President-elect Trump has selected Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his nominee for secretary of State, NBC News reported Saturday.
Tillerson had reportedly jumped to the front of the pack of candidates in recent days, despite not being mentioned on shortlists as recently as last week.
Critics have already called into question Tillerson’s ties to Russian president Vladimir Putin.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Tillerson negotiated an energy partnership with Putin in 2011 that the Russian president said could be worth $500 billion.
The following year, Tillerson received the Russian Order of Friendship, one of the highest awards the country bestows upon foreign nationals.
Reuters reported earlier this year that the Exxon Mobil deal with Russia had been put on hold due to sanctions levied against the Kremlin for its annexation of Crimea in 2014. The company has said it intends to resume the deal after sanctions are lifted — a process that Tillerson could help expedite as secretary of State.
NBC’s Andrea Mitchell said that two sources informed her that Tillerson’s selection is planned to be announced sometime next week. She also reported that former Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton, a neoconservative firebrand, would be tapped to be Tillerson’s deputy at State.
It’s ironic that Trump should pick Tillerson, who’s on very friendly terms with Russia, while at the same time O and his team have all but openly accused them of tampering with our election and ordered a full report to be completed before he leaves office. Following closely on his heels is RINO Lindsey Graham tweeting statements like this –
Don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure out what Russia is up to — they’re trying to undermine democracies all over the world.
I’m not challenging the outcome of the election, but very concerned about Russian interference/actions at home & throughout the world.
A lot of Trumps selections have been businessmen and military, so his cabinet seems to be shaping up nicely. Assuming Tillerman approaches this with a business attitude and logic, with Bolton as his Deputy, they should make a good team.
Just one suggestion though – let’s check his basement for servers before we give him the job, ok?