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Johnson: Tillerson's Foreign Dealings Not a Concern

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By    |   Wednesday, 11 Jan 2017 11:22 AM

Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson has an "incredibly and interesting, intriguing background," and his dealings with foreign countries are not bothersome, Sen. Ron Johnson said Wednesday morning before the Exxon/Mobil CEO's confirmation hearings were to begin.

"What we know about him he rose in the mid '70s, being a production engineer to the CEO of America's largest corporation," the Wisconsin Republican, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told Fox News' "Fox and Friends" program.

"He has extensive global contacts. He dealt with world leaders at the top on economic and oil exploration issues [and has a] fabulous background, great experience. Face it, oil and energy make the world go around here."

Johnson said he was not sure what line of questioning he'll take with Tillerson, as that depends on what questions will become before his.

"There are so many problems in the world, talking about Iran or North Korea, ISIS, or continuing slaughter in Syria, Russian aggression all over the world," said Johnson. "Eight years after the Obama administration, the world is in greater turmoil, it's a big mess. We've got a lot of problems that we have to deal with here."

Johnson said he met with Tillerson for more than an hour before Christmas, and found him to be an "incredibly intelligent individual."

"We need somebody with that kind of background experience and intelligence and competence serving this administration," said Johnson.

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Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson has an incredibly and interesting, intriguing background, and his dealings with foreign countries are not bothersome, Sen. Ron Johnson said Wednesday morning before the Exxon/Mobil CEO's confirmation hearings were to begin.
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