STATEMENT: On State Department Removing Democracy Promotion and Human Rights from Its Mission Statement: Tillerson Must Go.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Connor Goodard 202-760-4828

Washington, DC -- 4D PAC President Jim Arkedis issued the following statement on press reports that the State Department is considering removing democracy promotion and human rights from its mission statement:

"The removal of justice and democracy from the State Department’s mission would be a victory for autocrats around the world. Since Teddy Roosevelt, the United States has engaged the world with the idea that our values are our interests. Democratic and Republican presidents have followed suit ever since. To abandon this bipartisan position is to throw away our role as the global leader.

Secretary Rex Tillerson transactional approach to diplomacy again displays his fundamental lack of understanding of American interests and values.

Standing for democratic institutions and basic human decency has created conditions for a freer, more equal, more prosperous world. Spreading these values also happens to make us safer.

Over the last six months, we have seen Secretary Tillerson systematically reduce the capacity of the State Department. He now seems determined to undermine its mission as well.  Tillerson’s morally and intellectually bankrupt approach should disqualify him from continuing to serve as America’s representative in the world.”

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