Democratic Congressman Unleashes Blistering Attack on Trump and Members of His Foreign Policy Team

Democratic Congressman Unleashes Blistering Attack on Trump and Members of His Foreign Policy Team

Rep. Max Rose condemned the current architects of American foreign policy as “insecure, overly hawkish, jingoistic draft dodgers” during a fiery appearance on The Lead with Jake Tapper Monday afternoon.

Tapper had asked Rose, a New York Democrat whose district covers Staten Island and part of Brooklyn, to respond to President Trump having put daughter Ivanka “front and center” as a diplomat during his trip to Asia last week. The congressman responded:

“I don’t think the American taxpayer should be subsidizing  family trips to east Asia for the Trump family as well as subsidizing efforts to bolster Ivanka and Jared’s resume. This is not a joke and right now this administration is treating our foreign policy as exactly like that. And you know what, I’m not shocked because this is what we get when we have a foreign policy crafted by insecure overly hawkish jingoistic draft dodgers and we have go to reframe American foreign policy, and I have not seen it yet.”

The “draft dodger” bit could be a slam not just at Trump but also John Bolton, the notoriously hawkish National Security Advisor who also avoided service in Vietnam. Ironically, Bolton seemed to have been pushed aside on Trump’s recent trip despite his long-time agitation for war with North Korea.

Rose is a military veteran who served in Afghanistan and sits on the Committee on Homeland Security in the House. So he is understandably passionate about Trump elevating his daughter and her husband, with their lack of qualifications, to be visible diplomats for American foreign policy.

Passionate, or possibly angry, or both.

Watch the video above, via CNN.

Gary Legum

Gary Legum has written about politics and culture for Independent Journal Review, Salon, The Daily Beast, Wonkette, AlterNet and McSweeney's, among others. He currently lives in his native state of Virginia.