For Immediate Release
Hamid Bendaas, 202-450-0491 (Ellison), Jessica Gail, 202-226-7759 (Carson)
Reps. Ellison and Carson to Senate Foreign Relations Committee: We Need a Credible Secretary of State, Not Mike Pompeo
Mr. Pompeo’s long anti-Muslim record will render him ineffective as a statesman to Muslim leaders and populations.
WASHINGTON - Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and André Carson (D-IN) today sent a letter to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) and Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-NJ) urging them to oppose the confirmation of Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State.
“Mr. Pompeo will regularly be required to liaise with Muslim leaders and Muslim communities abroad, especially during this time of conflict, tension, and unprecedented humanitarian need throughout much of the world,” the letter reads. "It is difficult to believe that world leaders will take Mr. Pompeo’s efforts seriously when he has sought to expand surveillance of American Muslim communities here in the United States and has stated that the ‘threat to America’ was caused by ‘people who deeply believe that Islam is the way."
“We need a credible Secretary of State, not one hobbled by a history of anti-Muslim sentiment and discrimination,” the letter goes on to say. “We thus urge you to oppose Mr. Pompeo’s confirmation as Secretary of State.”
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Rep. Ellison has represented the Fifth Congressional District of Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives since taking office on January 4, 2007. The Fifth Congressional District is the most vibrant and diverse district in Minnesota with a rich history and traditions.The Fifth District includes the City of Minneapolis and the surrounding suburbs.