Rex Tillerson – the wild card diplomat – BBC News

Rex Tillerson, nominated by US President-elect Donald Trump to be secretary of state, runs the world’s most valuable, publicly traded oil company.

The 64-year-old, Texas-born head of Exxon Mobil has worked for the company in the US, Yemen and Russia, and is known for his close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But Mr Tillerson’s links to the Kremlin, which awarded him the Order of Friendship in 2013, and his lack of experience have drawn criticism from both Democrats and Republicans, setting up a potential battle in his confirmation hearings in the Senate early next year.

The Texas oil chief is likely to come under intense scrutiny for the potential benefits Exxon might receive in US foreign policy he would preside over at the State Department.

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