Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, who is expected to be formally named by Trump as his top diplomat Tuesday, has spent his career fostering deep ties to Sunni Arab and Gulf states. Since rising to the top at one of the world’s largest companies on January 1, 2006, much of his professional life has involved working with Israel’s petroleum-rich neighbors.
Throughout his career, the Wichita Falls, Texas, native cultivated relationships with leaders of countries including Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Qatar. He even injected his company into the middle of a power struggle between the Kurds and the Iraqi government. As an oil executive, though, he’s never had much reason to invest time or money in the Jewish state.
Trump’s choice for State has strong ties in the Gulf, not Israel https://t.co/oCZNBKBGBE— The Times of Israel (@TimesofIsrael) 13 December 2016