Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
(Washington, DC) — U.S. Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a State Department Appropriator, today issued the following statement after President Trump announced he will be replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with current CIA Director Mike Pompeo:
“I have always said that intelligence is the best defense against terrorism, but diplomacy is a close second. Now more than ever, we need qualified and consistent leadership at the State Department. Mike Pompeo is a solid legislator, but he has no experience in international diplomacy.
By all accounts, morale at the Department is at an all-time low – and for good reason. Its budget has been slashed. Veteran ambassadors are leaving. Key ambassadorships remain vacant. Meanwhile, we are living in some of the most dangerous times we have ever seen, facing threats from North Korea, Russia, Iran, China, extremists and cyber terrorists. The President needs leaders who speak truth to power and who can deftly navigate foreign policy.
The constant chaos and drama inside the Oval Office is hurting America’s credibility. Our country is not reality television. If President Trump wants the rest of the world to take the United States seriously, he must stop Tweeting and start leading.”