As expected, Donald Trump has nominated Rex Tillerson as secretary of state on Tuesday morning.
Tillerson is CEO of ExxonMobil, which is one the largest private oil and natural gas companies in the world.
Many people, billionaire oil and gas magnate T. Boone Pickens, see the Russia-friendly executive as a perfect choice. Tillerson is the right person to be the nation’s top diplomat, writes David Parish in The Hill.
Tillerson has been working with foreign governments to negotiate oil and gas contracts. As we reported earlier, as CEO of ExxonMobil, Tillerson fully understands the current situation of the international politics.
David writes in a blogpost that Tillerson is “what our country needs.”
“I have personally seen Tillerson in action for nearly 30 years. As the chief executive of ExxonMobil, he is a strong leader with a track record of being tough in deals with Russia and getting results. This is what our country needs now more than ever,” David writes.
Russia Sees Tillerson as Opportunity to Reboot U.S. Connections
The nomination of Tillerson as secretary of state by President-elect Donald Trump was greeted by Russian officials, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Moscow sees the Russia-friendly executive as a chance to end economic sanctions and reboot U.S. ties, according to the report.
Tillerson has experience of working in Russia as business executive. He is well known personality in Moscow. He received Russia’s Order of Friendship from President Vladimir Putin for his work in the country.
Tillerson wasn’t in favor of the sanctions imposed in response to Mr. Putin’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.
“Mr. Tillerson is very well known to the important people here, and neither Mr. Putin nor the others will need time to learn who he is and how to deal with him,” Fyodor Lukyanov, head of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, which advises the Kremlin, was quoted as saying by the WJS. “This news is better than any other possible person for this position.”
Boone Pickens Says Tillerson is Perfect Choice
Before Trump’s official announcement about Tillerson’s nomination, Pickens said that Tillerson would be a perfect pick for secretary of state.
“He is a thoughtful, strategic and straight forward kind of guy,” Pickens said of Tillerson in statement to the Dallas Business Journal on Monday. “He’s a tough negotiator with lots of international experience.”