While Florida Senator Marco Rubio seems to be less than enthused about President-elect Trump’s Secretary of State pick, Rex Tillerson, Texas Senator Ted Cruz seems to be taking a more measured approach.
Cruz released a statement today, addressing the announcement of Tillerson’s appointment.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement regarding President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his nominee for U.S. Secretary of State:
“Rex Tillerson is a Texan who has had an incredible career building one of the world’s largest businesses. With deep expertise in energy, he has negotiated business deals across the globe. I look forward to a full and fair confirmation hearing where Tillerson can describe his record in detail, and lay out his vision for supporting our allies, confronting our enemies, and advancing U.S. interests worldwide.”
Perhaps Cruz feels being cordial, while holding his cards close to his vest is the best way to play this, at least until the confirmation hearings.
Rubio is not a card player, apparently.
Being a "friend of Vladimir" is not an attribute I am hoping for from a #SecretaryOfState – MR
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 11, 2016
Still, I can’t even decide if the Russian connection is the most troubling part of Tillerson’s resume.
As was pointed out over at theRightScoop today:
In related news, if you’re listening to Mark Levin, he is clearly not happy about Tillerson’s nomination given all the climate change stuff we are learning about him. Add to that what Perkins pointed out today, that Tillerson was a big agent in pushing the Boy Scouts to become the Gay Boy Scouts and that under his leadership, ExxonMobil was a huge contributor to Planned Parenthood.
That’s all I have to hear to instantly be repulsed.
Still, this is Trump’s show, now. He will stand or fall, based on the merit of his choices.
As for Cruz, Rubio, and other lawmakers chiming in, the ground they stake today may have lasting consequences on their careers.
It’s going to be an action-packed ride to 2020.