Shocker: ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be Named Sec. of State
In perhaps the most powerful rebuke of the green lobby to date, President-elect Donald Trump has chosen ExxonMobil president and CEO Rex Tillerson to be the nation's top diplomat, sources said Saturday. NBC News anchor Andrea Mitchell tweeted Saturday afternoon:
Tillerson's name emerged recently, but he rapidly became Trump's favorite over the past few days, according to Politico. The oil executive has extensive experience in international negotiations, and one transition source said he "fits the prototype" the president-elect is looking for. Trump reportedly "likes his style and background."
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has also been considered for the nation's top diplomat, along with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who withdrew from the process late Friday afternoon. Mitchell's report notwithstanding, other reported contenders include Admiral James Stavridis, Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Senator Bob Corker, and former UN Ambassador John Bolton.
Tillerson met with Trump at Trump Tower on Saturday, and while sources told Mitchell they expect the president-elect to choose the oil CEO, the announcement will not be final until Trump makes an official declaration, likely next week.
Tillerson would prove a controversial pick on many levels. Not only does he run the world's most valuable oil company (at a time when climate alarmism seems to have reached a fever pitch), but he also has ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The oil magnate started at the company as an engineer in 1975, and he became president in 2004. Since then, he has worked closely with Putin. In 2011, Tillerson made a deal with Russian oil giant Rosneft to provide access to lucrative oil resources in the Arctic, a pivotal region for oil exploration. That deal was blocked by subsequent U.S. sanctions against Russia, sanctions which Tillerson criticized for failing to consider the "broad collateral damage" they might cause.
Expect the liberal attacks that Trump is in bed with Putin to reach a fever pitch should Tillerson be chosen.
Next Page: But Tillerson's position on climate change could be even more controversial.