It's Official: Trump Taps Exxon Mobile CEO, Putin Ally Rex Tillerson For Secretary of State

Katie Pavlich
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Posted: Dec 13, 2016 6:20 AM
It's Official: Trump Taps Exxon Mobile CEO, Putin Ally Rex Tillerson For Secretary of State

President-elect Donald Trump has officially chosen Exxon Mobile CEO Rex Tillerson to become the next Secretary of State. He is originally from Wichita Falls, Texas and has been in the oil business for four decades. 

"Rex Tillerson’s career is 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. His tenacity, broad experience and deep understanding of geopolitics make him an excellent choice for Secretary of State. He will promote regional stability and focus on the core national security interests of the United States," Trump released in a statement.

Tillerson, who has close personal and business ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, has come under fire in recent days from Republicans and Democrats. 

Tillerson has also been praised by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and others. He was reportedly recommended to Trump as a candidate for the high profile position by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

Bipartisan opposition to the nomination indicates he may face a challenging confirmation hearing come January.

This post has been updated with additional information.