The Chief Executive of Exxon Mobil Corp is going to hold the top diplomat position in the U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump is going to entrust him with this position since he has enormous experience and close ties with the Russian government. This is based-on reports from a familiar source with the situation.
Mr. Trump’s cabinet and inner circle is getting filled with people who are capable of co-operating with the Russian government and hence improve the relationship between the two countries.
The Exxon Mobil Corp CEO has had success in expanding Exxon in Russia for many years and he also managed to avoid the U.S. sanctions that were imposed on Russia following the seizure of Crimea. Tillerson was also awarded one of Russia’s highest civilian honors the Russia Order of Friendship by President Vladmir Putin.
The position of U.S. secretary of state had several candidates; Mitt Romney the 2012 Republican presidential nominee and other three individuals. However, Tillerson emerged as the ideal candidate. Tillerson has had two meetings with Mr. Trump regarding the position with the Saturday meeting at Trump Tower taking up more than two hours.
This reports are based on a source that is close to the Trump’s transition who spoke on condition of anonymity adding that the offer had not yet been made officially.
Jason Miller who is Trump’s spokesman reported that no announcement was forthcoming soon concerning the high-profile position. In a tweet that the spokesman made, he said that the Transition update had no announcement regarding the Secretary of State until the coming week.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani withdrew from consideration as secretary of state on Friday. In a report made by NBC News, John Bolton who was a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations would also be named as deputy secretary of state.
Tillerson’s previous role as the CEO of Exxon involved overseeing the operations in more than 50 countries including Russia, he therefore has extensive experience. In collaboration with Rosnef, Exxon could sign a deal for joint oil exploration and production. This deal has birthed 10 joint ventures concerning projects in Russia. Despite the U.S. sanctions, Rosnef and Exxon unleashed their plans on drilling in the Russian Arctic as part of their joint venture.
President-elect Trump has vowed to work for stronger U.S. and Russia ties and this is evident with the consideration that Tillerson is getting from Trump’s transition. The relationship between the two had been affected by Russia’s intervention in the war in Syria. Trump said that Tillerson is a world class player and not only a business executive, Trump also commended Tillerson for the unbelievable management of Exxon.