Trump Dumps Romney, Selects Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State

President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office, Nov. 10, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office, Nov. 10, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

By Rakesh Raman

The U.S. president-elect Donald Trump said today that he has selected Exxon Mobil chief Rex Tillerson for the Secretary of State position in the upcoming Trump administration. Trump said Tillerson has a vast experience of dealing successfully with all types of foreign governments.

Despite strong opposition because of Tillerson’s ties with Russia and Putin, Trump decided to go with Tillerson, ignoring former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney who was also in Trump’s shortlist for the post.

Romney had met the businessman-cum-President-elect at least twice. However, after calling Romney for a dinner about a week ago, Trump decided to dump Romney.

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A fierce critic of Trump during the primary debates period, Romney was expected to tender an apology to Trump for his obnoxious – yet truthful – remarks on Trump’s lies about his business and hateful statements.

Although Romney had said after the dinner meeting that the President-elect can lead the country to a “better future,” Trump was perhaps not satisfied with this kind of veiled apology. So, as it was expected, Trump decided to drop Romney who must be feeling humiliated.

“Rex Tillerson’s career is the embodiment of the American dream. Through hard work, dedication and smart deal making, Rex rose through the ranks to become CEO of Exxon Mobil, one of the world’s largest and most respected companies,” Trump said in a statement released today.

Rex Tillerson is a native Texan who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He began his career at Exxon Company, U.S.A. in 1975 as a production engineer.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a government award-winning journalist and runs free school for deserving children under his NGO – RMN Foundation.

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