RESOURCES: Oppose Rex Tillerson’s Nomination As Secretary of State

This is a compilation of statements, letters, articles and videos regarding ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson’s qualifications, reliability and trustworthiness to serve as our next Secretary of State.

From his conflicts of interest, and close connections with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other despots, to his disregard for human rights as Exxon CEO, and climate science denial, it is clear that Mr. Tillerson’s confirmation should be in doubt.

And now that President Trump has imposed a ban on Muslims from certain countries coming to our country, it’s equally troubling that Mr. Tillerson didn’t rule out the creation of a Muslim registry during his confirmation hearing earlier this month.

Also during that hearing, Mr. Tillerson refused to recognize and condemn obvious examples of human rights violations around the world, including in Saudi Arabia and the Philippines, wouldn’t acknowledge the human role in climate change, suggested the U.S. and NATO should have confronted Russia militarily after its annexation of Crimea, and possibly put the U.S. on the path to military clashes with China – proving he is uniquely unqualified to be Secretary of State.

Since the hearing, more national organizations have come out in opposition to Tillerson’s confirmation, and media outlets and opinion writers all over the country have taken notice: Rex Tillerson should not be the next Secretary of State.


Click here for a collection of organizational statements opposing Rex Tillerson’s Nomination as Secretary of State

Click here for a collection of congressional statements regarding Rex Tillerson’s Nomination as Secretary of State


77 National Organizations call on the Senate to Reject Tillerson

Publish What You Pay – Global Civil Society Coalition with over 700 member organizations spanning nearly 60 countries around the world, many of which host ExxonMobil operations. (submitted into the Senate hearing record by Cardin)

International Corporate Accountability Roundtable and 15 other civil society organizations


The Guardian: “Trump’s state department purge sparks worries of ‘know-nothing approach’ to foreign policy”

The Washington Post: “Trump’s travel ban could make Rex Tillerson’s potential job harder…”

The New York Times: Trump Praises Tillerson: “He Goes Into A Country, Takes the Oil”

Newsweek: “Big Oil’s Influence Hits New Heights With Tillerson Nomination”

CNN: “Tillerson fails to win over key GOP senators”

The Hill: “Rubio rips Tillerson’s confirmation performance”

The Washington Post: “Rex Tillerson’s struggles show the risk of a president and secretary of state with no government experience”

The New York Times: “Rex Tillerson’s South China Sea Remarks Foreshadow Possible Foreign Policy Crisis”

Vox: “Why Rex Tillerson’s comments on the South China Sea have Chinese state media up in arms”

Time: “Chinese Media Has Told Rex Tillerson to ‘Prepare for a Military Clash’”

NPR: “In China, State Media Blast Tillerson’s Comments On South China Sea Islands”

The New York Times: “How Rex Tillerson Changed His Tune on Russia and Came to Court Its Rulers”

Vox: “Did Rex Tillerson just lie under oath about lobbying against Russia sanctions?”

CNN: “John McCain: ‘I question the recipient of a friendship award with Vladimir Putin’”

Mother Jones: “Rex Tillerson Refuses to Label Vladimir Putin a ‘War Criminal’”

The Nation: “Rex Tillerson Sets Off Alarm Bells In The Human Rights Community”

CNN: “Rubio, Tillerson critics clash with nominee over human rights”

The Washington Post: “Rex Tillerson won’t label Saudi Arabia a human rights violator”

Globe And Mail: “Rex Tillerson’s dealings in Africa criticized as ‘questionable’”

The Hill: “Tillerson won’t rule out Muslim registry”

ThinkProgress: “Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson didn’t mention energy, climate, or Exxon in his opening remarks”

The Atlantic: “Rex Tillerson Says Climate Change Is Real, but …”

Yahoo News: “Rex Tillerson says climate science is ‘inconclusive’”

CNN: “Tillerson ducks Exxon climate change allegations”

Vox: “Sen. Jeff Merkley patiently exposed Rex Tillerson on climate change”

The Washington Post: “Rex Tillerson couldn’t recall ExxonMobil subsidiary’s work with Iran. Here’s the proof it happened.”

The Huffington Post: “Rex Tillerson Says Oil Companies Don’t Take Handouts. Exxon Mobil Gets $1 Billion A Year.”


Los Angeles Times: “Why read a 5-year-old book about ExxonMobil now? Two words: Rex Tillerson”

The New York Times: “Rex Tillerson Sheds Little Light on His Boss”

Washington Post: “Tillerson doesn’t seem to realize speaking up for human rights is part of the job”

Boston Globe: “Rex Tillerson is unqualified to be secretary of state”

The Guardian: “Rex Tillerson is big oil personified. The damage he can do is immense”

Dallas Morning News: “Senate must look closely at Tillerson’s record in Africa”

In These Times: Rex Tillerson could be America’s Most Dangerous Secretary of State

The Hill: “$135 billion reasons Rex Tillerson is wrong”

Washington Post: “What Rex Tillerson’s fumbles mean for other Trump nominees – and Trump’s opponents”

The Guardian: “Can Rex Tillerson live down his ties to Russia?”

The Huffington Post: “Rex Tillerson Won’t Make America Great Again”

The Huffington Post: “Conflict: Tillerson Would Write the Rules For Exxon’s Major Oil Find in Guyana”

Medium: “Human Rights Concerns Remain over Nomination of Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State”

Medium: “Is the State Department Doomed Under Tillerson?”

Oil Change International: “Rex Tillerson: Unprepared. Unqualified. Unacceptable.”

Global Research: “Rex Tillerson and the Myths, Lies and Oil Wars to Come”


Reject #RExxon: The nomination of Rex Tillerson, CEO of one of the largest and most environmentally destructive fossil fuel corporations in the world, to serve as the United States’ top diplomat is not only unprecedented – it’s dangerous and irresponsible.

Exxon Hates: Trump has nominated Big Oil’s dream team to his Cabinet. Rex Tillerson, CEO of EXXON, is their captain. Let’s reject Rex as the first step in challenging Trump’s entire corporate Cabinet. (Oil Change International/Other 98% ads)

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Truman: We’re concerned how often Rex Tillerson couldn’t answer questions about American security, interests, and values.

CREDO: Secretary of “I have no knowledge”

#VetsRejectRex: Veterans in Senator McCain’s office respectfully request he vote NO on Tillerson