Tillerson Plans to Skip NATO Meeting, Visit Russia; Media Threatens Mass Suicide

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
By Paul Martin

Media prepares to drink cyanide juice after reports emerge that U.S. Secretary of State might skip NATO meeting and visit Moscow in April

Matthew Allen

Our friends at Reuters are moments away from sucking on a tailpipe.

Why the gloomy mood? Because U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson “plans to skip an April 5-6 meeting of NATO foreign ministers for a U.S. visit by the Chinese president and will travel to Russia later in the month, U.S. officials said on Monday, a step allies may see as putting Moscow’s concerns ahead of theirs.”

Sweet, heavenly mercy. This story is even more terrifying because it is based on rumors from “four current and former [anonymous] U.S. officials.” Since it is a Reuters report based on anonymous U.S. sources, we imagine that Tillerson is actually skipping the April NATO summit so he can visit his dentist.

But take a moment and read the fear and hysteria in this “straight” news report:

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, said two former U.S. officials.

Trump has often praised Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Tillerson worked with Russia’s government for years as a top executive at Exxon Mobil, and has questioned the wisdom of sanctions against Russia that he said could harm U.S. businesses.

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.

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