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  • Ex-Russia Ambassador Rails Against Trump Over Praise Of Putin

    08/10/2017 7:13:36 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 20 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 08/10/17
    Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul railed against President Trump on Thursday after he thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for ordering the U.S. to cut its diplomatic staff by 755 people. In his first comments on the move by Russia, Trump said he was thanking Putin because the decision allows the U.S. government to "cut down our payroll." “I want to thank him because we’re trying to cut down our payroll and as far as I’m concerned I’m very thankful that he let go of a large number of people because now we have a smaller payroll," Trump told...
  • Trump Thanks Putin For Ordering 755 US Diplomats Out of Embassy: ‘We’re Trying to Cut…Payroll’

    08/10/2017 3:52:50 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 27 replies
    Mediaite ^ | Joe DePaolo
    Following the bill signed into law by President Donald Trump imposing sanctions on Russia, Vladimir Putin announced the expulsion of 755 U.S. diplomats from Russia on July 30. Trump’s response to what would seem to be a hostile action on the part of Russia? Thank you. During a question and answer session with the press pool on Thursday, Trump appeared to be serious while saying that he appreciated Putin’s decision to expel the diplomats as it would allow the U.S. to cut costs. “I want to thank him because we’re trying to cut down on payroll,” Trump said. “And as...
  • Hearing loss of US diplomats in Cuba blamed on covert device

    08/09/2017 11:39:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 10, 2017 1:46 AM EDT | Matthew Lee and Michael Weissenstein
    The two-year-old U.S. diplomatic relationship with Cuba was roiled Wednesday by what U.S. officials say was a string of bizarre incidents that left a group of American diplomats in Havana with severe hearing loss attributed to a covert sonic device. In the fall of 2016, a series of U.S. diplomats began suffering unexplained losses of hearing, according to officials with knowledge of the investigation into the case. Several of the diplomats were recent arrivals at the embassy, which reopened in 2015 as part of former President Barack Obama’s re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba. Some of the diplomats’ symptoms were...
  • State Department Officials Quitting Over “Complete and Utter Disdain for our Expertise”

    08/03/2017 4:33:09 AM PDT · by SJackson · 80 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | August 3, 2017 | Robert Spencer
    Break out the champagne The New York Times reported last Friday that “an exodus is underway” in the State Department. The Times didn’t think this was good news; it gave space to one career diplomat who lamented that there was “complete and utter disdain for our expertise.” This could be the best news to come out of Washington since the Trump administration took office. We can only hope that with the departure of these failed State Department officials, their failed policies will be swept out along with them. Chief among these is the almost universally held idea that poverty causes...
  • More Winning – Foggy Bottom Begins Self-Draining as “Desperate” Career Diplomats Quit…

    07/30/2017 5:49:12 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 54 replies
    The Conservative Tree House ^ | July 30, 2017 | Sundance
    Oh, this is almost too much winning… almost. A pearl-clutching op-ed in the New York Times declares the hurt sensibilities within the State Department are leading to multiple people quitting Specifically citing the different managerial strategy of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and the priorities of the entire Dept. of State mission being reset, the career bureaucrats are dropping like flies hitting the T-Rex zapper.
  • Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault

    06/23/2017 11:58:56 AM PDT · by Innovative · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 23, 2017 | Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima and Adam Entous
    arly last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides. Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.
  • [N. Korea] N.K. claims U.S. seized its diplomatic package, demands explanation

    06/18/2017 6:57:13 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2017/06/18
    N.K. claims U.S. seized its diplomatic package, demands explanation SEOUL, June 18 (Yonhap) -- North Korea claimed on Sunday that the United States recently mugged its delegation carrying a diplomatic package in New York, calling on Washington to provide an explanation on what it calls a provocation. According to the (North) Korean Central News Agency, which quoted its foreign ministry, a group of government officials and police officers from the U.S. took a diplomatic package from its delegation on Friday at John F. Kennedy International Airport before it was about to board a flight home. The delegation was in New...
  • Acting US ambassador to China resigns over Trump's Paris decision: report

