Trump’s Picks: Rex Tillerson and John Bolton for State

If the reports circulating this weekend are true, Donald Trump has picked Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State:

“WASHINGTON — Rex W. Tillerson, the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, whose extensive deal-making for the energy giant has plunged him into global politics from Yemen to Russia, is expected to be offered the secretary of state post this weekend by President-elect Donald J. Trump, according to two people close to Mr. Trump’s transition team.

Mr. Tillerson has close ties with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, whom he has known for more than two decades. Russia awarded Mr. Tillerson its Order of Friendship in 2013, the year before Washington’s relationship with Moscow was plunged into a deep freeze over Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its shadow war in eastern Ukraine. …”

I’m relieved it wasn’t Mitt Romney, but …

1.) We don’t know much about Rex Tillerson’s political views. We only know for certain that he is a strong supporter of Common Core which is irrelevant at the State Department and that he doesn’t like energy regulations. Otherwise, Rex Tillerson is a mystery pick without much of a record who could turn out any number of ways.

2.) We do know that Rex Tillerson is a typical Texas energy corporate executive. We know he is a Business Roundtable man. So there is that.

3.) The Lügenpresse is making hay out of Tillerson’s ties to Russia. He was awarded the Order of Friendship by Vladimir Putin. This, however, proves nothing about Rex Tillerson’s politics. The oil majors have always done business in authoritarian countries: Russia, Libya, Algeria, Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, South Sudan, Nigeria, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Angola, Venezuela, etc.

4.) If it is true that John Bolton is going to be Deputy Secretary of State, we dodged a bullet but the king of the neocons is still going to be the second most important voice at the State Department. That’s nothing to celebrate. In fact, it is alarming that John Bolton is anywhere near the State Department after Iraq.

Finally, there is this … the fact that Trump’s victory has produced a single nationalist/populist Cabinet pick, Sen. Jeff Sessions, who has been in the Senate for the last 20 years. Sessions is the closest thing to an “outsider.”

This is the current breakdown of the Reince Revolution:

Conventional Republicans

Vice President Mike Pence
Deputy Secretary of State John Bolton
Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt
Deputy National Security Adviser KT McFarland
CIA Director Mike Pompeo

Establishment Republicans

Chief of Staff Reince Preibus
Secretary of the Interior Cathy McMorris Rodgers
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley
Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao

Generals

Secretary of Homeland Security General John Kelly
National Security Adviser Lt. General Michael Flynn
Secretary of Defense General James Mattis

Wall Street/Finance

Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

Major Republican Donors

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos
Deputy Secretary of Commerce Todd Ricketts

Corporate CEOs

Secretary of State – Rex Tillerson (Exxon Mobil)
Business Advisory Council – Stephen Schwarzman (Blackstone Group)
American Manufacturing Council – Andrew Liveris (Dow Chemical)
National Economic Council – Gary Cohn (Goldman Sachs)
Secretary of Labor – Andrew Puzder (CKE Restaurants)
Small Business Council – Linda McMahon (WWE)

Nationalists/Populists

Chief Strategist Steve Bannon
Attorney General Jeff Sessions

The only two names that stand out on this list are Jeff Sessions and Steve Bannon (and maybe you could argue Michael Flynn), but everyone else could have just as easily been in the Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney Cabinet.

35 Comments

  1. He basically has shown he is fearful of the Republicans joining the Democrats to Impeach him so is trying to consolidate his relationship with the RNC to prevent this. The Fast Food guy is an absolute terrible pick, and a propaganda coupe for the left, but other than that did people think he would nominate Jared Taylor, Richard Spencer, and Kevin MacDonald? A lot of these posts like Transportation, Energy, the EPA, Interior really don’t need anything other than a run of the mill republican who will purge the green ideologues Obama put in there stifling economic growth. Oil, not solar panels, Concrete Freeways for cars, not high speed trains to nowhere and mass transit to bring carless blacks out into Whitetopia.

  2. Problem is the rich elites priced the gays out of Manhattan’s Greenwich Village and San Francisco so now they are hanging around Bedford Falls serving as Scout Masters instead of like in the Al Pachino movie “Cruising” living in Manhattan and dressing up in leather motorcycle outfits at night and doing their depraved acts in run down seedy meatpacking industrial districts. They should show “Cruising” more often so Americans see what homosexuality really is, and it’s not the fake media image of two dudes getting married and adopting kids.

  3. It doesn’t look like the incoming President is going to give a lot of aid to the White Nationalist movement. And the cabinet is starting to look less like a government and more like a board of director’s meeting of the major stock holders.

  4. Senator Paul does, and threatens, many great things, Sir. the problem is that it is mixt in with horrible things…

  5. I’m surprised, Mr. Kleinfeld, as Lincoln said some very disparaging things about Russia.

    As to him being ‘ one of our friends’, one can only hope you were being sarcastick:::))))

    All the best, on this sabbath day!

  6. Trump and Tillerson, to implement a tweakt foreign policy need Bolton’s experience, Sir.

    Please forget any notions about The Yankee Government distancing itself from Israel, and Israeli concerns, as the Anglo-American-Rothschild Alliance will continue unabated.

    These three have been in bed with each other for centuries, and ain’t nuthin’ gunna change now.

    Have a good evening!

