Secretary Tillerson Welcomes Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov To State Dept…

Earlier today, following a brief visit to the White House, Secretary Rex Tillerson welcomed Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov to the State Department.


STATE DEPT – “I want to welcome Foreign Minister Lavrov to the State Department and express my appreciation for him making the trip to Washington so that we can continue our dialogue and our exchange of views that began in Moscow with the dialogue he hosted on a very broad range of topics. Thank you.”

~ Secretary Rex Tillerson

Again, the multidimensional politics of how President Trump utilized the leverage of Comey’s firing to diffuse the toxic antagonism with the Russian relationship is so far beyond diplomatic history making – modern historians have not yet been born who can aptly outline its consequence.

♦ President Trump stroked the Chinese Panda perfectly in Mar-a-lago.
♦ Today President Trump tickled the Russian Bear.
♦ We have already seen the jaw-dropping benefits from the Panda.
♦ Now we get to watch the results from the Bear.

History in our lifetime, and yet the media can’t even fathom the scope and details within the execution of a strategy…. right down to the optics of the tie.

“complicated business folks,… complicated business”

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116 Responses to Secretary Tillerson Welcomes Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov To State Dept…

  1. bertdilbert says:

    Only Trump knows how to set proper “tone” at the start of a negotiation.

    I would not be surprised to see Putin at Mar A Lago in the next 3 months.

    Liked by 21 people

  2. Sentient says:

    Trump & Tillerson should keep referring to him as “Comrade Lavrov”.

    Liked by 5 people

  3. Lucille says:

    Isn’t it wonderful to have a Secretary of State who doesn’t grandstand? A man of real professional accomplishment, I’d wager it’s the same with T-Rex’s personal life. What a contrast with the last two SOSs.

    Liked by 29 people

  4. fleporeblog says:

    This is the one arena that the congress critters, CoC, Big Club, Globalist etc. Can’t effect our President. He controls all the levers and it absolutely drives them crazy. The firing of the POS Comey last night has set him free. He has thrown caution to the wind.

    He, TREX, General Mattis, Jeff Sessions, Wilbur Ross, Steve Bannon and General Kelly realize that they have less than 8 years to fix all the international wrongs. They will NOT leave anything to the next President. These men all want to be able to meet their maker knowing that their kids, grandkids and US Americans are safe on the new course they have left us with.

    Never ever again will a group be assembled with the goal of saving us be their #1 charge. That to me is the meaning behind MAGA!

    Liked by 28 people

    • FL_GUY says:

      Right ON! President Trump and his untouchables to Make America Great Again!

      Liked by 5 people

    • Rick says:

      fle…I happen to think that Comey’s firing is huge middle finger by the President to the D.C. elite. I say that for this reason. The FBI Director is the #1 Lawman in the World. HIs Dept. has all the dirt on everyone in D.C. and the World for that matter. The fact that PDJT could come out and fire this guy, with so much as not even giving him a phone call, tells me that the FBI has never had anything in the past or present on the President.

      He does not do this foolishly or abruptly if he feels there is the slightest chance he can get bitten in the behind. The Dems through Sessions under the bus, forcing him to be a gentleman to recuse himself and then they slow-played the appointment of the Ass. AG until the end of April. This is why the President was annoyed in the early going that Sessions recused himself.

      Now, they are free to let the new DOJ attorney’s go after all of Clinton’s shenanigans and expose the crap under Obama and Clapper and Brennon. It’ll all come out. The swamp creatures are feeling the heat….the frog water is getting hotter….

      Liked by 12 people

      • MK says:

        Warning order to the swamp, Comey’s departure is the shot across the bow.

        Liked by 4 people

      • MK says:

        Notice the Dragon is laying low, taken her meds, knowing her next move might be her last.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Rick says:

          I think the President has had enough of this false Russian narrative. He knows that the Obama team laid the foundation to sabotage the early going of his campaign. He also tried to get beyond it and be civil to Clinton after his inauguration. However, once the hag came out last week and said that she would have been President if the election was held on Oct. 27th, I think PDJT decided he had enough of this BS.
          I think he’s saying to Sessions now, go after all of them. The AG and AAG letters were the precursor for the President to send the shot not only across the bow, but its his intention to tell all of D.C. that he plans to sink the entire swamp fleet.

          Liked by 4 people

      • The Boss says:

        Sessions recused himself from nothing. The MUH RUSSIA investigation is less credible than an Elvis sighting.

