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Exxon Mobil Ceo Rex Tillerson Trump’s Choice For Secy. Of State

Exxon Mobil Corp Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson emerged on Friday as President-elect Donald Trump’s leading candidate for U.S. secretary of state, a senior transition official said.

Trump met Tillerson on Tuesday and may talk to him again over the weekend, the official said. Trump appears to be in the final days of deliberations over his top diplomat with an announcement possible next week.

He also has close ties to Russia, which will come under increased scrutiny after The Washingon Post reported on that a secret CIA assessment concluded that Russia took steps during the 2016 presidential election to help Trump win the presidency.

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