Sen. Bob Corker reacts to not being picked for Secretary of State

NEW YORK (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump has announced his choice of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be his secretary of state, hailing him as “among the most accomplished business leaders and international deal makers in the world.”

In a release from his transition headquarters in New York, Trump calls Tillerson’s career “the embodiment of the American dream.”

He says Tillerson rose through the ranks “through hard work, dedication and smart deal making.”

Trump also says that as the nation’s top diplomat, Tillerson will be “a world-class leader” working on behalf of the American people.

Tillerson has close ties to Russia, and his selection sets up a potential confirmation fight in the Senate.

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Sen. Bob Corker Speaks to Women's Leadership InstituteCHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – (WDEF) U.S. Senator Bob Corker was a contender for the position of Secretary of State.

He releases this statement about President-elect Trump’s decision.

“I very much appreciated President-elect Trump calling me last night to let me know that he would be nominating Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State,” said Corker. “Mr. Tillerson is a very impressive individual and has an extraordinary working knowledge of the world. I congratulate him on his nomination and look forward to meeting with him and chairing his confirmation hearing.”

“On a personal note, it has been an honor to be considered for Secretary of State,” added Corker. “I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the President-elect and his team throughout this process and appreciate the deliberate manner in which he arrived at this decision. I look forward to working with him to move our country forward.”

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on Mr. Tillerson’s nomination in early January.

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