MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Tillerson was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday, in a 56-43 vote, with Republicans backing his nomination and most of Democrats opposing it.
Congratulations to Rex Tillerson on being sworn in as our new Secretary of State. He will be a star!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017
Trump congratulated Tillerson "on this incredible honor" during a swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday.
In December 2016, Trump announced that he had chosen Tillerson, who previously served as the CEO of Exxon Mobil, to lead the US Department of State.