While opponents are taking turns demonizing ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state, the Clinton Foundation apparently liked him enough to consider him for a major speaking role at a 2012 Clinton Global Initiative conference, a hacked memo reveals.
The memo, found in a John Podesta email previously released by WikiLeaks, was sent to several Clinton Foundation staffers, Podesta and was supposed to be reviewed by former President Bill Clinton.
Here’s how the CGI memo described Tillerson:
Tillerson chairs the Business Roundtable’s Education group and has been prominently supportive of some of [Arne] Duncan’s chief priorities, including teacher training, STEM education, and workforce development. As CEO, he has led major investments in education across the country, especially in educating girls.
The speaking position was meant to “highlight pioneering pairs of government and private sector leaders working together to define a new American economy, demonstrating how effective public-private collaboration can be the key to accelerating growth, building enhanced education and training pipelines, and infusing ventures with vital resources,” according to the memo.
However, it should be noted that Trump’s selection of Tillerson for secretary of state has already hit some bipartisan pushback over his ties to the Russian government.
“When [Tillerson] gets the friendship award from a butcher, frankly, it’s an issue that I think needs to be examined,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) saidMonday on Fox News, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.