Sen Rand Paul (R-KY) hasn’t been shy about about what he wants to see as President-elect Trump’s secretary of state. Upon hearing that former ambassador John Bolton and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani were being considered, the libertarian leaning senator went on the warpath, denouncing and lambasting the two choices. He even went so far as to say that should Trump pick Bolton, he would gather the necessary votes to block him.
Paul’s opinions on the secretary of state job are heavy because from his perspective he sees very clearly how much damage the Iraq war has done. Not just to the families of those who died there, but what terrorist groups have gained strength as a result. Needless to say, Paul isn’t messing around with this position for Trump’s cabinet, because he doesn’t want to see the United States further mired in problems oversees, and spending more money, and especially lives, as a result.
Paul reaffirmed his position on Monday during an interview on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.
Blitzer brought up the fact that Rand called Romney an “even keeled” pick, and asked Rand if he would prefer Romney in the position. Rand elaborated, letting on that this isn’t exactly the case.
“What I want is somebody who understands that the Iraq war was a mistake, that nation building has been a mistake, and that regime change has been a mistake,” said Paul. “These are things that Donald Trump has expressed, and I believe and agree with him completely. It’s why I supported him.”
“But I don’t believe Bolton, I don’t believe Giuliani have understood that, or have come to understand the historical significance of that,” continued Rand. “I’m unsure about where Romney is on this, and if he comes before my committee I would ask him “do you now think the Iraq war was a mistake, and made us less safe, emboldened Iran, made the whole situation more chaotic?”
Paul went on to speak about how if Donald Trump wants to build our own nation up, then he must abandon the idea of nation building oversees.
Paul also has an issue with former CIA director General David Patraeus, as he plead guilty for sharing classified information with unauthorized people. The Senator stated that if we’re going to keep former secretary of state Hillary Clinton out of office for this kind of thing, then Patraeus must also be disqualified.
Watch the interview below.