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Rep. Rohrabacher Planning Trip to Russia, Meeting With Officials

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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

By    |   Wednesday, 04 Jan 2017 02:41 PM

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is planning a congressional trip to Russia in February to meet with Russian lawmakers, according to The Washington Post

"We're going to look at certain goals we can set with our Congress and the Duma," he said, referring to the Russian legislature. "What could we actually set in the legislature of Russia and in Congress? Could we work together, for example, and cooperate on space activities?"

The Islamic State and President Barack Obama's sanctions against the country will also be part of the conversation, he said. He demurred when asked if his delegation would meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"I really can't say that. It's possible," Rohrabacher said.

The California Republican has been a proponent of improving relationships with Russia and he said he has known Putin since he was "deputy mayor of St. Petersburg." He said he does not believe President-elect Donald Trump will object to his trip.

The senator said he plans to bring along some lawmakers who have not been open to dialogue with Russia before.

"I'll bring some people with me who seem antagonistic toward having better relations. We'll put them together, sit down with some people in Russia who can talk to them, person to person, and start to have a real dialogue instead of screaming epithets at each other."

Rohrabacher is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and emerging threats, and he was a White House speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan.

Many in the GOP do not share Rohrabacher and Trump's more positive attitude toward Russia. When the senator said claims of Russian human rights abuses were "baloney," Sen. John McCain said"There's a lunatic fringe in every organization."

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