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DNC Statement on Trump’s Choice of Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State

For Immediate Release

December 10, 2016

Contact: DNC Press – 202-863-8148

DNC Statement on Trump’s Choice of Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State

“Trump’s outrageous pick of Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State demonstrates once again that he lied to the country about draining the swamp, and he’s turning the government over to the same Wall Street bankers, Washington insiders and special interests he railed against during the campaign.  It’s also another victory for Vladimir Putin, who interfered in our election to help elect Trump and now has a close ally with no foreign policy experience serving as America’s top diplomat.

“Rex Tillerson’s Exxon has billions of dollars in business partnerships with state-owned Russian companies. Tillerson opposed the sanctions that were passed under President Obama to keep Putin in check, andTillerson has even been awarded a medal by Vladimir Putin. And if that wasn’t enough, Putin’s apparent hack of the RNC means he also has leverage over the President-elect and the incoming Chief of Staff.

“We are in uncharted territory. Never before has a foreign power taken this strong of a foothold in the American presidency. Donald Trump is already unpopular President-elect in modern history and he will enter office under an unprecedented cloud of suspicion and scandal.” - DNC Communications Director, Adam Hodge