Mr. Tillerson came to the hearing acutely aware that his first task was to allay concerns that his four decades at Exxon had left him too close to Mr. Putin and dictators around the world. On climate change, Mr. Tillerson said he did not view it as the imminent national security threat that some others did. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyProtesters shouted out regularly, interrupting Mr. Tillerson, and he did not look at them, pausing expressionless as they were removed. That inflamed Mr. Rubio, who charged that Mr. Tillerson was ignoring easily verifiable news reports. Mr. Tillerson indicated that President Bashar al-Assad of Syria would ultimately have to leave power — the Obama administration’s position — and assailed Mr. Assad’s bombing of civilians.
Source: New York Times January 12, 2017 02:29 UTC