The Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of confirmation, with just four senators — Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Democrats Chris Coons of Delaware and Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico — voting against her. It was a quick confirmation, and a striking reversal in fortune for a woman who loudly criticized Trump during the GOP primary and endorsed one of his rivals, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
The two-term governor faced questions from Democrats over her lack of experience with global affairs but won plaudits from senators for her handling of prickly issues like Russia and UN actions toward Israel during her confirmation hearings. She's the first woman to be confirmed to Trump's cabinet, but likely not the last; on Tuesday Elaine Chao's nomination as Transportation Secretary was passed out of committee, as well.
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"Russia is trying to show their muscle right now. It's what they do," she said. She added: "I don't think we can trust them. We have to continue to be very strong back, and show them what this new administration is going to be."