Like Trump, Tillerson, 64, has no formal
foreign policy experience, but has built close relationships with many
world leaders by closing massive deals across Eurasia and the Middle
East on behalf of the world’s largest energy company.
“His tenacity, broad experience and deep
understanding of geopolitics make him an excellent choice for Secretary
of State,” Trump said in the statement.
Tillerson was originally a dark horse
for the secretary of state nomination, but emerged from a lengthy public
interview and vetting process that included better-known quantities
like former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney
and Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee.
I will be making my announcement on the next Secretary of State tomorrow morning.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2016
Trump has called Tillerson a
“world-class player” and the transition team is likely to stress that
his mastery of complex negotiations and knowledge of geopolitical
factors shaping the oil industry are directly relevant to heading US
diplomacy and managing the State Department.
Tillerson was recommended to Trump by
former secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and James Baker and former
Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, sources told CNN.
dealmaking business backgrounds and similar views of the world, sources
said, and there was a level of comfort that Trump hadn’t found with
anyone else.n 2012, Vladimir Putin gave exxon boss Rex Tillerson the friendships.
Now he will probably become US Secretary of State. | Picture
One Trump official told CNN there’s a
plan to sell Tillerson to skeptical senators and the transition team
believes the more lawmakers get to know him, the more comfortable they
Republican hawks such as Sens. John
McCain and Marco Rubio are deeply perturbed by the close relationship
Tillerson forged with Russian President Vladimir Putin. They fear Trump
and Tillerson would bring US policy far more in line with Russia, which
is locked in the worst confrontation with Washington since the Cold War
and is seeking to again become a great power rival to the United States.