Tillerson's Tough Day
On Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee sought to clarify whether Rex Tillerson, former chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil and Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, would take a more aggressive position toward the regime toward his boss.
However, Tillerson refused to commit to supporting an extension of President Obama’s recent sanctions against Russian individuals and organizations involved in the attack on the recent election.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee also pressed Tillerson on recent revelations that ExxonMobil conducted business with Iran from 2003 to 2005, while that country was under strict U.S. sanctions.
New Jersey senator Bob Menendez, a Democrat, challenged Tillerson on his claim that “to my knowledge, Exxon never directly lobbied against sanctions” against Iran.
Are concerns about Tillerson’s more-conciliatory approach to Russia, his business history with Iran, and his potential conflicts of interest enough to sink his nomination?