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Trump: Exxon CEO Will Be State Nominee

Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson beat former presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the long, drawn-out race for secretary of state.

Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson

On Tuesday morning, President-elect Donald Trump released a statement saying he intended to nominate Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state.

The statement says, in part:

“Rex Tillerson’s career is the embodiment of the American dream. Through hard work, dedication and smart deal making, Rex rose through the ranks to become CEO of ExxonMobil, one of the world’s largest and most respected companies. His tenacity, broad experience and deep understanding of geopolitics make him an excellent choice for Secretary of State.”

On Monday night, NBC News confirmed that Tillerson will be Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state:

The Washington Post confirmed soon after:

And Mitt Romney confirmed, in a Facebook post, that it was an “honor” to be considered, but he would not be receiving the job.

Earlier on Monday, NTK covered the likely choice of Tillerson and how skeptical senators are reacting on Capitol Hill.