Rex Tillerson Sworn In As 69th U.S. Secretary Of State
New York Times: Rex Tillerson Is Confirmed as Secretary of State Amid Record Opposition
“Rex W. Tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive of Exxon Mobil, was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday in a 56-to-43 vote to become the nation’s 69th secretary of state just as serious strains have emerged with important international allies…” (Harris, 2/1).
Wall Street Journal: Rex Tillerson Wins Senate Confirmation to Be Secretary of State
“…Mr. Tillerson won over skeptical Republicans, including Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Marco Rubio of Florida, but continued to face Democratic opposition. … The second closest vote in recent memory, by comparison, was for Condoleezza Rice, who won confirmation 85-13 in 2005. … Mr. Tillerson was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence at a White House ceremony Wednesday evening and was expected to go to the State Department on Thursday…” (Schwartz/Solomon, 2/1).