WASHINGTON —U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released a statement on Tuesday after President Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with Director of Central Intelligence Agency Mike Pompeo. 

“Secretary Tillerson was a poor Secretary of State because he systematically and intentionally weakened American diplomacy. But we should all be alarmed by his ouster because President Trump seems to want someone who does the same thing, only faster and while fawning over the president,” said Murphy. “I look forward to hearing from Mike Pompeo about his plans for the State Department, but he's got a lot of work to do in order to get Democratic votes. The last thing we need is a ‘yes’ man at State who views America's power exclusively through the prism of military power and covert action.”