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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


Esty Statement on Firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

March 13, 2018
Press Release
Decries added “stormy instability” to American foreign policy as a result of firing

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) released the following statement in response to the firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson:

“Rex Tillerson presided over a State Department that sent erratic and inconsistent foreign policy messages, weakening America’s standing in the world,” Esty said. “The Secretary’s departure adds even more stormy instability to our nation’s foreign policy at a time when we’re planning the first bilateral discussion between an American president and a head of the North Korean regime in our history. We should make certain that the new leadership is fully installed and able to provide insight before moving ahead with talks.

“We need to understand that myriad leadership transitions – from Health and Human Services to Homeland Security and now the State Department – broadcast a message of American chaos and weakness to the world at a time when we can least afford it. Stability is more important now than ever.”