Flake to oppose Trump nominee for refugee bureau:

Flake to oppose Trump nominee for refugee bureau:

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday said that he will not support President Trump’s choice to lead the State Department’s refugee bureau.

“This nominee will not have my support,” Flake wrote on Twitter of Ronald Mortensen.

Flake, a frequent critic of the president, reference a Politico article published last week that noted Mortensen was facing criticism for his positions on immigration. The article referred to Mortensen as “an anti-immigration hard-liner.”

The White House last week announced its intention to nominate Mortensen to serve as the assistant secretary of state for Population, Refugees, and Migration.

If confirmed by the Senate, Mortensen would lead the State Department bureau responsible for providing assistance to some of the world’s most vulnerable populations, including refugees and asylum seekers from Mexico and Central America.

Flake, who is retiring at the end of his current term, earlier this month opposed the nomination of Gina Haspel to serve as the new CIA director.

“Congress needs to be able to provide fully informed oversight. My questions about Ms. Haspel’s role in the destruction of videotapes relevant to discussions occurring in Congress regarding the program have not been adequately answered,” Flake said at the time of Haspel’s nomination.

Haspel went on to be confirmed by a 54-45 vote in the upper chamber.



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