Tillerson Tussles with Rubio

by FoxNews.com  |  published on January 11, 2017

Rex Tillerson

Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson sought Wednesday to assuage bipartisan concerns about his ties to Russia, testifying at his confirmation hearing he thinks Moscow poses a “danger” and blasting the country’s annexation of Crimea — though he refused to go so far as to call Vladimir Putin a “war criminal” during a contentious back-and-forth with Sen. Marco Rubio.

During the tense exchange at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Rubio persistently questioned Tillerson in an attempt to get him to call Putin a war criminal for Russian military intervention in Syria. Tillerson refused to do so.

“I find it discouraging your ability to cite that, which I think is globally accepted,” Rubio, R-Fla., said.

Tillerson also wouldn’t bite when Rubio, a former opponent of President-elect Donald Trump during the Republican presidential primary, tried to get Tillerson to say Putin murdered political foes.

Still, Tillerson took a noticeably harder line toward Putin and Russia than Trump has done during the transition period and prior to it.

  • Rodney Steward

    Little Marco, the Cuban with small feet and hands, showing off today, knowing this may be his only chance to strut his little stuff!! 🙂 This little fool is for open borders that we DO NOT NEED!

    • Jo Ann Kowalski

      Rubio n booker r acting so tough. I guess for a run in 2020.

      • Rodney Steward

        I believe they can forget that, they’re both alike other than size and color, but both are a POS!!

  • Gloria Bouillion

    Rubio is a Rino, supports illegals staying here and bringing more from the middle east, that can’t be vetted. Never vote for this traitor. No better than Obama.

  • rivahmitch

    At one time, I’m ashemed to admit, I would have considered supporting Rubio (even with his unwillingness to address the issue of the invaders from our south) had he been the one left standing after the primaries. Fortunately, that evil did not transpire. He’s a little punk who, never having been to war, apparently believes that one should avoid “collateral damage” even at the expense of the lives of his own troops.

    IMHO, as a ‘Nam vet, that makes him totally and permanently unacceptable as a possible future CIC. Just like our government telling the North Vietnamese where the next days bombings would be so that the enemy could relocate its “civilians” (while moving its antiaircraft weapons in to knock down our planes). Putin is doing what is necessary to destroy a mutual enemy even if the HNIC in the White House lacks the will and fortitude to do so and Rubios sniveling indicates that he would do the same. People would have to be fools or suicidal to support or fight under such leadership.

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