Rubio takes shot at Trump’s potential secretary of State over Putin ties

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio took a shot at President-elect Donald Trump’s rumored pick of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of State this morning on Twitter, while Trump tweeted a defense of Tillerson.

 

Donald Trump and Marco Rubio clashed over Russia and Vladimir Putin during the Republican presidential primaries.

Donald Trump and Marco Rubio clashed over Russia and Vladimir Putin during the Republican presidential primaries.

Click here to read about Trump’s controversial use of Twitter and whether he can make good on his pledge to be a “very restrained” tweeter once he’s president.

 

Tillerson received the “Order of Friendship” from Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2013.

 

“Being a “friend of Vladimir” is not an attribute I am hoping for from a #SecretaryOfState,” Rubio tweeted this morning.

Trump defended Tillerson on Twitter later in the morning.

“Whether I choose him or not for ‘State’ – Rex Tillerson, the Chairman & CEO of ExxonMobil, is a world class player and dealmaker. Stay tuned!” Trump tweeted.

 

As a Republican presidential candidate, Rubio called Putin a “thug” and a “gangster” during a November 2015 debate. Rubio and Trump clashed during a March debate after Rubio said Trump has an “admiration” for Putin.

 

“Wrong. Wrong. Wrong,” Trump said. “Putin said about me. I didn’t say about Putin. Putin said very nice things about me. And I say, very nicely, wouldn’t be nice if actually we could get along with Russia, we could get along with foreign countries?…Maybe Russia could help us in our quest to get rid of ISIS, etcetera, etcetera.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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