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Trump's secretary of state pick sets up possible confrontation with GOP in Senate

Trump's secretary of state pick sets up possible confrontation with GOP in Senate

President-elect Donald Trump has picked as his secretary of state Rex Tillerson, the chief executive of ExxonMobil, Trump's transition team announced Tuesday, setting up a possible confrontation with members of his own party in the Senate.

Since Tillerson's name emerged as a candidate for the post, leading Republicans have expressed reservations about his years of work in Russia and the Middle East on behalf of the multinational oil company. But some lawmakers seemed to be signaling they will support him after the announcement was made.

Also under scrutiny is Tillerson's ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid wider probes of Russian influence following a CIA...

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