Rand Paul: I Can Find Enough Senate Votes To Block John Bolton As Secretary Of State

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) tells MSNBC's Chris Matthews that he would likely be able to find the two or three Republican senators necessary to block any cabinet appointment by President-elect Trump that would offend the anti-war wing of the Republican Party. Rumors have spread in recent days that Trump is considering former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani or former Bush UN Ambassador John Bolton for the Secretary of State position.

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About Bolton and Giuliani, he said: "I haven't met a Democrat that supports either of them, but I've met several Republicans that aren't."

Paul suggests that Sen. Bob Corker would "sail through" with votes from up to 15 Democrats.

He added: "Giuliani is a great friend of the president-elect. Maybe there could be another position in the cabinet that wouldn't be putting him in a place where he is at odds with the president's vision on foreign policy."

RAND PAUL: I'll tell you something I haven't told anybody else: I've had some conversations with some other Republican senators, and I'm not the only one with misgivings over both Giuliani and Bolton.

And I haven't met a Democrat that supports either of them, but I've met several Republicans that aren't. With the 52-48 majority, all it would take is two or three Republicans to say they can't go along with Giuliani, and can't go along with Bolton. And I think there are some that I think would sail through -- I think Sen. Corker would sail through. I've probably met 15 Democrats in the last two day that said they would vote for his confirmation. But they are very, very worried about Bolton...

Giuliani is a great friend of the president-elect. Maybe there could be another position in the cabinet that weren't putting him in a place where he is at odds with the president's vision on foreign policy.



With the Senate balanced at 52-48, Sens. Paul, Lee and Cruz have enough votes to block any action by President Trump that would offend the Libertarian-Conservative wing of the party.

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