Tillerson Meets With Lavrov & Putin, Media Loses Its Mind
Because we all know the media never distorts or twists the words of people in this administration.
The best part of President Donald Trump’s presidency? The way it makes the media go crazy. This time the media has gone insane because Secretary of State Rex Tillerson dropped his press pool for an unscheduled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on his trip to Moscow.
Can you blame him, though? After all, the media treat members of this administration fairly and without any bias. *cough*Jeff Sessions*cough*
Information Before Tillerson’s Trip
We all knew Tillerson scheduled a trip to Moscow for this week, but plans stated that he would just meet with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. On Monday, Reuters reiterated that Tillerson and Putin would not meet:
But Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters on Monday that no such meeting was planned, suggesting Tillerson will follow strict diplomatic protocol and only meet his direct counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
“We have not announced any such meetings and right now there is no meeting with Tillerson in the president’s diary,” Peskov told reporters on a conference call.
He did not say why Putin was not planning to receive Tillerson.
This came as a surprise to many since former Secretary of State John Kerry met with Putin when he had meetings with Lavrov in Moscow. Plus, Putin and Tillerson have a past due to numerous deals with ExxonMobil.
I think it also shocked the media because they are determined that Trump and Putin are secret best friends.
However, tensions have risen between the U.S. and Russia since Trump ordered an airstrike on Syria for the chemical attack allegedly ordered by President Bashar al-Assad. Putin has remained the dictator’s strongest ally. From USA Today:
“It can be said that the level of trust at the working level, especially at the military level, has not become better but most likely has degraded,” he told state broadcaster Mir TV.
Putin also charged that the U.S. broke international law by striking the air base without providing evidence that the Syrian government used chemical weapons.
Okay, bro. I could go on about international laws you’ve broken (Crimea), but I won’t.
Media Cries on Twitter
Like I said, the best part is watching the media whine and moan on social media.
Can’t imagine why he’d do that, the press treats him so fairly https://t.co/QM9ilelmHC
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) April 12, 2017
If you’re wondering why the US press doesn’t have pictures of Secretary Tillerson at the Kremlin, that’s because he ditched his press pool
— margaret brennan (@margbrennan) April 12, 2017
With all these unanswered questions surrounding Russia and Trump, Tillerson meets with Putin at Kremlin without U.S. press?
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) April 12, 2017
Also, if you're wondering why everyone quotes the Russians + their framing of Tillerson's meeting, it's because he ditched his press pool. https://t.co/UPsYvPY5vM
— Andrew Beatty (@AndrewBeatty) April 12, 2017
Tillerson denied Americans their own press to report this. He banned US news outlets forcing Americans to rely on only Russian reporters https://t.co/IFvr6HHj05
— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) April 12, 2017
Meeting With Putin
Tillerson and Lavrov held a joint press conference once all the meetings ended. Of course the media immediately asked Tillerson about his meeting with Putin and he acknowledged that “the current state of U.S.-Russia relations is at a low point.” From The Washington Examiner:
“I had about two hours with President Putin,” Tillerson said in a news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. “We frankly discussed the current state of U.S.-Russia relations.”
“I expressed the view that the current state of U.S.-Russia relations is at a low point,” Tillerson said. “There is a low level of trust between our two countries. The world’s two foremost nuclear powers cannot have this kind of relationship.”
“We further discussed approaches to improving our channels of communication,” Tillerson said. “We had a lengthy exchange of views regarding the situation in Syria and shared perspectives on possible ways forward.”
Another reporter asked Tillerson about possible Russian interference in our 2016 presidential election:
Tillerson responded, saying: “We touched on it briefly, on the issue of cyber security and, in particular, on the challenges that it is placing on everyone, in terms of a new threat, an emerging threat.”
“But I do make a distinction when cyber tools are used to interfere with the internal decisions among countries as to how their elections are conducted. That is one use of cyber tools. Cyber tools to disrupt weapons programs, that’s another use of the tools. And I make a distinction between those two.”
Added Tillerson: “Clearly this is an issue that has emerged in our time for which we have yet, as an international community, come to some conclusion on how we want to respond to that. So there will be further discussions. And it is on the agenda. And it is in the agenda that Foreign Minister Lavrov has to meet for us to have further discussions in the future.”
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Why does the US press need to be there? They never report what really happens anyway – they just report what they want to write.
The press is there for the Stoly and caviar…. and some for the “swallows”.
….and all that FREE-LOADING by those BUMS who are the “PRESSED MEAT” of media hacks……
And that “PRESSED MEAT” has gone rotten…..
They were probably served “Putinka” vodka.
The media is getting publicly disciplined and chastised, the punishment is overdue. I love the way they are forced to walk back their fake news by public events.
Wait till the Wacko Media gets this stuck into them.
“Appeals Court Rules Against San Diego Unions: First of Many Court Victories to Come”
“In 2012, San Diego voters gave Landslide Approval to Proposition B, which eliminated defined-benefit pensions for newly hired city workers except for police.
