“Tillerson: diplomacy until ‘first bomb drops'”


CNN

In an interview with Jake Tapper, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says that he will pursue diplomacy in North Korea until the “first bomb drops”. MORE

“America’s diplomacy power is being completely destroyed, ambassador warns”


SALON

“She added, “There is no denying that our leadership ranks are being depleted at a dizzying speed, due in part to the decision to slash promotion numbers by more than half. The Foreign Service officer corps at State has lost 60 percent of its Career Ambassadors since January. Ranks of Career Ministers, our three-star equivalents, are down from 33 to 19. The ranks of our two-star Minister Counselors have fallen from 431 right after Labor Day to 369 today — and are still falling.” MORE

CNN BREAKING NEWS . . .


Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Trump accepted Putin’s assurances there was no Russian involvement in the 2016 American election. A senior Trump administration official immediately denied that Trump accepted Putin’s claim of non-interference.

The dispute only underscores the challenges that remain in the fraught relationship between the United States and Russia, whose 2016 election meddling has hung over the Trump White House for months as multiple investigations proceed in Washington.

“They had a very robust and lengthy exchange on the subject,” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in an off-camera briefing after the meeting. “The President pressed President Putin on more than one occasion regarding Russian involvement. President Putin denied such involvement, as I think he has in the past.”

Lavrov, speaking on camera in a separate briefing, said that Trump was OK with Putin’s version of events.

Tillerson, who sat in on the discussion between the two leaders, said Trump and Putin did agree to a ceasefire in southwest Syria. The ceasefire was a “defined agreement” and could be a precursor to further cooperation in Syria.

“This is our first indication of the US and Russia being able to work together in Syria,” Tillerson said.

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“Sean Spicer Refuses To Answer If Trump Knew About Jared Kushner’s Back Channels To Russia”


POLITICUS USA

In his first daily press briefing since Trump returned from his foreign adventure, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer refused to the answer the question when he was asked if Donald Trump knew about Jared Kushner’s communications with Russia.

“Donald Trump Predicts Mideast Peace Is ‘Not As Difficult As People Have Thought’


HUFFINGTON POST

“How to Make a Deal With North Korea”


POLITICO

Escalating tensions have made a diplomatic solution possible. It might be the last chance we have.

”Anderson Cooper dumbfounded by Trump just now realizing diplomacy is not so easy”


ANDERSON COOPER

“Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak is Washington’s most dangerous diplomat”


POLITICO

Putin's envoy is at the heart of a scandal that's taken down one Trump adviser and put another in the hot seat.

Putin’s envoy is at the heart of a scandal that’s taken down one Trump adviser and put another in the hot seat.

“British Parliament To Debate Withdrawing Donald Trump’s Invite For State Visit”


HUFFINGTON PRESS

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“No ‘G’day, mate’: On call with Australian prime minister, Trump badgers and brags”


THE WASHINGTON POST

After what President Trump reportedly called "the worst call by far,” with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Jan. 28, Turnbull gave sparse details but said, "I stand up for Australia in every forum, public or private," in a news conference on Feb. 2. (Video: AuBC via AP / Photo: AP and Bloomberg)

After what President Trump reportedly called “the worst call by far,” with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Jan. 28, Turnbull gave sparse details but said, “I stand up for Australia in every forum, public or private,” in a news conference on Feb. 2. (Video: AuBC via AP / Photo: AP and Bloomberg)