KRWG: Udall Statement On Opposing Confirmation Of Rex Tillerson As Secretary of State

Commentary: U.S. Senator Tom Udall yesterday evening joined Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in opposing the confirmation of former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, President Trump’s nominee to serve as U.S. Secretary of State. He made the following statement:

“While I believe Rex Tillerson sincerely wants to serve our country, his answers to questions in his confirmation hearing, our personal meeting and in writing give me enough reason for concern that I can’t support his confirmation. I’m particularly uneasy about his lack of experience and his inability to give informed answers on many issues of concern to the United States and the American people.

“The Secretary of State is not just a negotiator, he or she must be a strong and principled voice for diplomacy and American democratic ideals, including civil liberties, such as freedom of religion and of the press. But in his answers to questions in his confirmation hearing and in writing, Mr. Tillerson has not given me the confidence that he is able to be that forceful voice for American values…” (cont.)