As speculation over Mitt Romney’s role in Donald Trump’s administration swirled over the past week, including fierce pushback from his supporters to the prospect, reports are now coming in that Exxon Mobile CEO and long time oil tycoon Rex Tillerson will be chosen to fill the cabinet post of Secretary of State.
The Hill first reported this latest development earlier today as they tweeted a link to an article claiming that Tillerson was expected to be chosen as Trump’s Secretary of State, although no official confirmation from Trump’s transition team has been made at this time.
— The Hill (@thehill) December 10, 2016
Tillerson reportedly met with Trump at Trump Tower on Saturday, a meeting that was confirmed, and his selection comes less than a week it was said that Trump was expanding his search for a viable Secretary of State, with Mitt Romney no longer in the front running for the position.
Rex Tillerson is 64 years old and has been described as a “staunch conservative” by his friends, and has a “patriotic sense of duty” for his country.
According to Exxon’s corporate bio page, Rex Tillerson was born in Texas and has a long running career in the oil industry.
A native of Wichita Falls, Texas, Rex Tillerson earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering at the University of Texas at Austin before joining Exxon Company, U.S.A. in 1975 as a production engineer.
In 1989, he became general manager of Exxon Company U.S.A.’s central production division, responsible for oil and gas production operations throughout a large portion of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas.
In 1992, Mr. Tillerson was named production advisor to Exxon Corporation. Three years later he was named president of Exxon Yemen Inc. and Esso Exploration and Production Khorat Inc., and in January 1998 became vice president of Exxon Ventures (CIS) Inc. and president of Exxon Neftegas Limited. In those roles, he was responsible for Exxon’s holdings in Russia and the Caspian Sea as well as the Sakhalin I consortium operations offshore Sakhalin Island, Russia.
In December 1999, he became executive vice president of ExxonMobil Development Company. Mr. Tillerson was named senior vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation in August 2001, and was elected president of the corporation and member of the board of directors on March 1, 2004. He assumed his current position on January 1, 2006.
Mr. Tillerson is a member of the executive committee and a former chairman of the American Petroleum Institute. He is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and a trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is a member of the National Petroleum Council, a member of the Business Roundtable, a member of the Business Council, an honorary trustee of the Business Council for International Understanding, and a member of the Emergency Committee for American Trade. In 2013, Mr. Tillerson was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
Besides Tillerson being a successful businessman and oil tycoon, which is sure to further enflame environmentalists and global warming advocates, the main controversy surrounding his appointment to Secretary of State that you will undoubtedly hear from the mainstream media is going to be “ties to Russia and Vladimir Putin”.
According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, Rex Tillerson is a recipient of Russia’s Order of Friendship for representing Exxon’s interests in Russia after a 2011 deal in which gave Exxon access to Arctic oil reserves and allowing Russia’s state run oil company OAO Rosneft to invest in their industries across the globe.
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.
As Donald Trump has said in the past, “Wouldn’t it be nice if we could get along with Russia?” Apparently not, according to the mainstream media, Democrats and the Obama administration.
This will no doubt be used as a talking point for the media in attempts to add to the already frantic speculation that Russia was responsible for influencing the election and hacking the emails of key Democrat party members. The Washington Post reported yesterday that, according to their “sources”, the CIA had found yet to be made public “evidence” of Russia’s involvement in influencing the U.S. election. Not only did Russia try to influence voting outcomes, according to the report, but they specifically tried to influence voting in favor of President-elect Donald Trump.
President Obama has commissioned a report from the CIA to be completed before he leaves office, which is expected to reveal the details behind Russia’s involvement in the election, with evidence to made be public at that time.
I’m sure that CIA report will be filled with words like “indisputable evidence” and “Russian hacking”, and certain members of Congress will be 100% sure of these facts, just as they were when they were told that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and we all know how that turned out.
Yes, the CIA’s sterling reputation around the world for truth-telling and integrity might be sullied if someone doubts their claims… https://t.co/2uyQXvFdOK
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) December 10, 2016
Expect a whirlwind of headlines over the next week by the mainstream media attempting to further tie Trump to Russia, and headlines over the next month attempting to delegitimize his presidency by attacking the integrity of the election.
The media is already taking the Russian influence narrative as fact, and lashing out at Obama for apparently sitting on this bombshell during the election.
While Obama’s FBI director smeared Hillary, Obama sat on evidence of Russian efforts to elect Trump that had basis in evidence.
— Franklin Foer (@FranklinFoer) December 10, 2016