How do you get to be Trump’s Secretary of State?

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Jun 16, 2014 Exxon Mobil Corp CEO Rex Tillerson and Vladimir Putin at the World Petroleum Congress in Moscow.

Forbes
Mar 20, 2014
WILL  EXXON’S  ‘BROMANCE’  WITH  THE  KREMLIN  HELP  KEEP  PUTIN  IN  CHECK?
ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson has a good relationship with Vladimir Putin. If you do a Google image search for the two men, you’ll see a dozen shots of them together, looking in each others’ eyes, smiling, laughing, shaking hands.
___They have a lot in common. Both men run autocratic, secretive, oil-based, global operations. And they like each other enough that they’ve joined forces in perhaps the biggest joint venture in the global oil industry. At a time when Putin has shown nothing but contempt for all other high-level American leaders, here’s hoping that the Tillerson-Putin “bromance” (and the threat of having it broken up by Washington sanctions) can help keep the Russian President from doubling down on crazy.    MORE . . .
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The Atlantic

Jun 16, 2014
EXXON  CEO  REX  TILLERSON  HUNG  OUT  WITH  SANCTIONED  RUSSIANS  TODAY
Exxon Mobil Corp CEO Rex Tillerson addressed the World Petroleum Congress today… in Moscow.
___Lucas Magnuson, a spokesperson for the U.S. National Security Council, discouraged U.S. attendance at the Moscow conference saying, “We do not believe it is appropriate to return to ‘business as usual’ in Russia.” Still, Exxon and Rosneft have continued “business as usual” in regards to their Arctic deal, as $900 billion is on the line.     MORE . . .
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The Wall Street Journal

December 9, 2016
EXXON’S  REX  TILLERSON  IS  TOP  CANDIDATE  FOR  SECRETARY  OF  STATE
CEO with ties to Russia’s Vladimir Putin would bring an executive’s experience to the diplomatic role, a transition official said.
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Secret CIA assessment says Russia intervened in election to help Trump win

The Chicago Tribune
The Washington Post

By Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima, Greg Miller
December 9, 2016
The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter.
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