Former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to be secretary of State, was questioned at his confirmation hearing Thursday by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Here are four take-aways from what he said.Saying the United States "must be clear-eyed about our relationship with Russia,” Tillerson said, "Russia today poses a danger. It invaded Ukraine, including Crimea, and violated the laws of war.”Tillerson said he would advise giving Ukraine weapons to defend its territory, because Russia’s invasion of Crimea “was a taking of territory that was not theirs.” Resolving the conflict between Russia and Ukraine has to be negotiated between the two countries. “I don’t think that’s up to us to decide,” he said.Tillerson said Russia and the United States are unlikely to be friends, and that current conflicts — including Ukraine, Syria and efforts to influence the U.S. … [Read more...] about 4 take-aways from Rex Tillerson hearing to be secretary of State
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NEW YORK — President-elect Donald Trump is zeroing in on ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of State nominee.Tillerson had his second interview with the president-elect Saturday at Trump Tower and has emerged as the favorite in the long-running competition to lead the State Department, a person familiar with the transition deliberations told USA TODAY on condition of anonymity because Trump has yet to announce his pick."In his case, he's much more than a business executive," Trump said in an interview to be broadcast on Fox News Sunday. "I mean, he's a world-class player."In the excerpt released by Fox News on Saturday, Trump stopped short of confirming Tillerson as his pick, but praised the 64-year-old executive."He's in charge of an oil company that's pretty much double the size of his next nearest competitor. It’s been a company that's been unbelievably managed," he said. "To me a big advantage is that he knows many the players, and he … [Read more...] about Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson emerges as State Department frontrunner
After more than a month of speculation, President-elect Donald Trump has selected ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of State nominee and will make the announcement on Tuesday.A person familiar with the selection confirmed, speaking on condition of anonymity pending Trump's announcement."I will be making my announcement on the next Secretary of State tomorrow morning," Trump tweeted Monday night.Democrats and some Republicans have raised questions about Tillerson's business ties to Russia, though Trump has described the 64-year-old oil industry executive as a major player on the world stage.Trump told Fox News Sunday that Tillerson is "much more than a business executive.""I mean, he's a world-class player," said Trump. "He's in charge of, I guess the largest company in the world. He's in charge of an oil company that's pretty much double the size of his next serious competitor. "Trump also told Fox that "a great advantage is he knows many of the players, and he knows … [Read more...] about Trump to nominate ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of State
Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio reluctantly threw his support behind Rex Tillerson's nomination for secretary of state on Monday, clearing the way for the former ExxonMobil CEO to become America's top diplomat.Rubio's vote for Tillerson turned out to be the deciding ballot on the Foreign Relations Committee, which voted 11-10 along party lines to send President Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation.Rubio had expressed deep misgivings about Tillerson's ties to Russia and President Vladimir Putin, with whom he had cultivated and long and friendly relationship through his business dealings. He was concerned the former oilman "would pursue a foreign policy of deal-making at the expense of traditional alliances and at the expense of the defense of human rights and of democracy."But Rubio said he voted for Tillerson out of deference to the new president and because filling the post is vital to advance America's interests around the … [Read more...] about Marco Rubio votes for Tillerson for secretary of state despite reservations
Donald Trump's nomination of Rex Tillerson to be secretary of State sets up a confirmation battle over the ExxonMobil CEO's business ties to Russia, a fight that could include pushback from some Senate Republicans.While Democrats and some GOP members raised questions about Tillerson's relationship with Russia — which is accused of interference in the recent presidential election — Trump praised his fellow businessman Tuesday as "a world class player" who has led one of the world's largest corporations."His tenacity, broad experience and deep understanding of geopolitics make him an excellent choice for Secretary of State," Trump said in a statement formally announcing the nomination.In his new role at the State Department, Trump said Tillerson would "promote regional stability and focus on the core national security interests of the United States. Rex knows how to manage a global enterprise, which is crucial to running a successful State … [Read more...] about Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson’s ties to Russia worry GOP, too
On Tuesday, Donald Trump announced that he had selected Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, for secretary of State, one of the most influential Cabinet roles. If confirmed, Tillerson will be charged with leading the State Department and overseeing U.S. foreign policy. But who is this oil executive and what should you know before the confirmation hearing?Tillerson has worked for Exxon since 1975. He started as a production engineer and moved up the ranks before becoming chairman and CEO in 2006. Tillerson has been conducting deals with countries all around the world. His experience negotiating with foreign governments — including governments hostile to the United States — was one of the reasons Trump selected him.“The thing I like best about Rex Tillerson is that he has vast experience at dealing successfully with all types of foreign governments,” Trump tweeted after announcing Tillerson’s appointment.Tillerson has strong ties with … [Read more...] about Who is Rex Tillerson, Trump’s secretary of State pick?
