John Kerry to USAID: ‘Deeply, deeply committed’
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
John Kerry did not detail his plans for development cooperation, but his message to colleagues at the U.S. Agency for International Development on Friday may have been as important: He fully supports their work and will fight for their cause in upcoming budget battles and hot spots around the globe.
Kerry’s visit on Friday, Feb. 15, to USAID’s headquarters in Washington was his first since assuming the post of secretary of state earlier this month. In his remark, he praised President Barack Obama’s development priorities and suggested he’ll build on the “extraordinary job” his predecessor Hillary Clinton did in elevating development cooperation as a central pillar of U.S. foreign affairs.