President Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has officially been approved by the Senate, despite rebuttal from the Democrats.
In a vote of 56-43, Tillerson was confirmed, and even had a some votes from Democrats, which consisted of Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Mark Warner(Va.), and Independent Sen. Angus King (Maine).
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) specifically pointed to Russia as one area he expects Tillerson to home in on.
“I would say the place that, if I were him, that I would want to be focused is my strategy on the Russia issue,” he told reporters. “It’s one where you know the president seems fairly engaged and I think as secretary of State he probably wants to make sure that he’s developed his thinking on how to push back on Putin.”
He added that the administration also needs to “get on with” naming Tillerson’s deputies.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) also noted his belief that the secretary of a State “is the most important cabinet position that the president has to nominate” as explanation for why he is supporting Tillerson despite concerns.”
“There is so much uncertainty and debate about our role in the world these days,” he said. “A lot of our allies have questions. Our adversaries are obviously watching very closely.”
Democrats launched a failed effort to delay Tillerson’s nomination until after he had time to weigh in on Trump’s executive order, which bars citizens from seven predominately Muslim countries from entering the U.S., temporarily prevents all refugees from entering the country and indefinitely suspends resettlement for refugees from Syria.
One by one, President Trump’s top picks are being approved. Just one step closer to making America great again!