In December of 2015, the state Public Employment Relations Board, a bastion of Union sympathizers, ordered ordering the city to make millions of dollars of retroactive payments to workers hired since the law took effect.
The city appealed. Today we have a very welcome ruling for taxpayers: An Appeals Court overturned the PERB Ruling…..”
Warning, Adult in the room
Yes, he has very good, sober responses.
That was my first thought, too – an adult in the room. Finally! Someone who is clearly competent to handle high-powered discussions. Unlike that twerp Kerry or the seemingly-befuddled Hillary.
IMHO Russia Today is a better news source than CNN. Even The Daily Mail covers American news in more detail than the MSM.
Media and Democrats, but I repeat myself, are working off a false narrative and they’ll be damned if they accept any evidence to the contrary. After all, Putin and Trump are homeys. Tillerson was there to thank Putin for helping Trump via the Syrian strike and for stealing the election from Hillary. And now they’re discussing how the two will sell out the American people stripping them of ALL THEIR WEALTH. Any evidence to the contrary will only harden the left’s paranoia while they double-down on their nutty conspiratorial take on world events. The whole party reminds me of followers of Lyndon LaRouche
The press could not be there for the meeting since it was a discussion on how to divide up the US after Russia takes over. We all know that Trump and Putin are partners in this scheme to divide up the world. Trump told Putin he could have all of the blue states but Putin refused by saying that they had all of the deadbeats in Russia that they need.
LOL! That’s good sarc!
mary, Mary, Mary. It is a little juvenile to attempt to use the fact that Russia routinely violates Internationale law in an off-hand attempt to justify the US doing the same thing. However, if you are going to subscribe to the theory that two wrongs make a right, then I guess we can scrap the Constitution, and all those annoying personal liberty protections, now.
Tillerson and Putin had a private meeting.
something which is not unheard of in the realm of international relations. This was not an official meeting and the gist of the conversation was, reasonably, off the record. When any official actions is taken, the media will be informed. What really irks the media, is the fact that they do not have any “unofficial” sources to leak them information.
what is international law other than an agreement between state actors? If its a law does that mean it is right? What does international law have to do with our Constitution? You’re critique is juvenile.
Really? Exactly what do you think ANY set of man-made laws is? That’s right, an “agreement” between the majority members of any society on what actions are acceptable to that society. Why do societies have laws? For the same reason that games have rule, to minimize friction between the members of that society in order to maintain the integrity of that society. A society without laws is anarchy and quickly disappears. Are all such agreements right? That depends upon the effects of the law and the current ideals of the principles.
Now, in the world at large, it has been decided by the majority of the existing nation states that it is NOT ACCEPTABLE for one nation to physically attack the territory of another except in self defense, the defense of its citizens abroad or its vital national interests; and then, only after all other avenues of diplomacy have been exhausted.
In the case of the US attack upon Syria, this was a unilateral response by a single nation to an unproven assumption [that Syria had deliberately delivered and released chemical agents upon its own people] which was not based upon any authority to act in any manner [including attacking the territory of Syria] other than the desire and the ability of the United States to do so. This is exactly like the rationale used by thugs and criminal gangs to justify their use of force against others. It horribly undermines the moral credibility of the US. In fact, it makes it little better than ISIS and radical Islamic groups as it imposes the desires of the US government upon others without regard to international laws and agreements. Once a major power adheres to this philosophy, then they are subject to its application against them by others. How do you think the US would react if it were physically attacked by the government of Mexico because they did not like our deportation policy?
What is soooo disappointing is that it now appears that the Trump administration is channeling the Clinton administration. Only this time we directly attacked a foreign government installation rather than a private “aspirin” factory. Also, as the entire anti-Trump Establishment is now singing his praises is significant. The political benefits of this action are glaringly obvious. One should remember the old saying, :when you lie down with dogs, you are going to end up with fleas”.
Tillerson is a great, great man.
I believe him to be an absolute treasure to us.
I think he is really our shining diamond.
He never says a word that has not been well thought out, never comes off as impulsive, is consistently the ONLY adult in the room.
This guy is pure-Professional.
And he is resolute.
We have the right man, in the right job.
Tillerson came out of the meetings on-top.
We were well received, there was consensus, and this gap is closing.
No, Russia is not going to admit to any of that, but the cards are on the table.
Assad will soon be history, the only detail is being diplomatic about it.
There again, Tillerson did not apologize for prior statements of collusion or incompetence…
Because he was absolutely correct.
Which was it? Doesn’t really much matter.
Call your shot, and roll with it.
If you are in collusion, you wear it.
If you are incompetent… there ain’t no way to fix that.
Your winning trait?
But, we can make it easy on you to save face.
Declare that Assad has been in violation of your agreements, ( The Obama deal… ) and that you will now be forced to re-evaluate the relationship based upon the recent events..
So,if it makes Putin feel better.. fine and dandy.
Let’s move on…