Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday released a statement in which she celebrated President Obama's nomination of Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) to serve as her successor, while also expressing hope for a speedy confirmation process:
Today, I spoke to Senator John Kerry and congratulated him on his nomination to be the next Secretary of State. I also spoke with President Obama and told him that he has made an excellent choice. I hope Senator Kerry will be confirmed quickly.
I have been privileged to know John for many years and to call him a friend, colleague, and partner. He will bring decades of service to our country and deep experience in international affairs. The son of a career Foreign Service Officer, diplomacy is in his blood. As a decorated veteran, he knows what it takes to defend our nation and our values. As a leader in the Senate, he understands how to build coalitions and craft compromises. As a statesman respected around the world, he will be able to sustain and extend America’s global leadership.
John Kerry has been tested – in war, in government, and in diplomacy. Time and again, he has proven his mettle.
Read the full statement here.