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Meet Exxon’s Rex Tillerson, Trump’s Choice for Secretary of State

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14 Dec 2016 14:34 #329116 by Alien
Meet Exxon’s Rex Tillerson, Trump’s Choice for Secretary of State
By CLIFFORD KRAUSS

Rex W. Tillerson, a conservative known to be a quick study and a decisive leader, has spent the past 41 years at the company now known as Exxon Mobil. Credit Sergei Ilnitsky/European Pressphoto Agency
Rex W. Tillerson, the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, was offered the job of secretary of state by President-elect Donald J. Trump on Tuesday.

It is the latest instance in which Mr. Trump has tapped an executive from corporate America for a high-level cabinet position. Mr. Tillerson, 64, whose extensive deal making for Exxon has plunged him into global politics, is a conservative known to be a quick study and a decisive leader.

He is a Texan by birth, with a twang to show for it. This is what else you should know about him.

1. What does Mr. Tillerson know about diplomacy?

Mr. Tillerson has spent the past 41 years at Exxon, where he began as a production engineer and went on to strike deals for a company that explores for, buys and sells oil and gas in some of the world’s most troubled corners.

Mr. Tillerson has needed some sharp diplomatic skills. He has worked with leaders of numerous countries, including Nigeria and Qatar, and Exxon has been dominant in many countries, including Equatorial Guinea and Sudan. He has long had friendly relations with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

Of course, being a representative of a corporation and being a secretary of state are very different. Mr. Tillerson will now face a fuller range of issues, from human rights to strengthening NATO and other alliances to brokering a peace deal between Israel and Palestinians. He is a supporter of free trade who has acknowledged climate change is a challenge, but his opinions on most issues are not known. He will have a lot of thinking and learning to do.

Without foreign policy experience outside his business dealings, Mr. Tillerson may have to take more instruction from State Department experts and direction from the White House. He will need to exert his authority early on.

“He’s much more than a business executive,” Mr. Trump said of Mr. Tillerson in an interview with Fox News on Sunday. “He’s a world-class player.”

2. Isn’t his relationship with Russia a concern?

Several senators — including John McCain, Republican of Arizona, and Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida — do not think a conciliatory relationship with Russia is a good thing, considering the country’s aggression in Ukraine and its friendly relations with a Syrian government that is killing its own people. (There is also the question of whether Russians meddled with the United States election.)

But Mr. Tillerson may take a different approach than he has during his time at Exxon, which relies on Russia for much of its international business. Exxon has various joint ventures with Rosneft, the state-owned Russian oil giant, and American sanctions have stymied Exxon’s ability to drill in the Arctic and in Siberian shale fields.

How Mr. Tillerson would view Russia’s continued meddling in Ukraine, in other neighboring countries or in Syria is not clear. Perhaps his rapport with President Putin would help smooth relations, but to what end? Would the Kremlin be willing to moderate its behavior in exchange for simple sanctions relief? Or would President Putin simply become more aggressive? How would Mr. Tillerson respond to that? And if the United States does improve relations with Russia, what would that mean for the Syrian conflict, in which Russia has actively intervened? There is no way of knowing yet.

3. Can Mr. Tillerson confront dictators?

He has in the past. Shortly after he took the helm of Exxon a decade ago, Hugo Chávez, Venezuela’s socialist president, moved to nationalize the assets of nearly two dozen foreign oil companies. Most chose to negotiate compensation arrangements. But Exxon took Venezuela to international arbitration court and won a $1.6 billion compensation package in 2014. Then Exxon mobilized a serious exploration effort in Guyanese waters claimed by Venezuela, angering Caracas.

Again, though, his prior negotiations concerned energy issues that he knows well. It is not known how tough he would be on political affairs he is less familiar with.

4. What is his position on climate change?

His record is mixed. He veered Exxon away from the climate skepticism it had displayed under his predecessor, Lee R. Raymond. At the same time, he has aggressively defended the company amid investigations by several state attorneys general who alleged the company hid research while publicly opposing policies designed to curb global warming and the burning of fossil fuels. Mr. Tillerson has backed a carbon tax and research to advance carbon capture, sequestration and biofuels.

Will Mr. Tillerson try to persuade Mr. Trump to support the international climate accord reached in Paris? He might, but he would probably stress the importance of natural gas and methods to bury carbon emissions — policies that would not hurt fossil fuel industries.

5. How will he protect human rights?

The most concrete glimpse we can get is Mr. Tillerson’s handling of gay rights. A former Eagle Scout, he served as national president of the Boy Scouts of America from 2010 to 2011, when the organization still maintained a ban on gay scouts and scout leaders. Nonetheless, Mr. Tillerson has pushed the organization to be open to gay rights. In 2013, as he served on the executive board, the Boy Scouts voted to lift the ban on gay scouts.

But under his leadership, Exxon has been slow to adopt explicit policies protecting gay employees from discrimination, and it has come under fire for it.

