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Trump edges toward Tillerson for State

6 months 1 week 6 days ago December 10, 2016 Dec 10, 2016 Saturday, December 10 2016 December 10, 2016 3:55 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW YORK - President-elect Donald Trump is moving closer to nominating Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state, following a private meeting with the business leader.

That's according to several people who have spoken with Trump and his transition team.

Trump has privately signaled to associates that he plans to tap Tillerson for the powerful Cabinet post, but had not formally offered him the job as of Saturday afternoon. Some advisers worry that Tillerson's ties to Russia would lead to a contentious Senate confirmation hearing and keep alive questions about Trump's own relationship with Moscow.

The people who have spoken with Trump and his transition team insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly disclose the internal deliberations.

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