Tillerson could shine as Secretary of State

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December 18, 2016
USA Today
by Armand V Cucciniello III  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to serve as the next secretary of State has caused another post-election panic attack. Looking beyond Tillerson’s engagement with Russia, however, reveals someone with a distinguished education, a notable leadership record and substantial foreign affairs experience. It's a fact that Tillerson is a businessman with a history of looking out for corporate interests such as access to energy, growth, sustainability and profit. But assessing his candidacy on that basis would be akin to saying the president of the United States should be judged for a business position on a record of looking out for the American people, national security and the U.S. economy. In both cases, the leaders have their organization’s top priorities and strategic goals in mind. The assertion that Tillerson has no diplomatic experience is myopic." [editor's note: Check out the competence and skills required for this position, not the political offices one has normally held - SAT] (12/16/16)


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