Donald Trump picks Rex Tillerson to lead State Department

President-elect Donald Trump has announced his choice of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be his secretary of state, hailing him as "among the most accomplished

Donald Trump picks Rex Tillerson to lead State Department

Donald Trump picks Rex Tillerson to lead State Department (12/13/16)

NEW YORK - President-elect Donald Trump has announced his choice of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be his secretary of state, hailing him as "among the most accomplished business leaders and international deal makers in the world."

In a release from his transition headquarters in New York, Trump calls Tillerson's career "the embodiment of the American dream."

He says Tillerson rose through the ranks "through hard work, dedication and smart deal making."

Trump also says that as the nation's top diplomat, Tillerson will be "a world-class leader" working on behalf of the American people.

Tillerson has close ties to Russia, and his selection sets up a potential confirmation fight in the Senate.

More on this topic

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

A North Jersey Coast Line train struck a 1 Family escapes car before it's hit by train
VIDEO: Sneak peek at new Seaside Heights roller 2 VIDEO: Sneak peek of new Seaside Heights roller coaster
VIDEO: Deal reached on Rockland sheriff's deputies contract 3 VIDEO: Deal reached on Rockland sheriff's deputies contract
VIDEO: Yonkers Mayor Spano delivers State of the 4 VIDEO: Yonkers Mayor Spano delivers State of the City address, Part 1
The HYDRUS roller coaster is nearing completion at 5 Crews conduct test runs of new Casino Pier roller coaster

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE