Jeff Flake was nominated by President Joe Biden to be the U. S. Ambassador to Turkey. The former Republican Senator from Arizona was a vocal Trump critic.
Joe Biden Nominates Jeff Flake
In his medium, Jeff has said that he is honored and humbled by the trust President Biden has placed on him given the strategic importance of the United States’ relationship with long-time NATO ally Republic of Turkey.
He has also mentioned that if he is confirmed by the Senate that he 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, he said that he understands and appreciates the role Congress plays in U.S. foreign policy, and he looks forward to that partnership.
He continued that he understands the value of having America speak with one voice.
He said that having lived overseas, he has a deep appreciation for the indispensable role that the United States plays around the world and that there is no substitute for U.S. leadership.
He said that with his 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, which is his belief and commitment.
A Vocal Trump Critic
It would be noted that Flake was a vocal critic of Trump. He previously asked Trump to withdraw from running as President after the emergence of the Access Hollywood tape.
Conscience of a Conservative
Jeff Lake Retired Denouncing the Trump Administration
Jeff Lake said that if he had been critical of President Trump’s behavior, it is not because he relishes it but it is because he believes his obligation as a matter of duty and conscience.
He believes that saying and doing nothing in face of mercurial behavior is ahistorical and profoundly misguided. He quoted Republican President Roosevelt on what a president and citizen relationship should be to the office:
“The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the nation as a whole. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty, to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly as necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right.
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
Jeff Flake Crossed Party Lines to Endorse Biden in 2020 Elections
The former Republican Senator from Arizona was one of the Republican lawmakers who announced their support for “Republicans for Biden” in the August 2020 elections. Jeff Flake has proudly and wholeheartedly endorsed Joe Biden to be President of the United States of America.
Flake said that he is fine being on the outs if staying in the party’s good graces requires condoning Trump’s behavior.
Jeff Flake on Foreign Policies
One of the foreign policies supported by Flake was the Iraq Resolution authorizing the Iraq war. On October 8, 2002, He debated that thwarting Saddam Hussein is the only reasonable option. He said that war will no doubt come at great cost but the cost of appeasement is far greater.
Flake, later on, changes his position to a cautious opposition after Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives due to the unpopularity of the Iraq war.
Flake supported ending the Cuba Trade Embargo. He also supported normalizing relations with Cuba in 2014. And supported loosening restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba.
In August 2017, Flake co-sponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act. This act made it a federal crime for states to encourage or take part in boycotts against Israel. And allowed states to cancel contracts with companies that support boycotts against Israel.
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