Boxer Defends Kerry’s Honor: ‘I Am Shaking And Trembling’

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Sen. Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.) chastised her Republican colleagues this afternoon for criticizing Secretary of State John Kerry, who testified at the Foreign Relations Committee’s hearing on the strategy to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS).

Boxer underscored the importance of placing blame on ISIL, not on American diplomats.

"I think it's shocking and a sad state of affairs that we heard just now–such angry comments aimed at you, Mr. Secretary," Boxer said," and through you at our president instead of at ISIS."

Boxer’s comments came after Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) said, "We have three senators, president, vice president, secretary of state, that are exercising terrible judgment right now," in regard to the proposed strategy to fight ISIL.

She noted President Obama and the State Department's "tireless" commitment to developing a strategy to fight the "savage group."

"I’m actually shaking and trembling," Boxer said. "This is not the time to show anger at the people who are working night and day whether you agree with them or not to protect our people."

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