Pat Buchanan: Will Trump Defy McCain & Marco?Patrick J. Buchanan
Dec. 13, 2016
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When word leaked that Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, a holder of the Order of Friendship award in Putinís Russia, was Donald Trumpís choice for secretary of state, John McCain had this thoughtful response:
ďVladimir Putin is a thug, a bully, and a murderer and anybody else who describes him as anything else is lying.Ē
Yet, Putin is something else, the leader of the largest nation on earth, a great power with enough nuclear weapons to wipe the United States off the face of the earth. And we have to deal with him.
McCain was echoed by the senior Democrat on foreign relations, Bob Menendez, who said naming Tillerson secretary of state would be ďalarming and absurd Ö guaranteeing Russia has a willing accomplice in the (Trump) Cabinet guiding our nationís foreign policy.Ē
Sen Marco Rubio chimed in: ďBeing a Ďfriend of Vladimirí is not an attribute I am hoping for from a Secretary of State.Ē
If just three GOP senators vote no on Tillerson, and Democrats vote as a bloc against him, his nomination would go down. President Trump would sustain a major and humiliating defeat.