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The junior Senator from Connecticut on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Chris Murphy, said Tuesday at the Center for American Progress Ideas Conference that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "fundamentally misunderstands the threats presented" to the U.S.:
I think Tillerson is in the State Department to undermine it. I know it because he is going through a reorganization with the end goal decided, with 2,300 job cuts.
For example, the Ukraine crisis: "You cannot confront that with military power" — it needs economic stabilization, energy security, and tools for becoming independent, Murphy said. "Yet this administration tends to see Ukraine as a military problem…and in the end that is a recipe for failure." The Ranking Member on the House Intel Committee, Adam Schiff, added "the enormous cut in the State Department budget" is "terribly wrong headed."
Schiff said "It's pretty clear he views foreign policy through a military lens," and that's not just based on the way he's budgeted and aimed to boost military spending and cut foreign aid, it's also about the "way he's filled his cabinet up with ex-military."