DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN POLICY
IN JEOPARDY. WE MUST
FOR SECRETARY OF STATE
The U.S. State Department is in disarray with the exit of many top, key staff. Trump has signed a ban on entry into the U.S. for nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries. This all contributes to a situation that is spiraling downward and we have to act now. His Senate confirmation vote is tomorrow.
ImmIGRATION BAN Spurs Chaos
The executive order bans entry of “immigrant and non-immigrants” from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. Unfortunately, the ban covers most foreign travelers from those countries, according to Politifact. As a result, countless media reports detailed green card and visa holders blocked from entry into the U.S. over the weekend. The legality of the ban is now suspect.
EN MASSE EXODUS OF SENIOR
U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT STAFF
WAS A BLOW TO FOREIGN DIPLOMACY
THAT WE CANNOT IGNORE.
The Washington Post reports that four key staffers left the State Department. Those resigning include Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy, along with Assistant Secretary of State for Administration Joyce Anne Barr; Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Michele Bond; and Director of the Office of Foreign Missions Ambassador Gentry O. Smith resigned. CNN reports the Trump administration says they were fired. Nevertheless, they are gone.
Their departures leave a gaping hole in the State Department’s foreign affairs management. That follows Trump’s recall of U.S. ambassadors without replacements. Consequently, our foreign affairs are neglected.
TILLERSON NOMINATION BARELY CLEARED COMMITTEE VOTE
During his hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State Nominee Rex Tillerson did himself no favors. As required, he did resign his post at Exxon Mobil when accepting the nomination. However, he still holds a retirement fueled by Exxon profit.
He narrowly received the 11-10 committee vote in his favor. Regardless, now his nomination goes to the full Senate for a vote as early as next week.
CNBC reports, “Democrats said they voted against Tillerson over fears he might lift sanctions on Russia, where he did business for years, questions about his views on human rights and his refusal to recuse himself from matters related to his former employer during his entire term as the top U.S. diplomat.”
Let’s not even talk about North Korea right now. Mentioning the country should be enough to have your heart beat a faster with worry.
CALL NOW TO STOP THIS
DISASTEROUS APPOINTMENT FROM GOING THROUGH
Call your Senators now, which is especially critical if your Senator is Republican. The Tillerson vote should fall on party lines with the 52-48 Senate majority held by the Republicans, it’s imperative to swing three Republican votes.
Script: I want to voice my opposition to the nomination of Rex Tillerson to the post of Secretary of State. Our country needs and deserves experienced level-headed foreign policy leadership. It is critical with the rise of Russia and North Korea, to name two very real threats. Our country needs qualified experience in diffusing tensions, not profiting from them.
The Senate confirmation vote on Tillerson is tomorrow. Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or both of your Senators D.C. or local offices directly. You can find your local Senator’s contact information by clicking here.
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