On Sunday morning Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham announced that they will vote to confirm Rex Tillerson to be Trump’s Secretary of State.
The confirmation of the former ExxonMobil CEO is now all but certain. At least three GOP senators were needed to kill the nomination, and it’s not clear who among the Republicans besides Sen. Marco Rubio remains as a possible “no” vote.
In their joint statement, McCain and Graham said they were supporting Tillerson even though “we still have concerns about his past dealings with the Russian government and President Vladimir Putin.”
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McCain admitted on ABC’s “This Week” that he had some reservations, and that his decision to vote for Tillerson “was not an easy call.”
McCain said, “But I also believe that, when there’s doubt, the president, the incoming president, gets the benefit of the doubt. And that’s the way I have treated every president that I have had the obligation to vote for or against as a member of the United States Senate.”