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Infrastructure along the border as well I work closely with ambassador White House remove ministration to secure funding for the north American Development Bank which I'm glad was included in the agreement this will provide two hundred fifteen million dollars to strengthen infrastructure and improve quality of life in our border communities as well as those of our neighbors Mister chairman while I will while I'm sympathetic to number the issues of us I believe our friend the senator from Pennsylvania will raise here I do believe that this is a good agreement it is not a perfect agreement and on that I think it deserves my support thank you very much the brown for three minutes on thank you Mister chairman as many members of this committee now hi voted no twenty five years ago and now stand a voted against every trade agreement sounds because every trade agreement has been written by corporations to maximize corporate profits and to reward corporate executives always at the expense of workers always at the expense of the middle class we see the consequences of shrinking middle class an economy that works for corporations but for fewer and fewer workers especially in the industrial Midwest present from the national draft of this agreement was just more of the same another pro corporate trade deal written by special interests ranking member widen and I fought for changes alongside speaker Pelosi in labor leaders that make real important steps toward putting workers workers at the center of our trade policy we know why corporations move jobs overseas they can pay lower wages they can exploit workers the only way to stop that race to the bottom is by raising labor standards in every country with trade with that's why ranking member why can I authored a completely new way of holding corporations accountable are brown whitened worker protection provision for the first time ever a worker in Mexico can report through an anonymous hotline that her employer is violating her right to form a union and within months we can take action against the company brown white was the first improvement to enforcing the labor standards in our trade agreement since we've been negotiating trade agreements and when Mexican workers have the power to form real unions into go shape for higher wages and helps American workers senator Sherrod brown a Democrat of Ohio speaking at the Senate finance committee markup session of the US MCA this is a re air C. span radio programming from Tuesday we're leaving this briefly to take you to the state department for a briefing with secretary of state Mike Pompeo good morning everyone I have here but after the new year yet I'll just take a moment send out my personal condolences to form a coalition Mike Fitzpatrick is a friend of mine who I served alongside you passed away early this week leaving a lovely wife and family one express my condolences to him his his service to America was noble is a member of Congress to work together on pro life issues during my time in Congress a lot of you have questions about the Middle East and Rocco certainly take some questions today the first two I want to offer my condolences to the people of Australia the tragic loss of life and property because by the devastating wildfires across that region America is not the person with the victims their families emergency service personnel putting themselves in harm's way and then goes to for the dozens of U. S. firefighting personnel who are standing side by side with our strained friends fighting the flames together as I said when I was a city just this past summer we have a truly unbreakable alliance they're great friends I'm happy to be able to help our season this time of need staying in Asia we know to the appointment of new whining at the new head of the Hong Kong Chinese central government liaison office he's expressed hopes that Hong Kong will return to the quote right path end of quote the right path as I've said before his for the Chinese Communist Party to honor its commitments made to Hong Kong in the Sino British joint declaration filed at the United Nations but the guarantees the territories independent rule of law and freedoms that the Chinese living on the mainland unfortunately do not enjoy that's it will continue to work with on Khan and Chinese comes forty Fishel's to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms in Hong Kong and to promote Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy in Afghanistan there's an aspect of that conflict that deserves more attention and that is the Islamic Republic Iran's involvement there Ron has refused to join the regional and international consensus for peace and he is in fact today actively working to undermine the peace process I continue with long global efforts to support militant groups there most people know about orange proxy networks in the Arab world but the regime also has a relationship with the Taliban and related groups such as the Connie's the Tora Bora and the Mula do a group the Taliban's entanglement veterans dirty work will only harm the Afghanistan peace process a couple items here in the hemisphere and as well I want to thank and congratulate one window on his reelection the president is with the National Assembly legitimate reelection by quorum of one hundred deputies your machines campaign of arrests visitation bribery could not the real Venezuelan democracy nor could use of military forces to physically bar the National Assembly from accessing the parliament building I applaud have been as well as political parties came together to support where those reelection the United States will continue to support for the choir though in the Venezuelan people and will continue to rally all other freedom loving nations across the globe to do that same thing we support the Venezuelan people because we believe the western hemisphere should be a hemisphere with freedom everywhere also highlight the work of the O. S. which is been instrumental tool in moving the region in that direction it's an example of truly outstanding effective multilateralism secretary general we saw My Girl is the leader we need for