10 July, 2020

Senate Republican Rubio backs Tillerson for secretary of state

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republican Senator Marco Rubio on Monday said he can vote to back President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, regardless of the former Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:XOM) CEO's "troubling" responses before lawmakers regarding Russia.

"Despite my reservations, I can support Mr. Tillerson’s nomination in committee also in full Senate," Rubio said in a statement posted on Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) killing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's vote on Tillerson at a later date Monday. A vote in the Republican-controlled Senate is expected shortly afterward.