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Fresh update on "defense secretary" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
"Wtlv News. It's 5 56. Doctors are now saying the next 100 days of the pandemic will be very difficult will have the very latest with CBS on the Corona virus Pandemic Next 5 56. Welcome to Today's 1st 100 Days report presented by Penn Fed Credit union In addition to rolling out major initiatives President Biden needs to get his Cabinet members approved by the Senate days are 93 the knees or two and the nomination is confirmed The Senate's confirmation of retired General Lloyd on Stood means the country will have its first black defense secretary. His confirmation follows House and Senate votes to waive the requirement for him to have spent seven years out of the military before assuming the civilian post. As the Senate continues to consider nominees, lawmakers will also need to devote time to the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. Lot to tackle early on for the new president and the upper chamber. I'm Mitchell Miller..
Biden calls Canada's Trudeau, Mexico's López Obrador
"President Joe Biden has made his first calls to foreign leaders since taking office those calls went to neighbors Biden dialed up Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador the Friday calls come in a strange moment for the U. S. relationship with both owned it it could be sued by the city sees young Biden spoke to Trudeau after the Canadian leader publicly expressed disappointment over Biden's decision to issue an executive order halting construction of the keystone XL pipeline though Trudeau also said the new US president is much more aligned with Canadian values I don't think they can I. T. hardens conversation with his Mexican counterpart came a week after Lopez Obrador accused the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration of fabricating drug trafficking charges against the country's former defense secretary Ben Thomas Washington
Fresh update on "defense secretary" discussed on WAOK Saturday Night
"Live Where would well it's Andre Wandell and stuff right there. News and top 13 80 w Okay. Now, if you're driving a Ford of any sword, you may want to listen to this because they are re calling. Uh many of their vehicles due to the air bag. Uh, those vehicles equipped with a certain type of air bag. It is subject to exploding and your car and so this automaker has disclosed in a public filing. That the recall includes 2.7 million vehicles in the U. S. And though they're going to replace those air bags, inflators In the 2000 and seven that year. The Ford, Um see that's the Ford Ranger, as well as the Ford Fusion, The Ford edge the Lincoln M. Casey as well and the other vehicles. Listen, if you are driving if you are driving in 2000 and seven Ford all show in the Lincoln as well as in the Mercury That 2000 and 61 is well, so check it out and check on it. There's a problem because the air bags are subject to exploding. And certainly we do not want you driving those vehicles, So take him back. So that you can get a replacement. Also in the news, the Senate has confirmed Lloyd Austin as defense secretary Friday, right? Putting him as the first black American in charge of the Pentagon by a vote of 93 to 2. Awesome, Yeah, congratulations. The retired four star Army general who commanded US forces in the Middle East, He becomes the second member. President Biden's Cabinet to be approved by the Senate on this free flowing Friday. Good Friday. Let's check in now again on our phone lines. Hi. Good morning, Scott. How are you around like the quiet one thing? Well, I'm a crying person. The things that I've been through unseen over the years and the most just announced about Hank Aaron and I was just thinking about him. Never very 7 14. They're walking brazen nature here. I'm telling my son. We used to go used car lot. A crack in the home of the brave. 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Senate confirms Lloyd Austin, making him the nation's first Black defense secretary
"Confirmation makes history in nearly 75 years, There's never been a man of color leading the Pentagon. That all changed today. When the U. S. Senate confirmed Lloyd Austin to be the first black secretary of defense in this nation's history, Fox is Lucas Tomlinson, the 67 year old Austin is a crime. Graduate of West Point he retired from the Army is a four star general after serving 41 years, the Senate vote to approve 93 to 2
Fresh update on "defense secretary" discussed on WBZ Midday News
"Anti corruption campaigner Aleksei Navalny wasn't leading the protest. He's behind bars. It was his supporters who hit the streets on Saturday, furious about his arrest on what they see is the corrupt and abuse of Russian government. Police immediately moved in to shut him down. Navalny flew back to Moscow. Or we could go on a plane filled with fans and reporters. He told them. He wasn't afraid to return to Russia since August, had been recovering in Germany from nerve agent poisoning, which he alleges was ordered by the Kremlin. Where CBS is Elizabeth Palmer reporting it's a 1 48, a Senate has confirmed to a president Biden's Cabinet picks CBS Skylar Henry reports. Senator Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, says these are very high profile positions. The Senate made history, according to confirm retired General Lloyd Austin, the country's first black defense secretary. On deck. The nomination will be reported unanimously. Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen, getting a vote of confidence out of committee should be the first woman to lead the department. I think that You're gonna find quick approval. But don't forget the ones.
Senate confirms retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to lead Pentagon, making him nation's first Black secretary of defense
"Both the House and Senate granted a waiver to defense secretary nominee retired Army General Lloyd Austin granting him eligibility for the post years earlier than normal. Richard can to ABC News It's worth, noting General Lloyd Austin will be the first black secretary of defense and U. S history. Also today, the Senate Finance Committee approved Janet Yellen's nomination as Treasury secretary. If confirmed, she would become the first woman to hold the
Fresh update on "defense secretary" discussed on Weekend News
"At most. It is 30 right now in Yonkers, 32 in Norwalk 31 in Central Park with overcast skies, double the CBS News time 12 40. Dr. Debra Burkes spoke for the first time that coordinating President Trump's Coronavirus task force and criticized former colleagues for quote, ignoring facts and quote. CBS is Nancy Cordes reports on what Dr Burke's told CBS News. Dr. Berg's accused the Trump White House of censoring her and of feeding the president. False end Rosie data, even as hundreds of thousands died. Did you ever consider quitting? Always? I mean, why would she want to put yourself through that every day? I had to ask myself every morning. Is there something that I think I can do? That would be helpful in responding to this pandemic, and it's something I ask myself every night. Two of Mr Biden's Cabinet members are on the job, including former general Lloyd Austin, the nation's first African American defense secretary, and after Austin was confirmed in a 93 to vote, he made it clear that speeding up delivery of Corona virus vaccines. We'll get his early attention. Mega million's more like mega billions won Michigan ticket matched all of the numbers in Friday night's mega millions drawing Our.
Tribes and Native advocates praise Joe Biden’s actions to reverse many of the Trump Administration’s environmental policies affecting tribal lands
"This is national native news. Making camera in print tony gonzalez tribal advocates are praising president. Joe biden's quick action to reverse the last administration's environmental policies the mountain west news bureaus savannah mar reports on inauguration day biden took steps to rejoin the paris climate accord. His administration also placed a sixty day moratorium on new leasing and drilling permits on public lands. Biden has also fulfilled campaign promises that were important to tribes including revoking a permit for the keystone xl pipeline. I think there's a sense of indication. Recognition of treaty promises. Matthew campbell is an attorney with the native american rights fund who fought that project on behalf of tribes. In montana and south dakota campbell also represented tribes in the four corners region in their lawsuit opposing the previous administration shrinking of bears ears in grand staircase escalante national monuments. A move biden has pledged to reconsider important first step an important signal that tribal sovereignty will be recognized. The fossil fuel industry is likely to be among biden's biggest detractors. His climate change plan aims to achieve net zero emissions in the us by twenty fifty four national native news. I'm savannah mar reporting for. The story is part of a collaboration between national native news. In the mountain west news bureau native american tribes praised the biden administration this week. For issuing an executive order stopping the keystone excel pipeline but now they're urging additional action to halt other pipeline projects including the dakota access pipeline. The guardian reported the standing rock sioux tribe and the nonprofit earthjustice urged biden in a video to shutdown dapple biden has not made statements on that pipeline but last year when she was a senator vice president kamala harris signed in a mikus brief calling on a judge to shut it down while an environmental impact study was done. Dapple is already transporting half a billion barrels of crude oil daily last week. Seventy five female indigenous leaders sent biden a letter calling for a halt on fossil fuel projects. That threatened the environment. Culture and security of native american lands activist also want the administration to stop construction of line three which would transport canadian tar sands oil across indigenous lands in minnesota in montana this week the state legislature heard three bills that would continue. Efforts launched in two thousand nineteen to address missing and murdered indigenous people. The cut bank pioneer press reports. The bills faced no opposition. One reauthorize task force created in two thousand nineteen and a grant that went to a tribal college to create a database of every missing indigenous person in the state to other bills create a commission to examine cold cases and provide training for search teams and the kansas city star reports. The kansas house of representatives is also considering a bill that would allow the attorney general to coordinate training on murdered and missing indigenous people with tribes. The state bureau of investigation and other law enforcement organizations advocates. Called a good first step. In the philippines eight catholic bishops are calling for an independent investigation into the killings of nine indigenous leaders. The vatican news reports the military claims they were arresting members of the communist new people's army for alleged possession of firearms and explosives and that they resisted but eyewitnesses say. The men were unarmed and offered no resistance. The indigenous leaders were opposing the construction of a dam that would impact indigenous lands. Human rights groups say the government often labels people communists who are fighting for indigenous rights. Also in the philippines indigenous youths may lose a space where they had been sheltering from the military mugabe reports. A group of sixty eight indigenous students and teachers have taken refuge at the university of the philippines and his on city. The campuses of the university have been off limits to military and police under a longstanding packed but the national defense secretary declared an end to that. Pack earlier this month for national native news and making camera
Fresh update on "defense secretary" discussed on Talking Travel with AAA
"Doing good by doing right Jews on 100.1 FM and AM 10 20 K T. K. It's 19 degrees at Pittsburgh International at 11 o'clock, I'm Melinda Roeder. The Senate has confirmed two of President Biden's Cabinet picks, CBS News correspondent Skylar Henry says Senator Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, says these air high profile positions the Senate made history, according to confirm retired General Lloyd Austin, the country's first black defense secretary. On deck. The nomination will be reported unanimously. Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen, getting a vote of confidence out of committee should be the first woman to lead the department. I think that you're going to find quick approval. Don't.