        Liked by 5 people

        • Rick says:

          That’s what pissed Trump off early on….he must have said to Sessions, “wth are you giving in for, this isn’t about civility, this is a fight that we are going to win.” Once the AAG was appointed, it opened the door for the President to move forward with Comey’s exit.

          Liked by 1 person

        • Maquis says:

          On cheese mold! 😉


        • psadie says:

          True but it would have tied Sessions up and wasted his time and that is what the Dems wanted so they could continue the charade!


    • Maquis says:

      Our God has not forsaken us.

      MAGA Indeed.

      Liked by 4 people

    • mikeyboo says:

      I agree with virtually everything you said but for one thing: I don’t think Pres Trump ever throws caution to the winds-no more than a bull rider lets go of the reins.

      Liked by 5 people

  5. trialbytruth says:

    I love my leadership. I love the fact that they can give other leaders respect without giving them the store. I expect they expect to be treated honestly and fairly. They out their country first and we put ours. Nothing else makes sense and nothing else has ever worked. MAGA

    Liked by 12 people

  6. Beenthere says:

    I don’t think the Bear is ready yet until he actually meets with the Lion.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Awesome catch on the tie, Sundance. Most people never even noticed

    Liked by 2 people

  8. mikebrezzze says:

    Trump’s legacy will make Elvis Presley’s legacy look like a minnow!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. sunnydaze says:

    Just the look on those two faces before you even hit “play” speaks volumes.


    Liked by 2 people

    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      Lavrov had me laughing out loud. He just made the entire American media look like lightweights and pre-school children with a TWO WORD JOKE.

      Liked by 9 people

      • He is the same diplomat who called out Andrea Mitchell when she yelled out questions, “Who was teaching you your manners?” Second clip shows Tillerson’s smile at Lavrov’s comments

        Liked by 5 people

        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          OMG – check this out. Andrea Mitchell LIED about that exchange. WHAT a phony!

          The lie, first.

          Next, the explanation.


          • wolfmoon1776 says:

            Actually, before that, a copy. I saved it for posterity, because she’s likely to delete the tweet now that she knows she’s been caught.


          • wolfmoon1776 says:

            OK – here is the explanation.

            Andrea Mitchell is doing a classic Hillary diversion. She posits a plausible lie (that it was the first reporter, and the one looking at Lavrov, who he was addressing) that takes advantage of preconceptions. In particular, she diverts attention from the truth by creating a lie with a more direct connection to the observables, rather than a more complete explanation of the observables. Basically, she chooses a lie that “gets to the facts first, not best”. Kinda like “global warming”, actually.

            Lavrov scolds a reporter. Andrea Mitchell tries to insinuate that it was the FIRST reporter –
            who Mitchell actually spoke OVER – and even further, that Lavrov is scolding said reporter who was supposedly concerned with LAVROV. But that is a diversion to a prejudicial preconception – that the nasty Russians care about themselves and not their guests. In fact, Lavrov is clearly reacting to Mitchell’s question being posed to put Tillerson on the spot. Here is the audible question, OBVIOUSLY addressed to Tillerson, and clearly designed to embarrass BOTH SIDES of the diplomatic meeting.

            “Mister Secretary – The Russians don’t believe the intelligence (pause) how confident are you, Mister Secretary, that…”

            The rest is garbled, and then stopped by Lavrov’s reaction.

            Here is a picture, with Tillerson on the left, and Mitchell looking at him the whole time from the right, near Lavrov. Tillerson avoids looking at her the whole time, but smiles at the end when she his handed her azz.

            The kicker is to go back to the beginning and watch her face when putting the video on full screen. The motions are a bit blurred, but when you can see facial movements, they match PRECISELY the wording above, including lips, chin and cheekbones. The eyes sync up, too. Andrea Mitchell is clearly mouthing the words of the LOUDEST AND MOST INTENTIONALLY EMBARRASSING QUESTION IN THE ROOM, all the while looking at Tillerson. Lavrov is chiding her for being RUDE TO TILLERSON.

            Note further the careful wording of her denial, with PLENTY of back-out boilerplate, in case she gets caught. The woman clearly knows she did it, and is just trying to see if a cover-up will work. Worse still, she uses a lesser-known reporter as a human shield, in a very “maternalistic” way.

            Why any network would continue to use this woman is utterly inexcusable. She isn’t just rude and provocative – she’s a flat-out liar.

