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Rex Tillerson: Russia is an 'unfriendly adversary' that poses danger

January 11, 2017 at 11:40 am 4 News

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2017, file photo, Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson pauses during a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. on Capitol Hill in Washington. Friend of Russia and foe of sanctions in his corporate life, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, Tillerson, is an unorthodox choice for a Republican White House. He may feel perfectly at home in Trump’s iconoclastic administration. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (UPI) — During his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday, Rex Tillerson said Russia is an “unfriendly adversary” that poses a “danger” as it attempts to advance its own interests.

Tillerson had a tense exchange with Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in which Tillerson refused to call Russian President Vladimir Putin a “war criminal” despite Rubio’s persistence. Tillerson was undergoing questioning as part of his confirmation hearing to become secretary of state.

Rubio said it was “discouraging” Tillerson would not call Putin a “war criminal,” something Rubio said was “globally accepted.”

Though Tillerson did not support Rubio’s statements in which the Florida senator also said Putin murdered political enemies, ExxonMobil’s former CEO took a strong-line stance against Russian interests.

“The leadership of Russia has a plan, it is a geographic plan … to re-establish its role in the global world order,” Tillerson said. “They believe they deserve a rightful role in the global world order because they are a nuclear power.”

Tillerson said that though engaging in diplomatic relations with Russia is necessary, the countries will not likely be allies.

“We’re not likely to ever be friends,” Tillerson said, adding that the United States and Russia “do not hold the same values.”

“At this point, they are in the ‘unfriendly adversary’ category,” Tillerson said.

Tiller son’s views on Russia have been of particular interest to senators considering his confirmation due to his past close ties to Putin. U.S. intelligence communities have accused Russia of hacking Democratic organizations in attempt to meddle with the 2016 election.

Tillerson also acknowledge climate change could exist, but said that it was a “personal position.”

“The risk of climate change does exist, and the consequences could be serious enough that action should be taken,” Tillerson said, but added that “our ability to predict that effect is very limited.”

Tillerson said Trump “invited my views on climate change” and said he looked forward to working with Trump to issues related to climate policies.

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  1. hardheaded
    hardheaded January 11, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    The public records are a Joke, But if it’s on the Internet it must be right. RIGHT.
    Jumping into this pond without knowing how deep or what’s in it is not very intelligent.

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  2. inluminatuo January 11, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Rubio acted more like a Liberal Politically correct Agenda freak than a sober, reality world conversation vetting contributor. His pathological attempts to get Tillerson to admit Putin was a war criminal is like FDR calling Stalin a war criminal during the heights of American participation in WWII, whose participation by Russia saved hundreds of thousands of American lives and billions in treasure, even at the cost of not being politically correct. The enemy of my enemy is most times my friend, at least until the focused enemy is eliminated, THEN and then alone during times of peace can we afford spending less life force and treasure to promote social agenda’s. What is Rubio’s social agenda? Little Marco needs to grow up and allow the talented Son of Tiller to plow the road to success, rather than continue to plow the road to hell with liberal good intentions. Will someone please cut of that Rubio RHINO horn before it gores newly productive American leadership in the back. RUBIO RINOisms, ‘unfriendly adversary’ that poses danger”

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  3. Chris Suwalski January 11, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    I supported Marco Rubio at the beginning, but I have just about had it with his attitude toward President Elect Donald Trump and Rex Tillerson. The presidential election is over, and Rubio is lucky to have a job in Washington at all. If he is entertaining thoughts of running for President again, he should probably try supporting the president-elect from his own party! Regardless, he will never again get my vote. You would never see a democrat behaving like this. Maybe that’s why they are actually able to get something done when they have a majority and republicans cannot!

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  4. ltuser
    ltuser January 11, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Gee wizz. A foreign country interested in pushing its OWN agenda.. WHODA thunk…

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