Senate confirms retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to lead Pentagon, making him nation's first Black secretary of defense
"Senate this morning confirmed retired Army General Lloyd Austin as defense secretary. The Yays are 93 the knees or two and the nomination is confirmed. He's the first black secretary of defense retired four years ago. Defense secretaries are supposed to have been civilians for at least the last seven years, but Congress approved a waiver.
Senate confirms Lloyd Austin to be first Black defense secretary
"Lloyd Austin Lloyd Austin as the county's first African American secretary of defense. He's only the second biting Cabinet member confirmed So far Biting is expected to win approval for others on his national security team in the coming days, and the mega millions
Congress poised for quick action on Biden's Pentagon nominee
"Hi Mike Rossi you're reporting Congress passes legislation clearing the way for Lloyd Austin to become secretary of defense the first legislation to hit president Joe Biden's desk is a measure granting retired general Lloyd Austin a waiver to service secretary of defense the waiver was needed because Austin's retirement from the army occurred inside the seven year window that safeguard civilian leadership of the military at his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday Austin said if you confirm me I am prepared to serve now as a civilian the Senate approved the waiver on a sixty nine twenty seven tally moments after a lopsided three twenty six to seventy eight vote in the house president Donald trump's first defense secretary Jim Mattis received a similar waiver in twenty seventeen micron CEO Washington
Senate confirms Biden's first Cabinet nominee
"President Biden Kip have much of a Cabinet meeting. Yet the hours after he was sworn in the Senate confirmed his first nominee, director of national intelligence, Several Haynes getting bipartisan supports on this vote. The ayes are 84. The nays are 10. Nomination is confirmed. Several other Biden nominees had hearings Tuesday. One. The defense secretary nominee also needs a waiver from the full Congress to be allowed to serve because he hasn't been retired from the military. The required seven
Senate begins Biden Cabinet confirmation hearings
"Just a few hours. Until joe biden takes the oath of office and becomes the forty six president of the united states. five of his most high profile cabinet nominees five of them got their senate confirmation hearings today. Secretary of state nominee antony blinken appeared before the foreign relations committee armed services committee question. Defense secretary nominee. Lloyd austin janet yellen who's biden's nominee for treasury secretary. She had her hearing before the finance committee. Also hearing for biden's pick to head homeland security alejandro may orcas and the director of national intelligence nominee of real hanes. Got her hearing as well five. Really big ones right. I mean state defense treasury homeland security intelligence five of them all at once today. We never have this many nominees for huge cabinet positions all having their confirmation hearings all on the same day. That's because in years past when a new administration was on its way in the senate would hold hearings for new cabinet secretaries over a period of days many days in advance of the inauguration so the new president could have at least some of his cabinet in place when he actually took office. Not this time. Though this time we got all these hearings all at once. Literally the day before the inauguration because the republican controlled senate just chose not to get their act together to move on. Move on biden's nominations before now they had some very important recesses. Take among other things i swear. The senate didn't even come back from their latest vacation until today. Yeah no rush when you haven't held confirmation hearings for anyone before today feel free to take a few more days off so biden is having to take off with an empty cabinet with literally. No cabinet secretaries confirmed including in critical national security positions which is totally unprecedented. on president. obama took office in two thousand nine seven of his cabinet. Secretaries were confirmed. By the end of inauguration day. many of president trump's cabinet picks face more opposition in the senate but even he took office with his defense secretary in his homeland security secretary in place. This time though. Barring some kind of senate miracle joe biden will have no one in. His entire cabinet confirmed on his first day including in the major national security positions and bad news. Good news on that front. The bad news is the obvious. The bad news is that that means president biden is going to start with a whole bunch of acting temporary. Fill in cabinet secretaries instead of full blown senate confirmed cabinet secretaries of his choosing which will just make it that much harder for the new president to hit the ground running and that's true in terms of policy matters that's also true in terms of national security. It's worrying for all the obvious reasons. That's the bad news but the good news is that the trump administration has been so profoundly dysfunctional for four whole years that we're actually starting used to that now. We're actually sort of used to having only acting stand in non-confirmed secretaries at all the most important jobs in the cabin and that's not something that the republican controlled senate screwed up for trump despite him doing it the right way. That's just the way he ran the government. I mean thanks to republican senator josh hawley slowing down the process and the homeland security committee. Joe biden is going to have to settle for an acting homeland security secretary for at least a few days but the united states has already had nothing but the homeland security secretaries for like two years under donald trump the longest they can see in the presidential cabinet ever because donald trump could just never get it together to have real nominees who got really confirmed by the senate and who held their job with all the attendant powers so maybe four years and terrible governance. Maybe we are better at running government poorly in that way there was would have been before this four year experiment and terrible governance. That is now coming to a clicks.
Lloyd Austin testifies at hearing to be defense secretary
"During a Senate hearing. Austin STRESS The Defense Department will continue to play a key role in the fight against the ongoing Corona virus outbreak. Also end will be the nation's first African American defense secretary if he's confirmed by the Senate. Ktrh news time. 403 Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner
Secretary Of State Nominee Blinken Promises A Reengaged America Abroad
"Of State nominee Antony Blinken pledging to restore America's standing in the world, I believe it. Humility and confidence should be the flip sides of America's leadership coin. He's also pledging though to build on some Trump administration. Foreign policy is namely in the Middle East in China, the nominees for intelligence chief and defense secretary also signaling they share the outgoing administration concern about threats from China.
Lloyd Austin testifies at hearing to be defense secretary
"Another nominee facing Senate scrutiny today is Biden's choice for defense secretary retired General Lloyd Austin. He needs a waiver for the job since he has not been out of the military for more than seven years. NPR's Tom Bowman reports. 15 former Pentagon officials have endorsed Austin. Those endorsing Austin include officials who served in both Democratic and Republican administrations, such as President Obama's defense chief Leon Panetta, and James Roach, the Air Force secretary under President George W. Bush. Officials said. Austin is well versed on threats abroad as well as those at home, including quote the national security imperative of rooting out white supremacy from the force. Austin is a West Point graduate who spent most of his career focusing on the Middle East, serving on combat duty in Iraq and overseeing the region as the top officer. The Senate committee will likely focus on Austin's views about continued combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as a security threat of a rising China.
