terms, and of working to minimize the chances of public panic. In fact, Tillerson argued that North Korea's escalating threats indicated it was feeling the pressure from a successful U.S. strategy.

Tillerson spoke to reporters as he returned from Malaysia to Washington, stopping along the way in Guam. Hours earlier, North Korea's army had said in a statement it was exploring plans for attacking the tiny U.S. territory, which houses U.S. military bases and is a common refueling stop for U.S. government aircraft traversing the Pacific Ocean.

Tillerson said he never considered re-routing his trip from Malaysia so as to avoid stopping in Guam. Though he insisted there was no imminent threat, he noted that even if there were, "the North Korean missile capability can point in many directions, so Guam is not the only place that would be under threat."

Though it's extremely unlikely the North would risk annihilation by pre-emptively attacking American citizens, the escalating rhetoric has heightened concern that a miscalculation could spiral out of control and lead to military conflict — a concern especially acute in Guam, residents of the territory said.

At least one prominent lawmaker felt Trump wasn't bluffing with his threat. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican on the Armed Services Committee, told CBS' "This Morning" that Trump had "basically drawn a red line" by saying Pyongyang can't ever have a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking the U.S.

"He's not going to let that happen," Graham said. "He's not going to contain the threat. He's going to stop the threat."

Tillerson, who spent the past days in Asia working on the North Korea conflict, said he didn't believe a new diplomatic strategy was needed. To the contrary, he said the latest threat from the North suggested the current strategy was working. After months of frustration over China's reluctance to pressure Pyongyang economically, the U.S. on Saturday secured a unanimous U.N. Security Council vote to authorize sweeping new sanctions that target one-third of the North's exports.

"The pressure is starting to show," Tillerson said. "I think that's why the rhetoric coming out of Pyongyang is beginning to become louder and more threatening. Whether we've got them backed into a corner or not is difficult to say, but diplomatically, you never like to have someone in a corner without a way for them to get out."

To that end, Tillerson said there was still an off-ramp available to Pyongyang: a return to negotiations with the U.S., a step that Tillerson has previously said can happen only if Kim Jong Un's government gives up its nuclear aspirations, starting with an extended pause in missile tests.

"Talks," Tillerson said when asked if North Korea had a way out. "Talks, with the right expectation of what those talks will be about."

2 weeks ago

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Tillerson has done a solid job. He's said the right things, done the right things, especially considering whom he's working for. Pretty impressive.

3 weeks ago

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US government took full responsibility for intelligence leaks from the investigation into Monday's deadly terror attack in Manchester, as he met Friday with his UK counterpart Boris Johnson.
Tillerson's first official visit to the United Kingdom comes after senior UK government officials lambasted the United States over the leaks and temporarily suspended intelligence sharing on the investigation.

on May 29, 2017

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A Washington Post story alleging that President Trump shared classified information with Russian government officials during an Oval Office meeting last week is being called false by those in the room at the time of the meeting.

"The story that came out tonight as reported is false. The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries, including threats to civil aviation. At no time, at no time, were intelligence sources or methods discussed and the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known," National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said. "The record should outweigh the [Washington Post's] anonymous sources. I was in the room. It didn't happen."

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was also in the room during the meeting, also rejected the story. "During President Trump's meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov, a broad range of subjects were discussed among which were common efforts and threats regarding counter-terrorism. During that exchange, the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods, or military operations."

The Washington Post reported that Trump revealed the Islamic State's intentions of carrying out a terrorist attack on an airplane by using a laptop computer, which is common knowledge, but also that he included the name of the name of the city ISIS targeted, information which the Post says Russia could use to determine how the plot was uncovered.

Deputy national security adviser Dina Powell also attended the meeting and pronounced the reports as false.

"This story is false," Powell said in a statement. "The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced."

Also tonight, Laura Ingraham is reporting that a White House source with direct knowledge told her that the Washington Post didn't talk to any of the U.S. officials at meeting.

on May 17, 2017

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reaffirmed that America is not pursuing a military solution to remove Assad from power in Syria. This is good news for anyone who is weary of greater war in the Middle East. With this announcement and the missile strike this week, any further use of chemical weapons in Syria must be looked at skeptically.

America has no national security interests in removing Assad from power. We should not take military actions to achieve this unnecessary goal.

on April 11, 2017

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who is travelling to Florida and expected to consult with President Trump and Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on military options. But so far, no decisions have been made.

on April 8, 2017

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson briefed reporters at Mar-a-Lago after the cruise missile strikes against Syria this evening. “Clearly Russia has failed in its responsibility to deliver on its commitment from 2013 [to locate and destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpile]. Either Russia has been complicit or simply incompetent in its ability to deliver on its end of that agreement,” he said.

“It's important to recognize that as Assad has continued to use chemical weapons in these attacks with no response from the international community, he, in effect, is normalizing the use of chemical weapons, which may then be adopted by others.”

In 2012 President Obama said a red line would be the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime. Not long after, however, Assad's forces killed 1,500 people in a chemical weapons attack. Obama backed away from his promise to take action and instead struck a deal with Russia that had Assad agreeing to destroy his arsenal of chemical weapons.

The deal was apparently never fully enforced, as several more chemical attacks have occurred since then.

on April 8, 2017

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I would have voted against him until he proved to me he has a bathroom server with enough capability to manage our complex world's classified information

on February 3, 2017

img Luke Martinez posted a review

When you ask globalist businessmen to be the governors of the United States you are going to get large gaffs like this. Tillerson is a globalist billionaire, borders never meant a thing to a guy like him. Diplomacy to him used to be "you have oil, we have money, do you want money, because we want oil"? Diplomacy between two nuclear powers is a little more difficult than your standard Exxon business deal. Hopefully these guys don't have that "I know everything" attitude that Trump has and are actually reaching out to people to better understand this kind of stuff. Sounds like Trumps cabinet members don't even talk to each other, because they contradict each other almost daily. Once you ask them to explain their contradictions they throw a hissy fit and complain about people twisting their words and fake news.

on January 15, 2017
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