A source says U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as the country's top diplomat. Gavino Garay reports.
Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson may assume the post of America's top diplomat. That's according to sources familiar with the matter on who President-elect Donald Trump may name as secretary of state. The appointment would put in power an official with close ties to the Russian government. Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded Tillerson Russia's Order of Friendship, one of the country's highest civilian honours. Tillerson currently oversees operations in more than 50 countries, including Russia. Tillerson would put former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and others out of the running for the position. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani withdrew from his consideration as secretary of state on Friday. Trump's transition team said no decision would officially be made until next week "at earliest."