WASHINGTON, DECEMBER 13, 2016 – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Monday evening that he would formally announce his nominee for Secretary of State on Tuesday.
The Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York reports that Trump made the announcement on his Twitter handle on Monday night.
“I will be making my announcement on the next Secretary of State tomorrow morning,” Trump said on Twitter.
However, CBS News said sources confirmed that the president-elect would name Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state.
The president-elect reportedly praised Tillerson on Sunday, but some Republicans have expressed doubts due to the Russian connections.
It recalled Trump’s recently pointing to Tillerson’s deep relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin as a selling point.
As ExxonMobil’s head, Tillerson maintained close ties with Russia and was awarded by Putin with the Order of Friendship in 2013, an honour for a foreign citizen.