New York, Dec 13: US President-elect Dold Trump on Tuesday appointed Exxon Mobil chairman Rex Tillerson to be the next Secretary of State in a bold move reaching beyond the circle of squabbling politicians and foreign policy pundits. Announcing Tillerson’s selection Tuesday morning, Trump said: “His tecity, broad experience and deep understanding of geopolitics make him an excellent choice for Secretary of State. He will promote regiol stability and focus on the core tiol security interests of the United States.”
Like Nikki Haley, whom Trump nomited to the cabinet-level position of Ambassador to the United tions, Tillerson does not have any diplomatic experience or involvement in foreign affairs at the government or academic level. The announcement filly brought to an end his public and chaotic deliberations over choosing the tion’s top diplomat, with his choices, according to the New York Times, veering from Rudolph Giuliani, one of his most loyal supporters, to musing about whether Mitt Romney, one of his most vicious critics, might be forgiven.
It also included an endlessly changing list that at times included Setor Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee; David Petraeus, the former Army general and CIA. director; and Jon M. Huntsman Jr., the former Utah governor and presidential candidate in 2012. Romney, Petraeus and Corker all received calls late Monday informing them of Trump’s decision, according to people familiar with the fil choice. Trump teased his imminent announcement of Tillerson on Monday night on Twitter, saying that “I will be making my announcement on the next Secretary of State tomorrow morning.” (IANS)