Biden Planning Ten Day Blitz Of Executive Actions
"In washington it is also a very very big week. President-elect biden scheduled to be sworn in as president at noontime tomorrow chief-of-staff ron claim saying the biden is planning a ten day blitz of executive actions. And for that. I'm gonna go over to joe. Who i think's going to go to washington. Yes to lon moy is going to. I don't know if she's got every executive action she's ready to go into but she's going to have the latest on the inauguration and everything surrounding The inauguration the biden teen plan for a ten day blitz. So we got that going for us. I i whatever. I'm ready for it long. That's what presidents do but i've got a little trepidation with some of it but elections have consequences. It's coming keystone. That's going away at not taking. I think that over the next over the next few days we're going to see is just a real sort of divide and juxtaposition between some of the pomp and circumstance and then some of the policy so obviously the inaugural ceremony is gonna be dramatically scaled back today. We're going to see biden and leave delaware. Make his way down to dc the not by amtrak. Because of the heightened security measures. Tonight he will be at the lincoln memorial for ceremony honoring those who have lost their lives. Tacoma nineteen but in the midst of this pandemic. there's a real desire in the administration to be seen is hitting the ground running and it's one of the reasons why we're going to see five of biden's talk nominees. Have their senate confirmation hearings today. That includes janet yellen for treasury secretary along with his director of national intelligence homeland. Security secretary of state and defense secretary. I got an early copy of yellen opening statement and she does plan to make a forceful for that one point nine billion dollar covert rescue package. That was outlined last week. She says without further action we risk a longer and more painful recession now and long term scarring of the economy later. She also says that with great at historic lows. The smartest thing we can do now is to act big now. As for that flurry of executive orders abiding planning within his first few days many of them will reverse the decisions made by president trump. The latest example came just last night on restricting travel from europe and from brazil the trump administration had said plan to lift those restrictions on january. Twenty six though visitors would still have to provide a negative cova test biden spokesperson immediately. Push back on that saying that the new administration would not lift the ban and instead she tweeted with the pandemic worsening the more contagious variants emerging around the world. This is not the time to be lifting restrictions on international travel by is also planning other executive action on immigration the keystone pipeline. The paris climate accord the world health organization. So the goal of the biden administration is to show here that they're the ones who were serious about
Worries about insider attack prompts vetting of National Guard
"Washington DC is locked down tight one day ahead of president elect binds inauguration but now a warning the secret service is warning national guardsmen who were in Washington to protect the inauguration ceremonies to stop posting online photos details or descriptions of operations or the sensitive sites they're protecting defense officials push the FBI to vet the thousands of national guardsmen and acting defense secretary Christopher Miller says so far the Pentagon is found no intelligence to indicate any insider threats the chief of the National Guard lieutenant general Daniel Hokanson says this kind of vetting is standard he says he's not concerned about insider threats in the guard he says we don't allow extremism of any type in our organization I'm Rita folate
Biden DNI pick says no room for politics in intel agencies
"A day before he takes office president elect Biden speaks for key national security spots are having confirmation hearings the past four years there's been repeated pressure on officials to shape intelligence to the president's lighting on her watch leading the intelligence community Averell Haynes says that would end when it comes to intelligence there is simply no place for politics ever he is expected to be confirmed as the nation's first female intelligence chief later today Biden speaks to head the state and defense departments will have their hearings including recently retired general Lloyd Austin who would beat a waiver to lead the Pentagon since he's only been out of uniform for years defense secretaries are typically confirmed by inauguration day the last time a new president did not have his pick in place then the first President Bush thirty two years ago Sager mag ani Washington
Senate Begins Biden Cabinet Confirmation Hearings
"Hearings on President elect Joe Biden's Cabinet Cabinet nominees, nominees, and and it it could could be be anything anything but but smooth smooth sailing sailing for for some some of of them. them. Which Which means means most most will will likely likely not not be be confirmed confirmed by by Inauguration Inauguration Day Day tomorrow. tomorrow. Joining Joining us us live live to to talk more about it. Washington Post National security reporter Karen Emergen Karen Great to have you here on w T o P, which nominees are getting hearings today? And why is this process so delayed? Well, you've got spiders, you said. So it's the nominee for director of National intelligence. Averil Han's secretary of state Tony Blinken, Defense secretary nominee Lloyd Austin, Treasury secretary nominee Janet Yellen and Homeland Security secretary nominee of 100 My carcass. Look, this is there's a huge number of reasons for why this is more delayed everything from the Georgia Senate races not making clear who was going to control the Senate to the right of the capital, creating delays to the upcoming the deal to work out the terms of the upcoming impeachment trial to your standard partisan gridlock that his, you know, infected all parts of DC for years now. And so what you've got is a situation where they're trying to cram in all these hearings before Inauguration Day in the hopes that maybe they can do all the procedural stuff that they have to do to actually get some of those confirmations through the floor. It's looking slimmer and slimmer like that. It's possible that any of these will actually happen on day one, even though the Haynes intelligence and yelling at Treasury nominations are really not contentious at all. I think that you may see some of them happening this week, but I think we already know that people like um, Lincoln's nomination I'm gonna pushed up to next week. Austin needs a waiver to actually be able to be defense secretary because he hasn't been out of uniform for the required seven years. So that's probably take a while. And there's um There's potentially going to be some objections from Republicans to the DHS secretary nominee, So it's you know, a gesture of moving forward and trying to hustle, but it's not necessarily gonna get them to the finish line. Um, by day one, which is standard really, for a president to have at least some of his national security team in place at the get Go. Sure, so so what can this mean for the Biden administration having these delays and not having the personnel in place? In the way that other administrations have with when they have started. What could this mean for him? You know, really getting his agenda going as early as he wants. Well, we're not talking about a delay of forever, and we're not talking about killing these nominations, so probably we're talking about adding, you know a delay of about a week ago at tops to some of these may be slightly more with with others. But just generally speaking, it's not the white the foot that they want to start out on its slows things down. There are competent career officials in places the acting secretaries for the duration it takes to actually get the people confirmed. But you know if I didn't want to come in to make a splash and and have this agenda that would say from day one he was going to correct so the ills of the Trump administration and he's slightly him strong and slightly delayed, So it's more of a You know, presuming nothing terrible happens in the next week, In which case it's a different story, right? But presuming that things are fairly common. The world. Um it's just a psychological impediment for getting going and and promising a new era, which is what he tracked do during the campaign, and they're after. But as we've seen the last few months have been hamstrung with all kinds of delays and slow down and and political arguments that have hampered that. So this is kind of just, you know, if you can't just snap your fingers and have everything change on Inauguration day, and this is more evidence of that. Karen, Thanks so much. We appreciate it. Thank you. Karen Emergent of the Washington Post. Let's get a look at Wall Street. Jeff Klee bomb
Unprecedented security effort in Washington, D.C., ahead of Biden inauguration
"Test of American security. Tomorrow's inauguration of Joe Biden as the nation's 46th president. Washington D. C is a fortress nearly two weeks after the attack on the U. S Capitol by a pro trump mob. CBS is Jeff for gays has the latest on what authorities are trying to do to head off any possible trouble. Federal investigators are focusing on extremist groups that may have scoped out the capital in terrain for the assault On January 6 police arrested 22 year old Riley, June Williams of Pennsylvania court papers allege Williams took a laptop or hard drive from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is office. When she stormed the capital of former romantic partner told the FBI that Williams intended to send the computer device to a friend in Russia, who then plan to sell the device to SVR, Russia's Foreign intelligence service. But the transfer fell through for unknown reasons. Thousands of National Guard troops are patrolling the city. The FBI is now vetting all guard members, even though acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller said there is no intelligence indicating an insider threat. The FBI
Defense Secretary Nominee Lloyd Austin Testifies at Confirmation Hearing
"President elect Joe Biden's Cabinet nominees have confirmation hearings today. Among them is Defense secretary nominee retired General Lloyd Austin. He needs a waiver for the job since he hasn't been out of the military for more than seven years. NPR's Tom Bowman reports Austin has been endorsed by 15 former top Pentagon officials. Those endorsing Austin include officials who served in both Democratic and Republican administrations, such as President Obama's defense chief Leon Panetta, and James Roach, the Air Force secretary under President George W. Bush. The officials said. Austin is well versed on threats abroad as well as those at home, including quote the national security imperative of rooting out white supremacy from the force. Austin is a West Point graduate who spent most of his career focusing on the Middle East, serving on combat duty in Iraq and overseeing the region as the top officer. The Senate committee will likely focus on Austin's views about continued combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the security threat of a rising China.
"defense secretary" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
"I think deserves who he or. She wants to be his cabinet to help him with responsibilities to run the executive offices in the government if they're competent. And you should get to the president if they screw up or they made mistakes or if it adds the real problems. And that's that's down the road you can deal with that too but i do a fair especially after republicans control. Continue to control a set now. Obviously the to georges senate seats up for reelection. Today are going to be key as everybody knows who controls the senate. But i hope if the republicans maintain controlled senate they will take the advice of not only made but so many of my colleagues and i served with both republicans and democrats. The that's the way to do it and not the whole hostage in hold our government hostage because when you do this what you're doing you're hurting the government. You're hurting our country. You're hurting are the future of our country when you do this and it's it's just for all political partisan raises your perspective on. We've seen in the trump era so many acting position so many positions held open not going through the confirmation process In from the pentagon perspective. What is the cost of having these positions be in in an acting role in not going through that senate confirmation process. Well there's no question an agency or department dod pays a price when you don't have senior civilian leadership in place politically appointed by the president his or her people in confirmed by the senate. And when you don't fill those jobs you paralyzes internally the mechanisms and processes that are so key in departments and agencies to function so the government functions whether it's interior or agriculture doesn't make any deb's but the pentagon is all about national security the defense of this country and there's every element of that there's intelligence there's the components of troops overseas alliances and relationships. And when you don't have those people in place that have in must use a process to get to recommendations for policy so that the president can lead the country whether you agree or disagree. That's relevant to this argument or having here you've got to have it because it just stops everything when you don't have those people in place what happens. Is the people below who report to these undersecretaries assistant secretary. Say i can't make that decision. That's above my pay grade. That's a decision that's got to be made by the assistant secretary of the younger secretary. Well we have no undersecretary or we have no assistant secretary so a paralyzes government very dangers. When asked about joe biden's nominee four your old position general austin. He will need a waiver. What do you make of the situation where someone who hasn't reached that time out of uniform service stepping into the role of defense secretary. Well i i know lloyd austin very well. I served with him when i was secretary of defense. A tremendous job as centcom commander. There's no finer soldier than lloyd. Austin is integrity as characters professionalism. Now that's it. I'm not one who is very enthusiastic about appointing former career. Senior military officers. One of the reasons is that first of all the secretary of defense job is a political job. You don't need to be an expert on every element of the pentagon you got a whole city full of experts and you gotta probably nine hundred fifty generals and admirals that. You can call up one for advice. You should go up on for advice. That's not the priority. The priority should be being able to navigate the interest of the pentagon and national security in this shark infested water. Place that you're dealing with the congress all the time views about what we should be doing or not doing. Republican democrat appropriations committee armed services committee dealing with the white house. All the time national security council many times attempts to overreach. I think bob gates. Leon panetta wrote books mentioned that in the books dealing with the press. The press. the press have to know what's going on. You have to give accessibility but the judgment call will you. Don't let them. You can't let him in on everything but you gotta let him in on as much as you can't. You're dealing with the internal career people. The professionals you're dealing with each branch service and all the other dynamics of play into that in a retired general or admiral has never navigated all that and political instincts. Important the whole background. In how generals and admirals developed how they think for forty years. And we've had great. Were still have great woods. I'm not sure how conducive all that is To being being able to to run the pentagon not because irt incompetent but there's another downside to this. Is that if you've got someone who's never done this before. White house will have a tendency to micromanage the pentagon because they'll put their people in charge and you've got to have at least a political sense and political awareness. Astuteness that they're they're trying to do that. I mean that's just part of the friction of this business. I mean national security council. White house i get every president has wanted to re channel will let me do this. I'd like to run this. I get that. I mean that's just part of democratic government but you you can't let it overrun the pentagon of what the national security council sense as far as the management every day of the pentagon. So it's got to be a bounce. But i'm going to support lloyd. I think this is not the time to have a political fight over this. There will be an issue because you you said he needs a waiver. There's some democrats who come out. Said they will vote for the waiver. They volt made their good reasons. And so that's just. I think an unnecessary part of this. We wouldn't have to go through. It should have to go through but Loyd brace great ability and talent to the department. And i i wish you much success. Have you spoken to him since he's been nominated not no. I'm hoping that you can speak directly to the men and women of the military you know. We have a lot of stations out with with a heavy military Populations and what is your message directed at our military service men and women about the moment that we find ourselves in -bility of trump winning to use them in in a political way. We message to them. It's consistent message. If i have relayed and given through all my years. The secretary of defense chairman of the president's intelligence advisory board united states senator president. Uso everything. i've ever done it involved. Veterans and troops is very simple. You know who you are. You know the difference between right and wrong unit. While you're there you have made a commitment and a decision to give your life your career to the defense of this country. That's as a noble Any human being can do that. I know of and you cannot allow yourself to be degraded in any way bipartisanship or politics. You've got to stay above it all because you're back. you must stay above it. And i understand emotion. I understand. I understand all but you're more disciplined. You're trained to be more disciplined and when you take that oath of office that's a serious matter that oath of office swearing allegiance to the constitution. That's not partisanship. That's not a political leader president. Political party no. Your job is offensive this country. And you stay focused on that. And you'll be proud of that and you reinforce each and i can't really appreciate it if.