            Liked by 1 person

          • Thanks for the link, she may wish that he was talking to someone else but his eyes and facial expression made it clear. He even looked over his shoulder at her at one point.

            Liked by 1 person

      • deborah foster says:

        I do believe I heard Andrea Mitchell hollering at Lavrov and Tillerson again. I wanted him to point out her rude behavior and lack of manners again!

        Liked by 3 people

        • Andrea Mitchell one of the Trio of Mad Cows on PMSNBC the network made famous for hormonal shouting women at all hours of the day. With Maddow, Mika and Mitchell. it is Difficult to tell who is the Manny, Mo or Jack of the bunch. They all look and sound shrill alike.

          Liked by 3 people

      • I just watched the clip. Amazing! The media still didn’t get the joke! We can see how stupid they are!

        Liked by 2 people

  10. Phil aka Felipe says:

    I’ve never seen a POTUS so concerned about the “optics” and what the Press will write.
    (YUK, YUK!!)


  11. Liberty says:

    Gasp! There’s that rascally Russian Ambassador spy again!

    Liked by 2 people

    • buckeyejames says:

      You can’t take the Russian ambassador to the State Department! He’ll see everything! He’ll see the Big Board!


  12. sunnydaze says:

    The Dems commenting on Youtube don’t realize that Lavrov is making fun of the Press!

    THAT is how stupid one has to be to vote Democrat!

    Liked by 10 people

  13. Saw pics of DNC protest outside the WH, including DNC Chair Perez screaming about Russians…While Lavrov is inside meeting with President Trump. I don’t see how in the world this does anything but help him secure better negotiations. You really can’t make this stuff up. President Trump has chess pieces on a checker board. It’s almost unfair but couldn’t happen to a better band of morons.

    Liked by 6 people

  14. Question Everything says:

    I got a good laugh when Lavrov told the ” journalist” “are you kidding me?”.
    The Trump presidency is The Greatest Show on Earth!

    Liked by 14 people

  15. AmyB says:

    I heard about this visit early this morning on the way to the office. I thought to myself, “what a command of his agenda (MAGA) does our President have!” .I don’t know how long this visit was planned but the timing is delicious. While the demoncrats are running around like kypbl with their heads cut off, claiming the Russian sky is falling on America, President Trump welcomes the. Russian foreign minister to the White House, probably for a chicken sandwich.

    Liked by 4 people

  16. CharterOakie says:

    “Was he fired? You’re kidding!”


    Liked by 11 people

  17. Maquis says:

    The Tie! How brilliant! Awesome catch Sundance!

    Oh, me so happy today!

    Liked by 2 people

  18. wodiej says:

    Trump is winning against the libs with half his brain tied behind his back. Love it.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Steve in Lewes says:

    Per Sundance – “modern historians have not yet been born who can aptly outline its consequence.”

    Ahem! Excuse me, SD you don’t consider yourself a modern historian?
    I betcha 99.99% of the folks here do.
    Hell! you’re the only one who seems to get it, and for that I’m thankful for the education I’ve received the last 3 years reading you lessons.
    You’re the best darn political science/ history professor I’ve ever had.

    Liked by 8 people

    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      I just got notification that one of my pricier alma maters is planning to offer an anti-Trump class in the fall. Simple, laughable, dogmatic clap-trap. I just shook my head at the description. “Not even wrong”, as they say.

      I almost wanted to contact them and offer to balance things out, by arranging for Sundance to teach a class called “Inside The Trump Revolution”. Were I to do this, it would actually be one of the greatest academic coups that university had ever pulled off. Were they to truly understand Sundance, even in opposition, they would be on the leading edge of historical evaluation of this moment.

      Now – considering that we all know the truth of that proposal, and yet we also know that this idea would never, ever sell, we need to revel in the realization that we are in a most privileged place in history. It’s actually worth saying a prayer of thanks.

      Liked by 5 people

      • Maquis says:

        Yes, we are most privileged, and we get to add bits and pieces to the historical edifice Sundance is building. Our role seems akin to the tiny pebbles within his mortar. Or the gawkers in awe of the constructing.

        Sundance will be the future’s key to understanding our history as is Flavius Josephus to the First Century. The parallels aren’t perfectly lined up, Sundance has always been for America and never “switched sides,” as did Josephus.

        However, both were not only unique and gifted understanders of history past, in the making, and to come, they are/were significant players within that history. When I say unique, I mean just that.

