Rex Tillerson To Skip NATO Meeting, Will Visit Russia Instead

Tyler Durden's picture

If after a day full of James Comey's dramatic testimony in Congress, which according to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough was “the worst day of Donald Trump’s presidency” after Comey stated on the record that he is not aware of any wiretapping of Trump Tower and that the FBI has been probing Russia for ties with the Trump campaign since July, Trump wanted to send the world a signal that his priorities remain focused on Russia, and he is not backing down from demanding NATO pay its "fair share", his Secretary of State has done just that after Reuters reported that Rex Tillerson plans to skip the April 5-6 meeting of NATO foreign ministers to be present during the first US visit by China's president, and will one week later travel to Russia, "a step allies may see as putting Moscow's concerns ahead of theirs", or in other words - an intentional snub.

As Reuters adds, Tillerson intends to miss what would be his first meeting in Brussels with the 28 NATO members to attend President Donald Trump's expected April 6-7 talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. While it goes without saying, two former US officials told Reuters that "the decisions to skip the NATO meeting and to visit Moscow risked feeding a perception that Trump may be putting U.S. dealings with big powers before those of smaller nations that depend on Washington for their security."

It is also likely to prompt further speculation of NATO-alternative alliances. State Department spokesman Mark Toner had no immediate comment on whether Tillerson would skip the NATO meeting or visit Russia. Two U.S. officials said Tillerson planned to visit Moscow on April 12.

"It feeds this narrative that somehow the Trump administration is playing footsy with Russia," said one former U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity. "You don’t want to do your early business with the world's great autocrats. You want to start with the great democracies, and NATO is the security instrument of the transatlantic group of great democracies," he added. NATO is also the alliance which installs anti-missile system, drastically shifting the nuclear balance of power in the region, and keeps piling up troops on the border with Russia, and is then shocked when a furious Russia lashes out.

As for Tillerson's visit to Russia, any visit to Moscow by a senior Trump administration official will be carefully scrutinized after the director of the FBI on Monday publicly confirmed his agency was investigating any collusion between the Russian government and Trump's 2016 presidential election campaign.

Perhaps this is Trump's way of demonstrating how little he cares about the public's reaction to Comey's revelations. Furthermore, Trump has already antagonized and worried NATO allies by referring to the Western security alliance as "obsolete" and by pressing other members to meet their commitments to spend at least 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense.

Quoted by Reuters, a former NATO diplomat said he hoped there might be a way for Tillerson to attend both meetings, for example by changing the date of the NATO talks.

The former diplomat, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said it was vital to present a united front toward Moscow. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was created in 1949 to serve as a bulwark against the Soviet Union.

 

"Given the challenge that Russia poses, not just to the United States but to Europe, it's critical to engage on the basis of a united front if at all possible," the diplomat said.

The front may be united, but if Tillerson shows up in the Kremlin on April 12 without first making an appearance in Brussels one week prior, it will be a front of the US and Russia (and thus China) against Europe, hardly the outcome Angela Merkel was hoping for when she spoke to Trump just this past Friday.

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pot_and_kettle's picture

somewhere, McCain's head has exploded.

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock's picture

It may have exploded but with so little grey matter left in that cranium it would have hardly made a bang!

 

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock

Chris Dakota's picture

Oh my goodness, Pelosi has finally lost it.

She won't make it to 2018.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=337&v=lutlGlPOQY0

kliguy38's picture

did anyone get the recipe of that shit sandwich that Trump fed Merkel before their press conference. She didn't seem to enjoy it from her big frown

philipat's picture

Europe should respond accordingly and remove all the sanctions on Russia, which have only hurt Europe.

techies-r-us's picture
techies-r-us (not verified) stizazz Mar 20, 2017 10:59 PM

This disaster with Russia was brought to you courtesy of the neocons.

Mano-A-Mano's picture
Mano-A-Mano (not verified) techies-r-us Mar 20, 2017 11:00 PM

W Bush: "Dad, what's a neocon?"
HW Bush: "You want names or description?"
W: "Description."
HW: "Israel."

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

 

two former US officials

...whose names the reporter conveniently neglected to write down (was Noodles Nuland one of them?)...

told Reuters that "the decisions to skip the NATO meeting and to visit Moscow risked feeding a perception that Trump may be putting U.S. dealings with big powers before those of smaller nations that depend on Washington for their security."

Awwww, will it hurt their poor little feelings? Fucking NATO has become an idiot brigade of crybaby snowflakes. Note to those smaller nations that depend on Washington for their security: lube up.

https://pp.vk.me/c607223/v607223060/7090/MiqR_iggMTE.jpg

"It feeds this narrative that somehow the Trump administration is playing footsy with Russia," said one former U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Another anonymous former US official. In other words, an open pipe gushing bullshit for which he'll never be held accountable.

