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Citizens of the World Will Resist Tillerson’s United States of Exxon

WASHINGTON - The Senate today voted to confirm former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be the United States Secretary of State. In response, Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica issued the following statement:

Welcome to the United States of Exxon, where Big Oil no longer has to buy off the government because it now actually is the government. Rex Tillerson, the country’s chief Oil Baron, is now the country’s chief diplomat.

Trump and Tillerson are cut from the same cloth -- driven by greed and devoid of a moral compass. Only a morally bankrupt president would want his secretary of state to be a man who made his career and his many millions off of vast human suffering, environmental destruction, and climate denial. And only morally bankrupt senators would vote to put him there.

Senators Collins, McCain, Rubio and Graham have made the world less safe for our children and our children’s children, and we will hold them accountable for that. Shame on Senators Manchin, Heitkamp, Warner and King. In voting for Tillerson, they have advanced the Trump administration’s Islamophobic, racist, misogynistic and xenophobic foreign policy agenda.

We also recognize the 43 senators who did the right thing, the largest showing of disapproval for a president’s nominee for secretary of state in memory. Their vote against Tillerson is a vote against Trump’s tyranny. With them and with the billions of people in this world who refuse to kowtow to Trump’s tyranny, we will #Resist.

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