Rubio Has ‘Serious Concerns’ About Exxon CEO Tillerson’s Nomination


Shortly after Donald Trump formally announced that he will nominate ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued a statement signaling that he may not support Tillerson’s confirmation.

“While Rex Tillerson is a respected businessman, I have serious concerns about his nomination,” Rubio said in a Tuesday morning statement. “The next secretary of state must be someone who views the world with moral clarity, is free of potential conflicts of interest, has a clear sense of America’s interests, and will be a forceful advocate for America’s foreign policy goals to the president, within the administration, and on the world stage. I look forward to learning more about his record and his views.‎ I will do my part to ensure he receives a full and fair but also thorough hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.”

Rubio previously expressed skepticism over Tillerson in a tweet over the weekend, citing Tillerson’s cozy relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Rubio is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which will oversee Tillerson’s confirmation hearing.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have also indicated they may oppose Tillerson’s nomination over his ties to Russia.

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