Leaked emails focus on political vetting allegations at State

Days after lawmakers called for one of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's top staffers to be disciplined for allegedly refusing to comply with a State Department investigation into claims of political vetting and retaliation, CNN has obtained emails that appear to shed more light on an alleged attempt to remove a career employee from her role.

Trump admin wants to slash funding for diplomacy

The Trump administration is proposing sharp cuts to the budget for international diplomacy and aid in 2019, in line with a determination to boost spending on the military and cut it elsewhere.

Tillerson won't say whether Trump, Kim have spoken

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declined an opportunity to clarify whether President Donald Trump has spoken with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after the President alluded to possible communications in an interview last week with The Wall Street Journal.

White House reins in Tillerson's offer to North Korea

The White House and State Department both stated Wednesday that the US is not ready to begin talks with North Korea, a day after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had suggested the two sides could start negotiating without preconditions.

Tillerson says Jerusalem step changes 'nothing'

State Department officials on Thursday defended President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying it reflects the will of the American people and arguing that in practice it changes "nothing."

Administration defends Tillerson's absence for Jerusalem announcement

When President Donald Trump announced US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was an ocean away in Europe. At Trump's side was Vice President Mike Pence, who will represent the administration on a Mideast trip later this month.

White House wanted to publicly shame Tillerson, source says

Reports that the White House has a tentative plan to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that emerged Thursday were an effort to express President Donald Trump's deep displeasure and publicly shame his secretary of state, a source with direct knowledge of the White House's thinking said Thursday.

Tillerson under fire for turmoil at State

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is facing a wave of withering bipartisan criticism that his effort to reform the State Department is instead spurring an exodus of talent that undermines American diplomacy and endangers the nation.