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TILLERSON HAS NO FOREIGN POLICY EXPERIENCE

Tillerson Would Be The First Secretary Of State In The Modern Era With No Public Sector Experience.  In December 2016 the Washington Post wrote, “Tillerson has no experience in the public sector, a first in modern history for a potential secretary of state.”  [Washington Post, 12/13/16]

Pew Research Center: “Tillerson Would Be First Secretary Of State Without Military Or Government Experience.”  [pewresearch.org, 12/29/16]

Tillerson Has Never Worked Anywhere Other Than Oil Company ExxonMobil.  In December 2016 National Public Radio reported, “Tillerson is the CEO of ExxonMobil where he's worked his entire career.”  [National Public Radio, 12/20/16]

EXCEPT WORKING WITH PUTIN’S RUSSIA TO MAKE MONEY

Tillerson Was Awarded The Order Of Friendship By The Russian Government.  In December 2016 the Washington Post wrote, “Tillerson received the Order of Friendship from Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2013. Tillerson's work with ExxonMobil included a stretch working for Exxon Neftegas Ltd., putting him in charge of the subsidiary's fields in Russia and the Caspian Sea.  Two years before receiving the award, ExxonMobil won a contract to explore for oil in a Russia-controlled portion of the Arctic Ocean, which was made more economically viable for drilling in part thanks to the sea ice decline that's followed global warming. Putin himself announced the deal at a meeting in Sochi (where the Winter Olympics would be held the next year).”  [Washington Post, 12/13/16]

CNN: Tillerson’s Order Of Friendship “Underscores The Close Ties” Between Tillerson And Russia.  In December 2016 CNN wrote, “In 2013, Vladimir Putin awarded ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson the Order of Friendship, one of the highest honors Russia gives to foreign citizens.  The silver badge underscores the close ties that have existed for many years between Russia and Tillerson, the leading candidate to be President-elect Donald Trump's secretary of state.”  [CNN, 12/11/16]

Bloomber: “Tillerson’s Russian Ties Go Deep.”  In April 2015 Bloomberg wrote, “Tillerson’s Russian ties go deep. He first met Putin in 1999 on remote Sakhalin Island, and in 2013 the Russian president gave him the Order of Friendship, one of the nation’s highest honors.”  [Bloomberg, 04/09/15]

CNN: Tillerson’s Relationship W/ Russia Was The Reason He Was Selected As Exxon CEO.  In December 2016 CNN wrote, “In fact, his close relationship with Russia is one of the major reasons Tillerson was selected to succeed Lee Raymond as CEO of Exxon (XOM) in 2006, according to Steve Coll's book ‘Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power.’”  [CNN, 12/11/16]

The Head Of The Russian Foreign Affairs Committee Said Tillerson Would Be A “Sensation.”  In December 2016 CNN wrote, “Russia has already indicated it would welcome Tillerson being named America's top diplomat.  ‘Trump continues to amaze,’ Alexey Pushkov, the head of the foreign affairs committee in the lower house of Russian parliament, said on Twitter. He said that selecting Tillerson would be a ‘sensation’ and noted he has ‘a lot of experience working with Russia.’”  [CNN, 12/11/16]

Tillerson’s Exxon Deal With Russia Gave Russian Companies A Stake In U.S. Oil Projects As Well.  In December 2016 CNN wrote, “The Exxon deal meant a great deal to Russia. Sechin, who was also then the deputy prime minister of Russia, bragged that after the Exxon agreement was signed, the valuation of Rosneft soared by $7 billion in just five days.  The partnership also gave Rosneft the chance to get a stake in Exxon's North American projects, including ones in West Texas and in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.”  [CNN, 12/11/16]

Tillerson Said He And Exxon Were Anxious To Get Back To Work In Russia.  In December 2016 CNN wrote, “Exxon would likely stand to gain if sanctions are lifted on Russia by the new administration.  ‘We are very anxious to get back to work there,’ Tillerson told industry analysts in March when asked if Exxon would be interested in restarting its venture with Rosneft in Russia.”  [CNN, 12/11/16]

