President Obama Statement on Retirement of Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns

Washington, DC - Statement by President Barack Obama on the Retirement of Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns:

"Since I met Bill in Moscow in 2005, I have admired his skill and precision. Since I took office, I have relied on him for candid advice and sensitive diplomatic missions – he has been a skilled advisor, consummate diplomat, and inspiration to generations of public servants. Given his vital role on our leading priorities, earlier this year I asked him to delay his retirement, and I’m grateful to him and Lisa for doing so.  The country is stronger for Bill’s service." ~ President Barack Obama

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