Exxon CEO Tillerson emerges as Trump's secretary of state favorite: transition official

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp. chief executive officer Rex Tillerson emerged on Friday as President-elect Donald Trump's leading candidate for U.S. secretary of state, a senior transition official said.

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Trump met Tillerson on Tuesday and may talk to him again over the weekend, the official said. Trump appears to be in the final days of deliberations over his top diplomat.

Tillerson's favored status was revealed as former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani formally withdrew from consideration for secretary of state.

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(Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Mary Milliken)