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The US Senate confirmed former ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson as the next secretary of state Wednesday, handing a major boost to President Donald Trump as he builds his cabinet.

Tillerson was confirmed by a vote of 56 to 43, with four Democrats ultimately joining all 52 Republicans voting in favor.

Trump has repeatedly blasted Democrats for dragging out the confirmation process, and took to Twitter late Monday to accuse them of "delaying my cabinet picks for purely political reasons."

Tillerson, 64, had come in for severe criticism from Democrats who warned that his business approach and lack of government experience would hurt America's standing in the world.

But Republicans rallied around the nominee, after initial hesitation by Senators John McCain, Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham about Tillerson's ties with Russia and his position on human rights.

"Mr Tillerson led a global enterprise with 75,000 employees, possesses deep relationships around the world, and understands the critical role of US leadership," Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said in a statement.

"He has expressed a commitment to defend American values and to restore US credibility by strengthening old alliances and building new ones."

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin backed Tillerson, saying he will bring a "unique perspective to the State Department" and provide "wise counsel and objective advice to the president on our nation's foreign policy."

With Tillerson's confirmation and pending swearing-in, Trump will have several key members of his national security team in place, including Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.



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  • Prince Awele Odor

    The US president, Donald J. Trump, a man said to have lived a business life and not a political life, is showing his idea of governance, model of economy, and his tools and values for achieving his aims of governance as a president.

    His idea of governance is active interaction with the people. He does this through twitter. His model of government is company-like model. His tools are American people who experiences are consistent with his idea, model, aim and value. For the economy , they are people who have been in business and understand how business ideas can be applied to governance. The value that is most fundamental and sacred cow to him is America first. This applies especially to the economy and security of the USA.

    The confirmation of Mr. Tillerson, a man whom it has been reported has “business approach and lack of government experience”—hence, a man like Trump—gives us a proof of his determination to achieve economic improvement based on his model of economy and value of America first.

    Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker was reported in this article to have said about him:

    “Mr Tillerson led a global enterprise with 75,000 employees, possesses deep relationships around the world, and understands the critical role of US leadership. He has expressed a commitment to defend American values.

    For the people who argue that President Buhari is doing well and that the economy would improve to convince Nigerians, especially all the people who would read this article and my contribution that they are right, they should provide the following necessities for improving the economy:

    1). His idea of governance.

    2). His economic model.

    3). His economic aim.

    4). His tools for carrying out that model and achieving the aim.

    5). His fundamental value

    5b). Is it a sacred cow? Defend a “:Yes” answer.