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Trump names oil executive with ties to Russia as US secretary of state

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By Euronews
Trump names oil executive with ties to Russia as US secretary of state

<p>Donald Trump has announced that the new US secretary of state will be Exxon Mobil <span class="caps">CEO</span> Rex Tillerson.</p> <p>Tillerson is a controversial choice as he set up billions of dollars of deals with Russia that can be executed only if the US lifts sanctions imposed over Vladimir Putin’s actions in Ukraine.</p> <p>Tillerson was granted the Russian Order of Friendship in 2013 and has been criticised by senators over his relationship with Putin.</p> <p>Environmentalists will also be concerned by the presence of an oilman at the top of the government, especially given Trump’s known scepticism about global warming.</p>