US Senate Committee backs Rex Tillerson as Donald Trump's secretary of state

Former Exxon Mobil chairman Rex Tillerson attending the Chairman's Global Dinner in Washington, DC, on Jan 17, 2017.
Former Exxon Mobil chairman Rex Tillerson attending the Chairman's Global Dinner in Washington, DC, on Jan 17, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The United States (US) Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly approved President Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state, former Exxon Mobil chairman Rex Tillerson, on Monday.

The vote was 11-10, with every committee Republican backing Mr Tillerson and every Democrat opposing his nomination.

Mr Tillerson is expected to be confirmed for the position when the matter comes before the 100-member Senate, where Republicans hold a 52-seat majority.