As reported by The Guardian, leaked documents reveal that Rex Tillerson, Trump’s pick to be the next secretary of state, was the long-time director a US-Russian oil firm based in the Bahamas. The report is just the latest in a disturbing string of revelations showing an extremely close relationship between Tillerson and Russia. This relationship potentially presents a severe conflict of interest should Tillerson be confirmed as secretary of state by the Senate.
According to The Guardian, Tillerson’s directorship “has not been reported before and is likely to raise fresh questions over Tillerson’s relationship with Russia ahead of a potentially stormy confirmation hearing by the US senate foreign relations committee.”
The Bahamas is a well known tax haven for the international elite, used by the wealthy to avoid paying taxes. Tillerson’s use of the tax haven, and ExxonMobil’s broader use of offshore havens more generally, appears in direct conflict with Trump’s promise to hold “America first”, and his purported promise to punish companies that use offshore havens to avoid paying U.S. taxes.