Today Secretary Rex Tillerson continued to put the interests of Russia and Vladimir Putin first when he argued against new bipartisan sanctions that have been introduced in the Senate. Tillerson called the legislation “ill-timed” earlier today, a sentiment that aligns with his history of supported pro-Russia policies and those of his former employer, ExxonMobil. In fact, earlier this spring, ExxonMobil asked for a waiver allowing them to ignore current Russian sanctions and continue a multi-billion dollar deal with Russia’s state owned oil giant Rosneft that began under Tillerson’s watch. Exxon must meet certain benchmarks by the end of the year for the deal to survive, which new sanctions would make it more difficult for them to reach. Additionally, Tillerson has a long-standing relationship with Vladimir Putin, who awarded him with the Order of Friendship medal.
Watch Tillerson refuse to endorse the Russia sanctions bill here.
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