The false premise of arguments against Tillerson
Tillerson’s ties with Putin, other autocrats forged over decadesDealmaking does not exclude concerns for human rights and democracy. While I have not worked directly with Exxon I have seen it operate its business and it does so in a professional and ethical manner. I have worked on deals where Exxon affiliates were involved. They do first class work and create value for their customers. I found them to be reasonable to deal with when issues were explained to them.
President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of Rex Tillerson thrust the oil executive into the long-standing U.S. foreign-policy divide separating those who value pragmatism and dealmaking from those who attach greater importance to principles, human rights and democracy.