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Boyle Statement on the Firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

March 13, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13), a Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement in response to the firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

“Rex Tillerson never stood a chance. From day one, President Trump has undermined him on Twitter, criticized him publicly, and prevented him from having a seat at the table with foreign leaders. Under Tillerson’s leadership, the State Department has been sidelined and America’s role on the world stage has diminished. Today’s firing reflects the fact that this White House is in a complete state of chaos. Nearly forty members of Trump’s Administration have been fired or resigned.

As a Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I wish Mr. Pompeo luck and look forward to working with him in hopes of re-empowering the State Department. No matter his capabilities, however, I fear that this President lacks the temperament to work successfully with any Secretary of State. This has grave implications for American diplomacy and leadership.”

Congressman Boyle serves as a Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He is a member of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa as well as the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade.