On Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, was grilled by a variety of Democrat and Republican senators during his confirmation hearing.
Many of the questions that were asked were fair, but one of Virginia Democrat Sen. Tim Kaine’s questions was utterly ridiculous, and Tillerson’s answer to it sparked a wave of laughter, TheBlaze reported.
Kaine was grilling Tillerson on climate change and allegations that ExxonMobil knew that using fossil fuels could lead to climate change, but chose to ignore the data.
“I’m asking you whether those allegations about ExxonMobil’s knowledge of climate science and decision to fund and promote a view contrary to its awareness of the science, whether those allegations are true or false,” Kaine asked.
Tillerson, who has taken a more moderate public stance on climate change than many Republicans, craftily dodged the question by stating that as he was no longer employed by ExxonMobil, he cannot answer for them.
“Do you lack the knowledge to answer my question or are you refusing to answer my question?” asked a very irritated Kaine.
“A little of both,” replied Tillerson, which drew a round of laughter from the room.
You can watch the full exchange below. If you don’t want to hear Kaine listen to himself talk, the actual exchange begins at 1:15.
Kaine’s question was utterly ridiculous. There are more important questions to ask the next potential secretary of state than ExxonMobil’s stance on climate change. Kaine was acting like anyone who doesn’t admit publicly that climate change is going to kill us all is a traitor to this country.
He’s probably just still bitter that he isn’t going to be vice president and will instead be lost to history — and the sooner, the better.
Tillerson’s answer was perfect. He made it clear he wasn’t going to answer some ridiculous question that was clearly engineered to act as a soundbite for Kaine’s next political ad.
All of Trump’s nominees should receive a fair hearing, and they should be asked tough questions that need answers, but Kaine’s questions went too far and had no relevance in a world that has much more pressing issues to talk about.
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