        Few, okay, none, play the role or publish the history, even before it happened (as did Josephus) than Sundance.

        There will be much historical noise, but Sundance is the very personification of the data signal within that noise. He is, and will long be, the indispensable key to understanding the past that we now live.

        Liked by 2 people

        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          There ARE days I’m thankful the feds are squirreling all this stuff away somewhere. The trick will be making it properly available at the proper time.

          Liked by 1 person

          • Derek Hagen says:

            I save the best stuff and someday, yeah someday, I’m going to put it all on a hard drive and bury it in a time capsule in the back yard.

            Liked by 1 person

          • Maquis says:

            That has become my concern. Remember that jihadists and their like strive to eliminate any evidence that any other culture or Civilization preceeded it.

            Let’s bury capsules on the Moon, Mars, and launch satellites destined to orbit every planet in the Solar System!

            What? I’m serious!

            Liked by 1 person

            • wolfmoon1776 says:

              Google and the Americommies are busy destroying history right now! I was very glad to see Condi Rice criticizing the “down with the monuments” crowd as guilty of “sanitizing history”. So spot-on!

              Yes – we have to preserve historical truth in every way possible, because the commies are so intent on destroying it.


  20. chbailey says:

    “…history in our lifetime, and yet the media…” This is exactly why I am here at THIS media.

    Liked by 4 people

  21. SPMI says:

    Of course we are ecstatic about our beloved President Donald J Trump
    G O! D J T R U M P111


  22. Rick says:

    The Russian Ambassador shut up Andrea Mitchell once again. I loved it when T-Rex was done speaking you could hear loud-mouthed Mitchell scream out, “How do you feel about Comey’s firing”
    His response was classic….Comey fired? You kidding? Then he shrugs looks over at Rex like he’s saying “let’s get away from this screaming lunatic”.

    Andrea Mitchell has learned nothing since the last time the Russians shut up her mouth and made her look like a spoiled Elite presstitue. Shows her level of arrogance.

    Liked by 7 people

    • bofh says:

      That was really funny – Lavrov totally punked her, and I think she still doesn’t even know it. Best was the subtle head shake after the eye-roll as he left, as if marveling to himself about her stupidity. Aaaaaandrea Mitchell really is the poster child for the MSM.

      Liked by 6 people

  23. Apfelcobbler says:

    We must thank the single person responsible for so much mirth and amusement today – and rejoice in awe at the Democratic Party spinning its gears! Could we ever guessed, a year ago, who would so profoundly moves so many needles simultaneously?

    That person is the World’s Biggest Loser, Hillary Clinton.

    Because of her ceiling-shattering femaleness and GrlPower, she was unable to be criticized! Her spectacular failure had to be denied, at all costs, and any and every excuse advanced to explain how Priviledge-Grabbing Hillary was actually a victim and not the World Class Loser she is.

    Her Party can’t reject her and toss her out, as is the customary fate of party leaders who lose on the scale she did. Ask Goldwater how a party subjugates not only the such losers themselves, but the wing they represented. All of the Democratic Party re-evaluation and healing that needs to happen cannot proceed because of Precious Hillary.

    They are Stuck on Stupid, thanks to this pathetic entitled woman who single-handedly demonstrates the idiocy of Progressivism.

    Liked by 6 people

  24. Weeper says:

    The MSM misunderstood AGAIN….

    They keep yelling The Russians got Comey…..The Russians got Comey!!!

    No dummies. The statement is…

    The Russians are Coming….The Russians are Coming!!!

    Ignorant fools!!

    More Winning & Cryin’
    MAGA!!! 🦁🚂📢🌳


  25. zephyrbreeze says:

    Comey had biggg problems.

    ‘The people he trusts the most have been the angriest at him,’ the source continued. ‘And that includes his wife, Pat. She kept urging him to admit that he had been wrong when he refused to press charges against the former secretary of state.

    Read more:
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

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  26. psadie says:

    The Russians HATE the MSM as much as we do. Lavrov loves to jerk the press around “Vat? He vas fired…no kidding?” Haaaa as if T-Rex didn’t tell him ahead of time! What fools.

    Liked by 2 people

    • mikeyboo says:

      I don’t think Tillerson had to tell him anything. I’m sure Lavrov reads the papers and has other sources of info such as the Russian embassy in DC and the US embassy in Moscow. The firing is an international topic of conversation, for example the Daily Mail UK.


