Trump names Exxon Mobil’s Rex Tillerson, as US secretary of state

Trump names Exxon Mobil's Rex Tillerson, as US secretary of state
President-elect Donald Trump has confirmed the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, Rex Tillerson, as his choice for US secretary of state.

In a statement, Mr Trump praised Mr Tillerson, 64, as among the “most accomplished business leaders and international dealmakers” in the world.

Mr Tillerson is said to have a good relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, alarming both Democrats and some Republicans.

The nomination needs Senate approval.

The secretary of state is in effect the most senior US diplomat, responsible for enacting the government’s foreign policy.

Under a Trump presidency, his in-tray could include everything from handling rows with China to revisiting the nuclear accord with Iran.

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