03/13/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/13/2018 12:44
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Rep. Paul Cook (CA-08), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, issued the following statement on the departure of Rex Tillerson from his role as Secretary of State:
Chairman Cook: 'I commend Secretary Tillerson for his service to our nation as Secretary of State. As Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, I'm particularly thankful for the time he spent working to strengthen our relationship with countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. In February, Secretary Tillerson made an important trip to the region where he advocated for maintaining democratic institutions, combating corruption, and applying pressure to restore democracy and freedom in Venezuela. I'm honored to have worked with him and look forward to working with my former House colleague and future Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, to continue increasing U.S. engagement with our partners in the region.'