California GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said Friday he is on President-elect Donald Trump’s list of potential picks for secretary of State.
“I have been told that I am under consideration to join President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE’s team as Secretary of State. While my present intention, of course, is 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, it would be a privilege and an honor to serve as his Secretary of State,” he said in a statement.
Rohrabacher has served in the House since 1989 and worked as an assistant press secretary and speech writer for President Ronald Reagan. He is chair of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee for Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats.
Rohrabacher has made headlines for his friendly outlook on Russia, and he supported the right of Crimea to secede from the Ukraine. He also reportedly met with a Vladimir Putin confidant in Russia who had been sanctioned by the U.S.
Trump looking to Rohrabacher would be a curveball in the secretary of State talks, which are largely believed to be between 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Former United Nations ambassador John Bolton is also reportedly in the mix.
Rohrabacher was an early supporter of Trump.