Politics/Business as usual.
At The Hill by Jordain Carney --
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md) is coming out against President Donald Trump's choice to be secretary of State, hours before a key Senate committee votes on Rex Tillerson's nomination.
Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Monday that Tillerson's business ties and response to questions from lawmakers "could compromise" his ability to be the country's top diplomat.
"Tillerson was unwilling to characterize Russia and Syria’s atrocities as war crimes, or Philippine President Duterte’s extrajudicial killings as gross human rights violations," Cardin said. "And he was not willing to dismiss with unqualified clarity a registry for any ethnic or religious group of Americans."
He added that he thinks the former ExxonMobil CEO "misled" lawmakers about the company's lobbying on U.S. sanctions. Tillerson told the Foreign Relations Committee that "to my knowledge" the company never lobbied against placing financial penalties on Iran or Russia.