In an op-ed at Rare Monday, Sen. Rand Paul wrote, “Donald Trump should pick someone to be his secretary of state who will advocate for Donald Trump’s views on foreign policy.” He continued, “That sounds simple, but the mix of candidates bandied about by the media includes several who don’t share the president-elect’s worldview.”
“Trump has been clear and consistent about his opposition to the Iraq War and to regime change,” Paul said. “The media never really understood and still largely doesn’t understand the significance of Trump’s grasping our failures in the Middle East.”
Some of the top names mentioned for that post include former UN Ambassador John Bolton and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, both uber-hawks who disagree with Trump on key foreign policy issues including whether or not the Iraq War was a mistake.
Tweeting Paul’s op-ed on Monday, Rep. Justin Amash had a suggestion for the President-elect: Nominate Rand Paul for secretary of state.
House Freedom Caucus leader Amash is a longtime ally of Paul and a prominent voice for a more prudent and restrained foreign policy. Libertarian Republicans like Amash and Paul have more consistently agreed with Trump that the Iraq War was a debacle, and that similar regime change policies in Libya have been just as, if not more, disastrous.
Opposing regime change and nation building were key components of Trump’s campaign platform. Amash suggesting Paul likely implies that Sen. Paul is more in line with the President-elect’s agenda than most of the names floated for Secretary of State.
Amash introduced a bill in 2011 that would halt U.S.-led strikes on Libya until President Obama received congressional approval. “Sending our brave men and women into harm’s way demands careful consideration,” Amash said at the time. “Whether or not Congress agrees with the President’s decision, initiating this conflict was not his decision to make alone.”
Paul wrote Monday, “Both Trump’s foreign policy and domestic policy depend on him picking someone who has fully learned the historic lesson of the Iraq War: regime change and nation building don’t work and cost too much.”
“Trump should be Trump and pick a secretary of state who will put America first,” he added.
Former Paul aide Brian Darling recently made the case for the Kentucky senator as Secretary of State at Conservative Review.
Disclosure: I co-authored Senator Rand Paul’s 2011 book The Tea Party Goes to Washington.