Blackburn Calls For Removal Of Jake Sullivan As National Security Advisor

October 13, 2023

NASHVILLE, TENN. – U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) today called on President Biden to remove Jake Sullivan from his post as National Security Advisor to the United States.

Right Before The Attack On Israel, Sullivan Misled Us All On The Middle East’s Security Status

“Mr. Sullivan has routinely misled the entire government about the status of security threats around the world. Just eight days before Hamas launched their barbaric surprise attack against Israel, he stated, “the Middle East is quieter today than it has been in two decades.” Yet, to date, over 1,200 Israelis have been killed, over 150 hostages have been taken from the safety of their homes, and at least 27 Americans lives have been lost, with at least 14 Americans still missing. This is Jake Sullivan’s perception of a quiet Middle East. This is unacceptable.”

Sullivan Was Wrong On The 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal, And He’s Repeated His Mistakes

“Sullivan has been dead wrong on how to engage with Iran since his first day as National Security Advisor. His policies of appeasement toward Iran have only emboldened the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism. Sullivan had direct influence in establishing the remarkably flawed 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly referred to as the Iran nuclear deal. Thankfully, this decision was later reversed, sparing the world from an expanded Iranian influence under this misguided policy that allowed Iran to continue to fund its terrorist proxies and build up its ballistic missile program. As your National Security Advisor, we have since seen Mr. Sullivan reinstitute many of the mistakes from the failed JCPOA. Easing sanctions against Iran and refusing to enforce others is not an effective solution, and this attack is clear evidence of that fact.”

For The Good Of Israel And The USA’s Security, Jake Sullivan Should Be Removed From His Post

“Sullivan’s deleterious mistakes with respect to Iran and Iran-backed Hamas only build on his earlier involvement in the administration’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. There, we stood by and watched the Taliban take over the country in less than two weeks. We cannot have someone with his notable history of poor decision-making, and lack of critical insights, as the most senior advisor to the President on our nation’s security matters. Continuing to do so is misguided. You said it yourself, Mr. President – the United States must stand with Israel. Leaving Jake Sullivan in his current position hinders both Israel’s, as well as the United States’, national security posture.”

A copy of the letter can be found here.