Scarborough: ‘Very Hard’ for Graham, McCain to Paint Rex Tillerson as a ‘Putin Stooge’

Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough spoke about President-elect Donald Trump’s reported pick for secretary of state, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson. Scarborough downplayed the effectiveness of labeling Tillerson a “stooge” of Russian President Vladimir Putin given he had been recommended by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Treasury Secretary James Baker. “You know, the thing is that Donald Trump has been very impressed by what a lot of people that have gone through,” he said. “David Petraeus — extraordinarily impressed. Mitt Romney — he actually got along with him very well. At different times he was ready to go with those two gentlemen. I think here what you hear not only from Donald Trump, but also Donald Trump’s aides, is that they believe this guy is in a league of his own. He’s been on the world stage for 15, 20 years. He’s run one of the top companies on the planet. And it’s really interesting reading the news. “The big knock this weekend on Twitter has been that he’s Vladimir Putin’s stooge,” Scaborough continued. “As I pointed out last night, he was recommended — you know, Condi Rice has not called Donald Trump yet. Condi Rice called Donald