Sparks flew early in Wednesday’s secretary of state nomination hearing for Rex Tillerson when Republican Sen. Marco Rubio ripped the former ExxonMobil CEO for refusing to say outright that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a “war criminal.” “Is Putin a war criminal?” the Florida Republican asked. “I would not use that term,” Mr. Tillerson said. Mr. Rubio, who expressed skepticism when President-elect Donald Trump first named the former oil executive to be secretary of state, was being closely watched at the hearing. His tough line of questioning suggested he still had trouble with both Mr. Trump and Mr. Tillerson’s approach
It´s an absurd question to ask someone up for top diplomat. It is a diplomat´s job to work relationships with foreign governments. It´s not "diplomatic" to call someone a war criminal, even if you believe it.
I didn´t expect nor think it appropriate if Rubio had slobbered all over Tillerson and never asked a pertinent question. However, just like Democrats, Rubio pushed the Russia narrative? Rubio proved here he is not over Trump winning the nomination. He is in with the establishment who dearly hope Trump falls flat so they can run next. Its ALL about politics and not the country.
We dodged a bullet when this little runt was kicked to the curb. He made a bung hole out of himself and I was actually embarrassed for him. My message to Rubio: "Shut up and go away somewhere and try to be invisible." You´ve been given a sedond chance at the table and you´re blowing it big time. You aren´t fit to tie Tillerson´s sneakers."
I watched. Little Ricky still has a bug up his exhaust pipe after getting clobbered in the primaries. This might be his last waltz on the big stage, which goes a long way in explaining his breathless little puppet show this morning.
What a stupid "discouraging" question to ask the next US SecState. If Tillerson was to reply, "yes, Putin is a war criminal," then what? Tillerson would be putting Trump in a corner. If he said "no," that would officially end any ongoing or future investigation into the matter.
Little Rubio made a fool of himself today with no help from Chris Christy.
Not a thing wrong with Rubio´s question. Too many are now believing Putin is or will be our friend. I am not that trusting of the former KGB. I know Trump thinks they will be a mutual admiration duo, but he´d better watch his back.
Some apparently missed Trump’s press conference this morning when he said either they’d get along or they wouldn’t.
Tillerson’s response was well-reasoned. It was not discouraging except to Marquito. Tillerson does not get his facts from the news media as Marquito implied that he should have done in order to respond to Marquito´s liking.
Being on a Senate committee does not teach a person statecraft.
Marco yelps a lot when he jumps out of the closet. Not a compelling speaker, devoid of original or insightful ideas, what good is he as a ´lawmaker?´ Oh, right, he is another token for hyphenated citizens.
If you were the President or other high level functionary in the Russian Government would you negotiate with Secretary of State Tillerson if coming out of the gate he defined you as being a war criminal?
By Russian standards, on a scale of 1 to 10 where Stalin was a 10, Vladimir Putin is a 2 at most. He is a serious adversary, but Russia can be managed.
Before the West helped overthrow a freely-elected (though awful) government in Kiev, and before we offered NATO membership to Ukraine, did anyone consider that Kiev was the ancient capital of the Russian Empire? That Russia leases the home port of their Black Sea fleet in Sebastopol, in Crimea, from Ukraine? (Imagine Russia leasing a crucial naval base from a NATO country.) Did the West consider that most people in eastern Ukraine are ethnic Russians? What kind of response did we expect?!?
Trash Putin all you want, in fact he is trusted and respected by most Russians. Russia has always had strong-man governments. Sad but true. However, bear baiting is never a good idea.
What difference does it make if Putin is politically defined as being a "War Criminal" or not?
As long as Putin controls thousands of tactical and strategic nuclear weapons and he registers a very high approval record in Russia it is clear that the USA or any other country can´t do anything about that.
Rubio acted like a petulant little kid today. He made a fool out of HIMSELF, didn´t lay a glove on Tillerson, who had it exactly right.
Even if we are nearly certain that Putin is a war criminal, there is NO POSSIBLE BENEFIT to the United States from calling him that publicly. NONE. We have to deal with the man, gratuitously angering him may be fine if you are a jerk Senator, but it is not helpful if we need to get some cooperation out of Russia. Try to think of the bigger picture.
Grow up, you simple minded, short sighted little checkers-playing idiot! Calling names should have stopped in the 4th grade, but not for Little Marco.
See if you can´t start trying to think a few moves ahead, like in chess. Or course, that takes adult thinking, so may be difficult.
Several media outlets pushed this bizarre story yesterday that Trump hired hookers in Moscow for a “golden shower.” You just can’t make this stuff up! According to BuzzFeed and CNN: Trump partook in “golden showers” in Russia with prostitutes on a bed Obama once slept on… Russia then blackmailed Trump, not by asking for money or influence in his business deals, but by forcing him to run for president against all odds and win? Here is the story that the CIA and idiots in the FAKE NEWS Media are pushing on America– Here’s what they want us to believe —
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