Rex Tillerson’s ExxonMobil worked with more than one country that was sanctioned for state-sponsored terrorism.
ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson was something of a surprise secretary of state pick for Donald Trump, who wasn’t thrilled with existing candidates. After an offhanded mention of Tillerson, Trump agreed to a meeting and quickly began to admire his fellow business titan. Soon enough, the media dug up plenty of details on a U.S.-Russia oil firm that Tillerson directed in the Bahamas. And now, USA Today has published unearthed some relevant information regarding ExxonMobil’s practices during Tillerson’s tenure.
Tillerson, who became CEO of ExxonMobil in 2006, will be the subject of strong scrutiny at his scheduled Wednesday confirmation hearing. USA Today details how an Exxon subsidiary did business — including sales that occurred between 2003 and 2005 — with Iran, Syria, and Sudan. During the relevant period of time, all three countries were sanctioned by the U.S. for state-sponsored terrorism. Here are some of the finer details: