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Ex-Pentagon chiefs warn against using US military in election disputes
"Living former defense secretaries have joined together to push back on any talk about involving the military and resolving election dispute. 10. Former defense chiefs, including Trump Appointees, Mark Esper and Jim Mattis, wrote an op ed in the Washington Post today. They said the time for questioning the election results has passed. Furthermore, they said, any effort to involve the military in election disputes would be a dangerous, unlawful and unconstitutional step. Former Vice President Dick Cheney, who served as defense secretary under George H. W. Bush also signed onto the statement.
Pentagon installs 2 Trump allies on defense advisory board
"The Pentagon is ousted the members of the defense advisory board and replace them with eleven new members including two campaign advisers to president trump acting defense secretary Christopher Miller installed last month after the firing of mark esper announced the purge of the nine member defense business board which provides Pentagon leaders with independent advice and recommendations from a private sector perspective nine were let go and eleven new members have been appointed including Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie trump loyalists who worked on both of his presidential campaigns the Pentagon's also announced it's pulling most U. S. troops out of Somalia a post election pushed by president trump to shrink US involvement abroad Jackie Quinn Washington
Trump set on veto of defense bill over renaming bases honoring Confederates
"President Trump is reportedly threatening to veto a massive defense funding bill in a dispute over renaming military bases. Bipartisan defense bill would rename bases that honor Confederate military leaders, something that Trump has long opposed. The dispute was reportedly one of the reasons why Trump abruptly fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper after the presidential election. Final passage of the defense bill is
What's behind Trump's decision to withdraw troops abroad
"Announced yesterday that it will continue to withdraw U. S troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, leaving 2500 and each nation by January. 15th. Moved through bipartisan rebukes from lawmakers and some top military commanders who say the troop reduction is premature and could further destabilize Afghanistan. In particular. The announcement comes as President Trump continues to install loyalists at the Pentagon and a week after he fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper. Going to talk about what's behind the with the drawdown in Iraq and Afghanistan and other foreign and military policy decisions that the Trump Administration is making in this lame duck period. And joining us is Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. His most recent book is The world. A brief introduction and welcome back to form Richard House. Good to have you Always good to be with you, Michael. And let's begin by talking about this pull back, and I should mention we're not only talking about Afghanistan and Iraq. We're also talking about Somalia. But this is being done at a time January 15th, which is just days before five days before The Biden administration will presumably be moving in now in limbo. And what does that mean in terms of national security that there's no transition yet? Well, there's no upside the fact that there's no transition Can only hurt whoever. Whenever Joe Biden does take over and let's just say January 20th, he's going to inherit an extraordinarily difficult in box. And the more time he and his team have to prepare for it, The better the country will be, so there's nothing to be gained by delaying the transition. The array of international challenges is Is extraordinary. In terms of what you began the show with you set it up exactly right. This is being determined not by local conditions unless by local you mean the trump White House. This is a political calendar rather than on the ground conditions in Afghanistan or Iraq or anywhere else. It's inappropriate. I would argue to do this during any transition. Again. What's what's driving this? I believe it's always dangerous toe project with my I believe it's Mr Trump's desire to make good. On certain promises he made. It's consistent with his world view, which tends to be relatively unilateralists, an isolationist, but it will not be good either for the situation in any of these countries or for America's long term efforts, among other things, against terrorism or for our reputation for reliability. Well, let's talk about some of those concerns because they are profound, and they're certainly deep in so many ways, And we should mention perhaps the fact that the president had promised to get troops up. My Christmas is just cutting them in half. But the last time there was a major pullout from Iraq, it led to the rise of the Islamic state there and in Syria, and there's great concern and understandably so about well the Taliban taking over as they did in 1996, possibly in Afghanistan, or for that matter, Afghanistan being a sanctuary for terrorism, not only because of Al Qaeda but because of Isis and, well, the Taliban itself. Look, all those concerns are warranted. I wish I could argue differently, but I can't. What's particularly ironic in Iraq is not only is this You know, we have some history to go by, as you suggest that weakens the ability to fight terrorism. What the administration is concerned about Iranian influence. This seems to me a page the way for increased Iranian influence in Iraq, so even by their own lights. This makes this makes no sense and Afghanistan is really bad. You know. They signed an agreement in February with the Taliban, They bypassed the government. Which in and of itself was bad. It's not a peace agreement that would claims to be. It really is an American withdrawal agreement. The Taliban did not have to give up their arms to not have to agree to. Ah, Ceasefire and they made rhetorical pledges about their relationship with terrorists. But you can't take any of those toe to the bank. Ah, this is really after all we've done in Afghanistan, including the stakes were, you know, I'm prepared to argue that the United States overreach there and trying to remake aspects of the country. But this is this is the opposite mistake. This is under reaching and I hate for that, but that the idea come that down the road, some future administration BIA, Joe Biden's or someone after him. They have to contemplate doing things in places like Iraq or Somalia or Afghanistan simply because the Trump Administration race to the exits and we should mention since you brought up Somalia that the timing on this is really terrible, because There's actually a parliamentary elections that you're coming up soon in about a month, and there's a concern that counterterrorism there of Shabaab led counterterrorism could He stalled working against you, Bob, but this was why getting back to Afghanistan from over. This is why Marcus for the secretary defense was fired. He was concerned about the effects of a rapid pullout on the troops and the remaining What That would mean in terms of our alliance is, but also there's ongoing peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government that are pretty crucial here, too. Are there There's negotiations going on. I'm skeptical about them. But even if you were a believer in these negotiations Can't think of a worse way to negotiate then to unilaterally make these kinds of reductions. I mean, Mr Trump is renowned for quote unquote. The art of the deal. Well, you'll get a deal here, but you won't get a deal That's worth the paper. It's written on. It won't last the Taliban will have no incentive. T meet its commitments and at this risk the moralizing and undermining the government. What we ought to be doing overtime is potentially reducing our presence. We ought to do it in a coordinated, coordinated way with the government with our NATO allies were also there on the ground. There ought to be done in conjunction with significant long term commitments of military aid, economic support intelligence sport. Essentially, it ought to be coordinated and it ought to be carried out on Lee in a context. In which stability and our interest could be protected. This is a textbook case of how not to go about it. And I'm struck also Richard by the fact that there have been attacks despite this agreement that was signed in February, this diplomatic agreement. On personnel. The coalition personnel even though it was signed, and there have also been let's go to Iraq for a moment rockets fired into the Green Zone in Baghdad near the US Embassy shortly after that withdrawal was announced, so A lot of this is pretty ominous in many ways, and certainly ought to be a great concern. I want also, look at this with you for a moment. From the political standpoint, you have a lot of President Trump's fellow Republicans who were balking at this, including Mitch McConnell. That to me is the only bright side of this. Is that it shows that there is a degree of bipartisan support for first serious foreign policy, which includes, Ah continued American presence in the world, one dimension of which is his military. So the fact that these Republicans on the hill are willing to stand up to President Trump, at least in this domain is welcome and also bodes well for the Biden foreign policy for the Biden administration. I'm not naive. I know how difficult it will be in many areas to forge a common policy path but a matters towards China on matters towards Russia on some aspects of American deployments abroad. This suggests to me that the Biden administration and are even if the Republicans keep the Senate after the Georgia votes. Suggests to me that at least in some areas, bipartisanship in foreign policy is is a real possibility nicely
Pentagon to cut troop levels to 2,500 in Afghanistan, Iraq
"Trump the pentagon to bring a couple of thousand more american troops home from afghanistan and iraq and now the pentagon announced it's happening by january fifteen there are currently about forty five hundred troops in afghanistan and three thousand in iraq. This new directive will bring troop levels down to twenty five hundred in each country. The white house national security advisor said the decision fulfilled trump's campaign promise to bring an end to what he called america's endless wars and a top senior defense official told reporters the twenty. Five hundred troops can accomplish. They've been doing with thousands more but not. Everyone is on board with the decision reuters reports some senior lawmakers from both parties worry it could undermine security in the middle east and hurt fragile peace talks with the taliban they say if troops left now before the taliban agrees to america's and lowers violence the us would have nothing left to negotiate in fact former defense secretary mark esper- who was just fired last week was against bringing more troops home unless conditions in afghanistan improved. I but other say it's okay as long as the draw down is responsibly and carefully executed. Reuters reports the exact detailed plans have not yet been finalized.
