Donald Trump picks Rex Tillerson to lead State Department

rex-tillersonAssociated Press:

NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump announced Tuesday he has settled on ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state, saying that he’s “among the most accomplished business leaders and international deal makers in the world.” “Rex Tillerson’s career is the embodiment of the American dream.

Through hard work, dedication and smart deal making, Rex rose through the ranks to become CEO of ExxonMobil, one of the world’s largest and most respected companies,” the billionaire real estate mogul said in a predawn news release from Trump Tower in New York.

“Rex knows how to manage a global enterprise, which is crucial to running a successful State Department,” Trump said of his latest — and much-discussed — Cabinet pick. In an accompanying statement, Tillerson said he was “honored” by his selection and shares Trump’s “vision for restoring the credibility of the United States’ foreign relations and advancing our country’s national security.”

According to ABC News, “John Bolton is the likely pick for deputy secretary of state in Donald Trump’s administration — the No. 2 position at the State Department, sources told ABC News.

A former diplomat and State Department veteran, Bolton will likely serve as an influential deputy to a possible secretary of state with far less foreign policy experience: ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson.

If so, I believe that is a brilliant move. It would have been difficult to get confirmation for Bolton in the Senate, but it isn’t required for the deputy secretary appointment, and Bolton will be a positive addition at State.

Bolton questions the “Russian hack” story, telling Fox News on Sunday that he couldn’t rule out the possibility that the hacking was a “false flag.”

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7 Responses to Donald Trump picks Rex Tillerson to lead State Department

  1. The Tundra PA says:

    I am truly delighted with this choice, and with Bolton as deputy secretary. One commenter next door said “Tillerson will be the hammer, Bolton will be the scalpel.”

    A few days ago, Sundance posted this video, which I really liked and almost didn’t watch because it is 20 minutes long. So glad I did, it is well worth the time, and will tell you all you need to know about Tillerson’s core character. I really, really like the man. Almost as much as Mr. Trump. Trump-Pence-Sessions-Tillerson: what a Dream Team!

    DH, who is an Eagle Scout, predicts the first question in the confirmation hearings will be an attempt to nail Tillerson on the gays in scouting issue.

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  2. amwick says:

    I feel the same thing about Rex Tillerson, that I did about Mike Pence. It is something like relief, and curiosity, and a bit of hope. PE Trump’s choices are great, it’s just me that needs the education. Plus, frankly he looks great in a nice suit.

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  3. Wooly Phlox says:

    I support this decision.

    I see who hates him, and who wants us to hate him for supporting a cause upon which they were and always will be fully on board, and how they’re using Alinsky’s Rules to get us to hate him.

    Tells me he’s the right pick.

    Unless they’re playing 3-D Chess and trying to make me support him by pretending to hate him, because they know I’ll support whoever they hate… …which is pretty much true.

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