Two former U.S. secretaries of state John Kerry and Madeleine Albright, criticized President Donald Trump’s foreign policy on Thursday night in Denver, as he refused to speak about climate change and withdrew from international agreements.
Madeleine Albright, who has served as chief diplomat under former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s said, “What is America’s role in the world today? We are AWOL, and when we do speak, it’s that we’re victims — and America is not a victim.”
Albright joined Kerry at the dinner held at Hyatt Regency Denver convention hotel.The annual event is organized by the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, which was founded by Albright’s father.This year, the school gave Kerry – who served during the second term of former President Barack Obama – its International Bridge Builder Award.
While accepting the award Kerry said, “Our democracy is troubled.”
“The unbelievable level of daily lying that’s taking place” in national politics and a lack of accountability for “aberrations to the Nth degree from the values that most people are raised with in our country,” he further said.
Albright believes that refugees from conflict-ridden countries around the world still should find a welcoming embrace from America.
“I think we have lost our leadership role, and the Statue of Liberty is weeping,” she said, to claps from the crowd,” she said.
“If we make the right energy policy choices, we can avoid the worst consequences of climate change,” Kerry said. “But the scientists have told us we only have 12 years in which to do it. So America’s got to shake itself out of this stupor and stop allowing ideological ignorance to govern the dialogue of a great nation.”
Kerry has shown his disapproval over the Trump’s foreign policy repeatedly in the past few weeks. He said he is considering to run for the presidential elections in 2020, when Trump could seek a second term.
Kerry said earlier during the event, “Our country is troubled right now — and more than ever, we need to honor this concept that you are putting front and center.”