Rex Tillerson, Trump’s pick to be Secretary of State, was confirmed in a Senate vote — 56 to 43. He used to be the ExxonMobil CEO. He will represent America on issues of foregin policy, deal with countries that were targeted by Trump (China, Mexico, seven countries that are temporarily banned from coming here), navigate the currently complicated relationship with China, address climate change and international human rights issues — an extremely important position given Trump’s vastly different approach to the world from Obama.
He will also lead the State department in the middle of a tumultuous time as there was just a “dissent cable” signed by around 1,000 State Department staff who said they have serious concerns about Trump’s immigration/refugee policies. But he is already working to appoint key staff and he is expected to be a savvy leader and is admired by Republicans. We’ll see how Rex does as he takes over the position that formerly belonged to Sec. Kerry and Sec. Clinton.