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Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer responded to Democrats' and some Republicans' aversion to President-elect Donald Trump possibly nominating ExxonMobil CEO Rex W. Tillerson to his administration's secretary of state post.

A number of top legislators on both sides of the aisle fear Tillerson's business ties to Russia and the fact he received the Order of Friendship award from President Vladimir Putin as red flags that should prevent his approval for the cabinet.

"If the Democrats go after Tillerson on the Russia ties it will be a delightful festival of hypocrisy," Krauthammer said.

Krauthammer said the American government has been "soft on the Russians" for 20 years and suddenly realized they are not "our friends".

He noted the exchange during the 2012 presidential debates when President Obama criticized former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) for calling Russia our largest threat.

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