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14 Dec 2016 14:35 #329117 by Alien


Trumpet . Interesting times lies ahead. ::confused::

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14 Dec 2016 16:39 #329125 by SCA
Alien, don't know who you are...use to be a regular poster here sometime back. I Check in every so often.

Whatever can be said about DT, he is an interesting man. And however poorly he contested the elections, I am pleasantly surprised by some of the moves he is making in selecting his cabinet.

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14 Dec 2016 22:52 #329150 by mapoui

Alien, don't know who you are...use to be a regular poster here sometime back. I Check in every so often.

Whatever can be said about DT, he is an interesting man. And however poorly he contested the elections, I am pleasantly surprised by some of the moves he is making in selecting his cabinet.


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15 Dec 2016 07:52 #329157 by raisa
He will steal oil

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15 Dec 2016 14:49 #329198 by ketchim
Rex is a Vladimir Putin guy !

as a matter of fact he still has investments in russia oil wells.

Putin is winning !!!!!

and the white sumpremacist dreams are coming through !

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15 Dec 2016 14:56 - 16 Dec 2016 00:46 #329200 by mapoui
dat deh ketchim..is like the Illuminati story and the devil Baphomet deh make fuh black people in the entertainment industry dat have dem totally hook..wild conspiracy made real

all dat missing from dat white theory of yours is an empty throne to be filled by Dr David Duke as the final piece to fall in place
:P :P
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15 Dec 2016 15:01 #329201 by mapoui
den again deh had a black entity in charge I still doh know wat the hell Obama is

were he fuh real he cud have done like basketball/football..the federal civil service etch..simply take over...make it black period. 

but Obama hated black, nig nogs... and did nothing of the sort, giving Putin a chance to advance his  white theory ::LOL:: ::LOL:: ::LOL:: ::LOL::

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15 Dec 2016 15:12 #329202 by ketchim

wild conspiracy made real
all dat missing from dat theory of yours is an empty throne to be filled by
Dr David Duke as the final piece to put in place

LoL : the master of conspiracy theories Mapoui
soooo caught up that when a real theory hits him : he cannot see it !  :P

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15 Dec 2016 15:19 #329204 by ketchim

He has long had friendly relations with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

Perhaps his rapport with President Putin would help smooth relations, but to what end?
Would the Kremlin be willing to moderate its behavior in exchange for simple sanctions relief?

hahahaha ! Pull de sanctions : grab American technology

dem russia oil wells drying up.

need to drill NEW ones using America ...hahahaha  ::LOL::

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15 Dec 2016 15:20 #329205 by ketchim
America interferes in every Country, correct ?

Now PUTIN interfering with America elections

and the president elect TRUMP.

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15 Dec 2016 15:22 #329206 by The Captain
who says america interfere
proof where hops not maps

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15 Dec 2016 15:24 #329207 by ketchim
dont worry Maps, your blogs will soon catch up with me  ;)


Cappo,  Cheddi Jagan Guyana CIA undermined

thats where !

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15 Dec 2016 15:30 - 16 Dec 2016 00:52 #329208 by mapoui
wat do I care if putin has white theory.  if dat is the case it only makes him an easier american phuck in time..just like deh/rUSSIANS were easy meat under Gorbachev and Yeltsin.

putin only mAKING NOISE BUT HE WILL BE JUST AS EASY TO EFF IN TIME ESPECIALLY IF HE HAVE WHITE THEORY.

white america is invested by a power that has covered it self over in white but it aint white.  it is Jewish and it has no use for any and all including whites.  it is going to enslave EVERYBODY..well on its way, almost done already.

most specifically it has no use at all for Russians of any kind along wth muslims and nig nogs. 

so let Putin go long with his white theorY if he has one...but look at a WHAT tRUMP IS DOING NOT WHAT HE SAYS.  tRUMP HAS PUT THE MOST RABID jEWS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS IN POWER IN HIS CABINET.

THAT MEANS NO REAL FRIENDSHIP WITH rUSSIA ONLY FAKE FRIENDSHIP..TO KEEP rUSSIA QUIET UNTIL THEY READY FUH THEM ::confused::

IS NOT WHITE DAT WILL SAVE pUTIN BUT rUSSIAN NATIONALISM AND COOPERATION WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD THAT IS Not AMERICAN OR UNDER AMERICAN ( jEWISH) tUETLAGE

so tek yuh theory and give it back to Vlad.  if its fuh real he is ah myopic and stupid rarse.  no white mans world possible anymore.  its a world of all or a blown up world.  the world won accept Jewish tutelage.  and the Jews cant accept anything less.

the answer to that equation is = ASHES
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15 Dec 2016 15:33 #329209 by ketchim

..just like deh were easy meat under Gorbachev and Yeltsin.


neither were former KGB specialists and knows subterfuge and tactics

Catch up, man !  :P

here : en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Putin#KGB_career
                 

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