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.) will vote in favor of Rex Tillerson, President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel faces double-edged sword with Alex Jones, Roger Stone Trump goes after Woodward, Costa over China Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE’s nominee to head the State Department.
McCain told ABC’s “This Week” in an interview that aired Sunday that he would support Tillerson’s nomination.
“I will be voting in favor of his nomination. I have had numerous conversations with him. And, again, my concerns have been about our relations with Russia,” McCain said in the interview.
McCain added that his decision to vote for Tillerson “was not an easy call."
“But I also believe that, when there's doubt, the president, the incoming president, gets the benefit of the doubt,” McCain said.
“And that's the way I have treated every president that I have had the obligation to vote for or against as a member of the United States Senate.”
McCain, a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said last month that the former Exxon Mobil CEO's relations with Russia were “a matter of concern.”
“I don’t know what Mr. Tillerson’s relationship with Vladimir Putin was, but I’ll tell you it is a matter of concern to me,” he said in a December interview.