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Cole Mourns Loss of Donald Rumsfeld

June 30, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after learning about the passing of Donald Rumsfeld, whose service included leading as Secretary of Defense for former President Gerald Ford and former President George W. Bush.

“I am saddened to learn of the passing of Donald Rumsfeld, who I was fortunate to personally know and work with for many years in both politics and national security,” said Cole. “I served on the House Armed Services Committee throughout most of his second stint as Secretary of Defense. That gave me the opportunity and privilege to interact with Secretary Rumsfeld on numerous occasions. And, once he was out of office, he was a firm supporter of congressional Republicans during my time as Chairman of the NRCC.

“Donald Rumsfeld was a controversial and consequential Secretary of Defense. He was an incisive thinker, an energetic leader and a well-connected and respected spokesperson and negotiator who served our country and multiple presidents with skill, professionalism and integrity. No one cared more about the security of the American people, the well-being of America’s men and women in uniform and the advancement of our country’s ideals, values and interests around the globe.

“Donald Rumsfeld was a shrewd, tough, and determined patriot who was a source of strength to America’s friends and a feared and relentless adversary to America’s enemies. As both the youngest and the oldest man to ever serve as Secretary of Defense, a naval officer and a staunch supporter of the U.S. military throughout his public career, Donald Rumsfeld holds an honored place in the long and distinguished history of American arms.

“As we all mourn his loss, my sincerest thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, colleagues and many loved ones.”