Trump Names Rex Tillerson (ExxonMobil CEO) as Nominee for Secretary of State

Donald Trump officially announced his plan Tuesday to nominate ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, a pick that could pose complications in the confirmation process due to Tillerson’s ties to Russia.

Tillerson, 64, has no government or diplomatic experience but has done extensive work overseas on behalf of his petroleum company.

His business, particularly with Russian President Vladimir Putin and in the Middle East, has attracted criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike.

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“His close connection to Vladimir Putin and the Russian government raises serious questions at a time when our national intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia engaged in cyber espionage against the United States during the 2016 Presidential election,” Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, said in a statement after the announcement. “Further, the documented efforts by ExxonMobil to fund organizations denying climate science during Tillerson’s tenure at the company deserve critical attention.”

Tillerson worked so closely with Putin that after a 2011 oil deal, he was awarded the Russian Order of Friendship — a recognition from the Russian government that has gone to a variety of global figures, including sports stars.

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