"You don’t want to do your early business with the world's great autocrats. You want to start with the great democracies, and NATO is the security instrument of the transatlantic group of great democracies," he added.

Sounds like this one believes his own bullshit. The situation is remarkable triumphant insanity.

Perhaps the best reason of all to dissolve NATO is avoidance of further embarrassment.

Bay of Pigs's picture

Yeah, "great democracies"?

What a load of rubbish. More fake news and anonymous sources used to discredit Trump and Tillerson.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Trump & Tillerson just show that they understood who's the true enemy of European and American civilization - Islamic Fascism.

MEFOBILLS's picture

Democracies stop working when they become racialized.  Minority and Majority opinions can go back and forth over time in a monoculture type country, where everybody's interests are common.

In a multiracial, multicultural country, ethnogroups start voting their interests.  The vote becomes a race group head count.  Politics breaks down.  Civil war ensues. 

In the U.S., the democratic party will become the party of browns, blacks, LGBTQ..Z and Zion.  The same dynamic is playing out in Europe, where the "Demo" will be usurped by unwanted immigration, as the finance class imports low wage third worlders, and also selects a new constituency.  Of course they make the claim that they need new workers to pay retirees wages, and are willing to destroy the future.

The founding fathers of America considered democracy to be the "worst form of government" and instead installed a republic.  The republic was usurped in 1912 with Wilson's progressive era, especially with Federal Reserve act, IRS, the 16'th and 17'th ammendment.  The 17'th especially disenfrachises state power by making Senators populists, and hence subordinate to being bribed by money powers e.g. Citizens United and Zions ability to manipulate.

Who gives a shit about the supposed great democracies.  This  form of government has failed because it doesn't look out for interests of their sovereign people.  European union peoples have been usurped by private money power and an oligarchial overclass.

Hungaries constitutional kingdom lasted for 1000 years, and its form of government was fairly balanced.

www.sovereignmoney.eu

(Does anybody think that South Africa is a great democracy now, especially as whites are being ethnically cleansed by voters.)

Gold...Bitches's picture

Rex Tillerson plans to skip the April 5-6 meeting of NATO foreign ministers to be present during the first US visit by China's president, and will one week later travel to Russia, "a step allies may see as putting Moscow's concerns ahead of theirs", or in other words - an intentional snub.

 

Am I in bizarro world or isn't the intentional snub deliberately underinvesting the 2% mandated in the treaty with Germany running surpluses every year and especially with the USA?

ebworthen's picture

Fuck NATO, and resotre Western Civiliaation!

 

earleflorida's picture

man, do i love reading your astute comments...

always enlightening, and garnished sardonically

bon`appetit

 

auricle's picture

Perfect. Snubbed everyone with that move. 

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Fuck u, u fascist muslim mother fucker.

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Luc X. Ifer's picture

Fuck u, u fascist muslim mother fucker.

BobEore's picture

Right on cue - and right in front of the sightless eyes of a ONEMEDIA('alt or lamestream, coke or pepsi!) -

the next phase of Sraeli diplomatic dominos unfolds.

 

An administration so seriously AIPAC-beholden and Goldman-governed as to literally now jump to every command, now begins the 'great unwind' of relations tween Anglos and Continentals. A NATO abandoned by it's mainstay will be easy meat for a bizarrely now included in Brussels Srael - which will grow quickly from de facto Nato 'partner' into the lead element of de justo Zato - as a fragmented and panicked Europe realizes that the days of American oversight of it's security are numbered.

Canny and conniving to the 'nth' degree, the sionists will offer a shield of deterrence via their own ample 'umbrella' of 200+ nukes to a rump state Europe without the will or means to create their own. As Amerika descends into a self-imposed state of civil war, inward looking and blind to all external threat, the Yurps will have no choice but to throw in their hand with Moscow... a fulfillment of the Ostpolitik destiny which had already been foreseen by the real master statesman of the C20th - not imposter Heinz Kissinger, Rockyfeller right hand man,

but Egon Karl-Heinz Bahr - acknowleged by no less than Putin himself as he who wrote the new rules of the great game by which the USSR could be dismantled at last.

“International politics is never about democracy and human rights. It's about the interests of states. Remember that, no matter what you are told in history lessons.” Egon spoke truth to power - and power listened up, for once. Walls which crumbled soon after have been rebuilt in order to imprison all of the west in a talmudist nightmare. Where EB envisioned a free and equal partnership between Europe and a Moscow returned to it's own sovereign power from the hands of bolshie mafiya... we have today but a blueprint for implementation of global terror states bound in allegiance to an Ashkenazi ONE RING.

The failure to follow up on that ground-breaking moment in European history - and the deliberate backstabbing of those who crafted it by Merikan Machiavellians - created the vacuum by which the tiny terror state in the s e Med will now reap the spoils of war which could of and should of been the dividends of peace - a world free of phony tensions and political makebelieve!

