Tillerson Grilled on Russia, Sanctions as He Breaks with Trump on Key Issues

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Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson on Wednesday sharply differed from President-elect Donald Trump on a number of key foreign policy issues, suggesting he’d take a much tougher line on Russia while at the same time declining to make any pledges regarding sanctions in response to Russian interference in the U.S. election.

During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tillerson, the former ExxonMobil CEO, also made statements at odds with the president-elect on nuclear issues, a ban on Muslims, NATO, the Iran deal and climate change. Tillerson told senators he has only spoken with Trump about world issues in broad terms and that they have not spoken in-depth on Russia policy.

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