US Senate Confirms Ex-Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State Post

© REUTERS / Kevin LamarqueRex Tillerson testifies during a confirmation hearing
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The US Senate in a final confirmation vote on Wednesday confirmed former Exxon Mobile CEO Rex Tillerson as President Donald Trump's secretary of state.

Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Tillerson won majority support in the full Senate vote, with Republicans backing the nominee and most Democrats opposing him.

Tillerson was nominated for the office by US President-elect Donald Trump in mid-December. The former Exxon Mobil CEO was harshly criticized by US political establishment for his close business ties with Russia and alleged friendly relations with President Putin.

Experts suggested that his nomination indicates Trump’s willingness to break the ice in Washington-Moscow ties. Donald Trump claimed that Tillerson in the position od Secretary of State would reverse years of foreign policy fiascos.

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