Graham says he will vote for Tillerson

Graham says he will vote for Tillerson
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead Biden move to tap oil reserves draws GOP pushback MORE (R-S.C.) said Sunday he will vote in favor of Rex Tillerson, President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMedia giants side with Bannon on request to release Jan. 6 documents Cheney warns of consequences for Trump in dealings with Jan. 6 committee Jan. 6 panel recommends contempt charges for Trump DOJ official MORE's nominee for secretary of State.

During an interview Sunday on CBS's "Face The Nation," Graham announced his plans to support Tillerson. 

"In my office, he said that when America doesn't lead, other people will, and the vacuum is always filled by bad actors," Graham said, referring to Tillerson.

"He said that we have to have a foreign policy that engages the world, we need to lead from the front."

Graham, who challenged Trump in the GOP primary, said he's begging the new president to understand that "if we don't help others, over there, we're always going to be endangered here."


He also announced his decision Sunday on Twitter.

"I will vote to confirm Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State," Graham tweeted. 

After Tillerson's confirmation hearing, Graham said the Exxon Mobil CEO should have "knocked it out of the park."

“I think Tillerson is a very qualified guy, but I’d like to see more strength and clarity when it comes to Russia and the moral clarity that Marco was talking about,” Graham said after the hearing.

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP senators appalled by 'ridiculous' House infighting MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace, Chris Christie battle over Fox News Trump's attacks on McConnell seen as prelude to 2024 White House bid MORE (R-Ariz.) also said Sunday he would vote in favor of Tillerson for secretary of State.