Marshall Billingslea was confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in June 2017. As of today, five days after the WH announcement, Mr. Billingslea’s bio is still up at the Department of Treasury website. Making folks wonder if this is another of those dual-hatted appointees, with Mr. Billingslea straddling two positions at State and Treasury.
State Department statement on the appointment of Marshall Billingslea:
President Trump has appointed Marshall Billingslea as Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control. In this role, Billingslea will lead arms control negotiations on behalf of the U.S. Government.
Mr. Billingslea most recently has been serving as Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing at the U.S. Department of Treasury since June 2017. In that role, he has built international coalitions and led U.S. efforts to counter illicit financial activities. In 2018 he was selected unanimously by the 37 member countries of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) — the global anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing body — to serve as its President. Mr. Billingslea also co-chairs the global Counter-ISIS Finance Group and multiple bilateral negotiating fora with friendly and allied nations. He has deep expertise in arms control and broad experience in foreign policy and national security, having held senior positions in the private sector, NATO, the Department of Defense and on the staff of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
Billingslea holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University.
The United States remains committed to effective arms control that advances U.S., allied, and partner security; is verifiable and enforceable; and includes partners that comply responsibly with their obligations. President Trump has charged this Administration with beginning a new chapter by seeking a new era of arms control that moves beyond the bilateral treaties of the past. The appointment of Marshall Billingslea reaffirms the commitment to that mission.
AVC looks forward to working with and welcomes Special Envoy Marshall Billingslea https://t.co/v0pMaHAJeD
— AVC Bureau (@StateAVC) April 11, 2020
I’m looking forward to working again with my old friend Marshall Billingslea, the new Special Envoy for Arms Control, as we advance the President’s agenda of trilateral arms control to address the Chinese and Russian nuclear buildups.
— State ISN Bureau (@StateISN) April 13, 2020
INBOX: WH taps new special envoy for arms control–Marshall Billingslea, once a nominee for sr State Dept role, but held up over ties to Bush-era interrogations. Clock ticking on last nuclear arms control treaty b/t US+Russia but Trump declining to extend unless it involves China pic.twitter.com/r8QmJjchUu
— Conor Finnegan (@cjf39) April 10, 2020
Top human rights post goes vacant as Trump nominee confronts links to post-9/11 torture programhttps://t.co/jZBMJGgTEu
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) November 29, 2019
— Bishop Garrison (@BishopGarrison) April 13, 2020
THREAD: This new @WashingtonPost article by @MikeDeBonis about Marshall Billingslea, Trump’s nominee to lead human rights at the State Department, highlights his pro-torture record and the misleading nature of his testimony during his nomination hearing.https://t.co/JzVt3TiJ6C
— Benjamin Haas (@BenjaminEHaas) November 30, 2019