Rex Tillerson, former Exxon Mobil CEO was sworn in as the Department of State Secretary on Wednesday after he was confirmed by the Senate in a 56-43 vote.
“I want to congratulate you and your entire family on this incredible honor,” Trump stated on Wednesday. “You understand that the job of our diplomats and the mission of the State Department is to serve the interest of the United States of America to make our nation safer, our country more prosperous, and our people much more secure.”
Earlier in the day, Tillerson won majority support in the full Senate vote, with Republicans backing the nominee and most Democrats opposing him.
Tillerson was nominated for the office by US President-elect Donald Trump in mid-December. The former Exxon Mobil CEO was harshly criticized by US political establishment for his close business ties with Russia and alleged friendly relations with President Putin.
Experts suggested that his nomination indicates Trump’s willingness to break the ice in Washington-Moscow ties. Donald Trump claimed that Tillerson in the position od Secretary of State would reverse years of foreign policy fiascos.