Tillerson Thanked Russia For Not Making Sanctions On Russia Worse For Exxon. In December 2016 CNN wrote, “Tillerson noted that it would take time to resume operations, especially in the Arctic, because ‘we had to dismantle all of the capability and the infrastructure’ due to sanctions.  Tillerson said he's ‘thankful’ the Russians haven't done anything to ‘make the situation worse.’ To the contrary, Tillerson said Russia has ‘done things to help us hang on to the rights we have’ in the wake of the sanctions.”  [CNN, 12/11/16]

Tillerson’s Exxon Helped Defeat A Bill That Would Make It Harder For Trump To Repeal Russian Sanctions.  In December 2016 Politico wrote, “ExxonMobil successfully lobbied against a bill that would have made it harder for the next president to lift sanctions against Russia, clearing the way for the oil giant to restart a program worth billions of dollars if Donald Trump eases those restrictions as president.  The company’s effort could be helped by outgoing CEO Rex Tillerson, who, if confirmed as secretary of state, would be a key adviser on the decision.”  [Politico, 12/18/16]

TILLERSON’S PAST W/ EXXON PRESENTED SEVERAL POTENTIAL CONFLICTS

ExxonMobil Stood To Profit If The U.S. Lifted Sanctions On Russia.  In December 2016 the Washington Post wrote, “Once Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, the United States instituted sanctions against Russia that froze ExxonMobil's Arctic agreement. Were those sanctions to be lifted, the deal would probably move forward — making Tillerson's shares of ExxonMobil stock much more valuable.”  [Washington Post, 12/13/16]

Tillerson Was Already Forced To Enter An Agreement With State To Avoid Actions That Benefit His Own Stock Holdings.  In January 2017 CNN reported, “Tillerson, 64, has also agreed with the State Department to sell the more than 600,000 Exxon shares he owns at the moment, the company said. They're worth more than $54 million at today's prices.”  [CNN, 01/04/17]

Tillerson Said He Would Recuse Himself From Decisions Involving Exxon For Only One Year.  In January 2017 Bloomberg wrote, “If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Tillerson will recuse himself for a year from government decisions involving Exxon Mobil Corp., where he served as chairman and chief executive officer until Jan. 1, according to a separate filing posted by the Office of Government Ethics on Wednesday. Because the company explores for oil and natural gas on six continents, he may have a lot of recusing to do.”  [Bloomberg, 01/04/17]

TILLERSON HAS SO MANY CONFLICTS, HE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO DO HIS JOB

Tillerson’s Personal Portfolio Is Up To $400 Million And Spans A Dozen Countries.  In January 2017 Bloomberg wrote, “Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. secretary of state, disclosed assets worth as much as $400 million in a federal ethics filing that reflected investments spanning more than a dozen nations.”  [Bloomberg, 01/04/17]

Tillerson Was Forced To Divest From 156 Different Entities Within 90 Days Of Confirmation.  In January 2017 Bloomberg wrote, “Tillerson’s filing says he will divest from 156 different entities within 90 days of his confirmation.”  [Bloomberg, 01/04/17]

Bloomberg: Tillerson “May Have A Lot Of Recusing To Do.”  In January 2017 Bloomberg wrote, “If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Tillerson will recuse himself for a year from government decisions involving Exxon Mobil Corp., where he served as chairman and chief executive officer until Jan. 1, according to a separate filing posted by the Office of Government Ethics on Wednesday. Because the company explores for oil and natural gas on six continents, he may have a lot of recusing to do.”  [Bloomberg, 01/04/17]

Tillerson May Be Required To Recuse Himself From The Chain Of Command On All Russian Sanction Decisions.  In January 2017 Bloomberg wrote, “Tillerson’s filing says he will divest from 156 different entities within 90 days of his confirmation.”  [Bloomberg, 01/04/17]