Senator Corker Was Dead Wrong About Secretary Tillerson

Corker has enabled Trump and Tillerson to put our democracy at risk


Nashville, Tenn. (July 9, 2017) – This morning, President Trump tweeted that after meeting with Vladimir Putin, he intends to form a cyber security unit with the Russian government, the very government who hacked into the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign and who interfered in our elections.

The only other American present in the meeting with Putin was Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who supports partnering with the Russians in this effort, and whose close ties to Russia and Vladimir Putin were downplayed by Senator Bob Corker, chairman of committee that confirmed him.

“Senator Corker was the most vocal and forceful supporter of Secretary Tillerson and assured Tennesseans that he was a man we could trust and that his previous relationships with Russia were nothing to worry about,” said Mary Mancini, chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party, “After too many years in Washington, either Senator Corker is so used to putting party over country that he can’t stop, even when our national security is in peril, or his judgement has become tainted. Either way, with him in charge, Tennesseans and all Americans are going to lose.”

On December 10, 2017 when his name was first floated as a potential nominee to run the state department, Corker called Tillerson a “very impressive individual” in a tweet. At the time, Corker himself was under consideration for the post.

On January 6, 2017, Corker went out of his way to reassure Americans about Tillerson’s close ties to Russia and Vladimir Putin at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. “My guess is that people are going to realize that his views on Russia are not in any way out of the mainstream,” Corker said.

Weeks later, amongst growing opposition, Corker took another aggressive step to support Tillerson telling CNN that he would move a floor vote for to approve Tillerson even if his Foreign Relations Committee did not approve the nominee. “I plan on moving Tillerson to the floor,” Corker said. “Without getting into all the machinations, I would expect there to be a vote of Rex Tillerson on the floor and I expect him to be confirmed.”