Trump Likely To Pick Secretary Of State With Close Ties To Russia

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Amna Shoaib
Rex Tillerson, the CEO and president of ExxonMobil Corporation, has also been described as the man closest to Vladimir Putin in America.

Donald Trump is picking his team to run the country for the next four years (only he knows who the finalists are). The latest name going around for State Department post in Washington, or the Trump Tower, is not an unfamiliar one.

Rex Tillerson is the CEO for ExxonMobil Corporation, which "explores for oil and gas on six of the world's seven continents and has operations in more than 50 countries," according to the Wall Street Journal.

Here are a few things you need to know about the man who is likely to head the State Department in Trump's administration.

No Public Sector Experience:

Tillerson worked for the same company for the entire length of his career and certainly has splendid management experience. However, the same cannot be said for his experience in the public sector, which is none.

But that shouldn't be a problem, right?

After all, if America could choose a reality TV host with no political or military experience over a career politician, it should have no issue with Tillerson.

Except that, Tillerson's appointment is a lot more problematic than just that.

Close Ties With Russia:

Like most of the president-elect's cabinet picks, the Exxon CEO enjoys rather close ties with Russia.

In fact, Tillerson earned an Order of Friendship medal from the country after he negotiated a deal with the country in 2011. The medal was blocked after sanctions placed on Russia due to the country's criminal role in Ukraine and its invasion of Crimea.

Tillerson stood by the country that the CIA now accuses of engineering a Trump victory, and opposed the sanctions.

"Friends and associates said few U.S. citizens are closer to Mr. Putin than Mr. Tillerson, who has known Mr. Putin since he represented Exxon's interests in Russia during the regime of Boris Yeltsin," The Wall Street Journal once wrote of him.

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Climate Change Archvillain:

There is still another villainy of Tillerson.

Exxon has been embroiled in a war with climate change activists, and is currently under investigation for misleading the American public about climate change and convoluting facts to undermine the phenomenon.

“The world is going to have to continue using fossil fuels, whether they like it or not,” Tillerson spoke at an investors meeting in May 2016, the Financial Times’ Ed Crooks told Newsweek.

Commenting on his appointment, Greenpeace USA issued a statement.

"Just when we thought Trump’s cabinet could not get farther away from the needs of the American people, he sneaks in a Saturday appointment of Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. In this position, Tillerson will try his hardest to silence global initiatives and the right of state attorney generals to hold fossil fuel companies legally accountable for climate change. We will not be silenced, and we will not allow this cabinet of billionaires to steamroll the people."

The Trump campaign seems to be following an active policy of narrowing down the list of people who should be kept as far away from governmental matters and secrets as possible, and appointing them to the highest government positions in the country.

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