Rex Tillerson to Skip Nato Meeting to Visit Russia

Bad timing or pure chutzpah?

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will miss a meeting of Nato foreign ministers next month, US officials say.

He will instead travel to a G7 meeting in Sicily, Italy, and then to Moscow to meet Russian leaders.

Under Secretary of State Tom Shannon will represent the US at the Western military alliance meeting in Brussels.

Correspondents say the move will add to concerns about US President Donald Trump’s commitment to Nato as he seeks better relations with Moscow.

White House defends President Trump’s golf habit and argues it’s different from Obama’s

Out of all the stories that popped up yesterday, (Comey basically saying that Trump is either a fucking liar or a lunatic on tv), this one really isn’t too serious. But it is another small footnote at how childish Trump is. Seriously? Oh, when Obama was playing golf he was slacking but when Trump plays golf he’s hard at work. Right…

WASHINGTON — During his daily briefing on Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer insisted that President Trump uses his time on the golf course productively.

Spicer’s comments came in response to a question from Yahoo News noting that Trump has visited the golf course at least 10 times since taking office eight weeks ago, even though for years he criticized former President Barack Obama for golfing. Most of Trump’s time on the links has been spent at the courses he owns in Florida, including a trip last weekend.

Spicer said there were “two things” to point out in response to the question. First, he pointed out that Trump took Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a golf weekend in Florida last month.

“You saw him utilize this as an opportunity with Prime Minister Abe to help foster deeper relationships … in Asia and have a growing relationship that’s going to help U.S. interests,” Spicer said of Trump. “How you use the game of golf is something that he’s talked about.”

Before taking office, Trump wrote a series of tweets attacking Obama for golfing.

“Can you believe that, with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf. Worse than Carter,” Trump wrote in October 2014.