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FIRST ON FOX: The Republican members of the House Oversight Committee probed Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the Biden administration’s decision to appoint a “Global Woke Czar.”
Committee ranking member James Comer, R-Ky., led the letter to Blinken with 15 of his Republican colleagues engaging in oversight of the Biden administration’s appointment of Desirée Cormier Smith as the US Special Representative for Racial Equity and Justice.
Comer told Fox News Digital on Tuesday that the “creation of the State Department’s new Global Woke Czar position is just the latest example of the Biden Administration pushing a radical, far-left agenda on the American people.”
“The last thing the federal government should be spending taxpayer dollars on is an undefined role whose purpose will only distract the State Department from their core responsibilities,” Comer said.
“The State Department must be focused on diplomacy, not divisiveness. The American people deserve to fully understand the Biden Administration’s decision to create this unnecessary and counterproductive role,” he continued.
In the letter, the Republicans wrote they were “conducting oversight” of Cormier Smith’s appointment and that her appointment “continues the Biden Administration’s prioritization of a radical, progressive agenda the American people consistently reject.”
“Committee Republicans question the necessity of this new position,” the lawmakers wrote. “Further, we are concerned about wasting taxpayer dollars on an undefined role which categorizes and further divides Americans instead of focusing on the Department’s mission to ‘protect and promote U.S. security, prosperity, and democratic values and shape an international environment in which all Americans can thrive.’”
The Republicans wrote that the appointment is “the latest evidence the Biden Administration is willing to devote time, funding, and other government resources to enact divisive policies” and pointed to the administration’s controversial actions over the past few months.
“In the past several months alone, the Biden Administration has attempted to install one of the most prolific purveyors of disinformation to the ill-conceived ‘Disinformation Governance Board,’ has elevated one of the most adamant deniers of the winner of the 2016 election as spokeswoman for the Administration, and has supported extreme tactics—including intimidating Supreme Court Justices—to effect its preferred policy outcomes,” they wrote.
“The Special Representative makes the United States the global mouthpiece for divisive ideologies rather than democracy, equality, and freedom,” they continued.
Comer and his GOP committee colleagues wrote they “question the value and wisdom of continuing to pursue an agenda grounded in waste and division” as Americans “struggle under” the Biden administration’s policies and pointed to the job duties that come with Cormier Smith’s appointment.
“According to an email obtained by media sources prior to the recent appointment, the Special Representative is to be responsible for ‘institutionaliz[ing] an enterprise-wide approach to integrating racial and ethnic equity’ and ‘promoting systems of inclusion that mitigate bias, discrimination, and violence’ and ‘fostering more inclusive societies,’” they wrote.
“Apparently in an attempt to revive the remnants of the ‘Disinformation…