"mark esper" Discussed on The Daily Dive
"Prepared. Haven't been shared yet. That's right and you know. Biden is getting some intelligence briefings And while it's true that the state department cannot coordinate calls from foreign leaders. You know the more formal and a more formal way You know a foreign leaders are are calling him. You know. I guess cell phone to cell phone Which and to congratulate him and discuss you know whatever they're discussing so there are a lot of informal channels but it'll just be fascinating to watch how long this drags out and it is true that not only when the bush team George w bush team You know they only had. I think thirty nine day transition You know it did. Hurt them in the sense that you know. They didn't get a lot of their You know their appointees confirmed by the senate or just even in place the ones who didn't need confirmation for longer and and then you know we know. We had september eleventh. So you know these are real real. There are real repercussions haven't happened yet. That we know of. I echo your sentiment with everything being so public right now. So much scrutiny. It is going to be interesting to see how this transition does work out. So we'll keep watching on it. Lisa rhine national reporter at the washington. Post thank you very much for joining us. Thank you so much for having the end. Please do it again if he can't. Everyone can use a little comfort. This holiday season and with casper's black friday sale. You can give the gift of cozy bedroom with up to thirty percent off during our best offer ever need a gift idea. Wrap up the calming weighted blanket. Smooth silk pillowcases or a plush pillow then treat yourself to the ultimate comfort a supportive in cooling wave hybrid mattress new deserve it shop. The black friday sale for up to thirty percent off in store or online at casper dot com terms and conditions. Apply see casper dot com slash terms for more details serving. Your country doesn't end when you leave. Active duty veterans. 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We believe in staying connected and you can see us wherever five g is helping transform telemedicine supporting remote education empowering mobile. Pc's the invention ages here. Learn more at qualcomm dot com slash invention age. I'm shonda rhimes watch grey's anatomy or any of my tv shows that you know. I love to tell a good story. Now there sean audio we've partnered iheartradio to launch a slate of great podcasts. You listen the first four right now. Katie's crib permanente go ask ali and down and we have so much more coming your way. We can't wait for you to hear it. All welcome to shawn land audio was no all the new. Sean dillon shows on apple podcasts. Also this week we got a big shakeup at the pentagon. President trump fired defense secretary. Mark asper by tweet. Three other top pentagon officials were also replaced. This exit had been expected for some months as the relationship between asper and the white. House has deteriorated. Mark 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 and despite his critics calling him yeah spor- the former defense secretary says that he was never a yes man for more and mark experts. Tenure as defense secretary will speak to. Megan myers pentagon bureau chief at the military times. It had been rumored for months that Either maybe esther would resign or the president would fire him As we got closer it of became apparent that nobody wanted to influence the election either way with You know throwing that national security position into turmoil so they kind of tabled it but of course One business day after You know media outlets call the election. trump decided right. We'll asper out Technically espa got a call from 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 but in a larger sense he had a feeling The feeling was that trump. what 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 request the plus presidents commands despite sometimes Having some tension over whether over here's judgment really one of the quotes in the article specifically were 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 a yes-men for the president well. He was very conscious Both in office and anticipating leaving office. He was conscious of His legacy and the way that he was portrayed and so from his point of view he was not carrying the president's water. He was trying to do what was best for For the defense department wild carrying out. What the president had asked him to do and he resented being called yes for 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 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 you know people watching what was going on between them. It really did look like the president says jump and you know s said how high. Even that's not how he sought 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. Critics would say he was a yes man to that because obviously when that happened. That was just huge news and a lot of people are making something about it because they were moving.
Military wary that shakeup could upend its apolitical nature
"America's top military officer is sending an unmistakable message amid turmoil at the Pentagon where president trump this week fire defense secretary mark esper and installed three loyalists to top jobs joint chiefs chairman mark Emily says the U. S. military is unique we do not take an oath to an individual but rather to the constitution the moral north star for all of us in uniform the president's Pentagon shake up has raised fears about what may come next and in the most extreme scenario whether he may try to win list military help to stay in power Millie said yesterday the military exists not to be a political pawn but to serve the constitution and democracy itself protect and defend that document regardless of personal price soccer make ani Washington
Trump fires Secretary of Defense Mark Esper
"President from Fire Defense Secretary Mark Esper yesterday. Now, Washington Democratic Congressman Adam Smith tells MSNBC. He objects this is incredibly destructive act by the president. There's no point in this minutes like 70 days left in the Trump Administration. Smith is the chair of the House Armed Services Committee. There are reports, Trump and Esper disagreed frequently and that led to the move.
Trump says Defense Secretary Mark Esper has been 'terminated'
"President trump announced on twitter monday. He fired secretary of defense. Mark asper and christopher miller who serves as director of national counterterrorism center will become the acting secretary effective immediately. See notes that the president jettison esper- just two days. After his democratic opponent joe biden was projected as the winner of the presidential election. A conclusion trump has refused to accept
Trump says Defense Secretary Mark Esper has been 'terminated'
"Has fired a senior member of his Cabinet. President Trump announced on Twitter that he fired his defense secretary, writing quote Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service, the president says. Christopher Miller, the director of the National Counter Terrorism Center, will now service acting defense secretary Back in June. Esper disagreed with the president on the issue of calling up active duty U. S troops. To deploy two American cities to quell unrest. The president wanted to do that, Esper said. That should only happen as a last resort in the most urgent and dire of situations. Karen Travers, ABC NEWS Washington
"mark esper" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Nina Totenberg. NPR NEWS Washington Wall Street stocks rallied Monday on news that drugmaker Pfizer may have a potential Corona virus vaccine that Al Jones industrial soared 834 points. The NASDAQ fell 181 points. This is NPR. President Trump says he's fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper. He made the announcement in a tweet. Esper was Trump's second defence secretary, succeeding Jim Mattis, who resigned in 2018. President says Christopher Miller, who is the director of the National Counter Terrorism Center, will serve as acting secretary of defense. The Trump Administration is imposing sanctions on four additional Chinese officials as NPR's John Rule, which reports the sanctions target people involved in implementing a controversial national security law in Hong Kong this past summer on the list of two senior members of the Hong Kong police force, including the head of the newly formed National Security Division. To mainland officials involved in Hong Kong affairs were also sanctioned. The State Department says they will be barred from traveling to the United States and any assets they have in the U. S will be blocked. They joined several other officials from China and Hong Kong already sanctioned by the U. S over the law. Trying to impose the national security law in Hong Kong in June, with almost no consultation. Beijing says it was necessary to restore order. The State Department and other critics say the law is being used to erode Hong Kong's autonomy and freedoms and to silence dissent. John Druitt. NPR NEWS Peru's president Martin Skaara says he will not challenge a congressional vote to remove him from office. The impeachment vote came in the corruption allegations and anger over his handling of the pandemic. Congressional leader Manuel Marino from the minority Popular Action Party, is expected to assume the presidency on Tuesday. Marino would remain in office and through July 2021. I'm Shae Stevens. This is NPR news. Support for NPR comes from NPR stations. Other contributors include the Sy Syms Foundation, since 1985 supporting advances in science, education and the arts towards a fairer, more just society. More information is available at size. Simms foundation dot org's W N. Y c independent journalism in the public interest, 93.9 FM and AM 20, NPR News and the New York conversation. This is all of it on W and y C. I'm Alison Stewart. Thank.
Trump says Defense Secretary Mark Esper has been 'terminated'
"He's fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper. He made the announcement in a tweet. Esper was Trump's second defence secretary, succeeding Jim Mattis, who resigned in 2018. President says Christopher Miller, who is the director of the National Counter Terrorism Center, will serve as acting secretary of defense. The Trump
Trump says Defense Secretary Mark Esper has been 'terminated'
"The Defense secretary president Trump tweeted that Esper has been terminated. Effective immediately. Thank him for his service. Christopher Miller will now be the acting defense secretary. And it's
Trump fires Esper as Pentagon chief after election defeat
"As he struggles to accept election defeat president trump has fired the Pentagon's chief it's a move both widely expected and unprecedented mark esper had been on the outs with the president since the summer amid sharp differences over using the military to quell protests but losing presidents have Intel now kept their defense secretaries in place until the inauguration to preserve stability the president announced espers firing on Twitter saying national counterterror chief Chris Miller will serve as acting secretary removing esper now could unsettle allies and inject more uncertainty to a rocky transition period to Joe Biden Sager mag ani Washington
"mark esper" Discussed on PRI's The World
"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.
"mark esper" Discussed on PRI's The World
"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.
"mark esper" Discussed on PRI's The World
"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.
"mark esper" Discussed on PRI's The World
"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.
"mark esper" Discussed on PRI's The World
"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.
"mark esper" Discussed on PRI's The World
"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.
Trump says Defense Secretary Mark Esper has been 'terminated'
"Trump is firing Defense Secretary Mark Esper. He tweeted that Jesper has been terminated, effective immediately, and he thanked him for his service, he says Christopher Miller will be the acting defense secretary. He's been director of the National Counter Terrorism Center.
Trump says Defense Secretary Mark Esper has been 'terminated'
"The president taking to Twitter this afternoon to say Mark Casper has been terminated. A secretary of Defense Mark Casper's tenure as America's 27th secretary of defence came to an end after the president lost confidence in the top civilian at the Pentagon. Esper was Elevated from acting defense secretary and confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 92 8, Previously the West Point graduate, served as secretary of the Army prior to his service in the Trump administration. As for served as a Senate staffer chief of staff at the Heritage Foundation and is a government lobbyist for Raytheon.
