"I have great confidence that Rex Tillerson will serve the United States well", said Sen.
While Tillerson's nomination was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week, every Democrat on the committee voted against him to leave a thin 11-10 margin - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis won the Senate Armed Services Committee's confirmation by a 24-3 margin. In this role, the former chief executive of Exxon Mobile will be a leading voice on the world stage for President Donald Trump's foreign policy agenda.
The Senate voted on Wednesday almost along party lines to confirm former Exxon-Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as America's next Secretary of State.
The 69th Secretary of State, Mr Tillerson is now charged with promoting President Donald Trump's so-called "America First" policy across the globe, as worldwide leaders express concern worry the President's clamorous approach to foreign policy-via-Twitter. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Angus King (I-Maine). Like Rubio, McCain and Graham had voiced worries about Tillerson's ties to Russian Federation.
The rule requires at least one Democrat be present for a vote.
Tillerson's first task may be to calm a State Department where almost 1,000 diplomats signed a letter of dissent objecting to Trump's executive order that temporarily suspends the USA refugee program and bars immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa. "Our adversaries are obviously watching very closely". "It's one where you know the president seems fairly engaged and I think as secretary of State he probably wants to make sure that he's developed his thinking on how to push back on Putin". He added that the Democrats were committing "a completely unprecedented level of obstruction".
The confirmation vote means that Tillerson is the first Texan to serve as the country's top diplomat in almost 25 years, since James A. Baker held the post during President George H.W. Bush's administration.
After a draft of the memo emerged, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday that State Department employees who couldn't carry out Trump's order should "either get with the program or they can go".
Several Democrats said they had no confidence Mr Sessions would be able to stand up to Mr Trump. This sets up Tillerson for a possible confirmation vote from the full Senate Wednesday.