Trump to announce Exxon chief Tillerson as secretary of state

By REUTERS
December 13, 2016 07:43

WASHINGTON - President-elect Donald Trump will announce Exxon-Mobil Corp's Rex Tillerson as his choice for secretary of state on Tuesday, a senior transition official said, confident that the oil executive can get past questions about his ties to Russia.

Trump is to make the announcement on Tuesday morning, going with a business leader whose experience in diplomacy is from making deals with foreign countries for the world's largest energy company.Trump picked Tillerson, 64, after the Texan was backed by several Republican establishment figures including former Secretary of State James Baker, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the transition official said.


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