“I didn’t want this job, I didn’t seek this job,” Rex Tillerson said in an interview this week in one of the remarkably few press interactions he’s had since becoming Donald Trump’s Secretary of State. Tillerson claims he was “stunned” when Trump called him up out of the blue and offered him the job. But we did a bit of digging, and it turned out to be surprisingly easy to confirm that Rex Tillerson is lying.
Tillerson’s position is that he has no idea where Donald Trump got the idea to offer him the Secretary of State job. But the real story is that Tillerson had hired the political consulting firm of RiceHadleyGates to represent him. All three of that firm’s principals – Condoleezza Rice, Stephen Hadley, and Robert Gates – lobbied Trump to give Tillerson the job. In fact this Salon piece says the three of them were “instrumental in convincing Trump to choose Tillerson.” These people were his agents, lobbying on his behalf. Oops.
In other words, Rex Tillerson was so eager to find his way into the Secretary of State job that he hired a consulting firm run by three politicians – one of whom was a former Secretary of State – to lobby Donald Trump to give him the job. The only question is why. In turn that brings us back to Tillerson’s close professional, personal and financial relationship with Russian president Vladimir Putin, who awarded Tillerson the Russian Order of Friendship in 2013.
Did Putin tell Tillerson to hire a political lobbying firm to help him land a job in the Trump administration, or did Tillerson just decide of his own accord that he was suddenly intent on getting into politics? We still don’t have all the answers as to why the Russian controlled former CEO of Exxon-Mobil is now the Secretary of State. But we do know that he’s flat out lying about how he got the job. Contribute to Palmer Report
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