Rep. Barbara Lee wants President-elect Trump to
avoid choosing a pro-Iraq War supporter for
secretary of state.
CONGRESS | 13TH DISTRICT |
East Bay Rep. Barbara Lee and three other members of the House Progressive Caucus are concerned about President-elect Donald Trump’s possible choices for Secretary of State.
In a letter Monday, the group referenced comments Trump made during the campaign labeling the Iraq War as a catastrophic error. “The war in Iraq was a big, fat mistake,” Trump once said.
Yet the president-elect is reportedly considering two avowed supporters of the war–Rudy Giuliani and John Bolton.
Mitt Romney is also reportedly a candidate for the post.
“Many years after the Iraq War’s launch, these potential candidates remain unrepentant with regard to the greatest foreign-policy failure in modern U.S. history,” according to the letter. “This fact alone calls into serious doubt their ability to pursue prudent alternatives to escalations of conflict.”
In addition to Lee, Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) signed the letter.
The decision whether to invade the Middle East in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks is undoubtedly important to Lee, whose lone vote against authorization of the invasion proved prescient.