WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On December 13, 2016, Trump officially announced that he'd tapped Tillerson as his choice for the next US Secretary of State. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a vote on Tillerson's confirmation at 4:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m. GMT) on Monday.
"Despite my reservations, I will support Mr. Tillerson’s nomination in committee and in the full Senate," Rubio said in a statement.
Tillerson is known for his close business ties with Russia. The businessman is also believed to have friendly relations with President Putin.
Meanwhile, during the course of the hearing, Tillerson stressed that he supported anti-Russian sanctions including the controversial Magnitsky Act, the punitive US response to Crimea's reunification with Russia, and the idea that allegedly "targeted bombing" in Aleppo by Russia and Syria "violated the international order."
US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon serves as chief US diplomat until the secretary-designate is confirmed by Congress, State Department spokesperson John Kirby told reporters on Thursday.