March 23, 2017

Senator Harris Statement on Vote Against David Friedman

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, released the following statement today on her vote against the nomination of David Friedman to be the United States Ambassador to Israel:

"I am deeply concerned that David Friedman - President Trump's nominee to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Israel and his former bankruptcy lawyer- lacks the qualifications, experience, and credibility to serve as an effective diplomat in one of the most challenging and important posts in the world. In his writings and statements, Friedman has insulted, vilified, and smeared broad swaths of Americans whose political views differ from his own, including using Holocaust references to equate some Americans with Nazi sympathizers.

"Moreover, Friedman's stated opposition to a two-state solution contradicts long-standing U.S. policy that is supported by the majority of my constituents and the American people. Despite his efforts to walk back his offensive and radical statements at his confirmation hearing, it is nearly impossible to believe his statements do not represent his true beliefs. As Maya Angelou wisely said, 'When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.' For all these reasons, I voted against David Friedman to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Israel."