Statement From Former VP Dick Cheney & Dr. Lynne Cheney on Passing of Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney and Dr. Lynne Cheney issued the following statement on the passage of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld:

“We are so sorry to learn that the world has lost Don Rumsfeld, but sorry most of all for the great empty space we know his passing has left in the lives of his family.

“He was a great man, who excelled in so many ways, not only through his decades of distinguished public service, but as a private citizen. He lifted others up. We think of the bright, eager-to-learn young people from Central Asia that he brought to our house one day and imagine all the others who have an expanded view of the world thanks to the foundation that he and his beloved wife, Joyce, created.

“In the Navy, in Congress, at the Pentagon, and at the White House, Don’s unwavering belief in the greatness of this country was always evident. During some of our nation’s most serious challenges, he was entrusted by presidents to help guide America through turbulent times. He did so with strength and resolve that came to embody who he was as a person.

“We think often about the huge change he made in our lives, the events and people we would never have known without him. So many memories, from world-altering events to the simple enjoyments of the Chesapeake, plus all the times that we laughed together, usually at ourselves.

“We will miss him.”

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