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Rex Tillerson is asked: ‘Is Putin a war
criminal?’; Marco Rubio says answer
is ‘discouraging’

Washington Times, by Guy Taylor

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Posted By:JoniTx, 1/11/2017 4:44:53 PM

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


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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird, 1/11/2017 4:49:17 PM     (No. 11104825)

The consensus on his condescending, nearly hostile, questioning was that Rubio - like Booker - was grandstanding.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Whamdbambam, 1/11/2017 4:52:19 PM     (No. 11104832)

I hope the Rubio runt has Peter-Principled out.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: jimincalif, 1/11/2017 4:55:19 PM     (No. 11104839)

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.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: TXknitter, 1/11/2017 4:57:58 PM     (No. 11104844)

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.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: pedro4, 1/11/2017 5:03:45 PM     (No. 11104857)

Rubio lost me with this vanity act. Vote against T-Rex at your own risk Marco.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mfm, 1/11/2017 5:08:12 PM     (No. 11104867)

Rubio is a punk, always was and always will be...

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Reply 7 - Posted by: hotcorner, 1/11/2017 5:12:48 PM     (No. 11104873)

Very dumb question for a Republican Senator to ask a Secretary of State who has to deal with Putin. This is another reason why Rubio didn´t make it as a Presidential candidate.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: stablemoney, 1/11/2017 5:13:57 PM     (No. 11104878)

Rubio, the job is diplomat, not war monger. The question was totally inappropriate.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: EAJ123, 1/11/2017 5:15:13 PM     (No. 11104881)

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."

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Reply 10 - Posted by: zzzghy, 1/11/2017 5:19:46 PM     (No. 11104885)

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.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: earlybird, 1/11/2017 5:38:23 PM     (No. 11104901)

Now he’s had a little presser where he left the impression he might not support Tillerson.

Tomorrow’s #NeverTrump story...

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Judy, 1/11/2017 5:41:32 PM     (No. 11104906)

Rubio´s been around Graham & McCain toooo long, they are leading him astray. He was a big disappointment.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: PageTurner, 1/11/2017 5:49:18 PM     (No. 11104914)

The name-calling approach is precisely why Obama got no help from Putin. If Putin is a war criminal, Marco is the relative of a drug dealer. And a foreign policy dunce. How you like that, Marco?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 1/11/2017 5:58:12 PM     (No. 11104920)

Rubio´s career as a national politician has never achieved loft.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: harper, 1/11/2017 6:04:40 PM     (No. 11104928)

Looks like little Marco is snivelling for Steponpoopalot´s gig as chief Demenemamediamedia suckup.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Pepper Tree, 1/11/2017 6:08:25 PM     (No. 11104932)

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.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: californiadude, 1/11/2017 6:15:52 PM     (No. 11104946)

Hey #15 had to add your long "d" word to the computers dictionary. Funny but true.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Flipper3, 1/11/2017 6:24:25 PM     (No. 11104963)

Rubio is not being helpful.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Yorkiemom, 1/11/2017 6:25:36 PM     (No. 11104965)

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.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: earlybird, 1/11/2017 6:37:20 PM     (No. 11104980)

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.

Rubio’s entire attitude was assinine.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Scribelus, 1/11/2017 6:39:17 PM     (No. 11104985)

"Little Marco" will never forgive the "Little".

Mr Trump may want to consider his characterizations in the future. They will carry a political price.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: AGGW, 1/11/2017 6:46:49 PM     (No. 11105001)

Well said, #3

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 1/11/2017 6:50:31 PM     (No. 11105008)

Little Marco, little mind. Think twice before you reject Tillerson.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: NYbob, 1/11/2017 6:59:52 PM     (No. 11105021)

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.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: bighambone, 1/11/2017 9:39:34 PM     (No. 11105211)

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?

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Salt5792, 1/11/2017 10:29:42 PM     (No. 11105250)

Marco, the Dems are the enemy. You aren´t helping with the war for a more conservative USA.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: annie xango, 1/11/2017 11:11:50 PM     (No. 11105283)

I sent little Marco an email and told him not to screw this up..or he could kiss occupying the Oval Office..goodbye...not that, I hope I ever have to vote for him as POTUS...

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Butch, 1/11/2017 11:25:29 PM     (No. 11105295)

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.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Trigger2, 1/12/2017 2:04:47 AM     (No. 11105402)

A better question: Is Barry a war criminal for letting Gitmo terrorists free to kill American soldiers again?

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Reply 31 - Posted by: bighambone, 1/12/2017 2:10:26 AM     (No. 11105407)

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.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: suejeanne, 1/12/2017 2:11:09 AM     (No. 11105408)

he seemed like he had a bee in his bonnet

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Reply 33 - Posted by: dvc, 1/12/2017 2:26:38 AM     (No. 11105421)

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.

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