If confirmed by the Senate, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson will be the next U.S. secretary of state.
Former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III, discussed Tillerson's nomination with CBS Morning News anchors Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell. "He's an excellent choice to be secretary of state, and he has the opportunity to be an extraordinarily effective one because he has the management skills, he's got the international experience and he’s got the negotiating skills to do a very good job," Mr. Baker said.
"In getting close to Vladimir Putin, he was doing what he should have done for the shareholders of ExxonMobil, and that is to make good agreements with foreign powers, whether they were authoritarian or not, that added to the bottom line for the shareholders of ExxonMobil.
"We used to have a saying in Washington when I was up there that 'where you stand is a function of where you sit.' He was sitting in the CEO's chair of ExxonMobil. Now he’s going to be sitting in the secretary of state's chair on the seventh floor of the State Department, and I guarantee you he’s going to have a different outlook. He's going to be looking at formulating and implementing American foreign policy on the basis of the principles and values of this country and in the national interest of this country."
Watch the full interview on CBS Morning News: http://bit.ly/2hNwWZS
May 19 2022 | Center for the Middle East
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