Donald Trump continues to fill out his cabinet and while many selections have been met with surprise and respect, a few continue to raise eyebrows.
Today, it seems the new President-elect has made another pick and this one is getting all sorts of attention, primarily because of the recent news that Russia may have had an impact on the U.S. presidential election.
Furthermore, this person hadn’t been on the short list of names for position of Secretary of State, so this one is even hotter in terms of general intrigue. And though it won’t be official until “at least next week,” numerous sources are reporting that the new Secretary of State is…
You probably couldn’t guess but it’s Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, as reported by NBC News.
Critics have been quick to question Tillerson’s ties to Russian president Vladimir Putin; let’s not forget that in 2011, Tillerson negotiated an energy partnership with Putin that the Russian president claimed was worth $500 billion. Tillerson later received the Russian Order of Friendship, one of the highest awards the country gives to foreign nationals.
The deal was later put on hold (via Reuters) “due to sanctions levied against the Kremlin for its annexation of Crimea in 2014.” The company has since said they wish to resume the deal after the sanctions are lifted and if Tillerson is in place as Secretary of State, that could happen quickly.
Again, this isn’t official just yet but NBC’s Andrea Mitchell said two sources told her Tillerson’s selection would be announced later this coming week. Also, she says former Ambassador to the U.N., John Bolton, would become Tillerson’s Deputy of State.
Let the raging fires of controversy burn!
Source: NBC News