Trump fires Esper as Pentagon chief after less than 2 years
"Days after losing his reelection bid president trump has fired defense secretary mark esper it's a stunning move losing presidents in the past have kept their Pentagon chiefs on board until the inauguration to preserve stability in the name of national security but the president tweets he has terminated asper who serve fewer than two years the president says national counterterrorism chief Christopher Miller takes over the Pentagon immediately as acting secretary esper came close to losing his job over the summer when he opposed using active duty troops to help quell protests here in Washington which made an already strained relationship with the president's worse Sager made Donnie Washington
Trump fires Pentagon chief Esper
"President trump has made his first major administration change since losing the election in an unprecedented move the president has fired defense secretary mark esper while president to win reelection often replace cabinet members those who lose have kept their Pentagon chiefs in place until inauguration day to preserve stability espers long had a strained relationship with the president ended nearly lost his job over the summer after infuriating him by opposing the use of active duty troops to quell protests the president announced espers termination on Twitter writing national counterterror chief Christopher Miller will take over immediately as acting defense secretary Sager mag ani Washington
Trump won't let Pentagon close Stars and Stripes newspaper
"Will not allow the defunding of stars and stripes. He tweeted that it will continue to be a wonderful source of information to our great military. The Pentagon ordered Stars and Stripes shut down operations by the end of the month. No explanation for the order of the military newspaper has been around since the Civil War. It serves well over one million active duty forces, Veteran civil Defense Department employees and military families. A bipartisan group of senators fired off a letter to defence Secretary Mark Esper and just expressed their displeasure falling Stars and Stripes, a historically significant publication in the US State
Pentagon orders shutdown of Stars and Stripes newspaper
"The Pentagon wants to shut down the century old newspaper that delivers news to American troops all over the world the military's independent newspaper stars and stripes has been ordered to cease publication by the end of September defense secretary mark esper said he made the decision as a result of his department wide budget review the Pentagon order follows a move earlier this year to cut the papers funding from the department budget it's considered a reflection of the trump administration's animosity for the media and members of the press the Pentagon orders despite congressional efforts to continue funding the century old publication members of Congress including Republicans Lindsey Graham have voiced opposition to the move Graham says it is a veteran he knows the value to the stars and stripes brings to its readers Jennifer king Washington
"mark esper" Discussed on KOA 850 AM
"Mark esper for backing the use of tear gas and rubber bullets on peaceful protesters thousands of protesters gathering near the Lincoln Memorial last night for another day of protests actual card has also been called in to protect national monuments there is a big demonstration here and dozens and dozens of guardsmen behind me to check in the week that is the B. C.'s chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz in Paris protesters overseas in solidarity with the U. S. demonstrates ABC's Tom rivers as clashes broke out between police and protesters those on the streets echoed American sentiment and slogans calling for justice and an end to police brutality in France the Colorado springs police chief defending the department's response to night time protest saying he may institute a curfew like Denver did not in an attempt to stop protests but as a way to keep our community safe and ensure that the peaceful protesters message is heard loud and clear chief says his officers have been attacked with rocks bottles and fireworks over the last few days during demonstrations health officials are worried about new spike in code nineteen cases as protests grow larger and social distancing becomes harder to maintain I did notice however that the vast majority of those people seem to be at least wearing masks but we will have to keep track of potential infection rates over time in those hot spots at Stanford University professor says demonstrators need to remember to monitor their own health and get tested if they think they've been infected another call for protesters to get tested for covered nineteen if they think they've been infected we know that there is more exponential exposure to covert and so we really wanted to expand the opportunities for people who thought they might be at risk so Denver has expanded guidelines for people who can get tested for cover nineteen at the screening site at Pepsi center pueblo county reporting another outbreak of covert nineteen the public department of public health and environment says five employees of the mission foods location on Santa Fe Avenue have tested positive for the virus it's the first code nineteen outbreak reported in the business other than a long term health care facility and B. E. T. changing around its lineup adding special shows that are focused on racism and the solutions to help move the country forward specials will continue throughout the month of June and B. T. says it's also invited president trump and the Democrats presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden to be interviewed on air separately to address issues including racism in the criminal justice system Nancy B. C.'s Jason Nathanson coming up we'll go live to the C. and get the latest on the president's reaction to the nationwide protests that a live interview at five twenty four first traffic every ten minutes I came away with John Moore said pretty good morning sunrise start there on the eastern horizon we've got a good look and drive underneath it eastbound I. seventy ad to seventy there was a lot.
