Sessions Statement on Secretary Rex Tillerson's Service

I released the following statement in response to the Administration’s senior personnel change announcement this morning:

As a close friend and fellow Texan, I have known and worked with Rex Tillerson for a number of years. Throughout his tenure at the State Department, he has acted with the utmost professionalism and guided our nation through exceptionally difficult times. He has been a voice of reason in a world full of chaos and has expertly managed situations with our allies as well as our adversaries.

I commend him for a job well done and thank him for his unwavering service and commitment to furthering the safety and prosperity of our great nation. While I was surprised by today’s decision, I am pleased that my friend and former colleague, Mike Pompeo will be at the helm to lead the State Department. His robust work strengthening our intelligence gathering systems and modernizing our defensive capabilities has proven invaluable over the past 14 months at the CIA.

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