Former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice is claiming that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo being “overtly religious” is “problematic.”
Rice made these claims to MSNBC host Racheal Maddow.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
Former Obama-era national security adviser Susan Rice said Tuesday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo being an “overtly religious” member of President Trump’s cabinet was “problematic.”
“Mike Pompeo has been an overtly religious secretary of state, which in itself is problematic, because, again, he’s supposed to represent all of America, all of our religions, all of our threads,” she said in an interview on MSNBC.
Members of the Trump administration have frequently been faulted for their Christian faith over the past four years by liberal officials and members of the media. In 2017, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) opposed Office of Management and Budget nominee Russell Vought for espousing his Evangelical beliefs in an article, and Joe Biden’s running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) interrogated a nominee for the U.S. District Court about his involvement in a Catholic charitable organization.
Article Six of the U.S. Constitution explicitly defends the right of those who hold public office to exercise their religious beliefs freely while they serve. It states “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”
Pompeo has been open about praising the history of religious freedom practiced in the United States.