Donald Trump has finally picked a secretary of state.
Rex Tillerson is the chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation, the fifth largest company by market capitalization.
Trump considered a number of other people, including the neocon John Bolton. The Tillerson nomination underscores Trump’s decision to stack his administration with corporatists and bankers.
It is an unexpected choice considering Tillerson donated to the presidential campaigns of George W. Bush, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, and also donated money to the reelection campaign of Mitch McConnell, all establishment politicians.
Tillerson is also a staunch globalist. He supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership, supports carbon taxation, and has addressed the Council on Foreign Relations on energy issues.
Tillerson serves on the board of trustees of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank tied to Peter G. Peterson, a Wall Street billionaire, and self-proclaimed “deficit hawk.” Trustees include Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and the deep insiders Brent Scowcroft and James R. Schlesinger. Transnational corporate and banking interests are also represented, including Merrill Lynch, Boeing, the Coca Cola Company, the Carlyle Group, Morgan Stanley, and others.
Liberals and avowed Trump enemies will have a field day with Tillerson’s connection to Vladimir Putin and Russia.
“Exxon Mobil has various projects afoot in Russia that are allowed under American sanctions. But others have been ground to a halt by the sanctions, including a deal with the Russian state oil company to explore and pump in Siberia that could be worth tens of billions of dollars,” The New York Times reports.
In 2013, Vladimir Putin awarded Tillerson the Order of Friendship, one of the highest honors Russia gives to foreign citizens.
“Once he became CEO, Exxon bet billions on Russia’s vast but notoriously-elusive oil resources through a bold partnership with Russian oil giant Rosneft. Putin himself attended the 2011 signing ceremony for the deal with Rosneft, which is majority owned by Moscow.
“Russia has already indicated it would welcome Tillerson being named America’s top diplomat,” reports CNN Money.
This will naturally feed into the Democrat delusion that Russia called the shots during the election and basically had Trump installed.