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  • The press pool is so dishonest and adversairal, I feel like all I'd get from them is a twisted story which imo if of no value whatsoever.  

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    • A twisted story? Like he was fatigued? No he wasn't fatigued! Dinner was cancelled? No there was no dinner! He spent More time with the Japanese? No he didnt! Respectfully, Mark, all we got is a twisted story. The press holds Tillerson accountable and keeps us informed of what he is doing and saying on behalf of the US (and avoids the kind of embarrassment happening right now). If you're sceptical of the press, then you should read from multiple sources. ELIMINATING coverage only worsens the problem. 

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    • Shorter Mark G, Hinge: "Really, I'm better off if I know nothing."

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    • really touchable thing is here, tilerson is a secretary of United States. he can't just go ignore one nation, visiting China, Japan because of the "fatigue". and he said "No. It was their explanation." which means he admits what he said "I was tired, so just wanna go to Japan, not korea.". but south korean foreign minister? just he got the whole chances only for china so he made cancelled-dinner, and broadcasted WE HAVE MISSED TILERSON IM SO SORRY. and now on tilerson? just have got fu cked. that's all.

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  • I disagree with sdgrissom. The press has no right to unfettered access to officials nor is the government obliged to provide a larger airplane to accommodate them whether they make  token payment or not.

    Secretary Tillerson is absolutely correct that deliberations within the administration and discussions with leaders abroad must be held privately. This is not done to conceal the truth but to allow differences and options to be presented in an open and forthright manner. Secretary Tillerson will, properly, be held accountable for his actions taken on our behalf. And I think his time is much better spent working and preparing than in hobnobbing with reporters when there is nothing to announce.

    And as to transportation for reporters, there are commercial flights available for all who wish to go.

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    • Wendi Tyson, Agree. Where did this feeling of entitlement by reporters come from? I was not a HIllary supporter but I posted the same comment about her as a candidate because she didn't allow reporters to travel with her until the very end and they complained constantly about that too. Would that we could all be mature enough to be tiring of such whining since the nation's business is far more important than the reports that get published these days, often as fake news. It is not unprecedented for politicians to not take the press with them so NO they do not need to be on the plane nor totally privy to the meetings Tillerson has with officials from other countries. That is why the two officials hold joint press conferences!

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    • Wendi, you're not disagreeing with sdgrisso; you're completely ignoring what he or she said. Of course the press needs to be on the plane: that's been standard practice for years, and if they had been, Tillerson wouldn't have had to worry about the South Korean government putting out an (allegedly) bogus story about him canceling dinner because of fatigue. That decision shows that Tillerson, like Trump, has absolutely no idea what he's doing.

      This interview is further proof of that. Tillerson's responses are gibberish, which is no surprise since he had absolutely no qualifications for the job.

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  • The fake news media on the plane?  Tillerson doesn't need their distortions and their interpretations of what he says, what he "really means.".  Why is it that the main stream media feels the need to explain what is meant by a statement? The American public should be able to intepret things for themselves.  The presss can book their own flights commercially. And as RT said, they have news bureaus in other countries.  Where is the rule that states the Secretary should sit down with the press and play footsie. He's not there to make friends with media.

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  •  Tillerson's already been completely hamstrung and neutered before his wheels ever met the pavement by the inept Orange Clown.  Having the inability to choose his deputy, the stripping of the State Dept budget and the clearing of the State Dept.'s years of experience- with no backup plan has made a overwhelming impression on the globe that Rex is a talking head with no power.

    Oddly enough, I feel sorry for Tillerson- I'm sure things are not playing out in accord to the job description, not to mention the load of bunk I'm sure he was handed by the Highness the Orange Clown.  I don't think I've ever seen a look of "mommy get me out of here" on a grown adult as much as the crazy photo ops with various world leaders and being asked questions that any other SOS would have been more than happy to answer- yet he was, I'm sure ordered not to answer.

    I give RT till the end of the year before resigning- that is if the Orange One isn't impeached first.

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  •  "we’re gonna look at every trip in terms of what my needs are."

    It's not about your needs.

    Not one of these people has any concept of "public service" at all, do they?  

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  • I am glad Rex is saving the taxpayer money while his boss flies to MaraLago every weekend and bills th etaxpayers for $3million much of which is profit he is making from lodging and meal expenses  for his entourage

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  • I support Secretary Tillerson 100%.  He has the knowledge and experience on foreign affairs, and is the best dealmaker and negotiator in the world.  He needs our support in this time of transition.  People need to understand that anytime there is an administration change, usually the first six months are spent reversing the previous administration's policies, putting new policies in place, and dealing with new issues that arise.  We had eight years of far left Socialistic policies that only focused on expanding government agencies.  Now we have a chance for truly free market capitalism to return to the US.  Successful businessmen have a different mindset than career politicians.  Because they have been successful in the private sector, they have the skills and experience to run the government more effectively and efficiently.

    As far as the mainstream media goes, it is nothing but a far left propaganda tool that wants to silence anyone that does not go along with their far left agenda.  They do nothing but run hit pieces, smear campaigns and character assassinations on those that do not adapt to their far left agenda.

