Concerns about Trump’s Pick for Secretary of State

Howard Schweitzer
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Howard Schweitzer, managing partner of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, was featured on CNNI’s “CNN Today” to speak about the Trump transition and the president-elect’s latest selections for his cabinet. Trump recently tapped Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State; the executive purportedly has close business ties with Russia and Putin. When asked about the possible issues that may arise due to conflicts of interest, Howard explained that Tillerson will face a close inspection of such connections, but his global experience and success developing business and relationships across the world will be an asset. “They should be scrutinized; that’s what the nomination and confirmation process is fundamentally for. He’ll [Tillerson] meet with the entire United States senate, they’ll assess his qualifications and they’ll make a judgement.” Click here to view the full clip