caption Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, and President Donald Trump. source Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images Former secretary of state Rex Tillerson offered a subtle rebuke of President Donald Trump’s administration as he delivered the commencement speech at the Virginia Military Institute. Tillerson warned about the dangers of accepting “alternative realities,” a spin on the term, “alternative facts” that Trump’s senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway, coined last year when talking about falsehoods coming from the White House. Trump fired Tillerson via Twitter in March, ending what had devolved into a tumultuous relationship between the two men. Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered a subtle rebuke of President Donald Trump’s administration as he delivered the commencement speech at the Virginia Military Institute on Wednesday. “If … [Read more...] about Rex Tillerson, the former secretary of state Trump fired, is back and he’s throwing jabs at the president
By Matthew Lee The Associated Press Sun., April 1, 2018 WASHINGTON—Rex Tillerson has all but vanished from the State Department’s website as his unceremonious firing by tweet took effect over the weekend. The “Secretary of State Tillerson” link at the top of the department’s homepage (www.state.gov) disappeared overnight Saturday and was replaced with a generic “Secretary of State” tab. When clicked, it leads to a page that informs visitors in a brief statement that Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan “became acting Secretary of State on April 1, 2018.” It shows a photo of Sullivan signing his appointment papers as deputy in June 2017 but offers no explanation for the change in leadership. In addition to that change, links that had connected to Tillerson’s speeches, travels and other events now display those of Sullivan. The link to Tillerson’s biography as the 69th secretary of state returns a … [Read more...] about Rex Tillerson disappears from U.S. State Department website
Failure of past deals lingers Yeo Jun Suk Just two months after North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un succeeded his father Kim Jong Il in February 2012, a glimmer of hope emerged in Washington that the young leader would signal an end to the nuclear standoff. In what is dubbed the Leap Day deal announced on Feb 29, the North agreed to suspend nuclear tests, long-range missile launches and uranium enrichment. It also allowed international inspectors to monitor activities at its main nuclear complex. But the sense of optimism was short-lived. Weeks after the agreement, North Korea held a satellite launch to send the Kwangmyongsong-3 into orbit. Pyongyang followed that up with a successful launch of the Kwangmyongsong-3 Unit 2 in December 2012 and a nuclear test three months later. The Leap Day deal is seen as a reminder of unsuccessful nuclear talks between the two countries. It raises the question of whether the proposed summit will be different from past negotiations. Hopes are high for a … [Read more...] about Should we trust Kim on talks? And will Trump be ready?
The spectre of a trade war looms over Asia, after US President Donald Trump’s announcement of planned heavy tariffs on Chinese goods drew a swift threat of proposed retaliatory measures. Beijing’s Commerce Ministry said it was readying tariffs on 128 products imported from the US worth US$3 billion (S$3.9 billion). These could include a 15 per cent tariff on fruits and steel pipes, and a 25 per cent tax on pork products. China’s riposte came hours after Mr Trump signed a presidential memo that could impose tariffs on up to US$60 billion (S$79 billion) of imports from China. The measures have a 30-day consultation period. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying on Friday (March 23) said US sanctions smacked of unilateralism and protectionism, and Washington’s assertions of intellectual property (IP) theft ignored the fact that China has strengthened its IP protection. "China will not sit idly by while its interests are jeopardised,” she told … [Read more...] about China fires warning shots over trade war in response to Trump’s planned heavy tariffs on Chinese imports
WASHINGTON (AFP) - National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster is the latest member of President Donald Trump's cabinet to be shown the door, with speculation rife over who might be next. Here are the senior members of Trump's government who have departed since the Republican leader took office on January 20, 2017. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR MICHAEL FLYNN Michael Flynn, a retired lieutenant general, entered the White House with a cloud over him - he had been fired by Barack Obama as defense intelligence chief. Flynn was also being investigated for his contacts with Russians and eventually pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Flynn lasted only 22 days as national security advisor. He was forced out on February 13, 2017 amid concerns that he could be compromised by false statements he made over his contacts with Russian officials and his paid lobbying for Turkey during the campaign. CHIEF OF STAFF REINCE PRIEBUS Reince Priebus, the bland former chairman of the Republican National … [Read more...] about Trump’s revolving door: Senior departures from the White House