    06/05/2017 3:09:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 99 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 5, 2017 | Brandon Carter
    The acting U.S. ambassador to China, David Rank, has reportedly resigned from his post over President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, according to a new report. CNN reports that several sources familiar with the matter say Rank’s decision was directly tied to Trump’s decision to remove the U.S. from the accord, though his replacement in Beijing has already been approved by the Senate. "Mr. Rank made a personal decision," a senior State Department official told CNN. "We appreciate his years of dedicated service to the State Department." Rank has served as the deputy...
  • US Ambassador To Qatar Takes Swipe At Trump

    05/10/2017 6:28:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 10, 2017 | Chuck Ross
    The U.S. Ambassador to Qatar took a direct swipe at President Trump, seemingly over his firing of FBI Director James Comey. “Increasingly difficult to wake up overseas to news from home, knowing I will spend today explaining our democracy and institutions,” Dana Shell Smith wrote on Twitter late Tuesday. Trump had fired Comey just hours earlier.(TWEET-AT-LINK) Smith, a career diplomat, was nominated to the ambassadorship in 2014 and confirmed the same year. Federal Election Commission records show she donated $1,000 on eight separate occasions to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. She also recently expressed support for former Acting Attorney General...
  • Exclusive: Trump says 'major, major' conflict with North Korea possible, but seeks diplomacy

    04/27/2017 6:46:28 PM PDT · by Mariner · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 27th, 2017 | By Stephen J. Adler, Steve Holland and Jeff Mason
    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute. "There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely," Trump told Reuters in an Oval Office interview ahead of his 100th day in office on Saturday. Nonetheless, Trump said he wanted to peacefully resolve a crisis that has bedeviled multiple U.S. presidents, a path that he and his administration are emphasizing by preparing a variety of new...
  • Media Silent As 4 Top Russian Diplomats Die Mysteriously In Last 60 Days

    02/27/2017 9:52:13 PM PST · by LucyT · 11 replies
    Market Slant ^ | 24/02/2017 | MarketSlantEditor
    While few might consider being a diplomat a life-threatening or even dangerous job, that trend may be quickly reversing — that is, at least for Russian diplomats.[snip] Since late December, four top Russian diplomats, including three ambassadors, have died under circumstances that remain unclear. .....................................
  • Trump Fires All Obama Politically Appointed Ambassadors Effective Inauguration Day (You're FIRED!)

    01/05/2017 7:15:12 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 219 replies
    Gateway ^ | 1-5-2017 | Kristenn Taylor
    President-elect Donald Trump has fired,effective Inauguration Day January 20, every U.S. ambassador politically appointed by President Barack Obama, according to a report published Thursday night by the New York Times. The Times reports the State Department sent out a notice on December 23 informing the ambassadors of Trump’s order. The move sent shock waves through the diplomatic corps as some ambassadors in previous transitions had been given time to leave their post for personal convenience.
  • Does Anyone Know What to Make of Obama's Sanctions?

    01/01/2017 3:57:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 12, 2016 | David D. Graham
    The president’s move to punish Russia has scrambled partisan lines. What is a bewildered citizen to make of the sanctions that President Obama levied on Russian officials and the Russian government on Thursday? The confusion starts with the news coverage. The Associated Press, for example, blares that “President Barack Obama has slapped harsh sanctions on the Russian intelligence services.” Meanwhile the former head of the CIA’s Russia operations tells The New York Times, “I think these sanctions are pretty weak. It’s more perhaps symbolic.” Some sloppy reports even suggested, wrongly, that Russian agents had interfered with vote counts or voting...
  • Putin 'Sidesteps' Obama in New Year's Statement, Applauds Trump

