Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, testifies about the company's acquisition of XTO Energy before the House Energy and Environment Subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington January 20, 2010. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo
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President-elect Donald Trump has tapped ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to lead the State Department, dismissing concerns about the businessman's close ties to Russia and bringing a long public audition process to a conclusion.Two people close to Trump's transition team said Monday night that Trump had selected Tillerson. Trump was set to announce his nomination Tuesday morning. Leading Republicans have already expressed anxieties about Tillerson, as they contend with intelligence assessments saying Russia interfered with the U.S. presidential election to help Trump.But two meetings with the oil executive impressed Trump, who called Tillerson a "world class player" in an interview on "Fox News Sunday". The CIA recently concluded with "high confidence" that Russia sought to influence the U.S. election on behalf of Trump, raising red flags among lawmakers concerned about the sanctity of the U.S. voting system and potentially straining relations at the start of Trump's administration.Trump has expressed admiration for Putin.
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