President Joe Biden offered his condolences to the family of Henry Kissinger on Thursday, nearly 24 hours after the former secretary of state passed away at 100.
In remembrance of Kissinger, Biden acknowledged that he had substantial disagreements with him but praised the “fierce intellect” he witnessed from the late U.S. official during his early days in the Senate.
“I’ll never forget the first time I met Dr. Kissinger. I was a young Senator, and he was Secretary of State – giving a briefing on the state of the world,” Biden said in a statement. “Throughout our careers, we often disagreed. And often strongly. But from that first briefing – his fierce intellect and profound strategic focus was evident.
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