As Donald Trump's transition team continues to vet candidates to fill crucial cabinet positions in Trump's administration, sources are telling Circa that officials are now considering Rep. Dana Rohrabacher.
The California Republican is the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats, and could be positioned for a top foreign policy position, or possibly secretary of state.
Rep. Rohrabacher has served 13 terms, and was a speechwriter for President Reagan.
Opposition to Giuliani and Bolton
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton are also in consideration for the job, once held by Hillary Clinton, but there's concern that some lawmakers would oppose those appointments.
This week, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a former GOP presidential candidate and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he would oppose Giuliani and Bolton because they both backed failed policies in the Middle East.
Some are concerned about Rep. Rohrabacher's ties to Russia.
A friend of Putin
Rep. Rohrabacher is a longtime friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He once famously lost an arm wrestling match with the Russian autocrat.
The California native supported Crimea's right to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. Russia's annexation of the Crimea in 2014 severely strained diplomatic relations between the Obama administration and Putin.
Rep. Rohrabacher's office declined to comment.
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