the yes to continue proactively addressing the central challenges facing the region promoting democracy upholding human rights advancing security fostering economic development throughout it have more to say about the yes in the multi lateral form in the coming weeks on the theme of basic freedoms I want to commend members of Bahrain's council represent is for the January second statement which they expressed deep concern over the inhumane and painful condition to which we are Muslims in China are subjected Bahrain is recognizing what I've been saying for months the Chinese communist party's committing mass human rights violations and abuses against Uighurs ethnic Kazakhs securities and other Muslims held in detention engine John happy with what what brain did and we ask all countries particularly those belonging to the organization of Islamic cooperation and the Arab league to denounce the Chinese communist party's brutal treatment of workers which is part of the parties broader war on faith moving to Europe as many of you know prime minister Mister talkies is in town this week I'm looking for to walking in here I'll be with him today at the White House alongside president trump I also want an ounce that our undersecretary for political affairs David Hale will be traveling to Brussels I later this week we'll have conversations with twenty eight European counterparts this is a recurring meeting that happens about every six months this particular gathering is important because it immediately proceeds in E. U. foreign minister a lot of Ron that is just been schedule and it shows to once again our close cooperation with our European partners on issues of mutual concern I'm sure of all David's there the issue of Iran Iraq will feature probably their conversations and they'll have an opportunity also discuss Purdy such as Syria North Korea and China as well I finally one more person no matter I want to thank ambassador John bass who have come to know in my time in service both as the director of central intelligence agent now secretary of state his two year tour servicing COBOL was remarkable that's one of our most important missions ambassador bass is a respected strategic thinker a man of incredible integrity his help that country move forward to a brighter more peaceful and more secure future for all the Afghan people I do want to welcome our new eleven Lassiter's into a master's of large you were confirmed since the end of November including about your soul will be heading off to Russia before too long glad to finally getting out to the field we hope to have more follow them out there with that I'm happy to take your questions thank you happy new year Mr certain about and the number of the new year I have exactly two thousand twenty questions and what down to the sick thing resident one is there continue to be questions about the nature of the intelligence that led to the strike on the cube Jerusalem on a can you be at all more specific about how imminent this was what exactly it was secondly why not allow foreign ministers a reef to come to the U. and to speak at the security council and then lastly if this is the situation in Iran have anything I caught contributed all to your decision not to run for the Senate from cancer thanks thank you last with easy I said the same thing yesterday that I said for months no no real news there is that I'm gonna stay serving sectors dates along with president trump I should have so I've if I you can accuse me of being a consistent us watch but not on our back into you know we don't comment on visa matters those traveling here in the United States and basis so I can't add much more to this issue of foreign ministers are re struggle to the United States all say only that's we will always comply with our obligations under that you and requirements is and the headquarters agreement and we will do so in this particular instance and and more broadly every day and finally there's been much made about this question of intelligence in eminence I I answered it portable times on Sunday I'm happy to walk through it again anytime a president makes a decision of this magnitude there are multiple pieces of information that come before us we presented that to him in all its broad detail give him all the best information they can not only from the intelligence community but for those of us who have teams in the field we evaluated the relevant risks and the opportunity that we thought might present itself at some point and we could see clearly that not only had so the money down all of the things that we have account right hundreds of thousands of massacre in Syria enormous destruction of countries like Lebanon Iraq where they've denied them sovereignty in the over the reins of really tonight people in those two countries what it is they want right sovereignty independence and freedom is that this is also the money's handy work and then we'd watch as he was continuing the terror campaign in the region we know what happened at the end of last year in December all to moving to the death of an American so if you're looking for evidence you need look no further than the days that led up to the strike that was taken against a salon and then you in addition to that have what we could clearly see we're continuing efforts on behalf of this terrorist to build out a network of campaign activities that we're gonna leave potentially to the death of many more Americans the right decision we got it right the department has been excellent work and the president had a entirely legal appropriate and a basis as well as a decision that fit perfectly within our strategy and how to counter the threat of malign activity from around yes ma'am two questions if you don't mind a runs forty fears ministers are reef granted an interview saying that so the money was on a diplomatic visit to a rock that the U. S. strike to take him out was state terrorism the president trump has prepared to commit war crimes and that Iranians are enraged first that's the first question I'd like your reaction to that second question president trump has indicated that Iran's cultural sites could.

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