Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Nomination of Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State

Dec 13, 2016

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) made the following statement regarding President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State:

“I am extremely disappointed that President-elect Trump has nominated ExxonMobile CEO Rex Tillerson to be the face of our nation on the world stage. Even more offensive than his utter lack of experience is his close ties with Vladimir Putin and Russia, which should immediately disqualify Mr. Tillerson for the position of Secretary of State. As mounting evidence continues to come to light from the U.S. intelligence community regarding Russia influencing our election to favor President-elect Trump and Russia’s continued brazen disregard for international law, we must remain vigilant in protecting our national interests. I call on the Senate to refuse to confirm Mr. Tillerson for this post, and I call on President-elect Trump to nominate a Secretary of State who will stand up to Vladimir Putin and Russia and fight for American values.”