The Senate confirmed former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of State on Wednesday, even as Democrats blocked progress on other Cabinet nominees chosen by President Trump.Three Democrats and one Independent who generally votes with the Democrats joined a solid rank of Republicans in approving Tillerson 56-43.The vote puts a man who has negotiated business deals with countries around the world, including some hostile to the United States, in position to negotiate on behalf of Trump in matters of war and peace, climate change and human rights.Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, praised Tillerson before Wednesday’s vote.“His experience and aptitude and talent will be put to work for the American people,” Cornyn said. “He’s a man of character who believes in putting his country first.”Tillerson's first task may be to calm a State Department where nearly 1,000 diplomats signed a letter of dissent objecting to Trump's executive … [Read more...] about Senate confirms Rex Tillerson for secretary of State
WASHINGTON — Rex Tillerson wants Americans to sleep well at night, even with a trigger-happy dictator in North Korea and a Twitter-tapping president at the White House threatening nuclear Armageddon.But Tillerson's task as the nation's chief diplomat facing his first major international crisis is tougher than promoting sweet dreams. He must try to tamp down President Trump's threat of "fire and fury" with an oilman's background, a depleted senior staff, a threatened budget crunch and a power struggle with the White House.Whether the secretary of State is up to the job — or whether he may even be contemplating a hasty exit, or "Rexit," from Foggy Bottom — is one of the central questions facing Washington's foreign policy cognoscenti as Tillerson completes his trek through southeast Asia."Don't quit yet!" was the plea last month from Aaron David Miller, a former State Department diplomat in Republican and Democratic administrations. Now a … [Read more...] about To tame North Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson must master Washington
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday he has never considered resigning his job and called "erroneous" an NBC News report that said he was so frustrated with President Trump that he called him a "moron" during a July 20 meeting at the Pentagon. Tillerson took the unusual step of making a televised statement following an NBC News report Wednesday morning that he considered resigning after the meeting and had to be counseled by Vice President Pence. Marc Lotter, who was Pence's press secretary until this month, said on MSNBC the vice president talked to Tillerson "about the need to come together and make sure that everyone is moving forward with the message in the framework that is echoing what the president of the United States wants to have communicated.""It shouldn't be characterized as a pep talk," Lotter said. Trump tweeted that Tillerson "totally refuted" the NBC report. In Las Vegas, while meeting with shooting victims and first … [Read more...] about Trump says he has total confidence in Secretary of State Tillerson after ‘moron’ flap
Defending his boss recently against charges that he’s heading up an incredible shrinking State Department, strategic adviser R.C. Hammond opined that the Secretary Rex Tillerson is thinking like a cowboy. Comparing words to bullets, he said “You carry a revolver with only six shots, and you don’t waste your bullets.”Fair enough. Successful secretaries of State husband their resources and invest in issues that are strategic and strike at the right time. But five months in, and based on our long tenures at the State Department under both Republican and Democratic administrations, it seems pretty clear that at least in five cases, Tillerson’s gun jammed or the rounds he fired went wide of their mark. Presumably he has yet to use the sixth bullet — a frank conversation with the president about his presumed aspirations to be a consequential secretary of State. Will he?Tillerson reportedly is at the boiling point over everything from leaks to … [Read more...] about The incredible shrinking Rex Tillerson: Can the secretary of State reclaim his job?