Oppose Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State
While the next President is not inaugurated until January 20th, the new Congress has already returned to work. The Senate will begin confirmation hearings soon thereafter of Trump cabinet appointees. As we have seen, Trump's picks have been uncompromising in their complicity with white nationalists, dangerous foreign interests, and big corporations. Rex Tillerson is the CEO of ExxonMobil, who has worked for many years in Russia and the Middle East, and has strong ties to Vladimir Putin. If confirmed, Tillerson would be the first secretary of state in decades who has not previously worked as a public servant or member of the military.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will be holding a two-part hearing on January 11th to vet Tillerson on a number of his conflicts of interest. Democrats only need to persuade one Republican to oppose Tillerson in order to block his nomination.
1. CALL the members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and tell them you oppose this nomination and ask what they plan to do at the hearing. If one of these Senators is from your state, even better! Marco Rubio (R- Florida) has voiced concerns about Tillerson.
USE THIS SCRIPT (feel free to ad-lib, of course)
Hello, I am calling to ask Senator [name] to block the appointment of Rex Tillerson for secretary of state. Does Senator [name] have a plan to oppose this nomination? I am deeply concerned about Tillerson's private sector interests and his clear ties to Putin and Russia. Both ExxonMobil and Russia stand to greatly profit from the easing of sanctions on the Kremlin. This is a clear conflict of interest and the making of a business deal. We need the secretary of state to be someone who views the world with moral clarity, free of conflicts of interest, and who has the nation's interests at heart.