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Former Congressman Tom Tancredo: Rohrabacher is the Only Candidate for Secretary of State
【RenMinBao News】On November 2016, veteran Congressional member Dana Rohrabacher revealed in Twitter that he was under consideration for the position of Secretary of State by President-Elect Donald Trump.
Congressman Rohrabacher also wrote that his wants to “continue to fight for liberty and freedom as a member of the House of Representatives, as a strong supporter of President-Elect Trump’s vision for America.”
During the two Reagan administrations, Rohrabacher worked 7 years as a speech writer and assistant press secretary for President Reagan. He wrote many of the memorable lines for President Reagan.
In one of the policy document Rohrabacher drafted for President Reagan, he maintained that the precondition to US’ economic assistance to China is the respect by the Chinese communist government for the basic rights of freedom to which the Chinese people are entitled.
However, US Presidents succeeding President Reagan has been placing increasing premium on trade with China rather than human rights.
In a 2012 interview Dana Rohrabacher criticized Obama’s economic aid to China which according to him has helped turn China into a world’s main economic power while the policy should have predicated such aid on request for political reform.
On June 13, 2016, the House passed H. Res 343 censuring the Chinese government for harvesting the organs of Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience. Rohrabacher is a signer of H Res 343.
In July 2016, Rohrabacher came to the Falun Gong rally at Capitol Hill and gave a speech. He thanked Falun Gong practitioners for informing the American people and the world about the manipulation of information that the regime does. He expressed great indignation for some Americans, who should cherish freedom and human rights, but “go there and are only making deals with a regime that represses its people, which murders people–the Falun Gong–and has made a profit in trading and the body parts of people they have murdered.” “This evil has to be stopped,” he said.
• No congressional members are more pro-China than Rohrabacher
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher is the US Representative for California’s 48th District and chairs the United States House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats.
He is known for being direct, often berating the illegitimacy of the Chinese government and calling it “one of the forces of evil in the world,” a “gangster regime.”
The Chinese state media and some pro-Chinese government media are in the habit of mistaking “Chinese government” for “China.” They label Rohrabacher “anti-China” or a “China-basher.” Addressing this point, Congressman Rohrabacher said he felt no congressional members are more “pro-China” and “pro-Chinese people” than he is. Calling the Chinese people “one of our greatest allies,” he said he believed the only hope to maintain peace (with China) lies in maintaining friendly relationship with the Chinese people.
As such, Congressman Rohrabacher is one of the few congressional members to have the audacity to separate the Chinese communist government from the Chinese people.
• Quitting the Taiwan Caucus
As a longtime observer of China-Taiwan relation, Congressman Rohrabacher is one of the founders of the congressional Taiwan Caucus. However, he chose to leave it in 2009.
Under the leadership of Ma Ying-jeou and Kuomingtang, Taiwan legislators allowed the formation of “Taiwan Communist Party.” Ma also invited to Taiwan those Chinese communist cadres whose hands were tainted with blood. Moreover, Ma Ying-jeou’s government gave implicit consent to pro-Communist thugs as they attacked Falun Gong practitioners in front of Taipei 101.
In an interview with Voice of America, Dana Rohrabacher said his resignation was primarily the result of a growing gap in goals between him and Taiwan’s government.
Rohrabacher said that he firmly believed in opposing autocracy, but if Taiwan chose to cooperate with China, this participation (in Taiwan caucus) was inconsequential.
On a side note, Ma Ying-jeou’s Kuomintang (Nationalist Party of China) has been degenerated to the extent of not being able to pay salary after the freezing of its assets. It does suggest one reaps what one has sown.
• Dana Rohrabacher is “one of the few politicians who truly understands Washington”
On November 30, former congressional member Tom Tancredo posted on American Thinker an article titled “Dana Rohrabacher：The only secretary of state candidate to put America first.” In the article, Tancredo calls Rohrabacher a “perfect fit” of “all the candidates under consideration.” He also calls Rohrabacher “one of the few politicians who truly understand Washington without being corrupted by it.”
Dana Rohrabacher has served in House Foreign Affairs Committee for nearly 25 years. Tom Tancredo served with Rohrabacher on the Foreign Affairs Committee. He can “personally attest” “Rohrabacher was one of the most knowledgeable members on foreign affairs. Even left-wing blogs like the Daily Kos acknowledge that he ‘knows more about Syria than the State Department.’ He is the chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats and previously chaired the Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee, which was responsible for supervising the State Department. His foreign policy experience extends all the way back to the Reagan administration, where he helped craft the Reagan Doctrine, which many credit with helping end the Cold War.”
Like Trump Rohrabacher takes “strong stance Chinese currency manipulation.” “Like Trump, he realizes the War in Iraq was a mistake and opposes intervention in Syria. He believes that ‘a decade of nation building has not worked’ in the Middle East.”
According to Tom Tancredo, “Donald Trump's ‘America First’ platform of trade protectionism, immigration control, and foreign policy non-intervention was the centerpiece of his campaign. He needs his secretary of state to help implement these policies through diplomacy, negotiating trade agreements, setting refugee admissions, and ensuring that foreign nations accept the criminal aliens we deport. This requires a seasoned foreign policy expert whom Trump can trust to stand up to both foreign leaders and domestic critics in both political parties.” Dana Rohrabacher not only shares Trump’s view but his experience and knowledge has made him the perfect candidate.
• Someone of Integrity
In November 2016, when the Republican establishment was backing away from Mr. Trump during his controversy, Dana Rohrabacher chose to stand up to them. He called these Republicans abandoning Trump “cowardly” and “gutless.”
However, it doesn’t mean Rohrabacher has no principles. Anyone who has worked with him knows he will not be swayed by the majority opinions merely because they are majority opinions. Nor would he cave under negative political pressure or the media attention. It is only when he thinks he is in the right and Mr. Trump in the wrong that he will frankly speaks his mind.
The role of Dana Rohrabacher is that of a loyal advisor and a patriot. When the country is in such serious trouble that Mr. Trump has to step forth and run for President, the topic of picking Dana Rohrabacher as Secretary of State comes on to the agenda, for he is definitely one of the key persons to make America great again.
As Tancredo said, other secretary of state candidates do not have Rohrabacher’s experience and do not share Tump’s views on foreign affairs. Choosing others over Rohrabacher would not help implement Trump’s policy on foreign affairs.
Former Congressman Tom Tancredo recommended Dana Rohrabacher for the Secretary of State position based on the former’s personal experience working with the latter. He commends Congressman Rohrabacher on his knowledge, experience, integrity and honesty.
To make America strong again, we hope President-elect Trump can make the right decision picking the most suitable candidate for secretary of state. △