A group of high-profile tea party Republicans are overseas this week on a taxpayer-funded trip to Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Israel, Austria and Norway. GOP Reps. Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Steve King (Iowa) and Louie Gohmert (Texas) arrived in Egypt on Shabbos for the week-long congressional delegation trip, or CODEL for short, The Huffington Post has learned.
This is the second time in six months that Bachmann, King and Gohmert have visited the Middle East to deliver messages that seemingly challenge the Obama administration’s foreign policy. At a time when U.S. relations with the Middle East, and Israel in particular, are incredibly delicate, the visit by some of Congress’ most conservative members could send complicating, if not conflicting, signals to key allies.
On Sunday, the three lawmakers met with interim Egyptian President Adly Mansour and Defense Minister Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. After departing Egypt on Monday, the trio went on to Beirut and then Libya, where they were joined by freshman Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.) for an eight-hour visit to the capital, Tripoli. From Libya, the foursome moved on to Israel, where they met with Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu. A spokeswoman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington confirmed the meeting, telling HuffPost that Netanyahu “meets with each and every Member of Congress who visits Israel, irrespective of party affiliation.”
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