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Hawley says he will maintain the State and Defense Department candidate unless Blinken and Austin step down due to leaving Afghanistan
The Missouri Republican told CNN his deductions would apply to any civilian candidate at the deputy and secretary levels, as well as ambassadors.

The move would force Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to take the tedious procedural steps necessary to advance many uncontroversial candidates. And with limited speaking time, that could be enough to indefinitely delay a number of candidates who would normally be quickly confirmed by voice vote.

Speaking earlier Tuesday in the Senate, Hawley called on President Joe Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan to resign as well, arguing that “the failure of these individuals, the failure of this administration, has cost the life to the Americans and left the American civilians in the hands of the enemy. ”

“There has to be a responsibility and then there has to be a fresh start,” he said.

CNN has contacted the White House for comment. The senator’s threat is likely to raise concerns within the Biden administration, which has already been slow to announce some key appointments and has yet to confirm ambassadors based in key countries such as China, India, France or Israel.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez mocked Hawley’s plans on Tuesday, accusing his fellow senator of endangering U.S. national security.

“It would undermine the national security of the United States and its interests,” said Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey. “It would be a brilliant idea on the part of Senator Hawley.”

But Hawley rebuffed the idea that his move would jeopardize national security efforts, telling CNN his concern included, among other things, the 13 U.S. servicemen killed in a terrorist attack in Afghanistan last month as troops rushed to evacuate Americans and vulnerable people. Afghans.

“I’m afraid hundreds of American civilians have been left behind enemy lines and are still here. And I’m afraid the President of the United States has said it was an extraordinary success … I can’t think of another example in America the story when a Commander-in-Chief celebrated this amiable disaster as a success, “said the senator.” He should resign.

Among those who could be involved in Hawley’s plans are Scott Miller, an LGBTQ rights activist and philanthropist Biden appointed last month to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland, and Rahm Emanuel, Biden’s choice. to be ambassador to Japan.
The threat could also complicate confirmation processes for Melissa Dalton, Biden’s choice to be Assistant Secretary for Home Defense and Global Security Affairs at the Department of Defense, and a host of other State Department candidates, including David Cohen as US Ambassador to Canada, Karen Donfried will be Deputy Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs and Anne Witkowsky will be Deputy Secretary for Conflict and Stabilization Operations.

The Senate confirmed three candidates for the State Department on Monday: Donald Lu for Assistant Secretary for South Asian Affairs, Brett Holmgren for Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research, and Brian Nichols for Assistant Secretary for western hemisphere.