McCain Indicates He’ll Vote Against Trump’s Secretary Of State Nominee


President-elect Donald Trump has faced several obstacles to his selection of former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to the position of secretary of state.

One of them was removed this week when Tillerson agreed to sever all ties with the company he has led since 2006.

But another big obstacle still stands in the way of Trump’s nominee, and it’s a fellow Republican: Arizona Sen. John McCain.

McCain has been forthright in his opposition of Tillerson, citing his relationship with Russia and its president.

After Tillerson was nominated, the senator was quick to express his concerns, saying, “It’s very well-known that he has a very close relationship with Vladimir Putin.”

Now he has taken it a step further. When asked Wednesday whether he would cast his vote for Tillerson, McCain snidely replied, “Sure — there’s also a realistic scenario that pigs fly.”

The senator is not the only Republican questioning Trump’s choice of Tillerson as secretary of state.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio have expressed similar concerns about his Russia ties.

Referring to Russia’s Order of Friendship award, bestowed on Tillerson in 2013, Rubio commented, “Being a ‘friend of Vladimir’ is not an attribute I am hoping for” in a secretary of state.

A close relationship was formed between Tillerson and Russia during his time at ExxonMobil where he was responsible for managing the country’s account.

McCain has confirmed that he plans to meet with Tillerson in a few days.

“I want to hear from him on a whole range of concerns. A whole range of concerns that I have,” said McCain.

Tillerson’s confirmation is facing a tough battle.

With Republicans holding a 52-48 majority in the Senate, McCain’s vote against him could spell trouble. Should Tillerson’s nomination receive an additional negative Republican vote, he would need the vote of at least one Democrat to secure his position.

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