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Longtime Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson Confirmed as Secretary of State

HeadlineFeb 02, 2017

The full Senate has confirmed longtime ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state. Reuters reports the 56-43 Senate vote was the closest vote—by a wide margin—for a secretary of state nominee in at least a half-century. Three Democrats backed Tillerson’s nomination: Mark Warner of Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Trump’s nomination of Tillerson has been widely condemned by environmental activists. Naomi Klein has said Tillerson and other Trump Cabinet picks represent a “corporate coup.”

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