Breaking: Trump Picks Tillerson for Secretary of State

Rex Tillerson, Chairman & CEO, ExxonMobil, speaks at the 2012 CERAWEEK conference in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Friday, March 9, 2012. CERAWEEK, a gathering of leading executives and policymakers in the energy industry, runs until March 9. Photographer: F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Rex Tillerson

Earlier today we reported that Exxon-Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson has shot to the top of the short list for Trump’s Secretary of State.

Now NBC is reporting that it’s a done deal and will be announced soon.

Here’s more from Newsmax:

Exxon Mobil Corp. Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson is Donald Trump’s choice as secretary of state, NBC News reported on Saturday citing people close to the president-elect’s transition.

The report couldn’t be immediately confirmed. NBC said its sources cautioned that nothing is final until the president-elect makes an announcement. Trump has said he will announce his decision next week.

Further, NBC reported John Bolton would be deputy secretary of state under Tillerson.

Tillerson, who reaches Exxon’s mandatory retirement age of 65 in March, has become the leading candidate for the post of top U.S. diplomat over the past few days, two people familiar with the matter said late Friday. Secretary of state is the highest-profile pick yet to be made by Trump. The position is subject to Senate confirmation.

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee for president and a critic of Trump during this year’s campaign, remains on the short list of candidates, according to the people, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private.

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