Prominent Republicans are paying their respects to Donald Rumsfeld, the controversial protection secretary and longtime GOP powerbroker who passed away Wednesday.
In a assertion, former President George W. Bush — whom Rumsfeld architected the Iraq War below — hailed what he referred to as Rumsfeld’s “steady service as a wartime secretary of defense — a duty he carried out with strength, skill, and honor.”
“A period that brought unprecedented challenges to our country and to our military also brought out the best qualities in Secretary Rumsfeld,” the forty third president mentioned in a assertion. “A person of intelligence, integrity, and nearly inexhaustible vitality, he by no means paled earlier than robust selections, and by no means flinched from accountability.
“He brought needed and timely reforms to the Department of Defense, along with a management style that stressed original thinking and accountability. As Commander in Chief, I especially appreciated how Don took his job personally and always looked out for the interests of our servicemen and women. He was a faithful steward of our armed forces, and the United States of America is safer and better off for his service.”
“All his life, he was good-humored and big-hearted, and he treasured his family above all else. Laura and I are very sorry to learn of Don’s passing, and we send our deepest sympathy to Joyce and their children,” he mentioned, referencing former First Lady Laura Bush. “We mourn an exemplary public servant and a very good man.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) remembered Rumsfeld as an “American patriot who served his country honorably and tirelessly.”
“Donald Rumsfeld’s decades of service began and ended among the brave men and women working to keep America safe. His time on active duty in the Navy began a distinguished career that elevated his talents to the highest levels of policymaking and public leadership. At every step of the way, Donald Rumsfeld led with conviction and a cutting intellect.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) honored the size of Rumsfeld’s service to the nation, noting how he was each the nation’s youngest and second oldest protection secretary over the course of his life.
“Donald Rumsfeld leaves behind a long and distinguished career at the highest levels of government. A man of skill, vision, and verve, he first served in elected office at the age of 30 as a Member of Congress in the People’s House. He served under four Presidents, becoming both the youngest and the second oldest man to serve as Secretary of Defense,” the highest rating House Republican mentioned.
“In all of these roles, Rumsfeld confronted the unique challenges facing our country with honor, integrity, and distinction, especially with his passionate advocacy for our heroes that serve in uniform and his steady leadership in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.”
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who knew Rumsfeld on a private degree by her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, referred to as him “a great patriot” and touted his “unparalleled” army service.
“He was somebody who I knew all my life who was a mentor and a role model and somebody who will be tremendously missed, and the nation will be forever grateful for his service,” she mentioned.
The Illinois native handed away at his house in Taos, New Mexico, surrounded by his household.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tweeted that he was “very sad” to listen to of the previous protection secretary’s passing.