Butterfield Expresses Disappointed with Ambassador Rice Withdrawal as Candidate for Secretary of State

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today issued the following statement regarding U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice withdrawal as a candidate for Secretary of State:

“I am extremely disappointed to learn U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has withdrawn as a candidate for Secretary of State.  Ambassador Rice has served our country without flaw within the global community.  As a seasoned diplomat and Oxford-educated Rhodes Scholar, Ambassador Rice has effectively worked to build meaningful relationships with foreign nations.  She has successfully advanced America’s interests internationally and worked to secure the human rights of all people.  I am confident that Ambassador Rice would have done equally as well, if not better, as Secretary of State.  It is regretful that she has withdrawn her candidacy as Secretary of State.

“Equally disappointing is the speed in which Republicans politicized the Benghazi attack, which sadly resulted in the deaths of four Americans including a U.S. Ambassador to Libya.  It is shameful that Republicans would play politics by unfairly slandering Rice following such a tragedy.  Instead, we should evaluate and improve our security measures at our embassies and consulates around the world to prevent the likelihood of future tragedies.”