Sen. John McCain said Thursday that he has “concerns” with Rex Tillerson, President-elect Trump’s choice to serve as secretary of state, over his ties to Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that he will need to explain them during his confirmation hearings in the new year.

McCain, who made the remarks during a tour of the Baltic States on Thursday, said that while concerns continue to sit with him and his fellow senators, they will give Tillerson a chance to explain the relationship and why he should be the next secretary of state.

“I and several of my colleagues have concerns about Mr. Tillerson, and some of his past activities, specifically his relationship with Vladimir Putin,” said McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“I have concerns, but at the same time I’m certain we will give Mr. Tillerson an opportunity to make his case about why he is qualified to be secretary of state.”

Tillerson is facing a potentially tough confirmation process as nearly all 46 Senate Democrats, along with Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Angus King, I-Maine, are expected to oppose him.

Some Republicans have reservations about the Exxon Mobil chief executive’s ties to Putin. Sen. Marco Rubio, an influential voice on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which will consider Tillerson’s nomination before it goes to the entire Senate, said that he has “serious concerns.”

McCain — along with Sen. Lindsey Graham — is in the midst of a tour of the Baltic States, where the two have been vocal proponents of the Senate holding hearings about Russian involvement in November’s election. Graham said Tuesday that 99 of the Senate’s 100 members are in favor of holding hearings. Trump, however, pushed back on these discussions Wednesday, saying it is time to move on.

“I think we ought to get on with our lives,” Trump told reporters in West Palm Beach, Fla. “I think that computers have complicated lives very greatly. The whole, you know, age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what’s going on. We have speed, we have a lot of other things, but I’m not sure you have that kind of security that you need. But I have not spoken with the senators, and I certainly will be over a period of time.”

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