The oil industry’s long history of support for extremist groups has been well documented.
From Saudi Arabia to Iraq, ExxonMobil has spent billions of dollars on foreign conflicts and extremist groups.
But now the company is again at the center of the battle over who will be the next U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
The new job, which ExxonMobil said Monday is to be announced in coming days, will be a significant shift for the company, which has made its money and influence in Saudi Arabia one of the few areas where its influence can be felt.
Ahead of the announcement, a senior ExxonMobil executive said in a phone interview that the company “is going to be a bigger player on the world stage.”
ExxonMobil, the company executive said, will also be a leader in the fight against climate change, which it has been fighting against for decades.
“Our focus is on the Middle East, we’re going to play a bigger role there,” the executive said.
“We’re going forward to be at the forefront of fighting climate change and fighting extreme weather.
And we’re looking forward to having the first ambassador to the United Kingdom.”
The Saudi-born George J. Hutton is a former top executive at ExxonMobil and is widely regarded as a leader of ExxonMobil’s foreign operations.
He helped bring ExxonMobil back to profitability in the early 2000s and helped bring the company to its current position as the biggest oil producer in the world.
“He was a very smart guy,” said William Kristol, who served as an adviser to President Donald Trump on Middle East policy.
“He was the one who brought us to where we are now.
He is a very capable and shrewd guy.
I think he has a great ability to understand what the world is about and to make decisions based on that understanding.”
The Saudis have long sought to block ExxonMobil from doing business in their country, and it is unclear how long they will be able to keep it that way.
But ExxonMobil did make some significant investments in Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil company that is a major competitor of the oil giant.
The Saudis have been pressuring ExxonMobil to sell Aramco for years, and last week the company announced that it had reached an agreement with Aramco’s board to keep the company’s operations in Saudi.
Kristol called the decision to sell the company a “game changer.”
“The Saudis are determined to block all future investment in Saudi Oil,” he said.
ExxonMobil is the only major U.N. member to have the power to halt foreign investments in a country, but the company has often been unable to persuade governments to change their positions.
“They’ve been doing that since the day they signed the agreement with Iran,” Kristol said.
He said ExxonMobil made its decision to withdraw its business from the Saudi-led coalition because of the country’s crackdown on political dissent.
“Saudi Arabia has been the biggest beneficiary of that, which is why they wanted to keep their money out of that country,” Kristal said.
“So the fact that they have now decided to go into the alliance with the U.K., which is another country that has been a huge beneficiary of Exxon, is another game changer for them.
And that is why ExxonMobil chose to withdraw.”
A former ExxonMobil employee and former U.M.C.L.A. official said that when the company decided to pull out of the alliance in the 1990s, it was because of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.
“It was an issue that was raised with the company in 1997,” said the former employee.
“It was a huge concern to the company.
We were told that there was a need to do something about the Saudi human rights violations, and they were very vocal about it.
So they were clearly worried about what was going to happen if they continued to stay in that relationship.”
That was a major issue for the industry and the U,M.L.
“He said the company was able to win the support of the Saudi government in the years leading up to the withdrawal, but that it eventually found itself “in the position of having to backtrack a lot on some of its core policies.
“Kristol said that the decision by the Saudis to withdraw from the alliance has been “very, very good for the oil industry, and very, very, important for the U.,M.A.””
A spokeswoman for the British Foreign Office declined to comment.”
And it’s going to continue to do that, but in a more positive way.”
A spokeswoman for the British Foreign Office declined to comment.
In a recent interview with the British newspaper The Telegraph, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a cousin of the crown prince, praised the United States for having