Trump Names Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State

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Chairman and CEO of US oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson, speaks during the 2015 Oil and Money conference in central London on October 7, 2015. (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Exxon Mobil chief executive Rex Tillerson as secretary of state.  Democrats and some Republicans, including South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, have expressed concern about Tillerson’s close ties with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.  We'll look at Tillerson’s record, his likelihood of confirmation, and what his selection signals about a Trump foreign policy.


Margaret Talev, White House correspondent, Bloomberg

Jim Geraghty, senior political correspondent, National Review

Antonia Juhasz, investigative journalist; author, "The Tyranny of Oil" and "Black Tide"

Emma Ashford, research fellow, Cato Institute