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Posted by: thepinetree on 10/04/2017 01:25 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 10/04/2017 01:25 PM
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Remarks By Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State

Washington, DC...Good morning. There were some news reports this morning that I want to address. First, my commitment to the success of our President and our country is as strong as it was the day I accepted his offer to serve as Secretary of State. President Trump’s “America first” agenda has given voice to millions who felt completely abandoned by the political status quo and who felt their interests came second to those of other countries. President Trump’s foreign policy goals break the mold of what people traditionally think is achievable on behalf of our country. We’re finding new ways to govern that deliver new victories. Our job is now to achieve results on behalf of America, and we are doing that.

We’ve created international unity around our peaceful pressure campaign against North Korea, including influencing China to exert unprecedented economic influence on North Korea. At the Riyadh summit, the President rallied Muslim-majority nations to assume new responsibilities for stopping terrorism. NATO members are now contributing more to shared security. And our approach to South Asia, and specifically Afghanistan, means building upon our relationships with India and Pakistan to stamp out terrorism and support the Afghan Government in providing security for their own people. And ISIS’s fraudulent caliphate in Iraq and Syria is on the brink of being completely extinguished thanks to an aggressive new strategy led by the President.

What we have accomplished, we have done as a team. Similarly, Secretary Mnuchin has levied economic sanctions on North Korea and related entities. Countries must increasingly decide whether they will do business with North Korea or with the community of peace-loving nations. Ambassador Haley has spearheaded and achieved enormous success, passing the toughest UN sanctions to date on North Korea. General Mattis and I communicate virtually every day, and we agree that there must be the highest level of coordination between our diplomatic efforts and our military efforts. You can’t have a stronger partner than a secretary of defense who embraces diplomacy, and I hope he feels he has the partner he needs at the State Department.

And this is just the beginning of the list of partners and friends across the government who are all working for the American people. There is much to be done, and we’re just getting started.

To address a few specifics that have been erroneously reported this morning, the Vice President has never had to persuade me to remain the Secretary of State because I have never considered leaving this post. I value the friendship and the counsel of the Vice President and I admire his leadership within President Trump’s administration to address the many important agendas of President Trump, both from a foreign policy perspective and a diplomatic – I’m sorry, a domestic objective.

Let me tell you what I’ve learned about this President, whom I did not know before taking this office. He loves his country. He puts Americans and America first. He’s smart. He demands results wherever he goes, and he holds those around him accountable for whether they’ve done the job he’s asked them to do. Accountability is one of the bedrock values the President and I share.

While I’m new to Washington, I have learned that there are some who try to sow dissension to advance their own agenda by tearing others apart in an effort to undermine President Trump’s own agenda. I do not and I will not operate that way, and the same applies to everyone on my team here at the State Department.

When I wake up in the morning, my first thoughts are about the safety of our citizens at home and abroad. There is no more important responsibility I carry with me than ensuring that Americans are safe. Providing for the security of the United States must be the number-one goal of our American foreign policy. President Trump and his administration will keep moving forward as one team with one mission: doing great things for the United States of America to make America great again.

Thank you.

QUESTION: Is that the only thing that you consider to be erroneous in that article?

SECRETARY TILLERSON: I think it’s the most important element of the article, is to reaffirm my commitment to this role that President Trump’s asked me to serve, and to dispel with this notion that I have ever considered leaving. I have answered that question repeatedly; for some reason, it continues to be misreported. There has never been a consideration in my mind to leave. I serve at the appointment of the President and I am here for as long as the President feels I can be useful to achieving his objectives.

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, do you agree with Secretary Mattis that the United States should stay in the JCPOA?

SECRETARY TILLERSON: We’ll have a recommendation for the President. We’re going to give him a couple of options of how to move forward to advance the important policy towards Iran. As you’ve heard us say many times, the JCPOA represents only a small part of the many issues that we need to deal with when it comes to the Iranian relationship. So it is an important part of that, but is not the only part. And I’ve said many times we cannot let the Iranian relationship be defined solely by that nuclear agreement.

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary --

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary --

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, do you have a reliable partner in Pakistan?

QUESTION: Could you address the main headline of the story, that you called the President a moron? And if not, where do you think these reports --

SECRETARY TILLERSON: I’m just – I’m not going to deal with petty stuff like that. I mean, this is what I don’t understand about Washington. Again, I’m not from this place, but the places I come from, we don’t deal with that kind of petty nonsense. And it is intended to do nothing but divide people. And I’m just not going to be part of this effort to divide this administration.

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, did you speak with the President about the report and did he ask you to make a statement, or is --

SECRETARY TILLERSON: I have not spoken to the President this morning. I think he’s on his way to Las Vegas, is my understanding.

QUESTION: Secretary, do you have a partner in Islamabad? You just had the foreign minister. Do you have a reliable partner in Pakistan now after meeting the foreign minister of Pakistan earlier today?

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Yes, I believe we do. I think the Pakistan – it’s very – the Pakistan relationship and the U.S. relationship is extraordinarily important regionally. And as we rolled out the South Asia strategy, we spoke about it in a regional context. It is not just about Afghanistan. This is about the importance of Pakistan, and Pakistan’s long-term stability as well. We have concerns about the future of Pakistan’s government too, in terms of them – we want their government to be stable. We want it to be peaceful. And many of the same issues they’re struggling with inside of Pakistan are our issues. So we think there is opportunity for us to strengthen that relationship. We’re going to be working very hard at all levels, from the State Department to the Defense Department to our intelligence communities, as well as economic, commerce opportunities as well. So it really is a regional approach, and Pakistan is critical, I think, to the long-term stability of the region.

