Today, Andrea Mitchell reported that Donald Trump had selected Exxon Mobil’s CEO Rex Tillerson as his Secretary of State. Wondering who he is and what it all means? Let’s review.
He was born in Texas and went to college there, too. Now, he lives there. According to his profile on the Exxon Mobil site, he began working there in 1975 as a production engineer before becoming general manager of Exxon Company U.S.A.’s central production division in 1989.
He is known for donating to Christian and Republican organizations.
Last year, the Attorney General of New York began investigating Tillerson and Exxon to find out “whether Exxon misled investors, regulators, and the public about its climate research since the late 1970s.” Massachusetts and the Virgin Islands opened investigations, too, according to the Dallas News.
He received the Order of Friendship decoratio from the Kremlin in 2012, according to the New York Times. His ties to Russia are, in fact, a huge deal; many saw them as an automatic disqualification from the position, which was the focus of the Dallas News and Times pieces, both of which were published a few days ago.
The Times noted this:
Mr. Tillerson has worked to strengthen Exxon Mobil’s ties with Russia. The company has various joint ventures with the oil giant Rosneft around Russia, and has contributed to social programs in education and health.
They pointed out that during confirmation hearings, his ties to Russia will undoubtedly be a focal point. The Dallas News was even more blunt, saying, “Environmentalists and Democrats say they relish the prospect of confirmation hearings that put the head of an oil giant under oath.”
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