December 15, 2016

Whitehouse Statement on Nomination of Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State

Providence, RI – Today, it was announced that President-elect Donald Trump has chosen ExxonMobil chief executive Rex W. Tillerson to serve as Secretary of State.  Senator Sheldon Whitehouse issued the following statement on the selection:

“Donald Trump pledged to ‘drain the swamp’ of corporate insiders in Washington to ensure that our government serves the American people, not massive corporations like ExxonMobil.  That’s why it’s disturbing to see operatives of the Koch brothers, Exxon, and other special interests fill the ranks of the transition team, and the biggest swamp alligators floated as nominees to run federal agencies.  I also have deep concerns about this nominee’s ties with Russia at a time when our allies in Europe depend upon international economic sanctions to deter Russia’s further violations of international law.” ‎ 

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