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Robert Murray: Tillerson Already a 'Great Diplomat'

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By    |   Monday, 12 Dec 2016 04:05 PM

Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson's business ties with Russian entities and his relationship with President Vladimir Putin will be a "positive" for the position of secretary of state, and his business experience shows he's a "great diplomat," Robert Murray, the CEO of Murray Energy Corp., said Monday.

"I've known Mr. Tillerson for about five years through the Boy Scouts of America and our activity there," said Murray, a coal mining industry leader and key supporter of President-elect Donald Trump, on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. "I have followed his career since he became president of Exxon in 2004. He will make an outstanding secretary of state."

Tillerson, continued Murray, has had to be a "great diplomat" while running Exxon, the fifth largest company in the world.

"We have had incompetents for the last eight years under John Kerry and the secretary of state before that, Hillary Clinton, under [President] Barack Obama," said Murray. "We have lost a lot of respect in the world for the country, for the United States."

But Tillerson will bring back respect, Murray insisted.

"Donald Trump said that he would surround himself with the very best people while he was on the campaign trail and he certainly has a mandate to do that and he is doing that," said Murray. "Rex Tillerson is one of the best choices he could ever make as secretary of state of our country, sir."

Trump, by picking unconventional cabinet members, has "surrounded himself by people who have done something in their lives, including creating a job for someone," Murray said, and that includes Tillerson.

"He's produced something for society," said Murray. "For the last eight years, we've had political hacks in the Obama administration, haven't had a job, never created a job. This man has produced a product for society. He knows how the world works."

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