Tillerson's Confirmation Gets a No From One Hoosier Senator, a Yes From the Other
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WASHINGTON, D.C.--On the vote to confirm Rex Tillerson as the secretary of state, one Indiana senator said yes, while the other said no.
“Today I proudly voted to confirm the nomination of Rex Tillerson. He will be an excellent Secretary of State and a staunch advocate for our country’s national security interests. As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I look forward to working with him to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of State Department programs, strengthen U.S. diplomacy, and rebuild America’s relationships with key allies," said Republican Sen. Todd Young.
Young said he believes that Tillerson has a good understanding of national security issues.
"I was really encouraged that Tillerson had a depth of understanding, clarity of thought, a breadth of knowledge about world leaders and what's going on in the world and he showed a lot of integrity in how he answered questions."
For Sen. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat, it was Tillerson's work as CEO of Exxon Mobil that led him to a no vote.
“Rex Tillerson led his last organization in a lobbying campaign to undermine the national security interests of the United States in favor of Russia, Iran, and corporate profit. Putting narrow corporate interests ahead of America’s national security interests is inexcusable for a CEO and disqualifying for a nominee to be our nation’s chief diplomat.”
Tillerson was confirmed by a Senate vote of 56 to 43.