The decision has been made. Dark horse, Rex Tillerson, emerges as Trump’s choice for Secretary of State
Two sources close to Trump’s transition team reported to NBC Saturday that Trump has indeed settled on Rex Tillerson, Chief Executive at Exxon Mobil Corporation, for the top diplomatic position. This comes after weeks of speculations and meetings with a variety of candidates, including flip-flopper former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and the dark and sinister former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Given the cabinet Trump has put together so far, it is not surprising that Tillerson has zero government experience or that he is big business with massive conflicts of interest. Tillerson, whose entire career has been spent in the energy sector, was #25 on Forbes’ 2015 The World’s Most Powerful People list, explaining that EXXON is “the world’s most valuable publicly traded oil company” amassing a yearly net income $34 billion. Forbes outlined specifically the reason for Tillerson’s placement on the list:
“Under Rex Tillerson’s leadership, ExxonMobil struck oil this summer drilling in Russia’s Arctic region, despite U.S. sanctions against Kremlin-controlled partner Rosneft.”
Yes, you read the correctly. Tillerson, who will now be serving in the US government’s top diplomatic role, broke diplomacy in order to drill oil in Russian territory. The $500 billion dollar deal has since been held up because of the sanctions, but that will be sure to change now that Tillerman is secretary of state.
Tillerson has no experience in diplomacy either, although he has been an outspoken advocate here in the United States for scrapping the ban on exporting U.S. crude oil to Russia and wants to remove regulation constraints on projects intending to export liquefied natural gas.
This is not surprising as Tillerson has been buddy-buddy with Russian President Vladmir Putin for a long time, even receiving the Russian Order of Friendship in 2016. The award is said to be the highest Russia hands out to foreign nationals. We all know which American businessman will be given the award next.
Although the official announcement isn’t expected until next week, this report comes the same day it was released by the Washington Post that the CIA has concluded that Russia did indeed interfere in the U.S. election with the goal of helping Trump get elected.
In an unprecedented push back, Trump’s transition team said about the CIA and the FBI, “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.”
As Secretary of State, Tillerson would be fourth in line to the presidency. He will be Trump’s chief adviser on foreign affairs and will carry out the foreign policies outlined by Trump through the State Department and the Foreign Service of the United States. Since the only country that Tillerson seems to be interested in is Russia, we all know where this is going to lead.
The only question is: Which country does Trump think he was elected to serve? The answer seems to be blatantly clear.