December 13, 2016

Kaine Statement On Nomination Of Rex Tillerson As Secretary Of State

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement following President-elect Trump’s announcement that he will nominate Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State: 

“I have significant concerns about the nomination of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State that I intend to explore thoroughly as part of the confirmation process. His close connection to Vladimir Putin and the Russian government raises serious questions at a time when our national intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia engaged in cyber espionage against the United States during the 2016 Presidential election. Further, the documented efforts by ExxonMobil to fund organizations denying climate science during Tillerson's tenure at the company deserve critical attention as Virginia grapples with sea level rise in Hampton Roads and other climate driven issues.”