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Bill Kristol: 'Disappointed' in 'Establishment Appointment' of Tillerson

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By    |   Wednesday, 14 Dec 2016 03:17 PM

Conservative voice and founder of The Weekly Standard Bill Kristol said he's "disappointed" with the pick of Rex Tillerson for secretary of state, adding that many of Donald Trump's supporters might be a "little disturbed" with the choice.

"Trump was supposed to shake some of this up; this strikes me as the most establishment appointment you could possibly have," Kristol told Newsmax TV's Steve Malzberg on "America Talks Live."

"I should think a lot of the Trump supporters must be quietly a little disturbed," said Kristol, who earlier this week stepped down as editor-in-chief of the Standard after 21 years.

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Kristol also said he thinks Tillerson, CEO of Exxon Mobil, will have a "tough time" during his confirmation hearings, given his relationship with Russia President Vladimir Putin.

Incoming Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said Tillerson will have to face "serious questions" about that relationship.

"I think people are concerned about his closeness to Putin," Kristol told Malzberg. "Defenders will say, 'Well that's just part of being head of Exxon Mobil.' And I guess because maybe that's why the head of Exxon Mobil shouldn't become secretary of state of the United States."

Further, Kristol points out, a legitimate knock on President Barack Obama has been his acute weakness in dealing with Putin; the last thing Republicans want to see is their incoming president cozying up to the Russian president.

"Part of Obama's weakness has been weakness to Putin; one of the reasons people voted for Trump was to reverse Obama's weakness, but on Putin it looks to me like it would be a continuation of more of the same," Kristol said.

Kristol also took umbrage with "Holocaust" and "denier" being bandied about in reference to climate change and the civil war in Syria.

"Those terms could be just reserved for the true horror of what happened, the genocide in the Holocaust, the Shoah, 6 million Jews," Kristol said. "There are many ways to describe the horror of Aleppo and many ways to say, if you want to say, that the scientific evidence is overwhelming, if it is, on the climate change issue and who's responsible for it. But yeah, the denier thing is very malicious."

Regardless, climate change is a debate — it's not fact like the Holocaust.

"The Holocaust happened, denying it is just denying facts, which are massively attested to," Kristol said. "Climate change is happening a little bit, it's allegedly going to happen more in the future, that's a model or prediction, it's not a fact. And its consequences and its causality are of course much debated. So it's very, I agree, inappropriate use of that term and it's purposefully to delegitimize anyone who raises questions about climate change."

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Conservative voice and founder of The Weekly Standard Bill Kristol said he's "disappointed" with the pick of Rex Tillerson for secretary of state, adding that many of Donald Trump's supporters might be a "little disturbed" with the choice.
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