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Monday, December 12, 2016

Who the Hell is Rex Tillerson?

Like the rest of America, I have no idea what to make of Donald Trump's pick of Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State.

What we know is that Tillerson is the CEO of ExxonMobil, the largest oil company in the world and one of the biggest companies of any kind.

The list ends there.

What we don't know is how that qualifies him to be the country's chief diplomat, or how he feels about foreign affairs, or how he wants to handle our allies and adveraries around the world.

It has been reported that Tillerson has close ties to Russia and Vladimir Putin. That certainly doesn't give me a warm and fuzzy feeling.

I'm flabbergasted by this pick. Not only is Tillerson a complete unknown, but it already appears that his confirmation hearings will be contentious.

This is vintage Trump, to be sure: going with his gut over anything else. He operated as the quintessential anti-politician during his campaign, so in that sense this is fitting. Even with that knowledge, though, this is a shocking pick.


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