Trump Expected to Nominate Exxon Mobile Executive to Lead State Department
As the long anticipated and closely watched nomination for Secretary of State draws nearer, sources say Donald Trump is expected to nominate Rex Tillerson to lead the State Department. Tillerson is the CEO of Exxon Mobile, the most valuable publicly traded company in the world. Tillerson has been with Exxon since 1975 straight out of college and worked his way up the ranks.
According to the Associated Press, "He came up in the rough-and-tumble world of oil production, holding posts in the company's central United States, Yemen and Russian operations. Under Tillerson's leadership, oil prices broke records and strong profits helped make Exxon the most valuable public company in the world. It has a security force totaling thousands of employees, direct channels with governments worldwide and a strong aversion to American sanctions or limitations on where it could operate."
Other contenders for the position included former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, despite his outspoken resistance to Trump's campaign. Many Trump loyalists resisted this idea including campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, who stated Trump supporters feel betrayed by the possibility of Romney as Secretary of State.
The other strong possibility who declined the offer was former NYC Mayor and long time Trump supporter Rudy Giuliani. Other possibilities included former CIA head David Petraeus and Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee.