Tillerson splurged $12mn on consultants as part of State Dept overhaul plan – report

Consultants costing up to $ 300 an hour were engaged as Rex Tillerson tried to revamp the State Department. With Tillerson gone, the future of the redesign is uncertain, but taxpayers have already picked up the $ 12 million tab. Politico has revealed the figures, citing documents it obtained, and said they were partly confirmed […]

Rex Tillerson emerges as a potential candidate for University of Texas’ chancellor

AP Photo/Molly Riley Rex Tillerson, the departing State Secretary, has emerged as a potential candidate for the next University of Texas System chancellor. Tillerson is reportedly being courted for the top job at the school’s system, which oversees 14 universities and medical institutions. But other sources said no interviews were conducted yet and there were […]

High-ranking State Dept. official sacked after saying Tillerson was fired in a tweet

State Department Under Secretary Steve Goldstein was fired after he said his boss, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, was surprised by President Donald Trump’s decision to oust him. He will be replaced by Heather Nauert. Goldstein, who took the job on December 4, was fired on Tuesday, shortly after he issued a statement suggesting […]

Tillerson pits Beijing’s ‘predatory’ Africa expansion against Washington’s ‘responsible’ support

China’s rapidly growing influence on the African continent is worrying the US Secretary of State. He claims that its investments are detrimental, unlike Washington’s “responsible” promotion of the “rule of law.” The Chinese approach to relations with the African countries “encourages dependency” through the use of “opaque contracts, predatory loan practices, and corrupt deals that […]

Tillerson meets Turkey’s Erdogan amid soaring tensions between the 2 NATO allies on opposite sides of Syria fight

Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson talked to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan amid high tensions between the two NATO allies that back different sides in Syria’s civil war. “The two engaged in a productive and open conversation about a mutually beneficial way forward in the U.S.-Turkey relationship,” said a U.S. State […]

Rex Tillerson is talking about drastic action against one of the world’s biggest oil producers — again

REUTERS/Miraflores Palace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggested again the US could take action against Venezuela’s oil industry. Sanctioning oil would be a drastic move, and it is the latest hint by the US that it could further crack down on Venezuela. Other countries in the region have been wary of US moves, and Tillerson’s […]

Venezuela’s Maduro may be kicked out by own military & get ‘nice’ exile in Cuba, Tillerson hints

Issuing an ambiguous threat to Venezuela, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the army has often been an “agent of change” in the Latin American country and beyond in cases when leadership “can no longer serve the people.” “In the history of Venezuela and South American countries, it is often times that the military […]