Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

President Obama's Snub of Chancellor Angela Merkel was Offensive and Unfortunate Where was the President's Cabinet during the Chancellor's Address to the U.S. Congress?

Nov 5, 2009
Press Release

For Immediate Release:

Washington, DC- Congressmen Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) issued the following statements criticizing President Obama’s snub today of America’s great friend and ally, Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Federal Republic of Germany.  When the President’s cabinet was announced, as is customary before addresses by foreign dignitaries to joint sessions of Congress, only two of the President’s representatives (who do not hold cabinet-level positions) were present. The President’s two representatives were National Security Advisor General James L. Jones, and the General Counsel for the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Fulton.

“Sending the National Security Advisor and the General Counsel of the EPA as his only representatives to attend the address to a joint session of Congress by Chancellor Merkel, constituted an unfortunate, unfriendly act by the President toward a valued friend and ally of the United States. In my 17 years in Congress, I have never seen another address by a foreign head of state or government where the President’s cabinet was so notably absent. Today’s snub of Germany, our great friend and ally, was most unfortunate.” - Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart.

“President Obama chose to not have Members of his Cabinet present during the address to a Joint Session of Congress of the leader of one of our strongest allies and the fourth largest economy. It is inexcusable that he would choose not to send his Cabinet to listen to Chancellor Merkel’s remarks.  She has time and time again proven her solidarity and friendship with the U.S. Unfortunately, President Obama has demonstrated a consistent pattern of abandoning our friends and allies to appease America’s enemies, a policy that history has shown to be a dangerous failure.”   - Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart.