Confirmation hearing for Rex Tillerson

January 11, 2017

Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson, at the start of his confirmation hearing Wednesday, named radical Islam, China and Russia as the primary challenges confronting an American government that's “stumbled” under the Obama administration. 
“If we do not lead, we risk plunging the world deeper into confusion and danger,” he told senators. 
Tillerson, the ExxonMobil CEO vying to be confirmed as the nation's top diplomat, testified in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee amid swirling questions about alleged meddling in U.S. politics by the Kremlin and Tillerson’s own business ties to Russia. But the energy executive took on the Russian issue head-on during his opening statement. 
“We must also be clear-eyed about our relationship with Russia,” Tillerson said. “Russia today poses a danger, but it is not unpredictable in advancing its own interests … our NATO allies are right to be alarmed at a resurgent Russia.”
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