'Weak & Tepid': Rep. Hunter Blasts WH Response to Petition on Jailed Marine
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) went “On The Record” tonight to discuss the White House’s response to a petition on Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, the Marine held in Mexico.
The petition reached 100,000 signatures four months ago, but the White House has just responded. However, it took the White House just two weeks to respond to a petition for the White House beer recipe.
The response reads:
The U.S. State Department continues to provide extensive consular assistance to Mr. Tahmooressi, and will do so until his case is resolved. As in all cases when a U.S. citizen is arrested overseas, our goal is to see that Mr. Tahmooressi is treated fairly during the judicial process with the hope that he can receive the support, both emotional and medical, that he may require now and at the conclusion of the proceedings.
Mexico is one of the United States’ most important partners. We have close economic and cultural ties, and we work closely with them on numerous sensitive issues. While we will not go into detail about our private diplomatic discussions on this case, U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, have spoken to Mexican officials at the highest levels regarding Mr. Tahmooressi’s case.
Mexican authorities have been very willing to engage on this issue. They have provided prompt and continued consular access and visitations. As a result, the State Department has been able to provide regular updates on Mr. Tahmooressi’s condition to his family, Members of Congress, and the press.
We respect the rule of law and expect the judicial process of sovereign nations to protect other U.S. citizens who might find themselves in similar circumstances in the future. We will continue to monitor the case and work with the Mexican authorities as this case proceeds through the Mexican judicial system. We continue to urge the Mexican authorities to process this case expeditiously.
Hunter called the response “weak and tepid” and said he doesn’t think the White House cares about this. He said we could help Tahmooressi a lot more if Obama were more interested and engaged.
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