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Confirmation hearings continued Wednesday, January 11, for President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet picks. On deck Wednesday was arguably Trump's most controversial pick, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson. The media's focus has been on Tillerson's ties to Russia after an election in which U.S. intelligence agencies say Vladimir Putin tried to influence the results.
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Through U.S. Foreign Service employees, the U.S. maintains diplomatic relations with approximately 180 countries, and international organizations.