Trump Plans to Replace Tillerson as Secretary of State

Posted By: Anton Woronczuk November 30, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be replaced in the coming weeks by Mike Pompeo, the current CIA director, according to a new report by The New York Times.

The state’s top diplomatic position, currently held by former fossil fuel industry CEO who played a key role in driving climate change — and misleading investors and the public about it — will soon be held by a person who wants to go to war with Iran and has issued ambiguous comments about the use of torture in interrogation.

The shake-up in the Trump administration comes nearly two months after an NBC report revealed Tillerson had called the president a “moron” during a meeting at the Pentagon.

Tillerson had occasionally bumped heads with Trump on policy and media matters. In October, Trump sent out a tweet opining that Tillerson was “wasting his time” on negotiations with North Korea. In August, Tillerson distanced himself from Trump’s unsavory comments on the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, VA that left one counter-protester dead.

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Senator Corker to Trump: Don’t ‘castrate’ Tillerson ‘in public’ Video

Tennessee Senator tells President not to ‘jack the legs out’ from his ‘chief diplomat,’ involves Kim Jong-un.
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Senator #Bob Corker, (R-Tenn.) recently asked #Donald Trump if he was “recanting” his oath to uphold the First Amendment, is admonishing Trump for publicly “castrating” his own Secretary of State #Rex Tillerson. Among other things, the President has stated publicly that Tillerson’s attempts to negotiate with despotic North Korean dictator are “a waste of time,” according to the Huffington Post on Friday. Corker is basing his criticism of Trump on the fact that the Secretary of State is the nation’s top diplomat. As such, the Secretary is involved in very fragile, sensitive negotiations. Even the slightest disruption or critique of the process could have deleterious effects on the outcome.

It can make the difference between war and peace.

It involves lives
Corker’s admonishment of Trump is predicated on the fact that the negotiations that are being conducted by America’s chief diplomat involve lives, potentially up to millions of lives. If things go right in the diplomatic process, millions of lives, including American lives, could be saved. However, if things go wrong in the negotiating process, it could cost millions of lives, including those of Americans.

Without a doubt, the Secretary of State has the most fragile, sensitive and potentially precarious position in the President’s Cabinet. The man or woman who is selected for this position must be even-tempered, intelligent and very diplomatic. Above all, the Secretary of State must be respected by the President for whom he or she works.

Corker summed it up this way: “When you jack the legs out from under your chief diplomat, you cause all that to fall apart,” according to The Huffington Post on Friday. Corker already has stated publicly that Trump is “sparking [VIDEO] World War III” with his rhetoric directed at North Korea.

No public castration
Corker continued with his diatribe of criticism of Trump. The conservative Republican explained that a President cannot publicly “castrate” his or her “chief diplomat.” In discussing the possibility of reaching a diplomatic agreement with North Korea and averting the possibility of a devastating war with that country, Corker stated, “When you publicly castrate your secretary of state, you take that off the table,” according to The Huffington Post on Friday.

To put it another way, by publicly “castrating” his own Secretary of State, Trump is leaving no option other than war in addressing the North Korean issue. This is why Corker is so adamant in insisting that there be no “public castration” of Tillerson by anybody, especially Trump.

 

 

 

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Tillerson Says U.S. May Close Cuba Embassy Over Mystery Ailments

By GARDINER HARRISSEPT. 17, 2017

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson in London on Friday. He said on Sunday that closing the United States Embassy in Havana was “under evaluation.” Credit Leon Neal/Getty Images
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering closing the recently reopened United States Embassy in Havana after 21 Americans associated with the embassy experienced a host of unexplained health problems.

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that such a closing was “under evaluation.”

“It’s a very serious issue with respect to the harm that certain individuals have suffered,” he said. “We’ve brought some of those people home. It’s under review.”

The Trump administration has already reversed crucial pieces of what President Trump has called a “terrible and misguided deal” with Cuba that was struck during the Obama administration, but closing the embassy would be the most dramatic action yet to return the relationship to its Cold War deep freeze.

 

A closing of the embassy, were it to occur, would be less a political statement than one of concern over the risks that employees face in Havana. The American Foreign Service Association reported this month that the symptoms among those affected included mild traumatic brain injury, permanent hearing loss, loss of balance, severe headaches and brain swelling.

While noting that Cuba is responsible for protecting the health of diplomats posted to the country, State Department officials have yet to suggest that the Cuban government was behind the attacks. The Associated Press reported this weekend that the initial reaction by the Cuban president, Raúl Castro, to the news — apparent concern, with none of the usual how-dare-you-accuse-us attitude — had caught American officials off guard.

The Cubans even offered to let the F.B.I. go to Havana and investigate, a rare level of openness that suggested to some American officials that the Cuban government was equally baffled about the cause. Victims told The A.P. how they walked in and out of what seemed like powerful beams of sound that hit only certain rooms or even only parts of rooms.

American officials have speculated that the problems may have resulted from some sort of sonic attack or perhaps a surveillance operation gone wrong. The attack may have been the work of a rogue government unit or another government like Russia. That a Canadian diplomat was also affected deepened the mystery. Relations between Canada and Cuba have long been warm.

While the Trump administration has moved to reinstate travel and commercial restrictions on Cuba, there has appeared to be little appetite to entirely undo measures that are broadly popular, including among Republicans. That is another reason the administration has reacted cautiously.

Still, the attacks have led to growing concern on Capitol Hill. On Friday, five Republican senators sent a letter to Mr. Tillerson asking that he expel all Cuban diplomats in the United States and, if Cuba does not take tangible action, close the American Embassy in Havana.

American and Cuban officials met in Washington that day as part of a continuing law enforcement dialogue, and the subject of the attacks was raised, according to the State Department.

“It is an aggressive investigation that continues, and we will continue doing this until we find out who or what is responsible for this,” Heather Nauert, the department’s spokeswoman, said on Thursday.

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