Donald Trump Picks Rex Tillerson to Lead State Department

FILE- In this June 15, 2012, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson shake hands at a signing ceremony of an agreement between state-controlled Russian oil company Rosneft and ExxonMobil at the Black Sea port of Tuapse, southern Russia. President-elect Donald Trump selected Tillerson to lead the State Department on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. (Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA-Novosti, Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to lead the State Department.

Trump planned to announce the pick Tuesday morning, according to two people close to Trump’s transition team. The people close to Trump’s transition insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose the pick ahead of that announcement.

In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Trump called the oil executive a “world class player.”

For weeks, Trump has teased out the decision process publicly. He also considered former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a one-time vocal Trump critic, and Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who leads the Foreign Relations Committee. Romney wrote on Facebook Monday that it “was an honor to have been considered” for the job.

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