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  • Congressman Francis Rooney Calls for Justice Ginsburg Recusal on Trump V. International Refugee Assistance Project
    Posted in Press Releases on June 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Washington, DC – Congressman Rooney has co-signed a letter, along with fifty-seven other Congressional members, calling on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg to recuse herself from the case of Trump V. International Refugee Assistance Project. Congressman Rooney stated “Although I am encouraged by the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision today on President Trump’s travel ban and I am confident that the order will ultimately be ruled Constitutional, Justice Ginsburg’s comments related to Pre... Read more

  • Why fund the United Nations Human Rights Council?
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Now is the time to re-evaluate United States support for the U.N. Human Rights Council. Claiming to be a champion of human rights, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) continues to act in complete contradiction of its mandate to protect human rights and reflects the cronyism and corruption of many of its member governments. The Council devotes far too much time attacking Israel, one of its top agenda items, while ignoring serious and pervasive human rights violations around the world... Read more

  • A Welcome Realignment Of Cuba Policy
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Reactions to President Trump’s recent executive order reversing President Obama’s misguided Cuba policy have missed the point. The focus on the tourism aspects of the deal are misplaced, as the real issue with our relationship with Cuba is capitalism and free enterprise versus communist socialism. Specifically, the Obama policy sought no commercial reforms and favored the Cuban regime over the Cuban people. President Trump’s changes are meant to avoid commercially supporting the Cuban dictatorsh... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Announces Support of Trump Executive Order on Cuba
    Posted in Press Releases on June 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Congressman Francis Rooney today announced his support of President Donald Trump’s executive order on Cuba. The order reinstates travel restrictions, stresses the importance of the 56-year-old trade embargo and puts in place a broad prohibition on financial transactions with companies controlled by the Cuban government’s military. Congressman Rooney stated, “President Trump is correct in his decision to rescind this terrible deal with Cuba that was put in place by President Barack Obama. It does... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney meets with President Trump to Discuss Everglades Restoration and the Fight Against Radical Islamic Terrorism
    Posted in Press Releases on June 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality, Foreign Affairs

    Washington, DC – This evening Congressman Francis Rooney attended a White House dinner and meeting with President Donald Trump. Congressman Rooney stressed the need for including Everglades Restoration as a key component of any infrastructure package brought forward. This message is consistent with a letter that Congressman Rooney sent to the President in February 2017, and with the President’s comments at a campaign rally in Collier County on October 23, 2016. Congressman Rooney stated, “I am e... Read more

  • A New Role for Saudi Arabia in the Middle East
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Iran’s quest for hegemony in the Middle East has changed the political landscape in the region. The unintended consequence of these actions is that Saudi Arabia, the Sunni rival to Shia Iran, is taking on a more prominent role in regional diplomacy and outreach to moderate Muslims. Iranian mischief in the Arab world has created the potential for a Saudi Arabia-Israel security partnership, as both nations are drawn together around the common goal of stopping Iranian aggression, including its nucl... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Congratulates Callista Gingrich on Nomination as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See
    Posted in Press Releases on May 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Washington, DC - Congressman Francis Rooney issued the following statement to congratulate Callista Gingrich on her nomination as United States Ambassador to the Holy See. “I would like to personally congratulate Mrs. Gingrich on her nomination. A devout Catholic with a tremendous amount of experience, Callista is a great choice to serve as Ambassador to the Holy See. Furthermore, her close relationship with President Trump provides a great opportunity to strengthen relations with the Holy See, ... Read more

  • Vatican Visit Important for Diplomatic Relations
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    President Trump’s decision to visit the Vatican on his first overseas trip underscores the importance of United States diplomatic relations with the Holy See. History shows that the moral persuasion, or “soft power” diplomacy, of the Holy See is an important resource for successful pursuit of American foreign policy goals. Going forward, the United States and the Holy See should work together on their common objectives of defeating Islamic extremism and promoting human rights. The United States ... Read more

  • President Trump’s Vatican Visit Highlights The Importance Of Diplomatic Ties
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    President Trump’s decision to visit the Vatican on his first overseas trip underscores the importance of United States diplomatic relations with the Holy See. History shows that the moral persuasion, or “soft power” diplomacy, of the Holy See is an important resource for successful pursuit of American foreign policy goals. Going forward, the United States and the Holy See should work together on their common objectives of defeating Islamic extremism and promoting human rights. The United States ... Read more

  • Religious Freedom and Islamic Society
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    This is the second of a two-part series on religious freedom by Rep. Francis Rooney. For part 1, see "The Role of Religious Freedom Today." As discussed in the first article in this series, free expression of religion can stabilize civil societies and has helped defeat extremist ideologies. Currently, Islamic society is stuck in the past and uses an extreme interpretation of the Koran to justify barriers to the free expression of religion, such as blasphemy laws, and for violent religious persec... Read more