Tillerson draws flak for not tagging PH as human rights violator

Tillerson draws flak for not tagging PH as human rights violator

Multiple senators asked Tillerson about sanctions against Russian Federation, something he opposed as the head of Exxon Mobil in 2014.

"I'm prepared to do what's right", Rubio said.

Meanwhile, in the course of the hearing Tillerson stressed that he supported anti-Russian sanctions including the controversial Magnitsky Act, the US' tough position in regard to Crimea's reunification with Russia, and agreed that the alleged "targeted bombing" in Aleppo by Russia and Syria "violated the worldwide order".

Media put their recorders in front of Rubio after the hearing to ask whether or not he plans to vote for Tillerson.

Washington needs an "open and frank dialogue" with Moscow, Rex Tillerson, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to head the State Department, said testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The hacking led to the release of thousands of stolen emails, many of which were damaging to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

In a news conference Wednesday, Trump conceded publicly for the first time that Russian Federation was likely responsible for the hacking.

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Democrats raised concerns about Tillerson's response on Russian sanctions, arguing it could send a risky message to adversaries. But rather than acting responsibly with this knowledge, the company's leaders misinformed the public and spent more than $30 million to give birth to climate denial as we know it today. The nature of the climate threat requires such "a global response", he said, adding "no one country is going to solve this alone". "It's a powerful tool".

The 12 questions the organizations wanted to be put to Tillerson dealt with the security of Eastern and Central Europe and the behavior of Russian Federation.

"In terms of when you designate someone or label someone, the question is is that the most affective way to have progress continue to be made in Saudi Arabia or any other country", Tillerson said. "And if there's additional information that indicates the level of interference, it deserves a response".

Murphy also asked the nominee about a Trump tweet about North Korea.

"The report is as earth-shattering as it is thinly sourced", Murphy said. He also said, "I don't think it is ever appropriate to focus on something like religion as the only factor". He said it was important "that I deal with facts" when advising President-elect Trump.

Because I think it will be a surprise to a lot of people coming out of this hearing that you aren't ready today to call President Duterte a violator of human rights or to call what's happening in Saudi Arabia a named violation of human rights under worldwide law.

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