President-elect Donald Trump will nominate, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for the secretary of state, according to two sources close to the transition.
The sources warned that nothing is official until the President-elect which is likely to come in the next few days. Trump, Chris Wallace of “Fox News Sunday”, said that he is “always very, very close” to an official announcement.
Trump met with Tillerson in the beginning of this week, with its headquarters in dozens of countries on six continents and has business in Russia, Yemen, and other political combustion. A source close to Trump told Fox News on Friday that the President-elect, was impressed by Tillerson.
Trump talked a lot of Tillerson on “Fox News Sunday,” said that he was “much more than a leader.”
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“He is head of an oil company, which is pretty exactly twice as large as its nearest competitor. “It is a company that is already been incredible-and for me, a big advantage is that he knows many of the players and he knows you well, he has a massive business in Russia, he has massive deals for the company and not for yourself, for society.”
Trump potential Tillerson selection came under earlier Sunday, Sen. Marco Rubio and other GOP senators have expressed concerns about his reported Russian relations. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Tillerson has close connections to Russian President Vladimir Putin and other world leaders.
Rubio wrote, a thinly veiled warning about Tillerson on Twitter, without mentioning him by name.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, told Fox News on Saturday that Putin is a “thug” and while he does not know how the nature Tillerson, the relationship with the Russian leader, it is a matter of concern.
Speaking of Sunday with CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” McCain said, the Senate would give him a “fair hearing”, and Tillerson noted, could the gang be “purely commercial.”
But he reiterated that “it should be a concern.” He expressed concern that Tillerson relationship could be “is color his approach” against Putin and the Russian threat.
The 64-year-old Tillerson began his career with Exxon in 1975 as an engineer, rising through the ranks, and he was President and Director in 2004 and CEO two years later. He was born in Wichita Falls, Texas and studied civil engineering at the University of Texas.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures, said,” Tillerson would be to get a “smart.”
Speaking on ABC News’ “This week,” incoming Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus also defended Tillerson as “an incredible businessman, an American patriot.”
While the conclusion has not been made a””, he stressed, that Tillerson is in the business of searching for oil around the world, and said: “the fact that he is actually a relationship with people like Vladimir Putin and others around the world, what [we] should not be … embarrassing.”
Asked tough questions of Republican senators, he said, “We have no concerns about the confirmation.”
He should be America’s top diplomat, he has sort of a pay cut, and the difficult financial situation. Tillerson reportedly makes more than $ 40 million per year and has more than $100 million of shares in a company, businesses and shops all over the world.
Fox News was told last week that the former U. N. Ambassador John Bolton and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who were also in the mix for the Secretary of state, in consideration for the Deputy Secretary-General.
Fox News’ Serafin Gomez and the Associated Press contributed to this report.