Rex Tillerson Reportedly Tapped for Sec. of State Job
Rex Tillerson, the CEO of Exxon Mobil and a major player in global business, is set to become President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, according to multiple sources.
NBC News reported that while nothing is official until it’s announced by Trump himself, the 64-year-old oil executive will be put forth as America’s chief diplomat.
John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under the Bush administration, will be nominated as the deputy secretary of state and be in charge of day-to-day operations, the report also said.
Tillerson has been with the company since 1975, when he joined as a production engineer. He became CEO of Exxon Mobil in 2006. Much like Trump, he has no formal government experience. He had been mentioned as a serious candidate for the position, along with individuals like Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani, but had never been considered the favorite.
In an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Trump praised Tillerson, although he would only say that he was “getting very, very close” to making an announcement on the secretary of state position.
“Well, in his case, he’s much more than a business executive, I mean he’s a world-class player,” Trump said.