Donald Trump To Name Rex Tillerson Secretary Of State

President-elect Donald Trump will announce on Tuesday that he’s chosen Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state, according to reports. Trump tweeted Monday that he would make an official announcement about his choice on Tuesday morning. The Associated Press and The New York Times report Tillerson is Trump’s pick. Trump met with Tillerson in New York City on Saturday. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Monday praised Tillerson, who has ties to Russia. Peskov said the CEO acted “highly professional” while working previously with Kremlin representatives on oil company business. Peskov said Tillerson, who’s been Exxon’s CEO since 2006, has met with Russian President Vladimir Putin “several times.” Putin awarded Tillerson the country’s Order of Friendship in 2013. Reuters Photographer / Reuters The New York Times reported Monday that Exxon has billions of dollars in oil deals that can only go through if the U.S. lifts sanctions against Russia that aim to pressure the country for its actions in eastern Ukraine. Tillerson spoke out against the sanctions at Exxon’ 2014 annual meeting. “We do not support sanctions, generally, because we don’t find them to be effective unless they are very well implemented comprehensibly, and that’s a very hard thing to do,” Tillerson said. “So we always encourage the people who are making those decisions to consider the very broad collateral damage of who are they really harming.” Exxon, whose CEO could run State Dept, has history of lobbying against sanctions on Russia, which cost it at min $1B— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) December 13, 2016 Leaks saying Trump would name Tillerson emerged as reports of a secret CIA assessment showed Russia actively worked through the election to help Trump win the presidency. Tillerson’s naming prompted Michael McFaul, a former U.S. ambassador to Russia, to call on Congress to create a bipartisan commission to investigate Russia’s role in the election. With selection of Tillerson, all the most important for US Congress to establish an independent, bipartisan commission on Russian meddling.— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) December 10, 2016 Tillerson has no government experience. He was set to retire from Exxon next year, according to The New York Times. Others who had been considered for secretary of state were former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani ― who took himself out of the running on Dec. 9 ― and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who posted on Facebook Monday evening he would not be taking the position.

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