US Congressman Proud of Honduras Visit

U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) on Tuesday defended an unusual trip he made to Honduras with now-Costa Mesa Councilman Jim Righeimer. The trip was discussed in U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks and published in The New York Times.

“I’m a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and I was there to make sure that I fully understood all the forces that were in place in Honduras, and also to give legitimacy to the government that had been elected there,” Rohrabacher told the Daily Pilot.

The trip came under fire because it was made in opposition to President Obama’s foreign policy. Generally members of Congress uphold White House foreign policy abroad, even if they disagree.

Rohrabacher’s campaign chairman, Righeimer, who was a city planning commissioner at the time,

said he paid his own way to Honduras and was honored to have been asked to join the congressman.

“A few of us went down and met with and congratulated all the different legislators,” Righeimer said. “We met with the president and all the people that basically kept the government a democracy at a pretty tough time. We wanted them to know that a lot of people in the U.S. supported them. It was a very proud moment to be able to be there and meet these people.”

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One Response to "US Congressman Proud of Honduras Visit"

  1. Axel Reyes Bogran  December 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    What is this supose to mean:

    “Against President Obama’s Foreign Policy”?

    Are we, Hondurans, still being seen as something which we are not simply because the current White House Administration is so tilted to the left?

    Has anybody read the famous leaks that enfatically tell Obama and Hillary what their Ambassadors in Honduras thought of Zelaya?

    Have Obama and Hillary read what was sent to them by their charge?

    Zelaya has been, is and will be a man with a criminal mind and of criminal intent.

    It is simply arrogant of the President of the United States and his sidekick, Hillary to pretend that Honduras had any other choice than to proceed the way it did with Zelaya, and lets not forget that it was defending the Constitution that they acted, for Zelaya had violated it, all in order to try to change it so that he could stay in power a la ‘Chavez’.

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