Donald Trump to Meet With ExxonMobil CEO as Secretary of State Search Expands
Amidst his broadening search for a secretary of state, President-elect Donald Trump is slated to meet today with ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, according to a senior Trump transition officials.
The Texas oil executive is under consideration for the U.S.'s top diplomat, the official said.
Trump's Expanding List for Secretary of State - Stavridis, Huntsman, Tillerson, Bolton, Manchin
The Latest: Trump to Attend Army-Navy Game Saturday
The emergence of new names indicates that Trump may be conflicted about his short list and may be facing persistent division in his inner circle of advisers over the key choice. The Trump transition team says Trump is considering as many as nine candidates for secretary of state, with the selection process appearing to be far from over.
Tillerson, who has worked at Exxon for more than 40 years, has been at the helm as CEO since 2006. He has no formal diplomatic experience. While Tillerson was CEO of ExxonMobil, the company issued a statement on Nov. 4 supporting the Paris climate agreement.
In 2013, Tillerson was also awarded the Order of Friendship by Russian President Vladimir Putin -- a symbolic gesture of his closeness to the Kremlin. Tillerson was at one time responsible for Exxon's holdings in Russia and the Caspian Sea as well as operations offshore of Sakhalin Island, Russia, according to his bio on the ExxonMobil website.
Trump has been criticized for his perceived closeness to Russia and questions about his posture towards the country were a recurring issue in the 2016 presidential campaign.