Jeff Merkley

Human rights groups slam Rex Tillerson, Trump's pick for secretary of State

Human rights groups slam Rex Tillerson, Trump's pick for secretary of State

Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of State, came under withering fire Thursday for what critics claimed was an insensitivity to human rights abuses around the world.

Several senators, both Democrats and Republicans, said they were disturbed by his unwillingness during testimony Wednesday to acknowledge government abuses in the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Russia and elsewhere. 

Plans to hold a second round of hearings were scrubbed after a rocky first day that saw several testy exchanges between Tillerson, former chief executive of Exxon Mobil Corp., and committee members.

A vote has not been scheduled, but Tillerson’s confirmation does...

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