ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson is set to be nominated for the position of Secretary of State on Tuesday, according to a source close to the highest levels of President-elect Donald J. Trump’s transition team.
The source tells GotNews that Trump-hating failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney is “not going to get it,” while Tillerson’s chances of being nominated are “100%.”
The public announcement of Tillerson’s nomination will come Tuesday, according to the source.
Tillerson is the chairman and president of ExxonMobil and has been CEO for nearly 11 years. He worked his way up to the top post since joining the company in 1975 as an engineer.
ExxonMobil is a multinational oil and gas corporation and one of the largest and most profitable companies in the world.
“Friends and associates said few U.S. citizens are closer to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin than Mr. Tillerson, who has known Mr. Putin since he represented Exxon’s interests in Russia during the regime of Boris Yeltsin.
“He has had more interactive time with Vladimir Putin than probably any other American with the exception of Henry Kissinger,” said John Hamre, a former deputy defense secretary during the Clinton administration and president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank where Mr. Tillerson is a board member.
In 2011, Mr. Tillerson struck a deal giving Exxon access to prized Arctic resources in Russia as well as allowing Russia’s state oil company, OAO Rosneft, to invest in Exxon concessions all over the world. The following year, the Kremlin bestowed the country’s Order of Friendship decoration on Mr. Tillerson.”
Tillerson was, in fact, awarded the Order of Friendship by President Putin in 2013.
Tillerson’s clear pro-peace and pro-Russian views likely made him the first real competition to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) for the job of America’s top diplomat.
GotNews, thanks to its world-class anonymous sources, previously broke the story that Dana Rohrabacher was in consideration for the post — later confirmed publicly by Kellyanne Conway — and the story that former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani had taken himself out of the running. The latter scoop was later confirmed by President-elect Donald J. Trump himself:
.@RudyGiuliani, one of the finest people I know and a former GREAT Mayor of N.Y.C., just took himself out of consideration for "State".
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2016
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