Gardner must reject Tillerson
The U.S. intelligence community has stated that Russia interfered with our free and democratic elections, and last week Donald Trump appointed ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state. Tillerson is a friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin and was awarded the Russian Order of Friendship medal by Putin for his work on the Exxon joint venture with the state-owned Russian oil company Rosneft.
The secretary of state must work to protect the interests of the United States and not those of any company or foreign country. However, at every interaction with Russia Tillerson will be questioned on whose interests he is protecting.
If Tillerson is confirmed, we will have a friend of Putin as secretary of state, and a “yes” vote by Sen. Cory Gardner should be interpreted by the people of Colorado as a vote in support of Russia and Russian interests. Gardner should vote “no” on Tillerson’s confirmation in the Foreign Relations Committee and on the Senate floor.
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson on June 15, 2012. RIA-Novosti/Pool