It’s Official: Trump Picks Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson To Lead The State Department

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Dec 13, 2016

Update: It’s official, moments ago President-elect Trump confirmed he will nominate ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be his secretary of state: In a statement released by his transition team early Tuesday, Trump called Tillerson’s career “the embodiment of the American dream.”

“Through hard work, dedication and smart deal making, Rex rose through the ranks to become CEO of ExxonMobil, one of the world’s largest and most respected companies,” the president-elect said, adding that Tillerson’s “tenacity, broad experience and deep understanding of geopolitics make him an excellent choice.”

“He will 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,” Trump added.

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