Despite rumors, Congressman Thomas Massie says 95 percent chance that he remains a congressman
12/12/2016 04:54 PM
HEBRON – U.S. Congressman Thomas Massie says that there’s a “95 percent chance” that he will continue as 4th district congressman despite rumors that the MIT grad is rumored to be appointed the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.
Massie, who was a guest speaker at the Boone County Republicans Christmas Gala this past Friday, said that to date, he has not had any talks with Trump or any other member of his team.
“Those are just sort of semi-rumors at this point, I haven’t taken a ride in the Trump elevator yet,” Massie said. “I would classify it as rumors and say that there’s a 95 percent chance that I’m going to be the Congressman for the next 2 years.
“I’ve had no official or even unofficial communication with the administration”
Massie will be chair of a newly relaunched Congressional Second Amendment Caucus. (Earlier versions existed from 2004-08, and 2009-13.)
The Lewis County native said that one of the chief reasons that he came to Congress was the fact that he was very passionate about the right to bear arms.
“We probably have 50 bills in Congress that have been sitting dormant because we knew the president would never sign them,” Massie said. “Instead of being on the defensive, we’re going on the offensive.”
Massie is also keeping a watchful eye on President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet appointees, which, for the most part, he is supportive of.
“Tom Price was a great pick for Health and Human Services,” Massie said. “Jeff Sessions, I don’t agree with him on everything, but he really is an expert on immigration, he’s a great pick. He’s really putting together a solid team. Elaine Chao was an excellent pick for Secretary of Transportation.”
The one position that is still to be decided is secretary of state.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Massie have been critical of John Bolton and Rudy Guliani and have definite ideas of what characteristics that they would like to see in an attractive candidate.
“What we want to see is somebody in the secretary of state position that actually supports Trump’s position in the race which was one of engagement with the rest of the world,” Massie said. “It’s not one of isolationism, but one of non-interventionism.”
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