|69th United States Secretary of State|
From: February 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018
|Spouse(s)||Renda St. Clair|
Rex Wayne Tillerson (b. March 23, 1952) is an American executive who was the 96th United States Secretary of State, serving in the Trump Administration. Earlier, he served as the head of ExxonMobil. Despite his support of the Paris climate agreement and other liberal views, Tillerson was the focus of more media criticism than any other member of Trump's cabinet. This criticism was in response to his proposal to cut the State Department's staff by 8 percent.
In 1995, while Boris Yeltsin was the Russian president, Tillerson negotiated a deal with Vladimir Putin for exploration of oil reserves and oil drilling in Russia which included part ownership of the reserves and operating well sites for ExxonMobil. The success of this deal, and the sorely needed revenues brought into the Russian government's treasury, enhanced Putin's rise as Yeltsin's successor. This deal differed from many past oil concession deals involving American companies. For example, under the joint effort of the Arab-American Oil Company (later Aramco), ownership of the reserves, which tend to have far greater value than operating well sites, remained with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, whereas only the costs of production from operating wells and profits were split evenly between the Saudi kingdom and a consortium of US oil companies.
In 2013 Tillerson was awarded the Russian Order of Friendship.
U.S. Secretary of State
As the United States Secretary of State, Tillerson served one of the shortest tenures of any US Secretary of State. He openly split with President Trump on a number of issues, consistently taking the more liberal position.
Tillerson was a promoter of the homosexual and transsexual agenda, and even celebrated "transgender day of remembrance." This is consistent with the fact that Tillerson promoted the homosexual agenda and homosexual leaders while heading the Boy Scouts. During his entire tenure, he kept in place Hillary Clinton's procedures regarding "sex changes" on US passports. Additionally, Tillerson reportedly advocated against moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
On March 13, 2018, President Trump announced he would fire Tillerson and replace him with the more conservative CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Shortly after the announcement, several of Tillerson's aides were also fired, and Heather Nauert, someone loyal to President Trump, was promoted.
In May 2018, Tillerson gave a commencement speech that many observers viewed as attacking President Trump.
- The very best stories of how Rex Tillerson is destroying the State Department", American Thinker, December 13, 2017
- Multiple references:
- Hayward, John (March 13, 2018). Nine Issues that Divided Trump and Tillerson. Breitbart News. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
- Hanchett, Ian (March 13, 2018). Trump: Tillerson and I ‘Were Not Really Thinking the Same’ – ‘Very Close to Having the Cabinet and Other Things That I Want’. Breitbart News. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
- Kew, Ben (March 13, 2018). Rex Tillerson Out: 6 Highlights of a Short-Lived Tenure. Breitbart News. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
- Farber, Madeline; Szathmary, Zoe (March 13, 2018). Rex Tillerson's career as secretary of state under Trump. Fox News. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
- Haley: Tillerson Strongly Lobbied Against Jerusalem Embassy Move. Breitbart News (from The Times of Israel). November 13, 2019. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
- Multiple references:
- Pappas, Alex (March 13, 2018). Trump says Rex Tillerson out as Secretary of State, replaced by Mike Pompeo. Fox News. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
- Spiering, Charlie (March 13, 2018). On Twitter, Donald Trump Announces Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State; Rex Tillerson Out. Breitbart News. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
- Multiple references:
- Moons, Michelle (March 14, 2018). Two More Follow SOS Rex Tillerson Out the State Department Door. Breitbart News. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
- Toosi, Nahal (March 14, 2018). Top Tillerson aides resign amid State Department shuffle. Politico. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
- Treene, Alayna (March 13, 2018). "State Department Steve" fired after Tillerson ouster. Axios. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
- Heretik, Jack (March 13, 2018). Nauert to Take on New Role Within State Department After Tillerson, Aide Fired. The Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
- Caplan, Joshua (May 17, 2018). Rex Tillerson: American Democracy Entering ‘Twilight Years’ Because Leaders Aren’t Honest. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 17, 2018.