Latest Rex Tillerson News

Top WH legislative aide Marc Short to exit this summer

Jun. 15, 2018 5:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House director of legislative affairs Marc Short has told staff that he'll be leaving the position this summer. Two White House officials said Short disclosed his plans Friday. He did not offer an exact date, but said he would leave sometime this summer. The officials were not...

US frees up fraction of frozen Syria funds

Jun. 14, 2018 9:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday freed up a fraction of some $200 million in frozen funds for Syria stabilization programs, a move that leaves nearly $195 million in limbo. The State Department said President Donald Trump had authorized it and the U.S. Agency for International...

Exxon aims to boost production even with any climate rules

May. 30, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Exxon's CEO says the company can more than double its earnings by 2025 and will invest in new oil and gas production even if policymakers adopt rules to combat climate change. Darren Woods told shareholders Wednesday that technology like biofuels will allow the company to produce energy with...

Pompeo: US will fight Russian interference in 2018 elections

May. 23, 2018 10:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday the Trump administration will not tolerate Russian interference in the 2018 congressional midterm elections. Pompeo told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that the administration will take "appropriate countermeasures" to fight what he...

New CIA director says she'll send more spies to the field

May. 21, 2018 2:56 PM EDT

LANGLEY, Va. (AP) — New CIA Director Gina Haspel pledged to send more spies into the field during her swearing-in Monday as President Donald Trump offered up praise for the rank-and-file, who felt snubbed during his first visit to the headquarters of the premier U.S. intelligence agency. "We must learn...

The Latest: Haspel jokes about rocky confirmation process

May. 21, 2018 11:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the CIA (all times local): 11:25 a.m. Newly sworn-in CIA Director Gina Haspel says she wants to send more officers into the field, improve foreign language proficiency among the ranks and strengthen the agency's working relationships with...

US office overseeing fight against IS gets reprieve

May. 21, 2018 12:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department unit overseeing the fight against the Islamic State group will stay in business for at least six more months, reversing an administration plan for the unit's imminent downgrade even as President Donald Trump presses ahead with a speedy U.S. exit from Syria. A plan...

US anti-IS office gets reprieve as Syria pullout accelerates

May. 20, 2018 11:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department unit overseeing the fight against the Islamic State group will stay in business for at least six more months, reversing an administration plan for the unit's imminent downgrade even as President Donald Trump presses ahead with a speedy U.S. exit from Syria. A plan...

White House pushes ahead with Mideast peace plan

May. 19, 2018 6:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is aiming to roll out its much-hyped but long-delayed Middle East peace plan next month amid signs it may further alienate the Palestinians by slashing millions of dollars in funding for humanitarian and development projects in the West Bank and Gaza. Five U.S....

US readies Mideast peace plan, but threatens Palestinian aid

May. 18, 2018 2:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is aiming to roll out its much-hyped but long-delayed Middle East peace plan next month amid signs it may further alienate the Palestinians by slashing millions of dollars in funding for humanitarian and development projects in the West Bank and Gaza. Five U.S....