The following is an excerpt from Sam Levine | December 10, 2016 | Huffingtonpost.com |
WASHINGTON ― President-elect Donald Trump is expected to pick Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, who has ties to Russia, to be his secretary of state, several media outlets reported Saturday.
Trump met with Tillerson in New York City Saturday. He’s faced competition for the top foreign policy position from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Yet Tillerson, who has served as Exxon’s CEO since 2006, has no government experience. His consideration for the surprised even senior Exxon officials, according to The Wall Street Journal.
NBC first reported news of his likely nomination Saturday, citing two sources close to the transition process.
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