Senator #Rand Paul of Kentucky has promised to challenge fellow Republican Donald Trump on his #Foreign Policy in the White House. The son of former Congressman Ron Paul, Rand and his father are famous for their Libertarian leaning brand of Conservatism; one of the main features of their philosophy being a non-interventionist foreign policy. While Rand disagrees with President-elect Trump on many issues, foreign policy is one on which they agree -- as Mr. Trump denounced the hawkish record of Hillary Clinton as well fellow Republicans such as Lindsey Graham throughout the 2016 election. Senator Paul has vowed to use his vote in the Senate to block the appointments of former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and the Bush-era war hawk John Bolton to positions of power in the incoming Trump administration.
Giuliani and Bolton
Two of the leading "Neo-Conservative" figures in U.S. politics, Rudy Giuliani and John Bolton are reportedly set to be tapped by the President-elect for a position as Secretary of State or Secretary of Defense. Beginning with the greater of the two evils in the eyes of non-interventionists such as Senator Paul, John Bolton served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush -- whom Mr. Bolton fully supported throughout his war in Iraq. Of the United Nations, Mr. Bolton once said that "there is no United Nations... there is an international community that occasionally can be led by the only real power left in the world, and that's the United States, when it suits our interests, and when we can get others to go along." Rudy Giuliani -- though less experienced in foreign affairs -- is surely a detrimental pick to lead the Departments of State or Defense to Senator Paul and fellow non-interventionists. The former NYC mayor retired in 2001 into a career as a lobbyist, forming a firm known as Giuliani Partners which has held defense contracts with the government of Qatar since 2005.
Foreign policy under President Trump
It is up to both Democratic and Republican non-interventionists such as Rand Paul in Congress to keep President-elect Trump -- who ran on a campaign of "America First" and non-interventionism, bashing Hillary Clinton for her support for the Iraq War and the NATO-led intervention in Libya -- true to his word on foreign policy. Will Mr. Trump follow through on his non-interventionist rhetoric and change the course of foreign policy in the GOP and in American politics at whole? With just over 1 month until inauguration day, only time will tell.