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  • WillyT (8374 posts)
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    ROFL !!! – Is ALL Of D.C. Tone Deaf ???

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

     

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    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.

    State Department spokesman Mark Toner had no immediate comment…

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

     

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    :banghead:

     

    Scuba, daleanime, A little weird and 2 othersPADemD, broiles like this

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  • oldandhappy (3215 posts)
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    1. yes

    They are.  They want to be on the right side of power.  They will want NATO soon enough.  We wait.

  • jerry611 (271 posts)
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    2. So for the next 4 years our executive branch of government can't talk to Russia?

    • WillyT (8374 posts)
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      3. Nobody Said That…

      :shrug:

       

    • daleanime (2088 posts)
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      5. The strawman is strong……

      in this one……..and it’s not like this administration has done things to worry our allies……oops……

      When the going gets tough, the tough take care of each other
  • JimLane (1145 posts)
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    4. Maybe, but I see a possible alternative explanation

    Trump booked the Xi Jinping visit without consulting the State Department.  He’s very smart, you must realize, and has a lot of knowledge on his own, without having to ask other people.  Having scheduled the meeting, the White House told Tillerson about it and said he should be there.  Tillerson then had to cancel his plan to attend the NATO foreign ministers’ meeting.

    This is pure speculation on my part but it’s based on what we’ve heard about how this administration operates.