Monday, December 12, 2016

Trump's State pick could trigger Senate showdown

At The Hill by

President-elect Donald Trump’s likely choice for secretary of State is facing deep skepticism in the Senate over what are perceived to be his extraordinarily close ties to Russia.

The expected selection of Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson is already stirring a backlash on Capitol Hill, with members of both parties wary of what his presence in the administration might mean for Trump’s foreign policy.

Over the course of his more than four decades at Exxon, Tillerson has repeatedly done business with Russia, developing a close relationship with President Vladimir Putin and his government.

Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the panel that would be responsible for vetting the State Department nomination, appear divided over whether Tillerson's ties to Russia pose a problem.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the committee, signaled he’s open to supporting the Exxon executive, calling him an “impressive individual.”

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Shaw: This looks like a non story from the Hill. Every individual named further in this piece is a political nobody And people I would expect not to vote for a Trump pick. This pick should pass.
Trump will get all his pick's.

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