Trump nominee Rex Tillerson confirmed as US secretary of state

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The US Senate on Wednesday confirmed Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, making the former ExxonMobil chief executive the country’s top diplomat and latest nominee to secure a seat in US President Donald Trump’s cabinet.

The final vote in the Senate was 56-43. While Mr Tillerson had garnered praise from some Republicans for his business experience and global dealings while working on behalf of oil giant Exxon, he has also faced tough scrutiny over how he might approach the US-Russia relationship given his past experience with the country.

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