"mark esper" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio
"Your fellow Americans deserve nothing less thank you and once again congratulations defense secretary mark esper delivering the commencement address at the virtual graduation of the Naval Academy yesterday next on C. span radio conversation from this morning's Washington journal when we talked about the future of restaurants we're back with every server the editor in chief of Yahoo finance it will from this last half hour talking about the future of the restaurant industry Andy good morning good morning to you so what has been the overall impact of the corona virus pandemic all the restaurant industry well it's been devastating and you know right after cruise lines in the airline business I think restaurants and bars have been hurt the most and it's a very different kind of business from the two that I just mentioned the cruise ships and airlines which are very concentrated there just a few of those big companies but with restaurants I mean you've got millions of restaurants out there and you know nine hundred billion dollars of sales for these companies ninety nine percent of them are family home with less than fifty employees and the great majority of them have been closed down and fifteen million people who work in restaurants up to fifteen million have been collecting unemployment insurance already so that's you know a good chunk of the nearly forty million people applied for unemployment insurance so the business is been just devastated about nine hundred billion dollars of the business is estimating it will lose a good two hundred and fifty to three hundred billion this year and that may be conservative now looking at some information from the American restaurant association good just puts it in stark terms April's eating and drinking places sales of thirty two point four billion what is the smallest volume since March two thousand five in nominal terms however adjusting for inflation consumer spending and eating and drinking places April plunged to its lowest level since October nineteen eighty four has the change over to take out and delivery help some of these restaurants at all or is it because of them even more just to stay open yeah that's been a big debate you know and you can argue that allowing these companies or these companies doing take out and curbside service is kind of a lifeline they're on life support under limping along and all those kinds of medical metaphors and it's true on the other hand you know you've got fixed costs into variable cost the fixed costs of course you know your rant in your utilities your variable costs for employees if you just shut down you could hear across I mean there is a lot of calculus I talked to restaurant owners in there going through this a lot of them it's sort of it's sort of speaks your mind set if you really want to do this and plow through a lot of people are really trying to you know stomach this in in in Houston the PPP lines we'll talk about that a little bit to sort of try to figure out a way in you know a lot of people want to maintain their customers a lot of customers are loyal and trying to help out their favorite restaurants like you know getting take out instead of just you know keeping a little bit of of the business going just so you can see over the hill the promised land now what type of help is needed for restaurants to survive this I know you said you talked already brought the PPP loans but what first of all did that help them then help them enough and what should come next if anything well I think everyone agrees even politicians agree that hasn't been enough it's just so much money I mean you know it's just it's crazy but there's so many restaurants there's so much money I talked about that nine billion dollars and how much of that is going away and how many people how many Americans work in restaurants you know those millions and millions of people so yes the cures act came out in restaurants begin applying for the PPP but if they you know we've kind of run its course and now course we're looking to add more funding to it there is a there is a bill right now going through Congress they have looked to vote on but they were unable to vote on the floor of the recess this weekend so we're talking about you know some people are suggesting another trillion dollars and then of course there's all sorts of debates about the length of time for the program that restaurants are arguing that they need this to be extended because it was only eight week program and what you really want to do is keep your employees Hey so you want a lot more time than that so there's a lot of nuts and bolts that the industry is sort of arguing about right now lobbying war in Washington DC and then of course the last point is a lot of restaurants are having difficulty actually getting the money which a lot of other small businesses are contending with as well you know going through the bank making sure they're getting paid and cutting through the paperwork and one more point I should add we've seen a lot of the larger restaurant chains take these monies because if you lose if you do a small amount of business systems and a specific restaurant you are eligible to get this money through the sort of the SBA mechanism the smaller business portion of the of the PPP cares act and a lot of people are saying it's unfair so you saw company like shake shack which initially took money return the money back on because it's such a large national chain a public company that should be able to get money from other sources now let's let our viewers take part in this conversation we're gonna open up regional lines again that means that if you're in the eastern and central time zone you will talk about the future of the restaurant industry we want you to call it two oh two seven four eight eight thousand if you are in the mountain and Pacific time zones and you will talk about the restaurant industry we want to hear from you at two oh two seven four eight eight thousand one and we're gonna open up a special line I really want to hear from the restaurant owners and workers we want to know what's going on at your place we won't know how you're surviving this have you had to close down are you re opening when do you think you're going to re open a special line for restaurant owners and workers that's going to be two oh two seven four eight eight thousand to keep in mind you can always Texas the two oh two seven four eight eight thousand three and we're always reading on social media on Twitter at C. span W. J. and on Facebook at Facebook dot com slash fees right so and there are a lot of restaurant customers like myself who says we're not going to dine in again until we're sure we're going to be safe how can restaurant owners convinced of the diners like me to come back into their places of business and make sure that we're going to be confident that we're going to be safe that's an excellent question in first of all let me speak to sort of what's going on in the country a little bit politically you know you're seeing a lot of high profile events on TV where protesters are in state capitals and in some instances in front of restaurants saying you know take America back open up America we want our freedom and to be sure there are people who have that sentiment and this is certainly legitimate perspective however that is not the majority of this country the majority of this country people are cautious they want to take things slowly in poll after poll shows that people on both sides of the counter which is to say restaurant workers when restaurant owners and customers want to take it slow and there's no reason to sit do you want to rush back necessarily to restaurant and sit cheek to jowl with people you don't know over a hamburger you can get take out delay it for a month or so I'm gonna just go my soapbox here for one second if you'll just let me do this because people are saying how hard this is and it is hard and it's really difficult particular if you own a small business in a restaurant and I really feel for those people the customers I feel a little bit less sympathetic work and if you go back I'm reading a book about World War two I'm on the coast of Maine right now and with the people had to go through a World War two years and years and years and years of hardship and sacrifice so you can't go to a restaurant for a little bit for a few months maybe even six months it's not that big a deal now I understand if you're sentiment is I want to go to the restaurant to help my friends and neighbors who run that restaurant in support of business right on I agree with that completely so do take out and wait for things to come back now you're starting to see restaurants in certain states reopened in North Carolina if the state reopen certain places yesterday in what that means is table six feet apart servers wearing masks hand sanitizers at every table constant cleaning up public spaces mostly dining outside okay that's what's going on North Carolina Washington state also same kind of thing fifty percent capacity six feet apart and you're starting to see counties in the western part of the state also more of the rural areas in the eastern part not king county Seattle is that there's a usually a four phase on reopening planned both in Washington state and North Carolina other states as well so there this is kind of a phase two and we'll see we'll see if this is going to lead to another surge of the corona virus if it doesn't in more counties will open up and then we'll move to phase three in the counties that have opened up according to phase two what people need to understand you know it's just not worth it to be able to sit in a restaurant if you're gonna get people around you sick or if you're going to get sick and people need to know that let's bring in some of our viewers let's start with Lou who's calling from napa California blue works in a restaurant Lou good morning good morning Sir and I am I work at restaurant there Alegria in napa and.
