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What does it mean to have the ExxonMobil CEO as secretary of state

Annie Baxter Dec 13, 2016
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Chairman and CEO of US oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson, speaks during the 2015 Oil and Money conference in central London on October 7, 2015. 
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President-elect Donald Trump is tapping ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson to be the nation’s next secretary of state — an appointment that could prompt a big confirmation fight.

The multinational oil company Tillerson leads has very large prospects in Russia, which right now are by official U.S. foreign policy — sanctions against Russia. Critics say that creates too many conflicts of interest for Tillerson.

Correction (Dec. 14, 2016): A previous headline misspelled ExxonMobil. 

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