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Sen. Wyden weighs in on Trump's choice for secretary of state, China-Taiwan issue

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Sen. Ron Wyden (KPTV file image) Sen. Ron Wyden (KPTV file image)
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President-elect Donald Trump announced his pick for secretary of state, and Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is adamantly against the choice.

Trump has chosen Rex Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil, who will need to be confirmed by the Senate.

FOX 12 spoke with Sen. Wyden on Tuesday. He says he thinks this nomination will generate more criticism of the incoming administration.

"His obvious friendship with Vladimir Putin. Exxon, of course, hold a number of Russian oil leases and this is going to be a very heavy lift for the incoming administration," said Sen. Wyden.

Sen. Wyden says there are big questions about Tillerson's background as an energy man known for making big deals worth billions of dollars, and the potential for conflict of interest.

He says at least three senior Republican senators have already voiced their concerns over Tillerson.

Sen. Wyden also spoke about the concerns that Russian hackers interfered with the election, and says he thinks information surrounding those claims should be declassified and open hearings should be held on the issue as quickly as possible.

Sen. Wyden also weighed in on the China-Taiwan issue.

President-elect Trump is taking some heat for accepting a call from the President of Taiwan, which may strain the U.S. relationship with China, and goes against current policy.

"I do think the President-elect probably wants to wait until he's actually sworn in as president before he starts changing American foreign policy, but let me leave it at that," Sen. Wyden said.

Sen. Wyden says he'll be following that issue very closely as well, because Oregon has ties to that part of the world, not just in securities but also international trade.

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