Big oil, Vladimir Putin and transactional diplomacy

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Donald Trump's choice to be Secretary of State is Rex Tillerson, who's never had a job outside the oil giant ExxonMobil, where he's the long-time CEO. He and Vladimir Putin agreed to a multi-billion-dollar oil-drilling deal now subject to sanctions over Ukraine and Crimea — sanctions Tillerson has opposed. Some key Republicans are already grumbling about his ties to Russia and his lack of diplomatic experience, raising questions about Senate confirmation. We hear more about Tillerson and Trump's concept of foreign policy as deal-making.


Shane Goldmacher - national political reporter, New York Times - @ShaneGoldmacher, Richard Kohn - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Aaron David Miller - Carnegie Endowment; former Middle East peace negotiator - @aarondmiller2

Warren Olney

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