REP. LIEU SENDS LETTER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP WITH HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEMBERS REGARDING DIPLOMATIC SECURITY ABROAD
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WASHINGTON - Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) was joined by members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) in sending a letter to President Trump urging him to nominate a new Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security. On May 8, 2017, HFAC members wrote to the President asking him not to delay in nominating a candidate to this position. Since that time, no nomination has been made and Acting Assistant Secretary Bill Miller has tendered his resignation, leaving the position vacant.
In the letter, Mr. Lieu and HFAC Members write:
“All Americans remember the heartbreak of losing four diplomatic personnel in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Much was made during last year’s election campaign by you and others in your party about the need for greater security for those serving in diplomatic roles abroad.”
“Now, however, it appears your interest in strengthening the security of our diplomats has disappeared. The budget you proposed would eliminate a fifth of the State Department’s funding for diplomatic security, endangering our personnel and their families.”
“The United States must never ask our citizens to serve their nation abroad without providing them the peace of mind that they will be protected while doing so. After making Benghazi such a central issue of your campaign, your disregard for the security of our diplomats sends a terrible message and shows a serious failure of leadership.”
THE FULL TEXT OF THE LETTER CAN BE FOUND HERE