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Trump says he is close to picking secretary of state

President-elect Donald Trump said in an interview with Fox News, aired Dec. 11, that he is getting very close to announcing his choice for secretary of state.

Fox's Chris Wallace asked Trump specifically about the likelihood of choosing Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson, the leading candidate for secretary of state, according to a recent Washington Post report. Trump said Tillerson is "much more" than a business executive, calling him a "world-class player." Trump noted that Tillerson runs one of the largest companies in the world, "knows the players" and has done massive deals, including in Russia.

Trump said there are other possible candidates. Trump called Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. a "fantastic guy." He further said that he has recently gotten to know former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and gets along with him really well.

In the wide-ranging interview, Trump discussed a number of other issues, including recent reports that Russia interfered with the election to boost his chance of winning. Trump said those findings were ridiculous. He said his campaign recorded a "massive victory" in the electoral college and believes Democrats might be responsible for the story.

Trump also talked about the plans for his business while he is in office, noting that he will not be involved "at all" even though he has a legal right to do so. Trump said he will not have anything to do with the management of his company. Trump said he is focused on being the president and has already turned down "billions of dollars" in deals.

The president-elect said he would love to have his daughter, Ivanka, and her husband Jared Kushner, involved in some way. He said he would "love to have Jared helping us with deals with other nations," adding that he wants to see if we "can do peace" in the Middle East.