LATEST SENATOR DONNELLY
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after President Trump replaced his National Security Advisor Lt. General H.R. McMaster with former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton.
Donnelly said, “As President Trump prepares to meet with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in the coming months, the president’s decision to replace his National Security Advisor injects additional instability into a dangerous situation and critical talks with a nuclear North Korea. We all want the president to be successful in achieving a peaceful solution to the North Korean threat and, with a lot of difficult work ahead, I remain concerned the U.S. is approaching these talks without a full team on the field or clear objectives. We need to utilize all available tools and that starts with having a clear, comprehensive plan.”
Donnelly, who serves as Ranking Member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, recently highlighted, in a blog post, the importance of a clear vision and strategy for North Korea that effectively leverages the whole of American diplomatic, economic, and military power. He also expressed concern with the number of key diplomatic vacancies and limited institutional knowledge of the North Korean regime at the State Department, as well as significant changes within the Administration, including the recent firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.