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Secretary Of State Nominee Under Fire For Ties To Russia

Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, is getting a mixed reception on Capitol Hill.

According to Politico, some senators wasted no time in announcing their support of the nominee, even though the ExxonMobil executive has no experience in government or diplomacy. Other Republican members of the Senate are wary of Tillerson’s business partnerships in Russia and his close relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters that he “looks forward to supporting” Tillerson. Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker of Tennessee said he told Trump “you’re making the best choice for the country and for you at this time.” Corker explained in an interview on Tuesday: “I’ve got to believe he’s very, very savvy. If I look at the people that were pulling for him in the national security community…his views on Russia are not out of the mainstream. This guy is highly impressive. This guy didn’t just get off the last turnip truck. Rex Tillerson’s got a good sense of the things that people are going to be concerned about.”

The oil executive could have a harder time winning the backing of hard-line anti-Russia senators like John McCain of Arizona, Marco Rubio of Florida and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, according to Politico. While none of the lawmakers has said they will oppose Tillerson, all three must vote for the nominee to ensure his nomination.

Source: Politico
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