U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a member of the Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after meeting with President-elect Donald J. Trump’s designee to become the next Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson.
“I had a productive and insightful discussion with Secretary of State Designee Rex Tillerson,” said Senator Dan Sullivan. “He displayed a great understanding of the importance of America’s global allies and the role they play in maintaining peace and stability in the world. We need to restore the trust and confidence of our allies which has waned in recent years.
Mr. Tillerson affirmed the role energy can play as an instrument of American power and diplomacy, and recognized that Alaska and our abundant, untapped resources are a key to American energy and national security. The Arctic in particular, needs to be seen not through a single lens, but as a frontier of great strategic importance, and economic and energy opportunity where America can and should be leading. Mr. Tillerson clearly understands this, and I look forward to his swift confirmation.”