President Elect Donald Trump has made plenty of headlines in the weeks following his underdog victory to become the next President of the United States. At 6:43am this morning, Trump announced via Twitter that he will be nominating Rex Tillerson, Exxon Mobil CEO as his Secretary of State.
As one of the world’s largest companies, Tillerson has led Exxon Mobil as chairman and CEO since 2006. Along the way, he has become “friends” with Vladimir Putin, being awarded the “Russian Order of Friendship” by Putin in 2013. He has also nudged elbows with some of the highest ranking leaders in the world throughout the Middle East and North Africa.
Despite beginning his career nearly 40 years ago as a simple engineer within Exxon, Tillerson has rose through the ranks throughout his career. Trump tweeted that Tillerson was “one of the great business leaders of the world”.
The nomination has already come under heavy scrutiny as you can imagine. Democrats have not only clung to his lack of experience, but also his numerous conflicts of interests as Exxon has numerous oil refineries throughout the Middle East and Russia.
Other candidates for Secretary of State, the nation’s fourth highest political office, included former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney and General David Petraeus.
Tillerson still has a long way to go, but if he can successfully manage to make it through Congressional scrutiny, he will assume office once Donald Trump is sworn in on January 20, 2017.