Sen. Chris Coons released a statement March 13 after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired by President Donald Trump, who will now nominate current CIA Director Mike Pompeo to serve as secretary of state.
“President Trump’s foreign policy has been defined by inconsistency, volatility and a failure to advance U.S. values around the world. While I have opposed several of Secretary Tillerson’s decisions during his tenure at the State Department, I don’t believe that President Trump ever gave him the trust, personnel and resources he needed to be effective as the nation’s top diplomat,” said Coons.
“Secretary Tillerson’s firing comes one day after he once again spoke out against Russia when the president would not. Throughout his administration, President Trump has not only turned away from our allies and weakened our commitments to international coalitions, but he has notably refused to address the real threats that we face from Russia,” said Coons.
“I look forward to speaking with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, President Trump’s next pick for secretary of state, as soon as possible about our diplomatic and security priorities around the world. I will caution Director Pompeo, though, that now more than ever, our country needs a secretary of state who understands the critical role that the U.S. plays in advancing democracy and American values around the world,” said Coons.
“Director Pompeo will only succeed if he and the president show a willingness to trust America’s diplomats and give them the resources they need to do their job. I also hope that Director Pompeo, if confirmed, will stand up to the president when necessary, especially when it comes to being clear-eyed about the threat the U.S. and our allies face from Vladimir Putin’s Russia,” said Coons.