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Hawks See Obama's NATO Pick as Soft on Russia

Some Republicans in Congress say Rose Gottemoeller is too focused on working with Russia, not containing it.
Rose Gottemoeller has been the treaty specialist.

Rose Gottemoeller has been the treaty specialist.

Photographer: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images

At a crucial moment in the U.S. relationship with Europe, President Barack Obama has chosen a No. 2 for NATO whom some Republican lawmakers see as the face of a wrongheaded approach to Russia.

On Tuesday, the Obama administration informed NATO allies that it will recommend the undersecretary of state for arms control, Rose Gottemoeller, to be NATO's next deputy secretary general, the military alliance’s second in command. It is typically a four-year term.