Congressman Gohmert embarks on Middle East trip for 'the truth'
January 3, 2014 at 2:49 AM CST - Updated July 24 at 5:35 PM
TYLER, TX (KLTV)
On Tuesday, Congress will begin their first session of the new year. East Texas Representative Louie Gohmert is ready to see some changes when it comes to United States foreign relations. Just weeks ago, Congressman Gohmert embarked on a trip to seek the truth in the Middle East.
As 2013 came to a close, Congressman Louie Gohmert, Michelle Bachmann and Steve King headed to Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine to meet with their country's leaders.
"We have to be traveling. We have to be finding what the truth is because we're not finding it from the administration," says Gohmert.
It was Gohmert's second trip to Egypt in 2013. Egypt is now a place where he says he became well known for supporting their uprising over the summer.
"It's interesting. In Egypt, I keep having leaders in Egypt tell me I'm one of the most popular people in Egypt," explains Gohmert.
The representatives were also on a quest for the truth surrounding the September 2012 attacks on the U.S. Consulate.
"We're still not getting the answers. I know the intelligence committee has had some testimony, but I've heard some things from them I personally knew were not accurate," says Gohmert.
Gohmert says he wants to see the United States stand behind their word when it comes to foreign relations, particularly U.S. relations with Israel.
"It was very cordial meeting, but [Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahuhe,] is in a very difficult situation. We have people in this administration who keep telling them behind the scenes that they cannot defend themselves against Iran and assuring them we will defend you. Well, we have not defended them," explains Gohmert.
Gohmert says he hopes to stop, as he calls it, "the nuclear proliferation" of most Middle Eastern countries.
"So, I hope and pray we can stop this insane deal from being worked out with Iran and stop the nuclear proliferation of all of these nations in the Middle East having nukes. It would be a disaster," says Gohmert.
Gohmert, Bachmann and King's trips were funded by tax payers though the 2013 congressional budget. He adds, that over the last three years, the United States House of Representatives has cut their budget by 20 percent. Copyright 2014 KLTV. All rights reserved.