Trump ex­pected to name Tiller­son sec­re­tary of state

To pass up Mitt Rom­ney for ExxonMo­bil chief ex­ec­u­tive.

The Washington Times Daily - - FRONT PAGE - BY SETH MCLAUGH­LIN AND S.A. MILLER Vic­tor Mor­ton con­trib­uted to this re­port.

Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump will an­nounce his sec­re­tary of state choice Tues­day morn­ing — and will re­port­edly pass up 2012 GOP pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Mitt Rom­ney in fa­vor ExxonMo­bil CEO Rex Tiller­son.

On Mon­day evening, Mr. Rom­ney con­firmed on so­cial me­dia that he wasn’t the sec­re­tary of state choice by post­ing about the pos­si­bil­ity in the past tense.

“It was an honor to have been con­sid­ered for Sec­re­tary of State of our great coun­try,” he wrote, go­ing on to de­scribe his two in­ter­views with the pres­i­dent-elect as “both en­joy­able and en­light­en­ing” and ex­press­ing “high hopes” for Mr. Trump’s suc­cess.

Mr. Trump had posted a few hours ear­lier on Twit­ter that he would an­nounce his choice Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ing to CBS News and mul­ti­ple other out­lets, that pick will be Mr. Tiller­son, the lat­est busi­ness­man to be added to his Cabi­net.

Law­mak­ers of both par­ties had ex­pressed con­cern over the po­ten­tial pick in re­cent days, in part be­cause of his co­zi­ness with Rus­sian strong­man Vladimir Putin, with whom he had ne­go­ti­ated en­ergy deals.

In an­other ex­pected move Tues­day though, Mr. Trump will smooth re­la­tions with the Repub­li­can es­tab­lish­ment by se­lect­ing Ronna Rom­ney McDaniel, the exnom­i­nee’s niece, as the next chair­woman of the Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee, ac­cord­ing to mul­ti­ple re­ports.

Ms. McDaniel cur­rently serves as chair­woman of the Michi­gan Repub­li­can Party and a McDaniel pick also would help ce­ment the GOP flag that Mr. Trump planted in Michi­gan.

“Af­ter Trump did so well in the Rust Belt it would make a lot of sense to pick a strong state chair­man from Michi­gan — a state that we had not won since 1984 — to cap­i­tal­ize on that op­por­tu­nity and to keep the right po­lit­i­cal fo­cus on the needs of those votes and make sure the ad­min­is­tra­tion is re­spon­sive to the needs of those vot­ers,” said Henry Bar­bour, a mem­ber of the RNC from Mis­sis­sippi.

He said Ms. McDaniel would do a good job.

“She is strong, she is ar­tic­u­late, bright and like­able,” said Mr. Bar­bour.

RNC mem­bers will need to rat­ify her ap­point­ment as chair­woman at their Jan­uary meet­ing, but mem­bers tra­di­tion­ally honor the choice of the in­com­ing pres­i­dent.

“Whomever the pres­i­dent-elect wants to be the next chair­man, we are all go­ing to rally around them,” said Bruce Ash, an RNC mem­ber from Ari­zona.

He ap­plauded the an­tic­i­pated pick of Ms. McDaniel.

“The mem­bers have a lot of re­spect for her. Her and the whole Michi­gan GOP team re­ally pulled of a great win for Don­ald Trump in Michi­gan, and if you are look­ing for some­body who has re­spect from a lot of mem­bers she cer­tainly does,” said Mr. Ash.

Ms. McDaniel would suc­ceed Reince Priebus, who Mr. Trump tapped for White House chief of staff.

In other tran­si­tion news, Mr. Trump an­nounced Mon­day that he would ap­point Gold­man Sachs Pres­i­dent Gary D. Cohn as his chief eco­nomic ad­viser and di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Eco­nomic Coun­cil.

Mr. Trump said Mr. Cohn would be able to put his renowned busi­ness know-how to work for the Amer­i­can peo­ple.

“He will help craft eco­nomic poli­cies that will grow wages for our work­ers, stop the ex­o­dus of jobs over­seas and cre­ate many great new op­por­tu­ni­ties for Amer­i­cans who have been strug­gling,” Mr. Trump said in a state­ment. “He fully un­der­stands the econ­omy and will use all of his vast knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence to make sure the Amer­i­can peo­ple start win­ning again.”

An­other ap­point­ment ex­pected to come soon will likely draw ap­plause from busi­ness and en­ergy groups. Ac­cord­ing to Fox News, Mr. Trump had de­cided Mon­day night on for­mer Texas Gov. Rick Perry as his pick for sec­re­tary of en­ergy.


ExxonMo­bil CEO Rex Tiller­son is ex­pected to be named on Tues­day as Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s choice to be the next sec­re­tary of state, ac­cord­ing to re­ports. For­mer GOP pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Mitt Rom­ney con­firmed Mon­day that he was passed over for the job.

Mitt Rom­ney

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