I welcome President Trump’s announcement that Mick Mulvaney will become the U.S. Special Envoy to Northern Ireland. Mick Mulvaney is an accomplished statesman who has demonstrated exemplary service to the country in various senior roles across the federal government. He has served as acting White House Chief of Staff, Director of the Office of Management and Budget and Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. His history of public service also includes serving the 5th District of South Carolina as Congressman. He is a valued advisor to both President Donald Trump and to me.
The United States is committed to maintaining peace, prosperity, and stability in Northern Ireland. U.S. Special Envoys have facilitated the negotiation and implementation of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, which had the main goal of bringing an end to violence, and ensuring self-determination, peace, and reconciliation. To that end, the U.S. Administration remains fully committed.
The United States welcomes the re-establishment of the devolved government in Northern Ireland after a three-year impasse and we look forward to meeting with many of the stakeholders this week in Washington. The re-established government has a unique opportunity to increase trade and investment ties between the United States and Northern Ireland post Brexit. Special Envoy Mulvaney will draw from his experience to uphold U.S. support for peace and prosperity in Northern Ireland while Northern Ireland and the United States address these challenges and opportunities.
Special Envoy Mulvaney has been deeply engaged in the Administration’s policy in Northern Ireland, including a recent visit in February to Belfast, where he participated in a cross-community program and met with community leaders, businesses, and government officials. His familiarity with the people and leaders in Belfast, London, and Dublin will be instrumental to ensure further progress in Northern Ireland. I look forward to his engagement as he does so with my full trust and confidence.