Rex Tillerson is a very capable businessman but he is not going to be able to rid concerns in Asia about President-elect Donald Trump, says a leading American political scientist.
Ian Bremmer, president and founder of global political risk consultancy, Eurasia Group, told CNBC's Squawk Box that he doesn't believe Trump's nominee for secretary of state is bad news for the middle eastern region, but that the real question was the President-elect himself.
"Rex Tillerson is a very capable businessman. He is certainly a guy that knows his way around these blocks but ultimately I don't think he's going to be the one driving policy."
Speaking more broadly about worries accompanying the incoming administration from a foreign policy perspective, Bremmer spoke to the differences between Trump's role as a businessman and as a world leader.
"You have to be worried that he isn't really capable of showing a lot of nuances. As a businessman that's fine…but there does need to be some diplomacy in your foreign policy," he warned.
"I don't believe that Trump actually has the policy chops to know the implications of what he's doing but I do know that American allies in Asia are desperately concerned that Trump is not a guy that can be counted on," Bremmer asserted.