    12/31/2016 9:15:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 74 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 31, 2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    On the heels of new sanctions enforced by the Obama administration, Russian President Vladimir Putin has released his annual New Year's statement to the international community. CNN repeatedly noted that Putin "sidestepped" President Obama in the statement, instead offering his congratulations to President-elect Donald Trump. In his annual greetings statement, Putin expressed hope that after Trump is sworn in as US President on January 20, the two countries, "acting in a constructive and pragmatic manner, will be able to take real steps to restore the mechanisms of bilateral cooperation in various areas and take their interaction in the international arena to...
  • Russian airlift: Moscow sends plane to ferry its 35 expelled diplomats and families out of U.S. as P

    12/30/2016 11:24:42 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 55 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | December 30, 2016 | Ashley Coleman
    Russian airlift: Moscow sends plane to ferry its 35 expelled diplomats and families out of U.S. as Putin REFUSES to retaliate against 'lame duck' Obama's punishment for hacking Hillary President Obama has given 35 Russian diplomats until New Year's Day to leave the U.S. as punishment for the country's 'meddling' in the election Kremlin announced Friday that they will be sending a plane for their diplomats, since many were having a hard time booking flights Also on Friday, Russian officials were seen hurriedly packing up their government residences in Maryland and New York President Obama said the compounds were used...
  • Russians laughing off Obama’s ridiculous temper tantrums

    12/30/2016 9:18:58 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 29 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/30/16 | Judi McLeod
    Obama’s temper tantrums show more than anything else what Obama really is Update: Russia retaliates after US sanctions—See video below Not since Nikita Khrushchev’s 1960 shoe-banging histrionics at the United Nations has a hissy fit gone such a long way to torpedo the persona of an on his way out the door political junkie. Mirthful millions of LOLers—including what was supposed to be the chief aggrieved party—are laughing at a sulking Obama’s 11th-hour expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats. from the USA.
  • Putin: Russia will not expel anyone in response to US sanctions

    12/30/2016 5:21:36 AM PST · by pobeda1945 · 54 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 30 Dec, 2016
    The Russian president has rejected a suggestion of the foreign ministry to expel 35 American diplomats in response to a similar move by the US. He said Obama’s act was designed to provoke a reaction, but Russia would not take the bait. “We reserve the right to retaliate, but we will not sink to the level of this irresponsible ‘kitchen’ diplomacy. We will take further moves on restoring Russian-American relations based on the policies that the administration of President-elect Donald Trump adopts,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a statement published by the Kremlin website. Putin said that, unlike the...
  • White House bars Russian diplomats from Md. riverfront compound

    12/29/2016 5:02:32 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 42 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | December 29, 2016 5:49 pm | AP
    CENTREVILLE, Md. (AP) — Russian Federation diplomats will no longer have access to the swanky riverfront compound on Maryland’s Eastern Shore where they played tennis, went sailing and enjoyed respite from the nation’s capital. As part of the move to punish Russia for its role in hacking the Democratic National Committee and influencing a United States election, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced sanctions that include shuttering the compound.
  • The Perfect Cartoon for a Putin Response to Obama (vanity)

    12/29/2016 3:08:03 PM PST · by Stayfree · 9 replies
    Self | December 29, 2016 | Stayfree
    I wish I could draw...if I could, I would draw a cartoon of Obama & Putin with Putin turning his head toward Obama and yelling "BOOH!" AND Obama jumping out of his skin......
  • U.S. expels 35 Russian diplomats, closes two compounds: official

    12/29/2016 11:20:11 AM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 291 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec. 29, 2016 | (Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Yara Bayoumy)
    The United States on Thursday expelled 35 Russian diplomats and closed two Russian compounds in New York and Maryland in response to a campaign of harassment by Russia against American diplomats in Moscow, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday. The U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the Russian diplomats would be given 72 hours to leave the United States. Access to the two compounds will be denied to all Russian officials as of noon on Friday, the official added. "These actions were taken to respond to Russian harassment of American diplomats and actions by the diplomats...