Report: Cheney called Rubio to lobby for Tillerson
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Former Vice President Dick Cheney called Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Cybersecurity: Bipartisan bill aims to deter election interference | Russian hackers target Senate | House Intel panel subpoenas Bannon | DHS giving 'active defense' cyber tools to private sector Senators unveil bipartisan push to deter future election interference Puerto Rico's children need recovery funds MORE (R-Fla.) to lobby on behalf of Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE’s pick for secretary of State, The Washington Post reported on Friday.

According to the Post, other supporters of the Exxon Mobil CEO have also called Rubio to try to coax him into backing Tillerson’s confirmation.

When word of the nomination got out last weekend, the former presidential candidate tweeted that “being a 'friend of Vladimir'" was not what he was looking for in a top U.S. diplomat.

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Tillerson has been widely criticized for his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who awarded him the Russian Order of Friendship after the two negotiated a massive energy deal in 2011.

Rubio was one of the GOP Russia hawks to question the confirmation, but it is unclear whether his skepticism has subsided following the phone call with the former vice president.