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"Fatigue shakeup at the pentagon this week as president trump fired defense secretary mark espera and three other top pentagon officials were also replaced. The exit had been expected for months as the relationship between esperer and the white house deteriorate. Espera had his first public break with the president when he wanted to use active duty. Troops in dc to put down violent protests after the death of george floyd meghan myers pentagon bureau chief the military times at conversation with former defense secretary and tells us what he said he was. No yes yes-men next the fda this week gave the emergency use authorization to ally lily for their monoclonal. Antibody co vitry. It is similar to the treatment that president trump received when he was sick and it is aimed at keeping mild cases from turning more serious. The process of getting this treatment developed and improved was difficult in the company also had to deal with the pandemic the same time the down their staff work remotely in some cases and the chief the lab at a us a robot with an ipad attached to it so he can patrol that peter loftus healthcare reporter at the wall street journal joins us ally lily. Got it done. It's the option to use. Active duty forces in law enforcement. Roles should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most urgent and dire of situations. We are not in one of those situations now. I do not support invoking insurrection after megan myers pentagon bureau chief at the military times. Thanks for joining us. Megan thanks for having me wanted to talk about defense secretary. Mark asper on monday president. Donald trump fired him over twitter. He announced that chris miller who was previously the national counterterrorism center director would step in as acting defense secretary but the military times. You guys got a chance to speak to mark esperer and talk about his time there and what kind of the tensions that were going on between him and the white house. He didn't mention that he was. Nobody's yes man while he was there so tell us a little bit about your conversation with former defense secretary mark expert so it had been rumored for months that either maybe esther would resign or the president would fire him As the election got closer it. It became apparent that nobody wanted to influence. The election are their way with You know throwing that national security position into turmoil so they kind of tabled it but of course one business day after Media outlets call the election trump decided. All right we'll aspirins out. Technically espa got a call from White house chief of staff mark meadows a few minutes before the tweet went out so we had a little bit of a heads up that it was coming in a larger sense. He had a feeling the feeling was that trump would fire him after the election but he was very clear that he didn't want to resign. And the reason for that was. He felt like he was doing good work here and was as responsibly and strategically as he could trying to implement the president's Requests the plus presidents commands Despite sometimes Having some tension over whether over here's a judgment really quotes in the article specifically was saying you know. I'm not trying to make anybody happy. Just trying to fill. What the commander in chief wants. And that's a tough line to balance there. You mentioned also in the article that he was dubbed yes spur by some of his critics but that was one thing that he really was strong on the saying that you know i wasn't yes man for the president very conscious Both in office and and then -ticipant leaving office. He was conscious of his legacy and the way that he was portrayed and from his point of view he was not carrying the president's water. He was trying to do what was best for the defense department while carrying out what the president had asked him to do and he resented being called yester- because that nickname kind of came about pretty soon after he very publicly broke with the president and said that he did not believe that The insurrection act was warranted in dc to control protests and did the rioting in front of the white house And that was directly contrary to what the president had been threatening for days at that point So he felt like he really had put his foot down. He had not kowtowed But of course in the larger view of people watching what was going on between them it really did look like the president says jump and you know said high. Even that's not how he saw it. Yeah one of the other points of contention. I guess too was wearing. He approved some of that military money to be moved over to build president. Trump's border wall. I guess that's another point where critics would say. He was a yes man to that because you know obviously when that happened that was just huge news and a lot of people are making something about it because they were moving money away from military construction projects. Right and you know from from spurs Standpoint that was a perfectly legal request And you know in the military in this chain of command even between these two top civilians. You know the commander in chief issues you a lawful order and you follow it and if you don't wanna follow it you quit but there's no responding to him and saying no. I'm not gonna do this. You have to deal with the fallout is and if it is passed your red line then you submit your resignation. But from his point of view that was a lawful order even if some founded you know distasteful and so he carried it out in other situations you know when he felt a little more unsure about what the president's The president was asking him. He would try to as responsibly as possible So so what the president Had asked him to do or give him the best advice the widest range of advice. The most of that he could come up with And try to finish the situation a little bit. One of the top priorities for mark. Asper was the national defense strategy shift involving north korea russia china. How did that play out for him. I think he is proud of the work that he was able to do. The groundwork he was able to lay after James mattis quit the secdef job Basically at this point you know it was a lot of writing the end. Es into the budget. Making sure that the first you know layers of groundwork got laid and we're paid for and were also supported by people on capitol hill people in the white house that people have control over how these things happen and his goal was to Effect irreversible change for the national defense strategy. So that when he was gone when the trump administration was gone They would be on a path that someone couldn't just come in and immediately sweep away and he felt like he had accomplished mark. Asper did say that he was going to be holding in tuffy to never expected to quit even when he kinda heard rumblings that he might be fired and all although he did say that there was one time that he came close to quitting. And that was surrounding. Lieutenant colonel alexander vindman. This was after all the testimony in the impeachment proceedings right so he said basically a few months after Vindman testified their rumors started. Going around. that You know vindman had had been selected to go to the army college and he was supposed to be you know he was expected to be promoted to colonel. But then the army had not put out it's Colonel promotion list. Which is you know for for officers. The army bet every ranked. The army will put out a list periodically. I'm after they've made their selections for moldable and that list was held up and the only explanation. The explanation that men's camp was giving that some other experts were giving was that this was being held up. I is retribution for what vindman had said about the president and behind the scenes. The secretary of the army had approved. Asper says that he had approved it and he said if he's qualified go for it and we'll see what happens The environment ended up Ended up retiring Just to kind of get out of the fray but s said if the white house said overturned my decision to allow to be promoted to colonel i would have resigned. That would have been a red line for him. You would have seen that as unethical and something that he.
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"Well marquess asper is not on donald. Trump's pardon list. He is the secretary of defense who donald trump fire today. We'll get out intelligence committee chairman. Adam shifts reaction to that later in this hour and we'll ask donald trump's niece mary trump what else we can expect from her uncle in these seventy two days that he has left as president of the united states mary trump will join us later in the hour and so it came to pass after four long dark threatening agonizingly tense years. The most corrupt tyrant in the history of the american presidency was overthrown by seventy five million people. The votes of seventy five million people bolt and the tears of election night four years ago spontaneously turned into dancing in the street literally. Dancing in the street was up to me. We'd just run that for the rest of the hour. You have to be of a certain age to have experienced this feeling. Before america overthrew a corrupt president wants before and drove him from office in nineteen seventy four but it was not voters who drove out. Richard nixon was a special prosecutor. And the impeachment process and the intrepid generalization of bob woodward and carl bernstein at the washington post and others that exposed the corruption and mendacity of richard nixon. Who in his reelection campaign had one forty nine states and just eighteen months after being sworn into that second term after that forty nine states victory richard nixon was forced to resign the presidency or face the certainty of being convicted and removed from office and impeachment trial in the united states senate and so at eleven thirty five. Am on august ninth. Nineteen seventy four president. Richard nixon tendered his written resignation to the secretary of state and twenty five minutes later vice president. Gerald ford was officially sworn in as president of the united states by chief justice warren burger in the east room of the white house and in his first words to the nation. Gerald ford said this my fellow americans. Our long national nightmare.
