SENATORS WANT STATE NOMINEE TO NATO BLOCKED
Three Republican senators have joined their House colleagues in opposing the nomination of State Department official Rose Gottemoeller to be NATO deputy secretary general, based on her role in covering up Russian treaty violations.
Sens. Tom Cotton, Jim Risch and Marco Rubio outlined their objections to Ms. Gottemoeller, undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, in a letter to Secretary of State John F. Kerry last week.
“Our main concern with Secretary Gottemoeller’s appointment is an apparent unwillingness to keep the North Atlantic Council and individual member states apprised of key updates on Russian arms control violations associated with the Intermediaterange Nuclear Forces Treaty, her frequent public ‘misstatements’ on this topic, and her reputation as a ‘Russia apologist,’” the senators stated.
They cited an incident in March when Ms. Gottemoeller testified that U.S. intelligence agencies were unaware of any Russian INF treaty violations prior to the December 2010 Senate ratification debate on the New START arms treaty.
“Other than being patently false, this statement directly contradicts an interview she gave to the Denver Post in November 2015 where she stated, ‘Russia tested, starting in 2008, a groundlaunched cruise missile that flies to ranges banned by the treaty ...,’” they said, adding that NATO was not notified of the illegal missile until January 2014 — six years after the first test.
“It is this pattern of peddling falsehoods and withholding information that engenders mistrust
Three Republican senators have joined their House colleagues in opposing the nomination of State Department official Rose Gottemoeller to be the next NATO deputy secretary general.