Marco Rubio supports Donald Trump’s Tillerson nomination with ‘reservations’

Sen. Marco Rubio’s support for Rex Tillerson removes the biggest Republican question mark surrounding the nomination.

Sen. Marco Rubio announced this morning on his Senatorial Facebook page  that he will support President Donald Trump‘s nomination of Rex Tillerson for secretary of state despite “reservations” about Tillerson’s stance on Russia and on human rights violations.

 

Rubio was the biggest Republican question mark for the Tillerson nomination.

 

Rubio, a harsh critic of Trump during the Republican presidential race who ultimately endorsed the part-time Palm Beacher, posed tough questions to Tillerson in his Foreign Relations Committee appearance this month.

 

Rubio said he believes presidential appointees are entitled to “significant deference” when considered by the Senate.

 

“However, upcoming appointments to critical posts in the Department of State are not entitled to and will not receive from me the same level of deference I have given this nomination,” Rubio said in his Facebook post.

 

“I have no doubts about Mr. Tillerson’s qualifications and patriotism. He has an impressive record of leadership and the proven ability to manage a large and complex organization. What I focused on from the beginning is whether as secretary of state he will make the defense of liberty, democracy and human rights a priority,” Rubio said.

 

Rubio said Tillerson’s answers on Russia and whether President Vladimir Putin committed war crimes in Syria were “troubling.” He also criticized Tillerson for not condemning human rights violations in China, the Philippines and Saudi Arabia.

 

Within minutes of Rubio’s announcement, Democrats slammed him.

 

“By ignoring his serious reservations about Tillerson’s connections to Vladimir Putin, Marco Rubio is not only rolling over for Donald Trump,  he’s earning the nickname Trump gave him: Little Marco,” said Democratic National Committee senior adviser Zac Petkanas.


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