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"They are the backbone of our democracy. Senator kamla harris is an alum of howard historically black university where she was a member of the alpha kappa alpha sorority. If you know about aka you know. It's an international network with chapters in canada. Liberia germany dubai in the virgin islands to name. A few ashleigh whitfield is the president of alpha kappa alpha chapter in johannesburg south africa. And she's with us. Actually what does it mean for you to see an aka member rise to one of the most powerful positions in the us in the world really. It's actually not really possible to put two words. The pride that i feel right now the truth is if i can be honest hearing her voice but chills to me and i wasn't really expecting to to have listened to that speech again has made me a bit emotive actually because it is true that i actually don't have the words to describe how important this moment is as you're listening to the senator a just now what came to you that made you feel that way. I mean what were you hearing. I suppose what i was hearing was just the reverberations of our ancestors who fought so hard to get to a moment where black woman and all people would have representation in hopefully have things that we share common represented at the white house being the first black woman. She comes with experiences in history that we have not been able to fairly represent yet at the federal level and frankly to be part of the same organization as senator harasses is nothing short of privilege for us all around the world. Even here in south africa will say even here in south africa. I understand senator harris actually has a special connection to the aka chapter in south africa. What is that. Yes so in a washington post interview. Senator harris actually ascribed her initial interest in alpha kappa alpha to christine simmons. Christine simmons actually took her with her to service activities. When senator harris was a child and christine simmons who graduated from howard and became a member at howard in the early nineteen fifties retired here to south africa and two thousand and ten. Senator harris called christine. Simmons on t. Chris and we shared that sentiment here in johannesburg because he absolutely took us under her wing as Nieces here in south africa. I mean what you're telling me actually wants to the fact that alpha kappa alpha is more than a sorority more than a campus club. It really is an international network. What are the goals of the aka. Or what does it mean to be a part of this network at a global level. The main purpose of our sorority is service. We do that through sisterhood. And we actually do that. Really rolling up our sleeves and supporting the community as best as we can so as an example here in south africa we provide about two hundred sandwiches every week. Two young children in need and many of these young children are also heads of their household. We're talking children. Who are actually the oldest person in their family so in working collectively we constantly affirm our sisterhood. Because we know that through our sisterhood. We can make a huge difference in our community. How do you see those values. Being enacted upon by vice president elect senator harris. Did you see that. Inter leadership style. I think it would be impossible not to when we had the opportunity to listen to her a couple days ago when she became vice president elect the the grayson again the generosity as we've seen role models through many women who are part of our organization just absolutely clear We also know that senator hair has taken up. The fights on key issues such as lack women's high rates of fatality in childbirth. A number of other very important things that impact our community disproportionately and i can only imagine the conversation among aka members around the globe on one of your sisters making it as vice president elect of the united states. What's that been like. I actually have to admit here that i'm not on social media so i get forwarded. A lot of the the mediums and the photographs can tell you how refreshing that sounds that. You're not on social media. Yeah but because i as you see here i am from the states and i live in south africa and i have so were team members who i am close to who are spread across the globe and we have been sort of swapping these memes to each other on. What's sad you know really as we always do holding our head up high but perhaps even just a little bit higher in this moment as we all all black women everywhere believe. Celebrate this amazing accomplishment. Ashley whitfield as the president of the alpha kappa alpha chapter in johannesburg south africa. Thank you for being with us today. Ashley good to meet you see me longtime jeopardy host. Alex trebek's died sunday at the age of eighty in an era when facts at times seem up for debate trebek's standard-bearer with a show known for intellectual rigor travek was born in ontario and got his start in broadcasting.
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"That is the hope offered by pharma giant pfizer today in preliminary analysis from the clinical trial of its vaccine. That's being developed with german. Drugmaker here to help us break down. What this might mean is saad. Omar director of yale's institute for global health. He's been active in the national academy of medicine and health organization panels on covid nineteen vaccines aside omar. Thanks for being with us. This announcement comes from pfizer itself. So outside experts have not reviewed the analysis yet. But what do you make of this claim. What would it mean if a vaccine were ninety percent effective. Obviously we need more data to be more definitive. These outcomes but from the surface of it. It's good news. It's a good news. Both in terms of the fact that they're reporting ninety percent efficacy but one concern. We had was that this vaccine would work differently. In older populations were says younger populations like influenza where that's what we see. But if with that higher efficacy and knowing the overall composition of their trial population it gives me some reassurance that even if there are differences by age they're not likely to be that large at least based on this initial data. So tell us what you know about this pfizer vaccine. How does it work. So this is an mri. Na vaccine so messenger arena vaccine that works through signaling to the cell what is desired rather than presenting an antigen or a protein or something or a whole organism around which an immune response is mounted one advantage. These vaccines are that. They're a rather quick to develop compared to other technologies. once you have identified the virus. Will you kind of alluded to it there. So maybe you don't have the answer. But how could this vaccine be scaled up. And what are the opportunities and challenges when it comes to who has access to around the globe so we know that we'll have to do some prioritization of various groups in the us. It's the national academies of science engineering and medicine that came up with the prioritization scheme similarly. Who has a roadmap for prioritizing various groups and the supply won't be enough for the whole population so that's a big challenge. The good news is that pfizer has already done some production a few million doses even prior to approval so that if the vaccine gets approved are ready to go but we should be realistic about the fact that they will be some time before. Most of the world will be vaccinated. There's already some Perhaps premature excitement in stock markets to this news. But what do you make of these results. I mean it's not published. What questions do you have satmar. Yeah so. I have several questions. first. Of all i want to look at the actual data in terms of at what point this saw efficacy in terms of the follow period. What were the characteristics. Various subgroups in terms of their relative efficacy. What was the immune response. Like the biological response in terms of safety data. What were some of the safety conditions they had in terms of some of the events. They will be presenting their safety data to fda after at least two months of follow up after the second does so. This should not be as from a public health perspective. The end of story in terms of vaccine development. One last thing side. Omar president elect joe biden as you know has released an outline for taking on covid nineteen that includes a task force with several of your yale colleagues in public health globally. What does this action mean. In this moment. I think it signals that the scientific enterprise within the us will be utilized to its potential going forward. The composition of the group signals that focuses on science and so that reassures the world that reassurance that the data coming out of the us can be used by other regulatory agencies can be used by public health the decision makers to make their own decisions without having to go through the process themselves obviously countries look at their own data. But you could look towards the us data and you can say okay if the fda has approved at there is credibility behind it. So therefore i think the overall signal is good for the world. Saad omar direct sales institute for global health. Thank you very much for your time. My pleasure last week's election resulted in a triple. I the first woman. The first south asian woman the first black woman to be elected vice-president women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality and liberty and justice for all including the black women who are often too often overlooked but so often prove.
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"Tweet on occasion. We note that. Mr biden has declared victory. We understand that the result of the us presidential election will be determined falling us laws and procedures. The translation provided by reuters for now is sidestepping a formal recognition of joe biden as the. Us president elect taiwan on the other hand has taken the opposite stance. President tsai ing wen has said that she looks forward to working together to further our friendship and contributions to international society. Here's a headline from formosa. Television taiwanese english. tv news. Early sunday morning. Presidents hiring when congratulated biden on twitter. She also attach congratulatory tweet. That biden had sent her when she was re elected president earlier this year. That's taiwan though for now the tension between the us and the people's republic of china continues trump's prolonged trade war with china has strained relations even before he stepped into the white house and he's repeatedly blamed china for the pandemic. The friction between the us and china has led to ripple effects across business culture and sports. That is the focus of our next story. The nba has been mounting a full-court charm. Press hoping to rebuild business ties with china and good news for sports fans came last month. When china's state television decided to lift a year long ban on basketball games the world rebecca. Catherine shanghai has the back story on the nba's campaign to get back on the air. Recent college grad chris. Shell listen china's northern san. She province like many young chinese sports fans he used to check. Nba on his phone every morning. After waking up a year ago he saw a piece of news that shocked him the general manager of the houston. Rockets daryl morey tweeted support for pro democracy protesters in hong kong daryl. Morey says he didn't intend to offend chinese fez and france but when america was seen is freedom of expression had hit a hot button issue in china the status of hong kong for child. It was enough for him to stop watching algebra. Yeah the tweet really hurt people's feelings and crossed the line says challenge. It made me feel. He didn't respect us. So why should we still keep watching. Nba many others have the same question including the chinese government. soon and announcement came from state. Run television cici tv. Sports channel has just announced that it will suspend the broadcast of nba games in china including this week's preseason games. This was a disaster for the nba. There are more nba fans here in china than there are people in the us. Billions of dollars are wrapped up in the game here. Nba teams and players have merchandising deals. Advertising agreements sponsorships. A lot of that got canceled a few days after the tv ban shanghai hosted an nba exhibition game. Some fans boycotted. This man filmed himself ripping up his tickets to the game. But plenty of other fans said. They.
