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Mon Mar 20, 2017, 09:27 PM

Exclusive: Tillerson plans to skip NATO meeting, visit Russia in April - sources

Source: Reuters

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to skip an April 5-6 meeting of NATO foreign ministers for a U.S. visit by the Chinese president and will travel to Russia later in the month, U.S. officials said on Monday, a step allies may see as putting Moscow's concerns ahead of theirs.

Tillerson intends to miss what would be his first meeting in Brussels with the 28 NATO members to attend President Donald Trump's expected April 6-7 talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, four current and former U.S. officials said.

The decisions to skip the NATO meeting and to visit Moscow risked feeding a perception that Trump may be putting U.S. dealings with big powers before those of smaller nations that depend on Washington for their security, said two former U.S. officials.

Trump has often praised Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Tillerson worked with Russia's government for years as a top executive at Exxon Mobil Corp, and has questioned the wisdom of sanctions against Russia that he said could harm U.S. businesses.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-tillerson-idUSKBN16S04I?il=0

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Reply Exclusive: Tillerson plans to skip NATO meeting, visit Russia in April - sources (Original post)
herding cats Monday OP
George II Monday #1
herding cats Monday #3
MBS Monday #7
StevieM Monday #11
diva77 Yesterday #21
JustABozoOnThisBus Yesterday #26
George II Yesterday #28
Doreen Monday #2
herding cats Monday #14
bathroommonkey76 Monday #4
herding cats Monday #6
herding cats Monday #13
tavernier Monday #5
herding cats Monday #9
Bernardo de La Paz Monday #16
wildeyed Monday #8
Name removed Monday #10
left-of-center2012 Monday #12
SunSeeker Monday #15
GeoWilliam750 Monday #17
bluedigger Monday #18
Sparky 1 Monday #19
Hekate Yesterday #20
chelsea0011 Yesterday #22
mdbl Yesterday #23
Sunlei Yesterday #24
UCmeNdc Yesterday #25
Demsrule86 Yesterday #27
Tommy_Carcetti Yesterday #29
jeanmarc Yesterday #30
dmosh42 Yesterday #31

Response to herding cats (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 09:34 PM

1. I guess checking into his Russian oil investments is more important, eh?

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Response to George II (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 09:40 PM

3. It makes their priorities more obvious, that's for sure.

I can't believe they'd be this blatant at this point. They just don't care.

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Response to herding cats (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 09:45 PM

7. My reaction, too- SO unbelievably blatant. n/t

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Response to MBS (Reply #7)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 09:52 PM

11. Seriously. You can't make this stuff up. (eom)

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Response to George II (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 21, 2017, 12:58 AM

21. Did he ever release his tax returns? Could not find online

most recent article I could find stated he would NOT hand them over

January 11 by Karoun Demirjian
Tillerson won’t hand over his tax returns

snip...Rex Tillerson resisted an effort from Democrats to get him to commit to hand over his tax returns before he is confirmed, asking senators to respect his privacy.

“I will do my best,” Tillerson said in response to a question from Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Ben Cardin (D-Md.). “I hope you’ll also respect the privacy of myself and my family, and the longstanding tradition of the privacy of individuals’ tax returns.”...snip

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2017/live-updates/trump-white-house/confirmation-hearings-trump-speaks-and-vote-a-rama-analysis-and-updates/tillerson-wont-hand-over-his-tax-returns/?utm_term=.457e65946ff1

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Response to George II (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 21, 2017, 08:40 AM

26. Meet with NATO or meet with China? Tough choice.

I'd guess there's more work to do with China issues: South China Seas, one-China, North Korea, etc.

I think NATO can get the meetings done on their own, without having to wake Tillerson from his naps. I hope Tillerson is sending underlings to the NATO meetings, if he has underlings.

Checking his Russian oil investments is later, after he's rested from his China meetings.

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #26)

Tue Mar 21, 2017, 09:19 AM

28. And don't forget the roughly $600M trump owes the Bank of China.

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 09:36 PM

2. So, is this a visit that is "supposed" to be for the U.S or is it "actually" for Exxon?

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Response to Doreen (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 10:00 PM

14. Tillerson is an idiot if he thinks destabilizing the US is good for Exxon in the long term.

Short term, sure probably, but the end result will not be the windfall they're banking on.

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 09:40 PM

4. The press pool will be left behind at the airport. n/t

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Response to bathroommonkey76 (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 09:42 PM

6. Of course.

Never fear, I'm sure RT will have full access for their spin.

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 09:40 PM

5. Blowing off NATO

Schiff just said that he hoped this wasn't true because it's a really BAD idea.

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Response to tavernier (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 09:51 PM

9. It's a horrific idea.

US diplomacy is as good as dead if this takes place.

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Response to tavernier (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 10:36 PM

16. Payoff to the Russians. . . . nt

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 09:48 PM

8. Daddy is calling him,

so he has to run. No surprise here.

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 09:58 PM

12. Trump has already antagonized and worried NATO allies ...

Trump has already antagonized and worried NATO allies by referring to the Western security alliance as "obsolete"

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 10:28 PM

15. Tillerson just wants to finish the $1T Exxon oil deal with Putin and quit.

He appears utterly uninterested in and annoyed by the job of Secretary of State.

He is just Putin's closer on the Exxon deal.

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 11:28 PM

17. If true,

Floor, meet jaw.

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 11:51 PM

18. I'd rather golf, too!

Fore!

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 11:57 PM

19. I hope Pence, or Ryan or Hatch or whoever survives this Russian stuff fires him.

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Tue Mar 21, 2017, 12:48 AM

20. Breathtakingly arrogant corruption nt

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Tue Mar 21, 2017, 05:44 AM

22. Allies? Fuck them. I smell oil.

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Tue Mar 21, 2017, 06:25 AM

23. Not suprising.

Fascist people like to congregate with the other few like them.

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Tue Mar 21, 2017, 08:32 AM

24. like was stated yesterday during the hearings. The sanctions made the old kgb russian "miss his vaca

"miss his vacations to America, riding motorcycles with his buddy Tillerson"

That's not exact quote but that's how deep the friendship is between Republicans in our current Admin and a foreign government.

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Tue Mar 21, 2017, 08:40 AM

25. Time for him to get new instructions from Putin

Things are moving fast. Putin must reorganize and that means speaking to his mole in the State Department.

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Tue Mar 21, 2017, 09:00 AM

27. I see Putin is still in control of the Trump administration.

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Tue Mar 21, 2017, 11:29 AM

29. A "Hold my beer" moment after we asked yesterday what else could the administration do...

....to make its cooption by Russia any more obvious.

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Tue Mar 21, 2017, 11:47 AM

30. All hail Saruman

Now just release the urine tapes, please

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Tue Mar 21, 2017, 12:52 PM

31. Getting his latest orders from Putin!

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