President Joe Biden’s choice for a leading position at the Department of Defense previously referred to the Republican Party as “the party of ethnic cleansing,” in a 2019 tweet.
Colin Kahl, a former Obama Administration official who is nominated for undersecretary of defense for policy, previously called the GOP “a clown show” in 2017, and ripped the party after former President Donald Trump announced the decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria in October 2019.
“The GOP used to pride itself as a party that put values front and center in US foreign policy," he wrote. "Now—as they debase themselves at the alter [sic] of Trump—they are the party of ethnic cleansing."
Kahl also claimed that legislators who opposed the nuclear deal with Iran have been pushing for war “for decades,” in another tweet from 2019.
"Hawks in Congress, think tanks, & the NSC push Trump to shred the last vestiges of the Iran deal (waivers on civilian nuclear projects to implement the accord),” he wrote. “Shorter version: they won't be satisfied until they get the war they've pushed for decades."
One of Biden’s previous nominees for a Senate-confirmed post, Neera Tanden, was withdrawn after her comments about Republicans came under scrutiny.
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