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George Shultz, former secretary of state, useless at age 100

Shultz, who was considered one of solely two Americans to have held 4 completely different federal Cabinet-level positions all through his lengthy profession, is greatest identified for main the State Department beneath Reagan. He additionally served as secretary of the Department of Treasury, secretary of the Department of Labor and director of the Office of Management and Budget throughout President Richard Nixon’s administration.

His work in presidential administrations prolonged again to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, when Shultz labored as a senior workers economist on his Council of Economic Advisers in the course of the 1950s.

“Our colleague was a great American statesman and a true patriot in every sense of the word. He will be remembered in history as a man who made the world a better place,” former Secretary of State and Director of the Hoover Institution Condoleezza Rice mentioned in a press release.

Shultz, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1989, had been working as a Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow on the Hoover Institution earlier than his demise, in line with the assertion, which mentioned he labored at “Stanford nearly every day until his passing.”

He died at house in California. The explanation for demise was not given.

President Joe Biden hailed Shultz as a “gentleman of honor and ideas” in a press release Sunday night.

“I regret that, as president, I will not be able to benefit from his wisdom, as have so many of my predecessors,” Biden mentioned.

“And, while he and I sometimes argued the opposite sides of issues when I was a young senator, I was proud to often find common ground on issues vital to the security and prosperity of the American people,” the President added.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken referred to as Shultz a “legend” and a “visionary” in a press release remembering him Sunday, noting that he “urged serious action on the climate crisis at a time when too few leaders took that position.”

“Every Secretary of State who came after George Shultz has studied him — his work, his judgment, his intellect. I know I have,” Blinken added.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom remembered Shultz as “an extraordinary statesman, public servant and friend” who “significantly shaped America’s foreign policy and worked for change at home, too.”

“Our state is fortunate that Secretary Shultz headed west later in his career, bringing his wisdom and insight to advising Governor (Arnold) Schwarzenegger, roles at the Hoover Institution and more,” Newsom mentioned in a press release.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a longtime good friend of Shultz’s, mentioned in a press release Sunday that together with his passing, “the world has lost a revered statesman and brilliant public servant.” The late secretary, she mentioned, had “dedicated his life to promoting a more peaceful and secure future.”

During his practically seven years on the State Department, Shultz “inherited a number of foreign policy challenges, including war in Lebanon, delicate negotiations with the People’s Republic of China and the Government on Taiwan, and a ratcheting up of Cold War tensions with the Soviet Union,” his official State Department biography mentioned.

The division mentioned his “positive responses to the overtures of Gorbachev and his Foreign Minister, Eduard Shevardnadze, and through his own initiatives, Shultz helped to draft and sign landmark arms control treaties and other agreements that helped to diminish US-Soviet antagonism.”

During his time as secretary, Shultz was particularly involved with the worldwide risk of nuclear weapons, in line with the Hoover Institution, which mentioned the diplomat as soon as informed Stanford college students that “in an age of nuclear weapons, maintaining collective security is no easy task.”

“We must both defend freedom and preserve peace. We must seek to advance those moral values to which this nation and its allies are deeply committed. And we must do so in a nuclear age in which a global war would thoroughly destroy those values,” he mentioned.

Shultz additionally took on challenges within the Middle East, having brokered an settlement between Israel and Lebanon during which Israel agreed to begin withdrawing troops, in line with his State Department biography, which famous the late diplomat was, nevertheless, “unable to forge a lasting resolution to the Middle East conflict.”

Shultz made headlines in the course of the 2016 election when each he and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger declined to endorse both main get together candidate.

“We are not making any endorsement in the current presidential election,” they wrote in a joint assertion. “We are dedicated to fostering a bipartisan foreign policy and we will devote ourselves to this effort now and after the election.”

Shultz additionally unsuccessfully lobbied the Trump administration to remain within the Paris local weather settlement, co-writing a 2017 op-ed that argued the enterprise case for the worldwide accord.

“This is as close as big business gets to a consensus position,” the op-ed learn, arguing that “our companies are best served by a stable and predictable international framework that commits all nations to climate-change mitigation.”

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