President-Elect Trump Picks ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson As Secretary Of State; Nominee Likely To Face Senate Questions About Russian Ties

Bloomberg: Trump Picks ExxonMobil’s Tillerson as Secretary of State
“ExxonMobil Corp. Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson will be nominated as President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state, setting up a potential confirmation battle with U.S. lawmakers who have questioned the oilman’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin…” (Jacobs/Wadhams, 12/13).

New York Times: Rex Tillerson, Exxon CEO, Chosen as Secretary of State
“…In the past several days, Republican and Democratic lawmakers had warned that Mr. Tillerson would face intense scrutiny over his two-decade relationship with Russia, which awarded him its Order of Friendship in 2013, and with Mr. Putin. … Mr. Tillerson’s stake in Russia’s energy industry could create a very blurry line between his interests as an oilman and his role as America’s leading diplomat…” (Shear/Haberman, 12/12).

POLITICO: Trump taps Tillerson for secretary of state
“…Tillerson … has no formal government experience but spent years running ExxonMobil’s extensive international operations…” (Dawsey, 12/13).

Wall Street Journal: Donald Trump Chooses Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State
“…Mr. Trump’s secretary of state will have to navigate a host of high-stakes foreign policy challenges across the globe. The country’s top diplomat also will be tasked with carrying out Mr. Trump’s vision for the U.S. role on the world stage, which is so far not entirely clear…” (Nicholas/Lee, 12/13).