1. Regarding "President" Putin of Russia, Mr. Trump said: "'I got to know him very well because we were both on '60 Minutes,' we were stablemates, and we did very well that night,' ... , despite the fact that he and Putin had been interviewed in separate countries at different times for the same news program."" (Source: CNN, November 2015). When reporters questioned Mr. Trump on Mr. Putin's praise of him, Mr. Trump's main response was: "'It is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond,'" (Source: CNN, December 2015), and whether they have a close relationship: "'I have no relationship with him other than he called me a genius.'" (Source: CNN, February 2016).
2. The CIA stated Russia or operatives on behalf of Russia have intervened or attempted to intervene in our in Presidential election to favor Mr. Trump.
3. President Obama ordered a deeper investigation into Russia's influence on the election.
4. A bipartisan group of US Senators called for a deeper investigation into Russia's influence on the election
5. Mr. Trump rejected this bipartisan CIA assessment.
6. Mr. Trump rejected President Obama's order.
7. Mr. Trump rejected the bipartisan group of US Senators.
8. Mr. Trump is rejecting the typical daily security briefings by the CIA, FBI, etc.
9. Mr. Trump is nominating the CEO of ExxonMobil for US Secretary of State.
10. There are economic sanctions against Russia due to its military intervention and takeover of Ukraine.
11. These sanctions against Russia are causing hundreds of billions of dollars in missed opportunities for ExxonMobil.
Here's what I think:
1. There is nothing wrong with a US Secretary of State exploring all ways to open/reopen/keep open diplomatic relations with another country, including economic opportunity. But that is not what's going on here.
2. This is yet another example of Mr. Trump and his supporters at best using their newly acquired seemingly unlimited power to prioritize their own economic and power interests first and Americans second (if at all).
3. If the CEO of ExxonMobil is actually approved to be US Secretary of State, he will henceforward be referred to as the US Secretary of Oil.