Trump picks Exxon chief Rex Tillerson for secretary of state

Trump picks Exxon chief Rex Tillerson for secretary of state

US President-elect Donald Trump has confirmed the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, Rex Tillerson, as his choice for US secretary of state.

In a statement, Trump praised Tillerson as among the "most accomplished business leaders and international dealmakers" in the world.

Hours before the grand finale of the protracted selection process, Mitt Romney announced on Facebook that he would not be part of the Trump administration.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin hoped for a “readiness to demonstrate a constructive attitude and display professionalism” from Washington.

Putin's foreign policy adviser, Yury Ushakov, said that Russia’s representatives, and not only the president, have good business relations with  Rex Tillerson. "Everyone considers him to be a rather solid individual, with his own opinion, his viewpoint, and certainly as a very big professional in his sphere," Ushakov said.

"We would like to get out of this critical state, which is no good either for Russia or for the United States. This state of affairs in relations between two great powers is absurd. We are prepared to do our part of the job. It remains to be seen how a new Administration will prefer to act," TASS cited him as saying.

He added that a new White House team was still "not only to take seats but also to get through the Senate’s sieve, which is not easy at all."

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