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Secretary of State Tillerson: 'I Didn't Want This Job'

His wife convinced him 'God's not through with you'

(Newser) - As the old saying goes: Behind every successful man there stands a woman … making him become the United States' secretary of state. At least that's how the adage was apparently interpreted in Rex Tillerson's household, per an interview with Tillerson that appeared Tuesday in the International Journal... More »

Tillerson's Travel Plans Worry Allies in NATO

He's skipping an alliance meeting, will visit Moscow

(Newser) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's travel plans aren't sitting well with his counterparts in Europe. Tillerson will skip a NATO meeting early next month, the first time in more than a decade a secretary of state has done so, reports Reuters . On top of that, Tillerson will travel... More »

N. Korea Hails Latest Test as a 'Revolution'

High-thrust rocket engine a breakthrough in space program, Pyongyang claims

(Newser) - North Korea has conducted a ground test of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine that leader Kim Jong Un is calling a revolutionary breakthrough for the country's space program, the North's state media said Sunday. Kim attended Saturday's test at the Sohae launch site, according to... More »

Tillerson Takes Bold Stance on Countering North Korea

Says pre-emptive military action is definitely 'option on the table'

(Newser) - Looks like North Korea and the US finally agree on something—though unfortunately, that something is the possibility of war. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in South Korea, where he said Friday that the era of "strategic patience" is over and pre-emptive military action is definitely an "... More »

Rex Tillerson Used Email Alias 'Wayne Tracker' at Exxon

At least in missives about climate change, says New York attorney general

(Newser) - An investigation into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors regarding its knowledge of climate change has revealed that former CEO and current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used an alias email address to discuss the subject, says New York's attorney general. In a letter to a New York judge on... More »

White House Press Release Copies ExxonMobil's

Both releases contained identical paragraph

(Newser) - The White House and ExxonMobil were literally on the same page Monday when a White House statement on the oil giant's investment plan lifted an entire paragraph from an Exxon press release issued around 30 minutes earlier. Both statements praised how the company is "strategically investing in new... More »

One Word Keeps Dogging Rex Tillerson: Absence

The secretary of State has kept an extremely low profile thus far

(Newser) - A word that has been dogging Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: absence. Absence from the spotlight, from a high-profile human rights event Friday, and from the press, though that's set to change, somewhat, as of Monday. A rep for the State department attempted to answer the question of where,... More »

Tillerson 'Sidelined' at State Department

Sources say he's trying to boost his profile

(Newser) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson feels that he has been sidelined—along with the entire State Department—and is looking for ways to boost his profile, insiders say. A State source tells Politico that Tillerson has privately asked aides for advice on boosting his profile and engaging with the media... More »

Tillerson Confirmed by Senate

Vote is 56-43, largely along party lines

(Newser) - The Republican-led Senate has confirmed Rex Tillerson as President Trump's secretary of state, the AP reports. Senators voted 56-43 largely along party lines to approve Tillerson's nomination to be the nation's chief diplomat. Most Senate Democrats opposed Tillerson's nomination, angering Republicans who considered the former Exxon... More »

Senate Committee Narrowly Backs Tillerson as SecState

Vote is 11-10 along party lines

(Newser) - Rex Tillerson's bid to be secretary of state narrowly won approval Monday from the Republican-led Foreign Relations Committee, a move that all but assures Senate confirmation of President Donald Trump's choice to be the nation's top diplomat, the AP reports. Members of the committee voted along party... More »

Tillerson Now Has 100% GOP Support

Marco Rubio falls in line just ahead of committee vote on secretary of state nominee

(Newser) - Sen. Marco Rubio will support Rex Tillerson as secretary of State "despite my reservations," reports the AP , backing away from any challenge to the new president. In a Facebook statement Monday, Rubio said he was troubled by Tillerson's refusal to acknowledge that Vladimir Putin has committed war... More »

Graham, McCain Back Tillerson at SecState

Meanwhile, McConnell says Cabinet picks will go through; Schumer is in no hurry

(Newser) - Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain will support Rex Tillerson as secretary of state in a move that all but clinches his nomination, reports Politico . Graham confirmed his position on CBS' Face the Nation and in a joint statement with McCain; Marco Rubio still hasn't decided, but McCain... More »

Rubio Opposition to Tillerson May Trigger Rare Senate Move

If he votes no, will secretary of state nominee's name go to full Senate anyway?

(Newser) - When secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson testified before the Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, he faced the toughest scrutiny from Marco Rubio. The pair had a a number of testy exchanges, with Rubio skeptical that the ExxonMobil chief would be as tough as he needed to be on Russia... More »

Rubio, Tillerson Clash Over Ties to Russia

Rubio pushes secretary of State candidate to call Putin a 'war criminal'

(Newser) - Sen. Marco Rubio and Rex Tillerson clashed over Russia during Wednesday's confirmation hearing for the would-be secretary of State. Tillerson, a former ExxonMobil CEO, has known Vladimir Putin personally for years, Politico reports. And Yahoo News notes he was even given the Order of Friendship by Putin. Rubio addressed... More »

Rex Tillerson Makes $240M Exit From Exxon

He'll sell stock, with value of deferred stock put in trust

(Newser) - Rex Tillerson will take a $180 million retirement deal and make a complete break from ExxonMobil if confirmed as secretary of state. In a deal announced Tuesday, Exxon says the former oil executive who resigned on Dec. 31 will sell his 611,000 shares of Exxon, worth about $55.5... More »

Leak Reveals Another Tillerson-Russia Tie

He headed Exxon's Russian subsidiary

(Newser) - Documents leaked to a German newspaper have revealed that Rex Tillerson has even stronger ties to Russia than first thought, the Guardian reports. The ExxonMobil CEO spent years as a director of Exxon Neftegas, Exxon's Russian subsidiary based in the Bahamas for tax purposes, according to corporate documents leaked... More »

Tillerson Wasn't Trump's Idea. The Source May Surprise

Robert Gates, Condoleezza Rice suggested him: reports

(Newser) - Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state wasn't exactly his—at least not initially. Just two weeks ago, Trump was torn in trying to choose from one of four leading contenders: Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, Bob Corker, or David Petreaus. Then the name of Rex Tillerson surfaced. The... More »

Trump Picks Rex Tillerson, but Path Will Be Tricky

Secretary of state hearings likely to focus on Russia, conflicts of interest

(Newser) - Donald Trump confirmed Tuesday morning that Rex Tillerson is his pick to be secretary of state—but the ExxonMobil chief's path to confirmation is not expected to be an easy one. The Washington Post reports that some GOP senators may be unwilling to support Tillerson because of his ties... More »

Multiple Reports: Tillerson Is Pick for Secretary of State

Trump expected to name ExxonMobil chief his nominee on Tuesday

(Newser) - It's Tillerson: Multiple outlets were reporting Monday night that Donald Trump has settled on ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson to be his secretary of state. Among those reporting the news in advance of a formal announcement Tuesday were the New York Times , the Washington Post , the AP , and CNN . All... More »

Few Americans on Better Terms With Putin Than SecState Contender

Rex Tillerson under scrutiny for Moscow ties

(Newser) - The surprise news that ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson is the leading candidate to be secretary of state has led to a slew of stories about how he might transition from the business world to the diplomatic one. The 64-year-old has been at the company 41 years. A sampling:
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