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Rex Tillerson ‘right person at the right time,’ Robert Gates says at confirmation hearing

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Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday that President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson is “the right person at the right time” to be America’s top diplomat, particularly when it comes to navigating the increasingly complex relationship between Washington and Moscow.

“This new administration must thread the needle between pushing back against Vladimir Putin’s aggressions, meddling, interventionism and bullying and at the same time, stop a dangerous downward spiral in our relationship with Russia,” Mr. Gates said at the start of Mr. Tillerson’s Senate confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill. – READ MORE

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