    Support Capitalism, not Communism.  Support the Trump team.

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    • You are definitely correct and I appreciate your point of view.  As in anything, every subject always has two sides.  Our job is to look at those two sides that are presented and make up our own mind as to what is correct.    This is the first time in many, many years that we don't have career government employees in top executive positions.  We're looking at what happened in our nation's infancy and it's refreshing.  We need to tone down our words/passions, and listen to each other if we're going to successfully navigate the waters...much as our founders had to do.  First, support our president and give him a chance to do the things that we asked him to do.   Congress, are you listening to us?

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    • He has literally zero experience in foreign affairs. None. Nada. And he's obviously a lousy dealmaker since the South Koreans just humilated him, and since (more importantly) Trump routinely excludes him from meetings with foreign leaders.

      I know, Snowflake: facts are scary! That's why you hate the "mainstream media": facts are  "far left propaganda."

      Bonus point for the authoritarian tone of your entire comment. "Support Dear Leader! Bring the People's Revolution to the Country!"

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    • DiTurno needs to review the difference between "facts" and "opinions".

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  • The press thinks THEYRE the story, and that's a problem. 

    I'm quite sure their stories would be all about how Kerry and Clinton were better as SoS, how much nicer to the press, and how much everyone all over the world loves and misses Obama, and what a crying shame it is that the stupid stupid stupid people elected that horrible man Trump.

    The effect of these stories would be to create diplomatic crises and undermine the current administration's policy initiatives. They would be sure to characterize Tillerson as "careening" from one "embarrassment" to another, creating "international incidents" and uttering "gaffes" at every stop. 

    So no I'm not upset at all that Tillerson isn't dragging along an entourage of Obama/Clinton/Kerry fanboys and sycophant.

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  • The press should pay their own way. Being off the plane sure didn't prevent any of the distorted coverage. Fun and informative to read here what Mr. T really said. The Q and A format should be mandatory for today's "journalists." (Love the commentor below who thinks the smartest, most articulate Secretary of State we've ever had spoke "gibberish." Now there's a real thinker.)

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  • There should be compition between the Print Media as well as the talking heads on TV.

    They are Million and Billion dollar business competing for the news.

    Why should the American Taxpayer have to pay for them to do their jobs as well as their free travle, food and entertainment, and get fake news with a slanderious comments about Our President, and very poor reporting to boot.

    Welfaare is for the needy not the greedy. 

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  • Tillerson is not working for a corporation he is working for the people and he needs to get over this need to hide behind saving money, the press pays to be on the plane.  He is being dishonest and overly secretive and trying to avoid questions.  He must take the press with him ,he must develop a realtionship with them. His behavior is unacceptable.

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    • In fact the plane would be much larger and slower and more expensive with "the press" riding along. And this interview with a prominent journalist took place on the plane! The Secretary of State noted that there are numerous members of the American press stationed in the countries he is visiting. And these journalists are much more educated about these countries than are the Washington press corps members. So his choice makes good sense: the questions and discussions with the press on site will be MUCH more informative and valuable than with a bunch of reporters unfamiliar with the countries.

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  • You forget that the secretary is a PUBLIC official. The public only gets access through the press. The secretary may not "need" media but the American people do. It's a job requirement of a public servant. 

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  • Well, I certainly don't remember Secretary Clinton, or Powell or any others being dissected and analyzed down to the finest detail.  Let the guy do his job.  Criminy.

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    • I for one can never forget the footage of Powell and Albright singing and dancing and generally acting foolish at some ridiculous talent show these diplomats put on for one another. 

      It was supposed to be lighthearted and a fun way to build comeradarie their counterparts but it was an embarrassment and a disgrace.

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  • I first visited your site after Trump's dinner at BLT. So glad you got T Rexxon to admit his grandkids text him on his State Dept phone

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  • Without reading  Polyseismic – The Rise of Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election Cycle, no one is going to understand this admistration. 

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  • Did I miss the question on Tillerson's view on the Exxon oil deal sanction with his close personal friend Putin? 

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  • "EM: Let me ask you how a human rights issue impacts this, which is  that, as you probably know, China has a policy of repatriating North Korean refugees. I’m wondering if you think that China is in violation of the UN convention on refugees, and if they should change that stance..."  

    "RT: Well, that is one among several issues attached to North Korea,  but also attached to a broader, I think, view that we would want to take  with China regarding treatment of people under that broad category of  human rights. The American people’s commitment to human rights and  championing of people the world over — it’s embedded in everything we  do... It really is a part of  every policy that we’re discussing, whether it’s economic or security or  whatever the policy may be. Embedded in all of those is always with us  is the protection of people, advocating for people’s freedom, advocating  for a better life for others. That is just a part of the American  values system that is part of every policy discussion we have."

    Good to hear that RT would stop his boss from repatriating refugees back to the war zone in Syria or to the murder squads of Central America. Nice to know that RT always fought for the rights of people in countries where ExxonMobil negotiated with dictators and took over their natural resources. Maybe the DAPL won't be such an environmental disaster after all, with "Tilly" at the tiller. I feel better already  . 

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