President-elect Donald Trump has officially named ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, an appointment that was teased over the weekend to much controversy. Tillerson has no diplomatic or military experience, though he did spend decades making oil and gas deals all over the world on the behalf of Exxon and has a pretty hefty oil contract stake in Russia so...there's that. Trump has also picked ex-Texas governor Rick Perry to be his secretary of energy—fitting, as Perry's publicly vowed to dismantle the Department of Energy, provided he remembers what it's called.

Tillerson and Perry are the latest to join Trump in what increasingly looks like a mission to eliminate all regulation and transform America into an Ayn Randian hellscape utopia for the 1 percent. Environmental Protection Agency pick Scott Pruitt is a climate change-denier who claims the environment need not be protected. Secretary of Education pick Betsy DeVos thinks public schools shouldn't exist. Housing and Urban Development pick Ben Carson thinks poor people are lazy. Health and Human Services pick Tom Price wants to kill Obamacare and Medicare. Secretary of Labor pick Andrew Puzder is a fast food company CEO who is against paid sick leave and minimum wage increases. Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon hails Satan and darkness.

And Perry, who ran for president in both 2012 and 2016, listed the Department of Energy as one of those he'd like to scrap at a debate during his first run—or at least he would have, had he been able to recall its name:

Here's another fun fact about Perry:

The Energy Department's chief duties, by the way, are to manage energy and safety when it comes to our nuclear material. It is in control of our nuclear weapons program, energy conservation, radioactive waste disposal, and nuclear reactor production, among other things. The current department head, Dr. Ernest Jeffrey Moniz, is a nuclear physicist who once served as head of the Department of Physics at MIT. Rick Perry, meanwhile, got a bachelor's degree in animal science and made a name for himself as Texas's Agriculture Commissioner—a noble duty, of course, but not really conducive to keeping us from eating gamma rays and tossing nukes at countries whose embassy decor isn't to Trump's taste.

It's been pointed out previously that as Trump has assembled a team determined to destroy federal departments, he's also surrounded himself with generals. Which'll come in handy, BECAUSE:

Tillerson has close relationships with Vladimir Putin and Putin ally/oil-and-gas giant Igor Sechin, and he's got his fingers in over $500 billion worth of oil reserve deals with Russia—some of these deals can’t happen until sanctions against Russia are lifted, but that shouldn't be a problem. Tillerson received Russia's Order of Friendship in 2013, and celebrated personally with Putin. According to the Wall Street Journal, "Friends and associates said few U.S. citizens are closer to Mr. Putin than Mr. Tillerson, who has known Mr. Putin since he represented Exxon’s interests in Russia during the regime of Boris Yeltsin."

And while it's true that Tillerson has ties with a lot of foreign leaders thanks to his business, his relationship with a nation that the CIA has determined interfered to help Trump "win" the election—a nation with whom we have a long history of power struggle, and all-but war—is troubling indeed. Since rumors of the Tillerson pick broke, John McCain, Marco Rubio, and Lindsay Graham have all spoken out against him.

"I have concerns about what kind of business we do with a butcher, a murderer and a thug, which is exactly what Vladimir Putin is," McCain told reporters this week, and while that assessment would be a lot stronger had he not on-and-off supported Trump once he became the Republican presidential candidate, the fear is real.

The United States of Russia, here we come.