"mark esper" Discussed on KTAR 92.3FM
"Secretary of defense mark esper joining the head of NATO addressing service members in Kabul today is could be a very historic moment so I want to thank you all for what you've done from the bottom my heart as a as a former soldier myself I know the sacrifices you all may I know the sacrifices your families at night so thank you for what you do what you do secretary of state Mike Pompeii at the signing ceremony in Doha the Afghan government of twenty twenty and indeed the Afghanistan of twenty twenty is not the same as in two thousand one embrace the historic progress attained for women and girls and build on it for the benefit of all Afghans the Afghan president calling this day one that the nation's been waiting for for a very long time there are now sixty two confirmed cases of corona virus in the U. S. in a rising number of suspected cases on the west coast over maybe sees Kaylee Hartung in Sacramento California health officials are furiously trying to retrace these people steps they're not watching they don't know how many Americans are currently set remember eighty percent or more of these cases are mild all of this uncertainty even impacting the stock market coming off its worst week since the great financial depression of two thousand and eight the CDC continues to test any suspected patients who may be displaying symptoms of the corona virus well the polls are open in South Carolina but after crisscrossing the state many of the democratic hopefuls have left working on those fifteen super Tuesday states A. B. C.'s Rachel Scott other candidates are already flooding the delegate rich they see how spending by then or now print runner senator Bernie Sanders racing from South Carolina to Massachusetts rallying thousands on senator Elizabeth Warren's home fighting to gain momentum A. B. C.'s Rachel Scott in Columbia South Carolina you're listening to ABC news Arizona is news station KTA are on air ninety two three FM online A. T. T. A. R. dot com and streaming live on the KTAR news app your breaking news and traffic now good morning Katie or news time is nine oh two I'm they loudly on ours Arizona will soon be able to find the corona virus without outside help so we'll actually have a reason to look forward to Monday we have been able to get our lab validated to perform testing here in Arizona right now health services director cara Crist says the state samples went to the CDC in Atlanta which has most of the nation's testing capabilities but now we should have results the day that it's Ron and so we would be able to start taking public health action as soon as we got the results Dr Krista says prevention against covert nineteen is vital and as easy as keeping good personal hygiene to stop a cold or flu virus Peter say more KTAR news and three border state Republican senators including Arizona Martha make Sally senator Martha McSally wants to know how customs and border protection is keeping corona virus out of the U. S. they sent a letter to CBP acting commissioner mark Morgan asking what the agency is doing to prevent the corona virus from spreading across American ports of entry Arizona folks and he may not be running for re election but that's not going to step Arizona governor Doug Ducey from hitting the campaign trail this year come on up here governor Doug Ducey actually started taking part in president trump's rally in Phoenix last week it was a lot of fun there was a great energy in the room it's going to be a heck of a campaign cycle part of that includes stumping for Republicans who are running for election or re election I think it's part of my role as defacto leader of the party to go out there and advocate for good candidates and good ideas also try to stop.
"mark esper" Discussed on Amanpour
"Anyway we want and welcome to Amman. For here's what's coming up. We would respond but movie respond proportionate not disproportionately the US braces for Iranian retaliation. And I speak to defense secretary. Mark Asper and in the message from Iran as millions more money for the fourth straight day Iranian vice-president Massoumeh Ebtekar joins me from Tehran. Thus what action will congress take. We hear from the former CIA analyst who served any RAW representative Elissa Slot Kim and even the Saudis. ODY's calling for restraint. We talked to the kingdom's former ambassador to Washington. DC welcome to the program everyone. I'm Christiane Amanpour in London..
