Trump picks ExxonMobil CEO as Secretary of State

Venkata Kondubhatla

Washington: President-Elect Donald Trump has announced Tuesday morning that he has selected ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for the secretary of state.

Tillerson grew up in Texas. After graduating from University of Texas, he joined ExxonMobil. He spent the next 40 years making oil deals across the world.

“We couldn’t be more grateful that someone of Rex Tillerson’s proven leadership and accomplishments is willing to step forward to serve the nation,” said Mike Pence, vice-president-elect. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates have also welcomed Trump’s pick.

While Congress is yet to confirm Trump’s nomination, there are concerns among some Republicans and Democrats about his pick. Tillerson is an oil dealmaker and a successful businessman with no experience whatsoever in government and in diplomacy. More importantly, he has close relationship with Russian president Vladimir Putin and higher officials in his administration. Many in the Congress fear Tillerson’s ties with Putin.

“I don’t know what Mr.Tillerson’s relationship with Vladimir Putin was, but I will tell you that it is a matter of concern to me,” McCain, the Republican presidential nominee of 2008 election, said in an interview with Fox News.

Talking about president-elect he said he’d have to examine it. “You want to give the president of the United States the benefit of doubt because the people have spoken. But Vladimir Putin is a thug, bully and murderer, and anybody else who describes him as anything else is lying.”

Also, senator from Florida Marco Rubio has tweeted opposing Trump’s pick:“Being a friend of Vladimir is not an attribute I am hoping for from a secretary of state.”

If these Republican candidates vote against Tillerson and Democrats vote no unanimously, then the senate vote would be a 50/50 split.

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