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"How bad another four years of trump would have been for the global climate change world. President trump wants called climate change a hoax reversed a slew of domestic policies aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions and took the us out of the paris climate pact but under a new administration says the us will be welcomed back with open arms so the us has a lot of catching up to do but we are extremely hopeful that now we have a an administration that knows. The problem is willing to solve the problem and joined with the rest of the world in solving the problem. Climate change was a bigger election issue than ever before in two thousand twenty nearly seven. In ten biden voters told pew research center. It was very important to their vote and at the democratic national convention. This summer biden named it as one of four historic crises. Americans are facing the pandemic recession racial injustice and and just the accelerating threats climate change an election that made headlines around the world that focus on climate change got attention. Carlos fuller is the lead negotiator at un climate talks for the alliance for small island states. He's been falling biden's campaign for a while. You spoke of both getting the us back into the paris agreement and doing a lot of work on addressing climate change which was great news with this change. I actually see a lot of coming back part of that. Hope is because the biden harris campaign pledged to set greenhouse gas emission targets in line with science mode importantly. It's what the us could do to reduce their emissions with means developing of technology. And that technology would then be available for the private sector for the who world fuller lives in belize when we spoke the remnants of hurricane ada fell outside. The storm is thought to have killed scores of people left more than hundred missing flooded homes and forced to evacuate across central america. It's the kind of storm expected to grow more intense as the climate warms. Advocates and policymakers see biden's two trillion dollar. Climate plan is a step in the right direction. But they're already tempering expectations about what a new administration will actually be able to accomplish with congress likely to be divided. How much of it he can get done. of course. we're going to have to wait and see andrew light as a former obama administration climate change. Negotiator it's going to depend a lot on. If you republican controlled senate how many individuals there who are willing to cross the line. If any are senator mitt romney yesterday became one of the first high profile. Republicans to call for americans to get behind biden. And the same cnn interview though. He also criticised biden's long-term plan to shift the country off fossil fuels. I wanna make sure that we conservatives keep on fighting to make sure that we don't have a green new deal. We don't get rid of gas and coal and oil experts. Expect a corona virus stimulus package to present the first opportunity for the biden harris administration to try to drum up support for green energy. Investments and re entering the global climate. Pact is one thing the white house can do without congressional approval for the world. I'm caroline bieler coming up on the show. Our reporters in northern and southern europe gives us a landscaper reaction to the big news this past weekend. You're listening to the world. i'm marco werman. This is the world. America's election news has made headlines across the globe in a couple of places. It.
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"Because what's hurry. Although few observers of american politics in mexico see it that way. Jose garcia is a consultant based in mexico city helping businesses on both sides of the border and he says there may be consequences for president lopez soda waiting much longer to reach out to the biden. Camp i i i don't want to go into what could happen but i think it's a sign of diplomacy so i think he should recognize soon. For the well-being of our relations those diplomatic relations between the us and mexico have largely been positive for decades even as trump often antagonized mexico and mexican americans. Still gotta see us. As joe biden taking office will mark the end of four long years. And i do see that this kind of put in the past the negative rhetoric of mexico. So i think it's gonna be very positive very positive. Garcia says but not to be taken for granted for the world. I'm core in mexico. City people who work on international climate policy or celebrating the election of joe biden and kamala harris their campaign pledge to put the us back in the paris climate agreement and quote. Rally the rest of the world to meet the threat of climate change. The campaign also offered up a two trillion dollar climate change plan. The most aggressive ever laid out by a major party presidential ticket. The world's environment correspondent carolyn bieler has reaction from the climate world. This video on twitter. Kinda sums it up. A woman.
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"Water with a touch of true fruit flavor. The world reacts to the us election we hear from the middle east. Look we have no illusions. He is no savior bangladesh. Extreme neater leave. It's been a complete made by tech also from mexico. Europe and from south africa a sorority sister from alpha kappa alpha. I'm marco werman also on the show today a little hope and the quest for a coronavirus vaccine pfizer claims. Its vaccine is ninety percent effective so far and how the nba has charmed. It's way back onto the airwaves and china dot. Phantom never stopped if anything i think. The fans doubled down in their efforts to keep connected to their favorite stars. Those stories and more today. Here on the world. I'm marco werman and you're listening to the world. Nothing is surprising anymore. And the trump white house this afternoon. President trump fired the head of the pentagon defense secretary. Mark esperer whom trump believed was not loyal enough and yes. The president announced the decision on twitter. Leon panetta is a former defense secretary. He also served as director of the cia and white house chief of staff leon. Panetta did secretary esperer and other top pentagon officials. See this decision coming well. I'm sure there have been a lot of indications I was asked about whether he resigned last week and he had not There were a lot of rumors that the president was going to go after S for one way or the other so it probably was not a surprise to have the president Go ahead and tweet that. He was firing the secretary of defense says as consequential as that is because i think it comes at a very critical time when a country is going through this edition now from one administration to the next and to create uncertainty the department of defence It is not is not smart because of the defense department's involvement in covid nineteen And challenges around the world and also with regards to dealing with the divisions here at home as well so it's not a good not a good move by the president. The united states was going to ask you. Do you think secretary experts dismissal. Some have suspected as payback for his comments after he accompanied president trump on that now infamous walk across lafayette square outside the white house in june. Is that what this is rooted in Who knows uh. What exactly leads This president To do anything Obviously secretary espa was certainly loyal to the president's priorities and policies With regards to national security but obviously he raised questions raised questions about the role the military particularly after the demonstration at lafayette park and felt that the military was being misused as did other military leaders He was Concerned about Just arbitrarily reducing forces abroad That without any kind of condition spaced requirement with regards to reducing those forces Andy obviously was interested in moving ahead and renaming a military posts And removing the names of confederate generals from those posts. Something that congress was supporting but obviously the president was not so. They're obviously some differences. That played in to what the president did today. Who's next in line for secretary defense and what's at risk with you as adversaries if there's essentially a placeholder for the next three months well my understanding is he's asking The head of counterterrorism to to Act in that role in in the interim and it just It makes it much more difficult For the department of defence In the military leadership to do its job because somebody coming from something that is not directly related to Department of defense and trying to administer A department of almost three million people Two million uniform a million civilians i. It's just not going to be easy to be able to go in and and the fact is It it isn't going to. It isn't gonna make much difference. I mean what it will impact is whether or not we'll be a smooth transition to a new administration which there should be But it's pretty clear from this president. He's behaving that. That's the last thing he's interested in. And when you suddenly remove The secretary from the department and you start removing other people It's just gonna make it that much more difficult to have a transition to a new administration former defense secretary leon panetta. Thank you very much for your time. Today you're welcome. It took a few days to get there but the results are in congratulations from leaders. Across the globe are flowing to joe biden and kamala harris will hearing throughout the show today more reaction so the historic election results here in the us but not from mexico. President andres manuel lopez. Doors refused to acknowledge a winner in the us election in quantum last journeys tells us he said this morning. That mexico's constitution prohibits him meddling in the affairs of other countries from mexico. City the world's valencia has more on the reactions. Their mario espinosa was born and raised in southwestern idaho his parents immigrated there to the us and still live there and even though he now works for an ngo in mexico city. I'm still registered in idaho. If you know. I'll fatah voted for joe biden. But he celebrating just as much as he is who lost. I'm so relieved that donald trump was not reelected many. Us citizens who are registered democrats and live in mexico supported bernie sanders in the primaries and biden in the general spinoza. Alfredo among them says that has a lot to do with who biden was running against. We might not agree with our system right now but we agree that we need to have a democracy. That's what we love. I mean we might have differences on how the government should function but we believe that the government should continue functioning that was the difference between trump and biden so. Spf alfredo says. He's going to continue advocating for issues like medicare for all or trade policies that are more favorable for workers in both countries. And he says that's more likely happen under a biden administration. I voted for him. I made sure that my entire family voted for him. Except for the ones who are now trump supporters which we know now was a factor in this presidential race americans of mexican background supported both biden and trump. And that's something that when you aren't being has been thinking about in mexico city that is not a us citizen but during the campaign. He was working to get mexican americans in the us to vote for the republican ticket. I think the mexican vote in the republican party will going up as slowly continuously and now that's better for mexico because we more possibilities we have people in both sides and while neither says he knows the. Us election is for you as voters to decide. He supports mexican. President and manuel lopez. Or who didn't offer. Congratulations right away. Bennett says that president lopez or other knows. There's a lot at stake a huge commercial partner with the united states. The last one and he must be carefully. Because what's hurry. Although few observers of american politics in mexico see it that way. Jose garcia is a consultant based in mexico city helping businesses on.
