Donald Trump has selected the CEO of ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson to serve as the next secretary of state, as announced on Tuesday, amidst a tense battle of authorization from the Senate and so as to ease any prolonged ongoing conflict between Russia and Washington.
Rex Tillerson’s Background
Mr. Tillerson, 64, shares no background experience when it comes foreign policy, but has built ties with several world leaders in the past as he stroke several deals in regions such as the Middle East and Eurasia for the most prominent energy company globally.
Mr. Trump referred to his choice of selecting Mr. Tillerson as being an exceptional selection due to his persistence and profound understanding regarding geopolitical matters. Mr. Tillerson was unknown and unheard of when the nominations for secretary of defense were brought up, as more renowned figures such as the Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney and Senator Bob Corker had been achieved more publicity.
Mr. Tillerson’s brilliant tactics regarding negotiation and understanding of geopolitical matters that affect the oil business make him as a remarkable key player to be heading US diplomacy and in running the State Department, according to the transition team.
Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and former secretary of defense James Baker were amongst the ones who advocated to Mr. Trump the option of selecting Mr. Tillerson.
Trump expressed that he felt a sense of relief with Mr. Tillerson, far more than anyone else, not to mention that they share a similar history regarding business deals. Mr. Tillerson has a strong bond with Russian President Vladimir Putin as well, which strengthened after he cut a deal with Russia’s main oil industry Roseneft so as to allow feasibility of profitable oil resources within the Arctic region.
After this deal, Putin endowed Mr. Tillerson with the Order of Friendship back in 2013. However, environmentalists and climate activists are likely to criticize Mr. Tillerson’s selection, who believe his newfound position will result in US foreign policy to be run by Big Oil.