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Rex Tillerson refused to call
Vladimir Putin a war criminal

Rex Tillerson refused to call Vladimir Putin a war criminal

This segment originally aired Jan. 11, 2016, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.

On January 11, Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of ExxonMobil and President-elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, faced grilling in his confirmation hearing about his record of dealings with Russian president Vladimir Putin, and what U.S.-Russian policy might actually look like.

“Is Vladimir Putin a war criminal?” Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio asked Tillerson at his hearing. Tillerson claimed he did not have enough information to¬†support using that term.

Tillerson’s business connections to Russia have been in the spotlight in part because of President-elect Trump’s friendlier tone toward the country.

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