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 Trump nominates Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state - WSJ

President-elect Donald Trump picked Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson, who is often called "Kremlin ally" by the media, as his secretary of state.

As reported by Censor.NET citing The Wall Street Journal, if confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Mr. Tillerson will be the public face of a diplomatic approach that envisions more cooperation with Russia and concessions from China on trade and security matters.

"His tenacity, broad experience and deep understanding of geopolitics make him an excellent choice for Secretary of State. He will promote regional stability and focus on the core national security interests of the United States. Rex knows how to manage a global enterprise, which is crucial to running a successful State Department, and his relationships with leaders all over the world are second to none, " Trump said in a statement.

However, Tillerson's relationships with foreign leaders could complicate his confirmation prospects

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Tillerson's nomination faces bipartisan resistance in the Senate over his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

His company has long done business in Russia. He has known Mr. Putin since he represented Exxon's interests in Russia during the regime of Boris Yeltsin. In a sign of the close relationship, the Kremlin bestowed the country's Order of Friendship decoration on Mr. Tillerson after he struck a 2011 deal that gave Exxon access to prized Arctic resources and allowed Russian state oil company OAO Rosneft to invest in Exxon concessions around the world.

Mr. Tillerson's past opposition to sanctions on Russia is likely to trigger blowback among Senate Republicans, many of whom have rejected Mr. Trump's more conciliatory stance toward the country and its president. No Senate Republicans have yet said they would vote against Mr. Tillerson. But a number of senators expressed reservations.

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