Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, incoming chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is a Cuban-American from Miami who wants sanctions for, not engagement with, adversaries such as North Korea and Iran, the Miami Herald reports
. Ros-Lehtinen’s ascension may signal a tougher tone in Congress on foreign policy matters and more skepticism toward the Obama administration’s State Department.
“Rogue regimes never respond to anything less than hardball,” Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement on Wednesday after her colleagues named her to the post.
She also wants to cut foreign aid and State Department spending, saying, “There is much fat in these budgets.”
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