US leaders react to death of Henry Kissinger

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday that Kissinger “really set the standard for everyone who followed in this job.”

“I was very privileged to get his counsel many times, including as recently as about a month ago. He was extraordinarily generous with his wisdom, with his advice,” Blinken said. “Few people were better students of history — even fewer people did more to shape history — than Henry Kissinger.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called Kissinger “a titan among America’s most consequential statesmen.”

“His ideas, his diplomatic skill, and his sheer force of will in service to our country changed the course of history,” McConnell said on X.

House Speaker Mike Johnson called Kissinger’s contributions to U.S. foreign policy “immeasurable.”

“Kissinger was a statesman who devoted his life in service to the United States, and should be remembered for his efforts to ensure global peace and freedom abroad,” Johnson wrote on X.

Republican presidential candidates weighed in on Kissinger’s death, too.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called him a “good friend & mentor” who “was a brilliant voice for the indispensable role America must play in the world.” Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said that while Kissinger’s “foreign policy was not perfect,” it was “pragmatic and should be studied today.”

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