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Trump challenges Congress and nominates close friend of Putin, Rex Tillerson Secretary of State

Wednesday, December 14th 2016 - 05:10 UTC
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Rex Tillerson, 64, has no government or diplomatic experience but has done extensive work overseas on behalf of his petroleum company. Rex Tillerson, 64, has no government or diplomatic experience but has done extensive work overseas on behalf of his petroleum company.
His business, particularly with Russian President Vladimir Putin and in the Middle East, has attracted criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike. His business, particularly with Russian President Vladimir Putin and in the Middle East, has attracted criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike.
Tillerson worked so closely with Putin that after a 2011 oil deal, he was awarded the Russian Order of Friendship Tillerson worked so closely with Putin that after a 2011 oil deal, he was awarded the Russian Order of Friendship
Trump downplayed Tillerson's lack of government work and called him “a forceful and clear-eyed advocate for America's vital national interests.” Trump downplayed Tillerson's lack of government work and called him “a forceful and clear-eyed advocate for America's vital national interests.”

Donald Trump officially announced his plan Tuesday to nominate ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, a pick that could pose complications in the confirmation process due to Tillerson's ties to Russia. Tillerson, 64, has no government or diplomatic experience but has done extensive work overseas on behalf of his petroleum company.

 His business, particularly with Russian President Vladimir Putin and in the Middle East, has attracted criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike.

“His close connection to Vladimir Putin and the Russian government raises serious questions at a time when our national intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia engaged in cyber espionage against the United States during the 2016 Presidential election,” Hillary Clinton's running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, said in a statement after the announcement. “Further, the documented efforts by ExxonMobil to fund organizations denying climate science during Tillerson's tenure at the company deserve critical attention.”

Tillerson worked so closely with Putin that after a 2011 oil deal, he was awarded the Russian Order of Friendship — a recognition from the Russian government that has gone to a variety of global figures, including sports stars.

“He's much more than a business executive, I mean he's a world-class player”. The president-elect's announcement downplayed Tillerson's lack of government work and called him “a forceful and clear-eyed advocate for America's vital national interests.”

“Rex Tillerson's career is the embodiment of the American dream. Through hard work, dedication and smart deal making, Rex rose through the ranks to become CEO of ExxonMobil, one of the world's largest and most respected companies,” Trump said in a statement issued Tuesday morning. “His tenacity, broad experience and deep understanding of geopolitics make him an excellent choice for Secretary of State. He will promote regional stability and focus on the core national security interests of the United States.”

He added: “I can think of no one more prepared, and no one more dedicated, to serve as Secretary of State at this critical time in our history.”

The pick was widely anticipated. Trump announced on Monday via his preferred communication medium — Twitter — that he would finally share his nomination for the top U.S. diplomat slot Tuesday morning.

After the announcement, Trump tweeted, “The thing I like best about Rex Tillerson is that he has vast experience at dealing successfully with all types of foreign governments.”

Tillerson, a Texas native, started working at ExxonMobil in 1975 as a production engineer. In an interview Sunday with Fox News, Trump said a businessman such as Tillerson would be a fine fit for secretary of state.

In his new role, Tillerson would have to manage the difficult relationship between the United States and Mr. Putin’s Russia, including the economic sanctions imposed after Moscow intervened in Ukraine and occupied Crimea. Last month, President Obama and European leaders agreed to keep sanctions in place until Mr. Putin agrees to a cease-fire and to the withdrawal of heavy weapons from front lines in eastern Ukraine.

Among the severall Republicans who have challenged Tillerson’s potential selection include Senator Marco Rubio of Florida who expressed concern about his relationship with Putin.

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  • Fidel_CasTroll

    So just recapping for my personal stats. So far we have Trump's USA on record as:

    - Being the first president ever who will exercise office while having billions in active assets which could benefit from his new executive powers.
    - Wants to confront China on everything from Taiwan to trade, to currency to South China sea, all at the same time!
    - Wants to impose controls on individual citizens sending money overseas (sound familiar?)
    - Is on record intimidating companies on forcing to keep jobs in USA and payrolls unchanged, no firing (sound familiar?)
    - Is on record tearing up contracts without any compensation or prior warning, and is threatening some more (sound familiar?)
    - Is nominating buddies and even family members to key positions (sound familiar)
    - Openly wonders why he can't just use nukes whenever he please
    - wants for the US to get out of all kinds of military theaters and to get Europe and Japan to pay up themselves, but nominates Cheney-minded people to the war ministry (make any sense?)
    - Wants round up of millions of people including children
    - objectifies women, slanders the handicapped
    - Wants “ lists” of people working across branches of government (scary!)
    - thinks the free press should be “straightened out” (wow)

    Have I missed something thus far?

    Well, it sure is looking like the next 4 years will be all swell up up in NorthAmoland!

    Dec 14th, 2016 - 07:12 am +1
  • DemonTree

    Well yeah, you missed out the part where he encouraged the government of a hostile foreign nation to hack US government servers in order to swing the election in his favour, and is now appointing a guy who is famously close to Putin as Secretary of State.

    I'm sure there is a totally innocent explanation.

    Dec 14th, 2016 - 08:26 am +1
  • Brit Bob

    What's Tillerson going to do about the Spanish?

    Spanish Guardia Civil vessel Rio Cedena twice tried to disrupt the visit by ballistic missile sub USS Florida as it was approaching the British Overseas Territory on the southern tip of Spain.

    According to the Sun, the incident has caused outrage among senior officials in Gibraltar with one 'top source' saying: 'This is not only a very dangerous game for the Spanish to play but it is unbecoming of a NATO ally to treat the US Navy with such contempt.'

    (Daily Mail 6 May 2016)

    Gibraltar is an important NATO base.
    The Spanish claim that Gibraltar has no territorial waters. They obviously got that one wrong.

    Gibraltar – Territorial Waters:-

    https://www.academia.edu/30105020/Gibraltar_Territorial_Waters

    Dec 14th, 2016 - 10:14 am +1
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