To add to the pile: Today it was revealed that Rex Tillerson, President Trump’s appointee to Secretary of State, was secretly a long time director of a US-Russian oil company based in the tax haven of the Bahamas.
In Putin’s Russia, access to vast oil fields and natural resources are determined by how cronies express loyalty to Putin. Tillerson spent years getting billions of dollars worth of oil with Russia, so he is well practiced in giving Putin whatever he wants to get oil money. It’s already been known that Tillerson was close to striking a deal to drill for additional billions of dollars worth of oil with Russia (but sanctions interrupted that plan), and that Tillerson has integrated himself into Putin’s innermost circle (fantasizing together about American motorcycle trips with Putin’s right hand man).
Now in Trump’s US, spoils are being handed out after the election, and Tillerson and Putin are getting some of the biggest rewards. When an oil man with years of experience getting billions of dollars worth of oil by giving Putin what he wants gets appointed Secretary of State, whose interests do you think he’ll have in mind? Tillerson’s stated position in 2014 was that Putin should have faced no consequences for invading a sovereign nation because too much oil money was at stake. We know his foreign policy puts oil money first, ahead of people, ahead of peace, and ahead of the US. In a Kleptocracy, to get those billions, you just stay on the good side of the autocrat. After years of experience, Tillerson’s an expert at enriching himself in Putin’s kleptocracy, and that practice is proving to be extremely useful as he is navigating Trump’s kleptocracy.
If the majority of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee blocks Tilleron’s appointment, he won’t be confirmed. John McCain and Marco Rubio have already expressed their doubts. Give them a call and tell them to block Tillerson:
John McCain: (202) 224-2235 (http://ift.tt/2h0l2hU)
Marco Rubio: 202-224-3041 (http://ift.tt/2i4KaBA)