Kissinger lauds Trump's pick for secretary of State

Kissinger lauds Trump's pick for secretary of State
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Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger applauded President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants MORE's pick for the nation's next top diplomat.

Trump on Tuesday tapped Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to lead the State Department.

“Nobody can meet every single qualification for secretary of State,” Kissinger said Wednesday at an event in Manhattan, according to Politico. "I think it’s a good appointment.”

Kissinger additionally dismissed concerns Tillerson’s business dealings have made him too cozy with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

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“I pay no attention to this argument that he is too friendly with Russia,” he said at the event put on by the Committee of 100, an organization that advances U.S.-China relations. "He would be useless at the head of Exxon if he was not friendly with Russia … I don’t hear those concerns at all.”

But Kissinger spoke cautiously when discussing Tillerson, joking he did not “come to commit suicide” when asked about the CEO's nomination.

The former secretary of State, who served under both Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, added he “sympathized” with Trump’s selection of Tillerson, whose connections to Moscow are sure to raise tough questions during his confirmation hearings in the Senate.

Putin and Tillerson negotiated an energy partnership in 2011 that the former said could be worth $500 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Tillerson then received the Russian Order of Friendship the following year, one of highest awards the country bestows upon foreign nationals.

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioCheese, wine importers reeling from Trump trade fight Peace Corps' sudden decision to leave China stirs blowback Lawmakers raise concerns over Russia's growing influence in Venezuela MORE (R-Fla.) on Tuesday said he has “serious concerns” about Tillerson, raising the possibility he may oppose his appointment.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCainJohn Sidney McCainAdvice for fellow Democrats: Don't count out Biden, don't fear a brokered convention McSally ties Democratic rival Kelly to Sanders in new ad Eleventh Democratic presidential debate to be held in Phoenix MORE (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDemocratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe Barr threatens tech's prized legal shield Barr has considered resigning over Trump tweets about DOJ: reports MORE (R-S.C.), have also raised concerns.