I guess this is a reward for endorsing Biden in 2020 over Trump. I doubt Flake’s endorsement helped Biden much, though.
President Joe Biden chose Republican Sen. Jeff Flake to serve as ambassador to Turkey.
Flake represented Arizona in the House from 2001 to 2013 and the Senate from 2013 to 2019. However, he became well known as a harsh critic of former President Donald Trump.
I guess the nomination is a reward for endorsing Biden in 2020.
Flake stated: “With this nomination, the Biden Administration reaffirms the best tradition of American foreign policy and diplomacy: the credo that partisan politics should stop at the water’s edge. U.S. foreign policy can and should be bipartisan. That is my belief as well, and my commitment.”
Is it a reward? I mean, who would want to be an ambassador to Turkey? Unfortunately, Turkey is a member of NATO, thus our ally. Ally to what who knows considering
Dictator President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan purchases Russian military equipment. He also helps Russia by blocking NATO defenses in Poland and the Baltics.
Erdoğan blew up at Biden because he had the audacity to recognize the Armenian genocide. The
dictator president has shown signs of wanting to bring back the Ottoman Empire. Don’t even get me started on the Hagia Sophia.
It sounds like Flake is up to the challenge:
“This is a pivotal post at an important time for both of our countries,” his statement said. “Cheryl and I are grateful for the opportunity to serve, and eager to get to know the extraordinary people of Turkey.
“If confirmed by the Senate, I will be pleased to join a strong, experienced and capable team representing U.S. interests abroad. Having served in both the U.S. House and Senate, I understand and appreciate the role Congress plays in U.S. foreign policy, and I look forward to that partnership. I also understand the value of having America speak with one voice. Having lived overseas, I have a deep appreciation for the indispensable role that the United States plays around the world. There is no substitute for U.S. leadership.”
Flake constantly criticized Trump, calling him an “embarrassment to the office.” He said Trump’s behavior “is not conservative.”DONATE
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