Rep. Wolf to Obama: Fire Ambassador to Vietnam

Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 02:06 PM

By Newsmax Wires

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., has written a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to fire David Shear, the U.S. ambassador to Vietnam, for “sidelining” human-rights issues in the country.

Wolf says Shear failed to fulfill his promise to invite prominent human rights and religious freedom activists to the embassy's July 4th party. Shear made the promise after a stormy congressional hearing in May, Wolf says, according to The Hill.

During the hearing, the wife of a U.S. citizen said Shear hadn't contacted her since the arrest of her husband, democracy activist Nguyen Quoc Quan, on terrorism charges in Vietnam a month earlier.

“Late last week it was brought to my attention that many of the most prominent democracy and human rights activists in Vietnam were not invited to the event,” Wolf wrote in the letter. “These reports seemed starkly at odds with the assurances I had personally received from Ambassador Shear.”

Wolf says Shear won’t tell him who was invited to the July 4th reception without clearing it through the State Department, which could take several weeks. Wolf says Shear told him he needed to strike a “balance” in who he invited to the celebration.

“Ambassador Shear's entire handling of this issue has been unacceptable,” Wolf wrote. “He showed little to no initiative in the case of Dr. Quan. Then, after appearing to recognize the short-sightedness of this approach, he agreed to host an Independence Day event at the embassy attended by human rights and democracy activists, only to go back on his word and mislead me about his intentions.”

And then after that, when Shear was asked for more information about the guest list, “he was uncooperative at best and obstructionist at worst,” Wolf wrote. He represents a district in northern Virginia that is home to many Vietnamese-Americans.


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
[Error loading the WebPart '']
Value cannot be null. Parameter name: virtualPath
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Spain's El Gordo Lottery Splits $3B Between Thousands of Winners

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 18:40 PM

Spain's El Gordo lottery, the world's biggest lottery, made thousands of people nearly $500,000 richer after the $3 bill . . .

'The Interview' Distributed Eventually, But Lawyer Not Sure How

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 17:59 PM

"The Interview" will be distributed and Sony Pictures "had no choice" but to delay the movie's release, an attorney for  . . .

Missing Philadelphia Student's Keys Found in Schuylkill River

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 17:42 PM

The car keys belonging to a missing Philadelphia student were found in the Schuylkill River on Sunday, a family member t . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved