Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill at his confirmation hearing. (Patsy Lynch / MediaPunch / IPX)
The former ExxonMobil CEO is too conflicted, too ill-prepared, and too disengaged to be seriously considered for the position of secretary of state.
By John Nichols Yesterday 1:23 pm
Rex Tillerson’s witless, contradictory, and obfuscatory testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmed fears that the ExxonMobil CEO is too conflicted, too ill-prepared, and too disengaged from accepted understandings with regard to diplomacy, sustainable development, and human rights to be seriously considered for the position of secretary of state.
But the most unsettling exchange took place after an initial round of questioning by New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez. The veteran member of the Foreign Relations Committee asked what should have been a simple concluding question.
Tillerson’s response was incredible.
Senator Menendez: “For all of these answers you’ve given me, does the president-elect agree with you?”
Rex Tillerson: “The president-elect and I have not had the opportunity to discuss this specific issue or this specific area.”