Watch Rex. The Russia thing, I think, is more to do about Exxon than it is about Trump hotels and vodka. The pundit elite, from whom most receive their opinions, do not speak of this, hardly ever ask “Where is Rex.” Exxon is not just a corporation, as Steve Coll, currently the dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, explains in his eye-opening book Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power, argues, but a nation onto itself that has had and continues to have great sway over policy makers in the United States and most everywhere else in the world. Exxon needs, to keep itself as wealthy and as powerful as it has become, large amounts of oil reserves and, with nations around the world declaring for national ownership of the oil fields Exxon wants, it has pushed for policies favorable to its desires, this leading far too often to actions, sometimes wars, that enrage citizens of affected countries. Many an American soldier has died so that Exxon can continue to rake in huge amounts of money that it uses, in part, to continue to buy influence.
It would be good to remember what was reported in this piece published on the 3rd of December of 2016 http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/13/exxon-mobil-could-tap-huge-arctic-assets-if-us-russian-relations-thaw.html to refresh memory of who Rex Tillerson is and what it is that might be reason behind foreign policy that is favorable to Russia.
A problem Russia maybe but, more so than its desire to affect American politics is Exxon’s desire to insure access to the vast oil reserves that reside under ground that is Russian property.