During his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday, secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson diverged from President-elect Donald Trump on key issues including Russian cyberattacks, the invasion of Crimea, the Paris climate agreement, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Whereas Trump has avoided coming down hard on Russia and avoided embracing the conclusion of U.S. intelligence that the Kremlin interfered in the presidential election, Tillerson called reports of Russian hacking "troubling" and unequivocally declared Russia did not have a valid claim to annex the Ukrainian territory of Crimea in 2014. While Trump has threatened to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, Tillerson, the former ExxonMobil CEO, emphasized the importance of a "global response" to climate change. In a similar divergence, Tillerson also said he is not against TPP, a trade deal Trump campaigned heavily against.
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