Thank you very much.

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Nice tie.
Posted on: 2017-10-04 13:28:11   By: Anonymous

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    Re: Nice tie.
    Posted on: 2017-10-04 16:19:33   By: Anonymous
    Keep up the good work Trex

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-10-04 13:45:52   By: Anonymous
Tillerson is one of the adults on duty, hopefully watching out for toddler Trump. But I'd think more of him if he'd admit calling Trump a moron. Call 'em like you see 'em, Rex.

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    Posted on: 2017-10-04 14:17:36   By: Anonymous
    It doesn't take Rex to say Trump's a moron for us to know that Trump's a moron...

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-10-04 15:21:42   By: Anonymous
"Rex W. Tillerson" sounds like what a gay couple names their Pomeranian!

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    Re: do you have a reliable partner in Pakistan?
    Posted on: 2017-10-04 19:32:36   By: Anonymous

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    Posted on: 2017-10-05 16:15:29   By: Anonymous

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-10-05 06:04:49   By: Anonymous
Anyone who still supports Trump at this point is a moron - then again, you would have had to be a moron in the first place to vote for a cheap dirt pimp, serial bankrupter, lousy game show host, with rug like that!

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    Re: Genius!
    Posted on: 2017-10-05 08:10:57   By: Anonymous
    Spoken from one of the true genius's in the room! Your Democratic picks make President Trump look like the "best of the best". Awful Obama could not have withstood the media hammers that Trump has had to deal with. Get away from your fake news makers and you will be refreshed!

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      Re: Cry Babies
      Posted on: 2017-10-05 08:57:08   By: Anonymous
      Finally a President that tells it like it is , too bad all of you candy ass cry babies can't handle it . wah wah wah

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        Re: Cry Babies
        Posted on: 2017-10-05 15:34:14   By: Anonymous
        Trump NEVER tells it like it is. He is a pathological liar. How can you be so blind. Compliment him for telling you lies that make you feel good. At least he actually does that.

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      Re: Genius!
      Posted on: 2017-10-05 08:59:28   By: Anonymous
      Obama would never had experienced the slams that hit Trump.BECAUSE Trump brings everything on himself. Trump's a bully, arrogant, duplicitous, does not have any common sense. Obama was presidential and respected around the world. Trump is not presidential and is not respected around the world.

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        Re: Genius!
        Posted on: 2017-10-05 09:47:36   By: Anonymous
        Obama was a patsy , look at the Iran deal . wah wah wah

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          Re: Genius!
          Posted on: 2017-10-05 14:10:53   By: Anonymous

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            Re: Genius!
            Posted on: 2017-10-05 15:30:16   By: Anonymous
            Obama was a patsy , look at the Iran deal . wah wah wah

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            Re: Genius!
            Posted on: 2017-10-05 15:31:43   By: Anonymous
            Blank poster is a patsy LOSER .

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        Re: Genius! I am.
        Posted on: 2017-10-05 10:34:35   By: Anonymous
        Obama was far from presidential and respected by nobody, including his wife.
        Leaders of nations walked all over the big eared idiot and he sucked it up with a bow and a smile.
        Obama is the real life version of Alfred E. Newman, with a tan.
        As Putin so correctly summed it up; "I have good Russian genes, Obama wears mom jeans."

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          Re: Genius! I am.
          Posted on: 2017-10-05 15:45:39   By: Anonymous
          More lies from the Russian bot-man. Palin had the mom jeans line, not Putin.

          Trump lies. You lie. You deserve each other, but take him somewhere else to play at being a leader. He is making America disrespected again.

          And keep an eye on Mueller. He's getting closer. wah, wah, wah

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            Re: Genius! I be.
            Posted on: 2017-10-05 21:16:18   By: Anonymous
            And this from the hypocrite who claims Sara Palin said;"I can see Russia from my house."

            Are you Tina Fey in drag?

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Rex Tillerson
Posted on: 2017-10-05 09:03:08   By: Anonymous
This man is one of the shining lights in the Trump administration. He does not deal with the petty stuff. The fact that he does not walk away after Trump publicly indicates his lack of support for what he is trying to achieve in our behalf, speaks to his character. He's above the Trump 's _ _ t'; he's so much better than Trump will/can ever be. We're lucky he is willing to stay on as Secretary of State.

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    Re: Rex Tillerson
    Posted on: 2017-10-05 15:41:00   By: Anonymous
    I agree with this.

    BUT a Secretary of State can accomplish things ONLY if other nations believe he speaks for the president. Tillerson clearly does not and that is Trump's fault.

    George Schultz, Reagan's Secretary of State, was on NPR yesterday (might have been a rebroadcast). The guy is 96 years old but still sounds quite sharp. The point I wrote above is taken from one of Schultz's comments. Schultz also said he had never seen such a poor relationship as Tillerson has with Trump. He said he and Reagan met twice a week one on one so that they stayed on the same page. I'll bet Tillerson doesn't meet once a month with Trump one on one.

    I was no fan of Reagan, but he was infinitely wiser than Trump.

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Trump is resigning!
Posted on: 2017-10-07 09:24:15   By: Anonymous

OMG! The latest news... Trump is announcing a news conference to announce his resignation. OMG. YAY! There IS a God...

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