Floridians Urge Senator Rubio to Oppose Trump’s Nomination of Big Oil Executive Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State

January 12, 2017
History of Putting Exxon Profits Ahead of America’s National Security Disqualifies Tillerson for Top Diplomatic Post
Miami, FL – For Our Future today joined the calls on Senator Marco Rubio to reject President Elect Donald Trump’s nomination of former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State over his record of spreading climate denial and business dealings with hostile foreign nations including Russia that bolstered Exxon’s bottom line at the expense of U.S. interests and national security. Tillerson, whose resume is devoid of any public service experience but does include a near-20-year friendship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, faces questions from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week as Donald Trump continues to dodge questions about Putin regime’s interference in the 2016 election and ignore calls to release his tax returns to prove he has no financial interests in Russia.
Blake Williams, Florida Communications Director of For Our Future: “Pick any number of reasons why Rex Tillerson has no business serving as Secretary of State. As CEO of Exxon, Tillerson routinely thumbed his nose at U.S. foreign interests if it meant making a buck for investors, like when he lobbied to have economic sanctions removed against the Putin regime. Tillerson’s immense wealth includes at least $200 million worth of Exxon-related holdings, which of course would present major conflicts of interest especially when dealing with oil-producing nations. Under Tillerson’s leadership, Exxon Mobil – a leading contributor to climate change — funneled millions of dollars into think tanks that promoted climate denial in order to stop climate action and protect Big Oil’s profits.  Does Senator Rubio consider this ‘draining the swamp’?  Senator Rubio can send a message to the Trump administration that American interests are not for sale with his vote to reject Tillerson. We’ll be watching and we won’t forget.”
BACKGROUND: Oil Man Tillerson Gushing with Conflicts of Interests
  • Wall Street Journal: Tillerson’s Ties To Exxon “Complicate His Efforts To Lift Sanctions Or Intervene In Trade Disputes Where Exxon Has A Financial Interest.” “Mr. Tillerson’s close ties to the company, including tens of millions of dollars of Exxon shares that will become available to him in the coming decade, could complicate his efforts to lift sanctions or intervene in trade disputes where Exxon has a financial interest. It would be almost impossible for him to recuse himself from working with all the countries in which Exxon operates or markets products.” [Wall Street Journal, 12/4/16]
  • Wall Street Journal: “It Would Be Almost Impossible For [Tillerson] To Recuse Himself From Working With All The Countries In Which Exxon Operates Or Markets Products.” “Mr. Tillerson’s close ties to the company, including tens of millions of dollars of Exxon shares that will become available to him in the coming decade, could complicate his efforts to lift sanctions or intervene in trade disputes where Exxon has a financial interest. It would be almost impossible for him to recuse himself from working with all the countries in which Exxon operates or markets products.” [Wall Street Journal, 12/4/16]

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