"defense secretary" Discussed on NPR's World Story of the Day
"The Pentagon is sending field hospitals to New York and Seattle and also hospital ships to New York and Los Angeles like so many government agencies. The Defense Department is now focused on fighting the corona virus pandemic Defense Secretary Mark. Asper spoke this afternoon with morning edition. Host Steve INSKEEP and our Pentagon correspondent. Tom Bowman joins us with more on that conversation and TOM WHAT DID SECRETARY. Espera have to say about the Pentagon response to the corona virus. Well first of all he pointed out that the main job of the active military is to protect the health of service members so they can protect the nation including fighting and winning the nation's wars he also said that the act of military has a role to play in helping government during this pandemic. Let's listen we have a lot of capability. Not as much I think is as many people think when it comes to medical capacity but that said we want to put everything on the table we can support the American people and help get the on this so again. The medical capacity like those field hospitals and medical ships but stressed that the National Guard really is on the front line here Ari. That's a job for these citizen. Soldiers about nine thousand of the guardsmen are now working for their governors around the country. They're adding about one thousand each week to that effort. But other officials say the Pentagon is ramping up to help other ways so beyond the hospitals and the mobilization of the National Guard. What more can we expect from the Pentagon right? Well what they're doing as we heard from a senior Pentagon official Ellen Lord Today. Who said they're working with defense industry to come up with those needed medical supplies? We've been hearing about like the masks gloves. Ventilators respirators and officials say that once. Congress passes it passes the stimulus bill. They'll be billions of dollars set aside so these industries can move forward. They hope to have more detail in the coming days about that. But it's clear that some of these items like gloves and masks can be produced fairly quickly those other items like test kits respirators. We'll take a bit longer. Maybe a couple of months but again getting back to secretary expert. He said he is first and foremost focused on the active duty force making sure they're ready for conflict areas again. We have to preserve some capacity to take care of the force and I need to make sure I retain some capacity for a deployable force in case We get some type of conflict somewhere. I gotta be able to not only deploy military capabilities that can conduct operations but then also filled hospitals. That can casualties coming off the battlefield in another thing secretary s percent is he's not sure how this vars will affect the security environment and other countries in the coming months it could be governments that fall violence in some of the major cities. That's something a defense secretary has to watch. There have been cases of the corona virus within the military. How bad is the spread of the disease among the armed forces? Well they're saying swift action by the US commander in South Korea General Robert Abrams. Help Stop the virus in its tracks for soldiers under his command. He basically shut down the base for twenty eight thousand soldiers and secretary as I said the Pentagon learned from that. Here he is again. We've been able to put a brake on the spread at this point in time of the hundreds of thousands of military persons out there. We have thank goodness. Only two hundred twenty seven Cases Right now It's it's two hundred and twenty seven more than I would prefer to have and I've been able to call up and talk to a few of those servicemembers But I think the policies and practices we've put in place of of held us in good stead right now into better protect that active forces secretary tonight said he was halting all overseas travel for all troops. Up to sixty days Ari. That's expected to impact up to ninety thousand servicemembers who were slated to deploy or redeploy in the next two months again to make sure they're healthy. No we're told. Some of the troops may be coming back from Afghanistan but others overseas may be extended for a time. Npr's Tom Bowman thank you you're welcome..
"defense secretary" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"Trump is in the low forties, so they've made that disconnect, and I don't think he's going to get weighted down as much by a bad economy, as a lot of people may think or the other way around. I mean, that's the David not exactly one of the things we've seen over the last several last eight years. Is that the polarization so intense that things that used to be really determinative like this sort of objective, macroeconomic economic conditions to Michael's point the polling data suggests they are becoming increasingly strained to sort of partisan lines. The president is pulling it forty forty one forty two percent with the economy where it's at, and maybe the economy doesn't matter the same way it used to. And yet at the same time has strong economic ratings provide a path. Way for him to maybe get to the forty six percent that he needs by disqualifying, an absolutely going nuclear on the democratic nominee, which is what he's an expert at doing it, exploiting divisions of the democratic base by weaponising social media, which we all know will be his strategy. He doesn't well then prevent into possible foreign help. Right. Right. The other strategy. I mean, honestly, that's the other component of the strategy. And I think that we cannot ignore that Donald Trump has said he's going to use foreign help. If it's available and peas not post to that, right? I still live in a country, where that potentially could be illegal, even though Muller found that there was no criminal conspiracy. So I think that as an American citizen, we have to keep that in mind that they're absolutely. Maybe another foreign attack on our election. But today's point Michael me, and this is the key thing, everyone who's looking at this chessboard understands that forty six percent is the absolute ceiling for this guy. Right. All get that forty six is as high as you could possibly get. And so the only path is absolute sheer going nuclear in David's words. And that's why it will be a -standingly ugly, and it will be very much a test of how that ugly. This is covered in my humble opinion. You're absolutely right. It's gonna be, you know what kind of show probably starting right after his event tonight as a matter of. So yeah, so we're doing the event. So. Yeah. On the president's going to use everything in his MO Selena's point, we should absolutely be prepared for all kinds of interference in all forms of interference going into next year. Cousin heck that advantage. Yeah. I mean he, he has that as an advantage in that he doesn't care, and he's not constrained by the strictures of lock that, that's, that's one way of putting it, there's also the fact I mean incumbency presents its own, it's advantages always, and Dave, one of the things I think that's been under preciado. It is. There's this fundraising issue. Right. The in the era of citizens. United, plus plus the president sort of approach to ethical lines like you can raise a lot of money as a sitting president by going around and collecting on the fact that you're the sitting president. That's right. And in two thousand sixteen he was flying by the seat of his pants. He was pulled driven or money, driven and voters loved that about him. And he will have a more professional operation in place for twenty twenty he already does. And look, he's delusional if he thinks that he can win, Oregon or New Mexico. I think that's clear evidence that he's not really living within the political realities of our day. But this election is really going down. Going to come down in my opinion to two states in particular, Wisconsin, and Arizona, because the president has it stands could very easily hold onto Florida as long as, as he holds onto Wisconsin and era Zona..
"defense secretary" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"Back and say in return for what you've done in the Gulf. We're going to do the following to some of your ships or to you naval assets. That's the problem right now where the. Iranians may feel emboldened that we may be in a period of, of confusion, or chaotic kind of change of command because the secretary of defense is number two in that chain of command where they may do something as thoroughly stupid, and that will cause a reaction on our part to this. Some some real damage. Can I ask a question that I don't feel I have a good hold on? Let's say for the sake of argument that the assertions by the administration, they say relying in American, the attacks on tankers have been done by forces under the influence of the Iranians, whether those are, who the revenues are others. Let's say that's the case. I don't know if it is, let's say it's a case, what is the what is the what is the mental model of what the Iranians are doing. And why they're doing this doesn't add up to me. Like what do people think they're doing? Well, I think the Iranians hope for some time. We'll they've been a revolutionary government. That's obviously seek to expand their influence in the region. I have no doubt that they continue to support, the who tease. Who are launching attacks against the Saudis, who are engaged in the reins through proxies in Lebanon, and Syria, certainly in Iraq. So I have no doubt that they want to continue to be expansion is very nature. The question is how far can they continue to go without provoking a real substantial response by us, and hopefully if there is one by our allies joining in, so they're trying to stay under the radar and still cause us problems? Do things which kill people, I go back to Khobar tower and they were involved in my opinion in the killing of many, many people during that time. So I don't have any doubt that they are continuing to try to use proxies and their own their own revolutionary guard forces to try to be disruptive to cause difficulties and tempt us to do something which within justify all of the other parties in the region to come down against the United States. I would say one more thing. I think it's really dangerous for us to think that can be one or two military strikes. And it's over. We've been down that road. You remember Iraq was going to be a cakewalk. We'd be using all of their oil, which would be hours. We're still in Iraq was still in the in the NF ghanistan, so one or two strikes won't do it. And I think if you're going to take military action, you better be prepared for a long time. All right. Former Defense Secretary William Cohen, thank you. I had the president launches reelection campaign with the promise of continued cruelty this time claiming he'll begin mass deportations of millions. We'll talk about that next. On the eve of his supposed- fictional campaign launch. The president in strikingly authoritarian language, threatened day mass roundup of millions of immigrants in this country. Quote next week ice, we'll begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who've at licitly found their way in the US, they will be removed as fast as they come in the whole thing's that kind of perfect microcosm of the presidency, while it's largely inflated threat ice does, not have the capacity literally expel means people, at least in the short term Trump has absolutely made good on his promise to make life truly miserable for hundreds of thousands, if not millions of immigrants like the former unfold Romanian, boy, the Trump administration snatched from his father's arms, sending to the family into a psychological, nosedive, inflicting untold suffering, or the men held outdoors from wooden thirty days without a shower where change of clothes in nearly hundred degree weather, or the thousands of desperate migrants being exposed to communicable diseases and the growing camp detention system. The administration's expanding at every turn the present. And understands this is what he promised. And this is what his base wants to see joining now, journalists, Andrew pitzer..
"defense secretary" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"Oh my grandkids love that being green guy, I prefer the one with the hammer myself. Okay. I think we're done here now. Get all your favorite apps shows and movies, right? On contoured TV from Cox. Just a few hours after ordering one thousand more troops in the Middle East in the midst of rising tensions around the president who you see they're standing at the podium for his reelection rally we're monitoring that for news. The acting secretary of defense Patrick Shanahan who he ordered those troops to go to the Middle East announced. He's stepping down after revelations about domestic violence incidents involving his son and ex wife more than seven years ago. Shanahan's ten years acting secretary already set a record the longest the country's gone without a Senate confirmed, secretary, defense, and now with his drawl vacancies likely to continue indefinitely at a time when the Trump administration is blaming a Ron for tax on mentally shipping and threatening to retaliate leadership vacuum, and the Pentagon has left an opening for some of the president's most bellicose advisers who've been pushing action against Iran for years. One of those advisers secretary state, Mike Pompeo just paid a personal visit US central command Centcom, which oversees the US military in the Middle East. He did this fight. The fact he's secretary seat has no role in defense departments. Chain of command, according to pump, the president has no desire to go to war. We have been engaged in many messages, even this, this moment, right here, communicating to Iran, that we are there to deter aggression. President Trump does not want war, and we will continue to communicate that message wall doing the things that are necessary to protect American interests in the region, and joined now by former secretary of Defense William cone. The secretary does it matter that there is not a confirmed. Secretary of defense. I think it matters that there is a lack of continuity in the office. Yes, whenever you continue to have the churning of personnel..
