It was just announced that Donald Trump has chosen the CEO of Exxon to sit as the Secretary of State. In case you haven’t heard anything about that CEO, Rex Tillerson, well, there isn’t much to know. The new Secretary of State has literally never done anything other than work for Exxon since the 1970’s.
How exactly does this qualify him to be Secretary of State? It doesn’t. The president-elect is simply putting together a cabinet of his business buddies, creating a group of elite rich people who know absolutely nothing about working in any branch of the government.
What’s the worst that could happen?
As you’ll remember, last week, Trump appointed the CEO of WWE, Linda McMahon, to head up the Small Business Administration. Being worth half a billion dollars herself, it’s highly doubtful that she has any clue what small businesses need.
According to the Associated Press:
“Tillerson’s nomination sparked immediate concern on Capitol Hill. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wrote on Twitter that “being a ‘friend of Vladimir'” was not an attribute he was seeking in a secretary of state.”
“In a weekend interview with ‘Fox News Sunday,’ Trump pointed to Tillerson’s deep relations with Moscow as a selling point. As Exxon Mobil’s head, he maintained close ties with Russia and was awarded by Putin with the Order of Friendship in 2013, an honor for a foreign citizen.”
Tillerson is a friend and business partner of Russian dictator, Vladimir Putin, even receiving the most prestigious award that Russia gives to non-citizens. This has more than raised some eyebrows on both sides of the aisle, with many Republicans, including former presidential candidate, John McCain, speaking out against Tillerson playing such an important role in our government.
Tillerson has repeatedly gone against the wishes of the United States when it comes to his dealings with Russia, and has even spoken out against the policies the U.S. has in place that affected Exxon’s bottom line.
Trump himself admitted that Tillerson has close ties to Russia when he said:
“A great advantage is he knows many of the players, and he knows them well. He does massive deals in Russia. He does massive deals for the company.”
This is the last person we want in the fourth highest position in government.