The United States has told Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco and two annex buildings in Washington and New York, the State Department said on Thursday, a response to Moscow last month ordering cuts in the U.S. diplomatic mission in Russia.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is moving to eliminate or downgrade special envoy positions within the State Department to reorganize the department’s bureaucracy and “eliminate redundancies.”
The State Department’s recent hosting of an American Muslim organization known for its anti-Israel stance and support of boycotts of the Jewish state has sparked concern from those close to the Trump administration that these advocacy groups are seeking to drive a wedge into the United States’ relationship with Israel, which has struck speed bumps since Rex Tillerson assumed control of America’s chief diplomatic agency, according to multiple sources who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.
Catholic leaders and key human rights activists said they were encouraged by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s statement Tuesday that ISIS is one of the world’s biggest threats to religious freedom and is responsible for genocide, but added the administration must take action in the next few months to save minority religious groups in Iraq.
Key House and Senate Committees, as well as individual lawmakers, want to know why they were caught flat-footed by media reports of incidents in Cuba late last year that left a group of U.S. diplomats ill and reportedly suffering from hearing loss attributed to covert sonic devices.
Nine months after Hillary Clinton was defeated by Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, a federal judge is ordering the State Department to make another attempt in locating Clinton’s missing emails about the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack.
The State Department on Wednesday criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for vacationing in a Russian-occupied Georgian region.