Pelosi Statement on the Nomination of Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today released this statement on the nomination of Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, to serve as the next Secretary of State:

“Our nation has always needed a wise and experienced Secretary of State who has the judgement and the skill to protect our national security, strengthen our alliances, and advocate for human rights.

“Choosing an oil executive friendly with Vladimir Putin as Secretary of State sends a disturbing signal about President-elect Trump’s priorities.  Rex Tillerson’s cozy relationship with the Kremlin is especially alarming in light of his attitude toward sanctions over Russia’s aggressive behavior in Europe, while at the same time the President-elect continues to side with Russia over the judgment of the U.S. intelligence community.

“The Secretary of State should champion American values, American security and American interests.  Fawning over Putin is poor preparation for being the top diplomat of the United States of America.”