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Trump announces ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson for secretary of State

2016.12.13 05:05

 President-elect Donald Trump officially nominated ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of State on Tuesday, setting up a possible confirmation battle over the nominees oil business ties to Russia.

While Democrats and even some Republicans raised questions about Tillersons relationship with Russia — which is accused of interference in the recent presidential election — Trump praised his fellow businessman as "a world class player" who has led one of the worlds largest corporations.

"His tenacity, broad experience and deep understanding of geopolitics make him an excellent choice for Secretary of State," Trump said in his statement.

In his new role at the State Department, Trump said Tillerson would "promote regional stability and focus on the core national security interests of the United States. Rex knows how to manage a global enterprise, which is crucial to running a successful State Department, and his relationships with leaders all over the world are second to none."

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