Rex W. Tillerson
 
 
 
 
Secretary of State
Rex W. Tillerson

Rex Wayne Tillerson (born March 23, 1952) is an American engineer and businessman. He is the chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of ExxonMobil and has been named by President-elect Donald Trump as his planned nominee for United States Secretary of State. Tillerson began his career as an engineer and holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. On December 13, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced that Tillerson would be his nominee for Secretary of State.
Rex W. Tillerson Facts
  • Tillerson has controversial ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin and has previously been the director of a joint US-Russian oil company registered in the "tax haven of the Bahamas".
  • In 2010, Tillerson said that while he acknowledged that humans were affecting the climate through greenhouse gas emissions to some degree, it was not yet clear "to what extent and therefore what can you do about it." Tillerson also stated, "The world is going to have to continue using fossil fuels, whether they like it or not." Tillerson stated in 2009 that he favors a carbon tax as "the most efficient means of reflecting the cost of carbon in all economic decisions—from investments made by companies to fuel their requirements to the product choices made by consumers."
Opinion

I went back and forth and finally decided to give Rex a GOOD EGG AWARD. Really not too thrilled about his ties with good old Putin but I suppose business is business. The tipping point was definitely a comment he made in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, when Tillerson expressed his impatience with government regulation, stating "there are a thousand ways you can be told 'no' in this country."
Secretary of State

The Secretary of State is a senior official of the federal government of the United States of America heading the U.S. Department of State, principally concerned with foreign policy and is considered to be the U.S. government's equivalent of a Minister for Foreign Affairs. The Secretary of State is nominated by the President of the United States and is confirmed by the United States Senate. The Secretary of State, along with the Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Defense, and Attorney General are generally regarded as the four most important Cabinet members because of the importance of their respective departments.
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