As her confirmation hearing continued through the afternoon, Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice said that she will give ‘an early push’ to reinvigorating public diplomacy, and asserted that ‘we need to reverse the trend’ of declining foreign student enrollments.
In prepared testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations committee this morning, Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice pledged to increase exchanges and to make public diplomacy a ‘top priority’ for herself and for the Department of State. She also stated that the United States ‘must remain open to visitors and workers and students from around the world’.
Following two days of debate, the U.S. Senate today confirmed the nomination of National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice to be Secretary of State. The Senate voted 85-13 to approve the nomination.