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Congressman Brendan Boyle

Representing the 13th District of Pennsylvania

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Boyle Demands Answers From Trump Administration Regarding Appointment of Special Envoy to Northern Ireland

May 23, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) released the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s apparent indifference toward Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement during BREXIT’s final stages.  Congressman Boyle sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) where a tense exchange occurred between him and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as the Secretary was testifying before the bipartisan committee.  A link to their exchange can be found HERE.  After the hearing, Congressman Boyle issued the following statement:

“It is beyond concerning that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demonstrated no knowledge and little concern for a bipartisan letter from 32 members of Congress requesting the State Department’s appointment of a Special Envoy to Northern Ireland to ensure protection of the historic Good Friday Agreement during ongoing BREXIT negotiations.  As I have stated before and clearly reiterated during today’s hearing, the United States must oppose the re-establishment of a hard border between the six counties of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  The appointment of a Special Envoy would provide a strategic diplomatic presence in the midst of ongoing and unpredictable BREXIT negotiations – just as previous Special Envoys have been in the drafting and implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.  Yet, this administration has not even appointed an ambassador to Ireland.  President Trump’s apparent lack of concern for the situation in Northern Ireland is frustrating and, frankly, threatens peace there.”

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