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US Senate Committee backs Rex Tillerson as Trump’s secretary of state

Rex Tillerson

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved Rex Tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil as President Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state. Reuters photo by Kevin Lamarque.

Rex Tillerson expected to be confirmed in Senate

WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly approved President Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, former Exxon Mobil chairman Rex Tillerson, on Monday.

The vote was 11-10, with every committee Republican backing Tillerson and every Democrat opposing his nomination.

Tillerson is expected to be confirmed for the position when the matter comes before the 100-member Senate, where Republicans hold a 52-seat majority.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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