Volkodav's picture

stupid

Scythian has nothing to do with "Red" Khazars Japeth Genesis 10 2-5 for Japeth family names

but eternal enemies as Russians are much Scythian descent

Scythian descend from Sem, Semite Euro type fair complexion

as evidenced Scythian burials from all Asia and East Europe

Scythian and related tribes appeared in history exactly

in same region only few years after

Ten Tribes of Israel escaped Assyrian captivity and became "lost"

any critical thinking result they same people

if want any real research to identify... (try Russian library for real knowledge)

 

 

 

 

 

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock's picture

"..did anyone get the recipe of that shit sandwich that Trump fed Merkel before their press conference. She didn't seem to enjoy it from her big frown.."

 

Well Killguy, our Germanic cousins are renown as connissours of 'scheiß und pisse'.

Perhaps she didn't take a liking to the 'American' style.

Maybe D. Trump's gastronomic offering lacked the subtlety of aroma and tangy after-burn she would experience on the continent.

Or did they serve up the incorrect type of bread?

And what....NO GRAVY??!

When all is said and done, every man prefers his own brand.

 

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock

Cman5000's picture

I think she has dementia combined with pills and booze. She's finished.

Got The Wrong No's picture

I just clicked on your bio:

 

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UN Liaison for Global Currency Unification.
Auditor General, NYFed Metals Rehypothecation Clearinghouse.
Former Secretariat, Amero Central Banking Institute.
Former Director, IMF/BIS Joint Commission on Ethics.
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Fully credentialed CFR, TriLatCom, BilderB, Skull+B, BohoGrove, NYT, etc etc
Current: Artistic Director, DHS Chorale

Bench press 200kg

 

Holy Cow, Batman!!!!!

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock's picture

I thank you muchly and bigly for your kind response.

I have been been called many things in my time but 'smart' is certainly not one of them.

In fact I will let you in on a secret.

Up until the age of 14 I thought my christian name was 'Hey You'. At least that's the name I was called.

At 15 I was utterly convinced that my parents had become communist chinese as they addressed me by the name of 'Fook Wit' or occasionally as 'Dip Chit', the latter I took to be the Cantonese variant of the same name.

But now, thankfully, I am simply known as...

 

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock

SafelyGraze's picture

OT -

let's not debate whether to have a full spectrum surveillance grid.

instead, let's debate what part of the frequency spectrum it should use.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/88

and what agency should enforce it.

Urban Redneck's picture

Splodey head McCain would be a nice bonus, but I think the point of snubbing NATO (for now) is make Merkel's and her ditzy Defense Minister's heads explode after their extemely cunt like and undiplomatic response to being told by Trump that Germany is not paying it's FAIR SHARE...

trader1's picture

70+ years of occupation is enough fair share.

Bigly's picture

MAD LIBS

NATO is as useless as ___________

Eahudimac's picture

I think Trump just gave a big Go Fuck Yourself to the haters. 

onwisconsinbadger's picture

Collect another medal from Putin. Sad !!!!

XqWretch's picture

For all the dumb shit Trump has done (hiring Goldman execs, Jeff Sessions, etc) this is one thing you can definitely hang your hat on. FUCK NATO!!! Hopefully he will pull our troops off the fucking eastern front

mary mary's picture

Donald Trump = first sane person in White House since Teddy Roosevelt.

earleflorida's picture

TR was the butcher for the Power Elite!

He was the progenitor of todays foreign policy problems...

read your history lady

mary mary's picture

Always reading history.  Read several books on T.R.  He singlehandedly (literally) stopped the butchery of the Japan/Russia War.  Did the Panama Canal without firing a shot.  Can't blame T.R. for World War I:  T.R. told the Kaiser he was wrong, and T.R. said the USA should jump in there and push the Kaiser back out of France BEFORE there were all those years of senseless casualties and hollowing out of European (especially German) finances.  Everyone uses force; the harmful thing is to use force just to make a handful of people rich.

Did you know that Cleopatra spoke NINE languages?

Stan522's picture

"Joe Scarborough was “the worst day of Donald Trump’s presidency” after Comey stated on the record that he is not aware of any wiretapping of Trump Tower "

 

Comey wouldn't necessarily know anything about what the FISA Court came up with...

This means nothing, unless you are a sycophant Lib looking to destroy you freely elected president of the United States.....

mary mary's picture

I am not aware of what my assistants are doing, but they damn well better be getting it done.

RSDallas's picture

I concur. My guess is that the obvious suspects are only chatter.

MuffDiver69's picture

Thank You President Trump. It's time to end this garbage once and for all. If Tillerson can smooth out the Minsk deal on Ukraine, then Europe and the left can go screw themselves..This is what I voted for, not Cold War part II....