President-elect Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that he has chosen Rex Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil to fulfill the role as Secretary of State.
“As Secretary of State, he will be a forceful and clear-eyed advocate for America’s vital national interests, and help reverse years of misguided foreign policies and actions that have weakened America’s security and standing in the world,” the announcement by Trump’s transition team said. “The American people will once again have a world-class leader working on their behalf, enhancing the prospects for peace and prosperity among nations.”
Trump also took to Twitter Tuesday morning to weigh in himself:
I have chosen one of the truly great business leaders of the world, Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, to be Secretary of State.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2016
Trump’s transition announced that Tillerson responded to the nomination with the following quote:
“I am honored by President-elect Trump’s nomination and share his vision for restoring the credibility of the United States’ foreign relations and advancing our country’s national security. We must focus on strengthening our alliances, pursuing shared national interests and enhancing the strength, security and sovereignty of the United States.”
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday” Trump called him a “world class player” adding his business deals around the world make him a great candidate to be the nation’s top diplomat.
“He’s in charge of an oil company that’s pretty much double the size of his next nearest competitor,” Trump told host Chris Wallace. “It’s been a company that’s been unbelievably managed, and to me a great advantage is he knows many of the players and he knows them well. He does massive deals in Russia, he does massive deals for the company. Not for himself, for the company.”
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