Rubio has 'serious concerns' about Tillerson

Rubio has 'serious concerns' about Tillerson
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP votes in unison against COVID-19 relief bill Hillicon Valley: YouTube to restore Trump's account | House-passed election bill takes aim at foreign interference | Senators introduce legislation to create international tech partnerships Senators introduce bill creating technology partnerships to compete with China MORE (R-Fla.) said Tuesday that he has “serious concerns” about the prospect of Rex Tillerson serving as President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpUS, South Korea reach agreement on cost-sharing for troops Graham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE’s secretary of state.

“While Rex Tillerson is a respected businessman, I have serious concerns about his nomination,” Rubio said in a 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.”

Rubio sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which will be responsible for approving Tillerson’s nomination before it goes to the rest of the Senate.

He said he looks forward to going through Tillerson’s “record and his views.” 


Rubio alluded to reports that Trump would choose Tillerson over the weekend.

“Being a ‘friend of Vladimir’ is not an attribute I am hoping for from a #SecretaryOfState – MR," he wrote on Twitter Sunday, referencing Tillerson's ties to Russia through his business dealings as CEO of Exxon Mobil.

Trump said early Tuesday that Tillerson is his choice to run the State Department.