ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson is expected to be named President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary ofstate, NBC reports.
The report said that Tillerson met with Trump Saturday. Former ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton will reportedly be deputy secretary of state. NBC’s sources said that the pick would likely be announced next week, but nothing is final.
CBS also reported Saturday that Tillerson is the leading contender to become secretary of state. Tillerson has spent his whole career at the company, which is now known as ExxonMobil. ExxonMobil is the largest oil company in the world.
Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin(L) speaks with ExxonMobil President and Chief Executive OfficerRex Tillerson during the signing of a Rosneft-ExxonMobil strategicpartnership agreement in Sochi on August 30, 2011. Russia’s oilchampion Rosneft and US ExxonMobil clinched a global deal worth upto half-a-trillion dollars that will see the US supermajor takeBP’s place in pioneering Arctic exploration work. AFP PHOTO / RIANOVOSTI / POOL / ALEXEY DRUZHININ (Photo credit should read ALEXEYDRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)
Through Exxon’s business interests in Russia, Tillerson has had a close relationship with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
“He has had more interactive time with Vladimir Putin than probably any other American with the exception of Henry Kissinger,” John Mamre, a former deputy defense secretary during the Clinton administration, told The Wall Street Journal.
Tillerson has said he is against sanctions.
“We do not support sanctions, generally, because we don’t find them to be effective unless they are very well implemented comprehensively, and that’s a very hard thing to do,” Tillerson said at a 2014 shareholders meeting.
Tillerson has also expressed support for a carbon tax.