According to the Washington Examiner, concerns are increasing for President-elect Trump’s top two picks to run the State Department, Rudy Giuliani and John Bolton. Sources say the Trump transition team is now considering California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a leading House foreign policy expert.
Rohrabacher, who once worked as a Reagan speechwriter and a House member since 1989, emerged Tuesday night as a possible Trump pick. He is much more aligned with Trump on foreign policy, immigration and global warming issues.
Republican Senator Rand Paul said that he could not support either Giuliani or Bolton because he believes they back past failed policies in the Middle East even referring to Bolton’s views as “unhinged”. Paul’s position on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee gives him power over the nomination of Bolton—or anyone else for that position.
Bolton was a primary supporter of the war in Iraq and represents what Americans rejected about the Bush administration’s foreign policy. Even after Jeb Bush said that in hindsight the Iraq war was a mistake, John Bolton stood by his original position to go to war. Obama followed Bolton’s poor advice on Libya and Mr. Bolton suggested that Israel pre-emptively strike Iran with nuclear weapons.
Dana Rohrabacher has recently introduced HR 4017, called the “Save Christians & Yazidis from Genocide Act,” which attempts to rectify the situation under the Obama regime that has denied entrance to Syrian Christian refugees in favor of Sunni Muslims who were given preference by Sunni United Nations representatives. The Sunnis control the refugee camps and make life difficult for non Sunnis. HR 4017 is a reasonable solution for Americans who want to help the most endangered populations in the Middle East. Evangelical leaders and NGOs, Christian relief and American Middle East churches have met with Rohrabacher to help make this a national issue.
Rohrabacher is chair of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee for Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats and a popular conservative. When Speaker Paul Ryan told congressional leaders he could not support Trump, Dana Rohrabacher called him a coward for stepping away from the GOP nominee. He once went to Afghanistan during the 1980s Soviet invasion with mujahedin fighters. In his early days he was a libertarian activist with “Young Americans for Freedom” but has moderated his views today as a senior member of Congress but still loves to surf the coast of California.
He has also been a big critic of President Obama’s policies in Iraq and Afghanistan and has met Russian President Vladimir Putin, who he once lost an arm wrestling match with.
Mr. Hannosh is an Army Veteran, Water Board Treasurer, Representative for the American MidEast Coalition for Trump, Teacher, Real Estate Agent, Former Candidate for Congress, Former School Board President, Pat Buchanan, Ron and Rand Paul supporter and activist seeking to put Americans first, not the establishment. Paul’s father was of Chaldean ancestry which is one of the oldest Christian groups in the world and traces its roots to Abraham who originated in the Chaldean city of Ur. Mr. Hannosh opposed both Gulf Wars as he believed that these interventions were not inherently in America’s best interest. He could see the handwriting on the wall in the resultant destabilization which has decimated the Christian population of Iraq and created a breeding ground for terrorism. Mr. Hannosh is married and has a daughter who he hopes will inherit an America that loves peace, liberty and freedom.