- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Jack Reed criticized President Barack Obama’s decision to not send a high-ranking official to unity rally IN Paris honoring the cartoonists killed last week.

The Democratic lawmaker said it would have bene more appropriate to have a representative higher than the U.S. ambassador to France.

WPRO.com reports (http://bit.ly/1xUWoRE ) that Reed said he didn’t believe the administration’s decision was a mistake.

Secretary of State John Kerry says he’ll travel to Paris this week to show solidarity with the French people. His announcement follows sharp criticism of the Obama administration for not sending a senior official to Sunday’s rally in Paris that was attended by about 40 world leaders and more than a million participants.

Kerry said the criticism is “sort of quibbling a little bit” because many people from the U.S. embassy attended.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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