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Kerry ‘Will Not Go Quietly Into the Night’ During Trump Administration

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• November 29, 2016 6:42 pm

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Secretary of State John Kerry said in a Tuesday speech that he would not be silent during the Donald Trump administration, the Washington Examiner reported Tuesday.

Secretary of State John Kerry vowed to play a significant role in what he expects will be "one hell of a debate" about the country in the next few years.

Kerry said he would not "go quietly into the night" during the Trump presidency, paraphrasing a poem by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. The poem's refrain urges readers to "Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

Kerry avoided mentioning Clinton or President-elect Trump by name, but made clear he lamented the Democratic nominee's defeat "bitterly" while urging the audience to remain engaged in political fights during the Trump presidency.

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"The State Department's glass ceiling has been removed," he said. "Others have not, as we bitterly know. But, it's up to us still to ensure that it doesn't come back, because nothing is certain."