  27. JBrickley says:

    Trump is very smart. His IQ is way up there. He’s still toying with the media. He chose this time to terminate Comey while meeting with the Russian FM and Ambassador the next day. That was a strategic maneuver. We won’t see the fruits of these meetings and the coming July Putin meeting for at least a few months. But what if he does what he did with China? What if Russia makes some serious changes all of a sudden. What if Russia and China both benefit greatly from an American relationship? Don’t get me wrong, they ain’t fooling Trump, he knows all the dirt they’ve been up to but what if he can turn some of that around? China has taken steps against NK never before seen. So much so that NK has attacked China verbally in the press. Take Canada and now France. He’s twisted the arm of Trudeau in Canada and he’s going to run rings around Macron in France. Both are far too young and inexperienced.

    Trump is not doing this alone, he’s selected the best people for his cabinet and these are all very successful very intelligent people. Ross is killing it. Mattis is doing great work but the nature of the work is classified so we don’t hear about it. T-Rex is kicking arse and taking names as well.

    It is quite amazing to see a non-politician businessman accomplishing things so fast and with such finesse. The media doesn’t see it and that’s to Trump’s advantage but he’s playing a long game and he’s checking off a ToDo list and keeping the end game close to the chest. Meanwhile he sends the media into a knee-jerk reaction almost daily. So much is happening so fast they can’t keep up with it. The narrative gets reversed and Colbert’s audience doesn’t understand it’s a bad thing that Comey was fired. The media used to control the news cycle well not anymore. They are now merely re-acting without thinking. Trump has them on the run and they are still in complete denial.

    Liked by 1 person

    • JBrickley says:

      This is so much fun to watch. I’m spending a fortune on popcorn!

      Liked by 1 person

    • thesavvyinvester says:

      “Trump is very smart. His IQ is way up there. He’s still toying with the media. He chose this time to terminate Comey while meeting with the Russian FM and Ambassador the next day. That was a strategic maneuver. We won’t see the fruits of these meetings and the coming July Putin meeting for at least a few months.”

      I must admit, I never studied Russian Culture. A brief read on the web denotes a proud culture,and business norms that are formal, and elements of these dealings that are a bit of a dance. How insulting to the Russians, President Trump and ironically the State Dept as the “Muh Russia” meme has been a daily grind that is just so grade school playground taunting? Why would they do it other than a smoke screen for their espionage against Team Trump? Or, are they afraid of a positive relationship that possibly nudges Russia away from Iran at the same time we investigate the maleficence of all things the Obama-Admin and their deals with Russia? If we nudge Russia away from Iran, and continue to go after Iran’s despot allies and isolate them ( Syria, North Korea ) does the potential of peace between Israel and the P.A. really goat them that much that President Trump could pull it off while they couldn’t as we try up the Hezbollah’s etc’s cash stream that might make Peace possible.

      How can this not all be interrelated and not part of the High Rise Builder’s grand plan….


  28. thesavvyinvester says:

    OMG I was just laughing like I should be put in a straight jacket. Watch Lavrov’s eye roll @ 40 seconds LOL! I can only imagine the words going through his mind about Andrea!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  29. Matamoros says:

    Pres. Trump is not someone anyone can push around, nor is he someone who will go out of his way to rock the boat. So it is my hope that real friendship between the U.S. and Russia can resume and grow between these two great countries to create stability for this century.


  30. xyzlatin says:

    Sec Tillerson has a large masculine bull-doggy face with piercing eyes, serious brows and straight firm mouth that made me think he was much taller than he is. His face is his fortune.


    • Tim Tarr says:

      TRex gives me the impression of the Grandfather with all the answers. Even when you don’t like the answers, just makes you rethink.


  31. Sam says:

    T-Rex and Lavrov look like two old wise wolves meeting once again to work out territories and interests for their respective packs. They respect each other, each have negotiables and non-negotiables from their respective leaders. They will work out a deal to be approved.

    I expect Putin will visit Mar-a-Lago and be positively impressed. Some sort of mutually beneficial deal will get worked out.

    So far I really like Trump’s style of leadership and deal making. His appointees are extremely capable men and very well-chosen. MAGA!

    Liked by 1 person

  32. I loved how Mr. Lavrov gave the what for to Andrea I-Lie-For-A-Living Mitchell! Delicious.


  33. 6x47is it just me or does La says:

    Is it just me or does Lavrov look like Don Rumsfeld?


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