"defense secretary" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"For what crawl? What did he do wrong that you should teach them for Jackie's Honda me? He's put my people best working Wisconsin. You have higher wages lower unemployment were killing it. Wisconsin. Okay. Congressman first of all, those are distinct things as you would concede, obviously, the growth rate doesn't pertain to whether present commits high crimes and misdemeanors. Bill Clinton had a high growth rate and I don't know what answer Johnson's Richard Nixon's was. But obviously, those are distinct entities as you would concede. Correct. Well, we can see the point that thank you. Trump's policies. No, no, no would conceive them point just a simple. Yes. Or no. It is. The fact you understand as a man who took an oath to the constitution that the group is wholly independent president crimes or misdemeanors. Correct. There was a two year investigation. Congress had that you reported on every side for two years. We're time question how how. A two year no questions. But you're the one who reported for two years on a pick investigation and got it wrong. I should say investigation. Let me ask you was no collusion with Russia. We Clinton started it. The democrat party aptly facilitated it, and there was agresson, Lutely nothing to understand yours. So why don't you say here's an example? Let's get back here's an example of the kind of conduct. That was in the report, the president asked the White House counsel to fabricate a document a false document that would essentially create a fake record for a cover story that the president was using to lie to investigators about whether he had or had not asked to fire Don Mcgann Robert Muller. Is that acceptable behavior for the president Maske use impeachable masking? What I'm saying. Is it acceptable to ask the White House counsel to fabricated document to further a duplicitous story? Investigators, I think Donald Trump says a lot of things when he gets hot, the bottom line is what do you think? It's. Is it okay? Is it? Okay. I'll answer your question. I promise last question my point to you is an answering the question. If Donald Trump is the president, he can fire whoever he wants if you don't fabricate a document that Donald Trump wants fabricate he can he can fire you in hire someone else to fabricate that document. You. Okay. Fire anyone? No. So he didn't. He didn't say so if you don't do this, you're going. There was no fabrication of document, you think your lawyer to document..
"defense secretary" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"You said you were concerned about the president behavior, but thinking over what tipped you over. Well, it was it was obviously a conclusion that I thought a lot about, and I think every member is going to come to their own conclusion on their own time table with this. But for me, it was a combination of things one actually going through the mullahs report and reading it in more detail trying to ignore the way it was rolled out in the first place because those characterizations were clearly not accurate and don't comport with the facts that are presented in the case, but then thinking, very carefully about how I want this moment to be remembered, I think the biggest mistake we could make is to think about the immediate politics of the moment. Many are advising that we should go down this path, or shouldn't go down this path, based on the impact that will have on the twenty twenty election. What it really came down to Christianise with you was spending a weekend with my seven and four year old grandchildren. Asking myself how I want this moment to remem- be remembered by them in twenty years? And while the current politics may seem complicated. The long view of history on this won't be so coupling not because just looking at the facts, it is this president continues to essentially, ignore the rule of law. The fact that he is directing people who work for him, and who used to work for him to not comply with congressional subpoenas to not to attend congressional hearings to provide testimony, the framers of the constitution were pretty wise looking at what the mullahs report says, and the way it's been characterized it's clear to me that in several instances, some say ten I find at least four instances where there are clear efforts to obstruct Justice this false narrative that there has to be conviction on the underlying crime in order for there to be obstruction of Justice. It's just flatly untrue. Anybody is a serious analyst will tell you this. I didn't wanna come here. I don't wanna get to this point. But the president is taking us to this point. And I don't see any any other alternative at the this. Juncture when you come out and join this list now sixty six Democrats is there what is the reaction and we just leadership talk to you do. Other folks in the caucus talk to you is there an active conversation. Is there message sent from anyone being like not cool dude? No, not really. I mean have other members have talked to me about it. They wanna know sort of what my thought process was. But I think there's the sense that there's a sort of top down leadership position on this. You know, the speaker and others around her, obviously, have their own points of view, but on the subject of this nature of this magnitude the position that I've seen her take in the past and things of this kind of seriousness, we have to Chino's we have to come to our own conclusions. This is not a subject that you whip this is a subject, where members need to get information and come to their own judgments, and not being a position where there's essentially a caucus view on something that is really going to be a legacy question for all of us in terms of the president's relationships to the rule of law. You're us on the ways means committee. Which has pursuant to federal law requested the tax returns, the president, which have been denied by the treasury department, and that is now before the courts where what is the status of that? Well, it's clear now that the chairman of the committee has the authority to pursue legal options when it comes to enforcing the subpoena that has been issue, I believe he will use every legal tool that he has to make sure that sex and sixty one zero three of the tax code is enforced. It was written in a way not excuse anyone from that aspect of the law. It will inform the deliberations of the committee on this very specific question about whether or not the IRS is properly auditing, and enforcing the tax law, and the president of the United States. So I think it's a legitimate public question. It's a legitimate area of legislative inquiry..
"defense secretary" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"Tonight on all end they do feel badly for Paul Manafort, then I can tell you apartment of Justice intervenes on behalf of Donald Trump's jailed, former campaign manager as calls for impeachment grow, plus of president advertises mass deportations as he relaunches, a campaign of cruelty, when people come into our country and they come in illegally. They have to go out man. The shocking resignation of the acting Defense Secretary as a White House toys with war. We have a lot of things going on with Iran, and what today's lead is bad numbers for the president actually mean seventeen months from election day. I don't believe those polls all in starts right now. Good evening from New York. I'm Chris Hayes, as the president takes the stage in Florida to relaunch his twenty twenty reelection campaign, one of the people most directly responsible for getting elected the first time around is sitting in federal prison, and for some reason, the number two person at Donald Trump's department of Justice, actually really our department of Justice, you and me American citizens has gone to extraordinary lengths to look out for that man, Paul Manafort, you remember Paul Manafort, Paul Manafort, who served as Trump's campaign chairman as Russia offered and provided it's assistance, Paul Manafort, who sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for variety of crimes, including tax fraud, Bank fraud and witness tampering. Paul Manafort, who reneged on his cooperation agreement, and who's reneging, according to Robert Muller materially impacted the special counsels ability to get to the truth. Paul Manafort, who now faces state charges followed partly as a precaution against the president's possible part of the man, it's Muller report. Lays out. The evidence supports the inference the president intended Manafort, to believe he could receive a pardon Paul Manafort, who denied rushing connections like this. So to be clear, Mr. Trump has no financial relationships with any Russian oligarchs, h what he said, that's what that's bobby's our position. Is that for the New York Times, first reported that deputy attorney general? Jeffrey Rosen himself reached out to the Manhattan District Attorney informing him that manafort's. Lear oppose Manafort going to Rikers island for his state trial, something, Manhattan DA said he didn't request or control, according to times, the former Justice burn officials in current state prosecutors who regularly handled the transfer of federal inmates state, custody said they were surprised that the second highest official in the Justice department will take an interest in the case. Yeah, it is perplexing decision is usually made by the warden at the prison where the inmates being held. That's right. The guy looking out for convicted felon Paul Manafort, isn't even the presence, personal lawyer or his buddy or his new fixer to replace the last six or who's also in imprisoned. It's the deputy attorney general to these United States. The number two. Donald Trump's new fixer apparently, who is the attorney general Bill bar, and now we head into an election season in which this man who in the minds of over one thousand former federal, prosecutors committed obstruction of Justice. Now, weals the machinery of the US department of Justice and the US state to help secure as reelection, joining out, democratic congressman Dan Kildee, Wisconsin, one of the sixty six House Democrats in one House Republican calling for President Trump to be impeached. Congressman, you have recently sort of tipped over you were not on the peak. Pro impeachment. Whip count..
"defense secretary" Discussed on Here & Now
"Thanks for following this story for us. You're very welcome. North Korean missile tests increased tensions with Iran, and the trade standoff with China just a few of the foreign policy challenges facing the Trump administration right now and joining us now with his perspective is Chuck Hagel. Former secretary of defense and from a Republican Senator from Nebraska down distinguished statesmen at the Atlantic Council. He's with us from the Pentagon secretary Hagel. Thanks for joining us. Thank you. Well, first of all, what do you make of the Trump administration's Iran talk right now. Do you think as the administration says that there are credible threats against US interests from Tehran right now? I haven't seen intelligence. So I I can't answer intelligently that question that said I'm concerned that this administration has not just on Iran, but on all issues all over the world. Really disconnected inconsistently focus policy. And that inconsistency has confused allies and concern them. Iran is a good example when we did the Iran deal. Three of our oldest allies were part of that deal. UK France, Germany. It was pretty consistent with what we wanted to accomplish what we did accomplish. And how we were going to handle ran in the future. Now with what Mr. Trump is done. He has put in question the whole future of not just our relationship with Iran, but isolating Iran in a very dangerous way. That at least the reports I get are also playing out in inconsistent way within his own administration in the White House. So it's not unusual to have aircraft carrier battlegroup in the Persian Gulf. I mean, we do that all the time. But I am concerned that this administration is bathing Iran and in a very dangerous way to. Do you think the administration wants to prepare for war with Iran? Well, I know that you have people within the White House specifically in national security adviser, John Bolton who's been very clear on his position about Iran. Mr. Pompeo, the secretary of state has been rather bullish as well. You've got a president. However, who is strangely inconsistent in talking about Venezuela, for example, military intervention there. Maybe military action against Iran, but yet pulling out of troops out of Syria troops out of Afghanistan, and then cozying up with his buddy, Kim Jong own and Putin. And then the inconsistency of how we're dealing with China's by with terrorists this morning. So it's a mixed bag of policy of strategy of what what we're doing and it just not isolated to Iran. But in fact, affects all of these countries you mentioned Venezuela. I it appears the Venezuelan..