American Petroleum Institute (API) President and CEO Jack Gerard released the following statement in response to President-elect Donald J. Trump’s nomination of ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson to serve as Secretary of State.
“Rex Tillerson is world class. He has decades of experience working with global leaders and overseeing the creation of thousands of jobs,” said Gerard. “He understands that American voters want to strengthen our national security, grow jobs and protect American interests globally.
“As our nation’s next top diplomat, Rex has the strategic experience to effectively represent the new administration and the American people. He runs one of the largest companies in the world that operates in more than 50 countries, oversees over 75,000 employees and he has first-hand experience working on international issues. His relationships, and in particular those with other nations, will help further advance U.S. interests across the globe.
“We congratulate Rex on being nominated and look forward to working with him, the incoming administration and the new Congress on common sense policies that protect the environment, create jobs and strengthen our economy.”