  7. Mr. Trump loves Israel and is very fond of Jews, Krafty. He would do these things with or without any prodding.

  8. Hipster Racist has a blog aryanskynet and comments on alt-right sights. He has said from the beginning that Trump was a set up. It is of course not set in stone and Denise may be correct but every day it looks more and more like HR was correct and we’ve been had again. HR is big on infiltrating the left and screwing up their plans. I hope I’m wrong and Trump is just doing the best he can but all these people he picks that are bad for us also bring along a whole slew of underlings that they pick. It’s makes it tougher and tougher to stop the destruction.

    As for,”Hipster Racist LOVES BJ’s from Jew females. and is obsessed with spanking women.”

    Uh…that’s a bad thing?

  9. Tillerson is okay, but Bolton is a crazy war monger. BTW, Russia is not our enemy and the warmongers such as Miss Lindsey Graham and Bolton are trying to get us into a war with Russia for no good reason. Sickos.

  10. Libertarians would be great if they actually read the Constitution. The
    “for Ourselves and Our Posterity” part they studiously ignore is what makes them charlatans.

    Good for Rand Paul, but he is not Pro White.

  11. Am I on Huffpo here? What is wrong with you people? Trump loves this country as founded and doesn’t need more money. Why can’t you just wait and see how this plays out? Would you have preferred Hillary?

  12. Here’s my posish – I know a lot of these pics are not Good News- but:
    1) I sincerely think Trump is trying not to be assassinated. I am 110% serious. The Children of Abraham are gleeful murderers, and sick a fourth stage cancer. They are NOT going to cede power willingly.
    2) Trump must actually TAKE OFFICE, Then ha can clean house. He may cuck, I dunno. I’m not going to write him off before he even takes office.
    3). Yes. The first is Race Treason, and the second – stupid and childish, and Jew.

  13. CIA could not see the fall of Soviet Union coming. CIA assured us Mao and Fidel weren’t commies. What the hell did they ever get right?

  14. Things fall apart. The center cannot hold. The blood dimmed tide is unleashed and the ceremony of innocence is drowned. The Lunatic Left will save us. At inauguration day and all through out his reign they will loot, riot, vandalize, insult, pillage, and burn. More power to them I do indeed hope they raise unholy hell because it will radicalize red state Americans and the business as usual, namby-pamby, cabinet picks will get in line or fall by the way side as timid white political conservatives turn into radical racial conservationists!

  15. Sam, you know what I meant. In the present time, name one white man who can afford to wear an expensive suit that is openly racially conscious and uses his affluence and influence to correct the destructive path we are on? Just one.

    White people are at the forefront of our destruction. And they mostly belong to the upper classes.

  16. It wasn’t that hush hush if you knew, now was it? Sometimes a word need not be said.

    Back then they kept their mouths shut and their flies shut just out of fear. Now they get leadership positions and 15 minutes of fame.

  17. The old norms of society are being eradicated for globalism, the new world order. Tillerson is a globalist. And, his actions say he is no Christian. Puzder is a globalist too. Globalism is their religion.

  18. I was listening to a podcast once and the host asked his guest what he thought should happen to:

    Obama (being black), Biden (being white), and the third who I don’t remember the name (being Jewish). The guest responded: Obama should be left alone, the Jew deported, and Biden, the traitor, hanged. Thought it was a great answer.

  19. No, M’am, it was hush-hush. Most people did not know. I knew because we had gays in my family and I intuitively recognized it.

    And, yes, you are right about the change.

  20. Yes, there is obvious behavior/mannerisms, then there is the eyes, then there are some that are very good at hiding it. What I mean by the eyes….. with some gay men there is something about their eyes. I have discussed this with people who laughed at my observation only to later reveal that they now understood exactly what I meant. Not sure if it is the pattern of the iris, something…..

    I don’t have a problem with the non-militant variety. I believe their marriages should only be called civil unions. And although I believe most gays are born that way, society glorifies and promotes queerdom thereby normalizing it and making it a lifestyle choice for the younger generations. Of course there has always been an element of society that gravitates toward the taboos.

  21. I agree with you Denise but I still can’t stand some of his picks. Why is it that we have been conditioned not to choose a pure wildcard – one without political or corporate experience? The purest form of governance, one untainted by the corruption inherent in government and corporate bureaucracies. I believe the late Albany, Georgia, police chief Laurie Pritchett (male) would have made a great Attorney General. He took the game of chess to a new level. Spencer Quinn’s has a great article on him at Counter Currents. A fair and decent man who understood all of the ramifications of winning and losing.

  22. They say, Snow, that the eyes are the mirror of the soul. Furthermore, even if you close your eyes, you can, if you are sensitive to such, feel the different vibrations. Each person vibrates at a different pitch and with different colours and textures. While the personality of gays varies wildly, many have a certain commonality of vibration, if you will.

    I believe as you do : that some choose to be gay, but, most are born that way. I believe in their right to be as they are, and to live without persecution, but, I don’t wish to have it thrown in my face, nor do I wish to blaspheme and sully holy matrimony with the homosexual lifestyle.

    That said, I am against against hospital regulations, or whatever, that penalize significant others for not wearing a ring.

    I dislike how corporation try to coerce individuals, and how that is used by The New England Government to further their subversions of our Southern culture and to project a tyranny over us.

    Have a nice day.

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