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Trump taps Tillerson of Exxon Mobil for secretary of state position

But Senate confirmation of his appointment could be contentious due to his close ties with Russia's Putin

In 2013, President Putin (left) bestowed a Russian state honour, the Order of Friendship, on Mr Tillerson (far left), citing his work "strengthening cooperation in the energy sector". The Exxon Mobil CEO won fresh praise from Moscow on Tuesday.


US President-elect Donald Trump announced Exxon Mobil Corp chief executive officer Rex Tillerson as his choice for secretary of state on Tuesday, praising him as a successful international dealmaker who leads a global operation.

Mr Tillerson's experience in diplomacy...

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