"mark esper" Discussed on Amanpour
"President trump faces the fury of his own party over Syria just as he needs their support during the impeachment wiry even a key ally of tells me a mortal threat to his presidency off to unnamed officials blew the whistle on his phone call with Ukrainian President amihai landscape Tom Muller no relation to Bob Muller is in New York Times bestselling author who spent years studying the complex relationship between whistleblowers and society his new book crisis of Conscience Whistle Blowing in the age of fraud is a timely reminder of the challenges and Russell cost to those who des tell the truth and he sits down with our Michelle Martin talk about why this is ultimately about upholding American values Tom Miller thank you so much for joining us thank you Michelle is going to be here you say pretty early in the book that this is the age of the whistle blower starting in the late nineteen sixties this vital figure has emerged in the past five years alone people have disclosed the Cambridge Analytic USA facebook data to help inter with her shape elections you've talked about the toxic levels of lead in Flint Michigan's drinking water abuses delays in the veteran ministrations hospitals. I mean it goes on on why is this the age of the whistle blower in your view I think that our organizations both public and private have accepted or built a wall of secrecy around them and a wall of impunity around them which out which leaves whistleblowers last line of defense at the same time regulators investigative reporter there's and others who in the past had been those sort of you know the watchdogs have been sent home euthanized muzzled and the internal people with it with a with a conscience the people inside those organizations realize I'm the last line of defense if I don't stand up and say something no one will ever know tell me more about the ace that opens the Book of Alan Jones Alan Jones was an investigator at the Inspector General of the State of Pennsylvania and he is job was to investigate fraud he discovered that the state pharmacist was receiving checks from pharmaceutical companies and depositing the man in an unmarked account so we started investigating more and he started questioning why are these pharmaceutical companies paying this chief pharmacist and the answer was multibillion dollar fraud scheme across more than twenty states in which Johnson Johnson and other pharmaceutical companies were corrupting the Medicare and Medicaid it establishment in these states in order to push their antipsychotic drugs as the number one choice for a range of ailments many which the FDA specifically said do not use on children do not use on elders first of all his own office the Inspector General's Office in Pennsylvania treats him as a whistle blower and tells him back off that case Ellen these people are very powerful politically just treated as an employment matter and move on and he was not good with that he's the job now he's living in a cabin in the woods in Pennsylvania he has only enough money for propane and only just that and a spare tires for his truck and he starts looking for somewhere to use this magical law basically the false claims act this law that allows you as an individual citizen to become a private attorney general finally finds it in Texas he brings suit in Texas and he wins a hundred and fifty six million dollar settlement against Johnson Johnson and later a two point two billion dollar settlement is reached by the government against Johnson Johnson he wins on paper but Allen has told me everyone that turned against me and all of the actual suffers of the crime who didn't get retrograde because under the federal law they get a percentage of the settlement if there is one do you find that to be a motivation ellen does didn't even know about the money until after he brought the lawsuit and his lawyers Oh by the way there is a bounty in this almost invariably and then scholarship shows us very clearly whistleblowers go within their organization I they report internally they've tried to fix the problem and their loyalty is to their greater organization so often they say I'm really proud of my bank or my hospital I really want to work and I just wanted to fix this problem which would made us look terrible they don't realize that their bosses are actually treating this as a feature not a bug I mean the fraud is part of the model here and only after they're fired do they start saying well what just happened most of these people experience like vicious retaliation I mean you're talking about you know being stripped of your authority's being put into offices next to the bathroom like like an intentionally sort of humiliating tell me more about that there's almost playbook for how you retaliate against whistle blowers and it goes through a series of ritual humiliations that you do in public in front of your workers you're marched out by security guard you you're ritually stripped of your security clearances you are again placed downstairs in the mm-hmm it next to the loud photocopier your stripped of all of your you know your symbols of authority and that tells you you've done horribly wrong but it also does your office mate's anyone else anyone else who speaks up this is going to be used just fire them though I mean why why do they go through all that why don't they just say I don't like what you're saying you gotta go why they need to send a message to that person but also everyone else don't speak up get with the program and after they leave quite often they're put under surveillance what are they doing in their private investigators lurking around their houses they get death threats at night they get lawsuits slap lawsuits these can be devastating for people the kinds of retaliation talking about quite often caused them to lose their marriages lose their houses they can't work anymore one of the most devastating things is there blackballed in their organization in there industry their industry giving an example of that if you would Donna Bushy and Walt Thomas itis were to are two extremely well prepared a nuclear engineers they help to avert a potential massive nuclear disaster in Washington state they did everything they could internally to raise it's a question because they were good loyal employees and they thought this is my duty to my company to help prevent this but ultimately I said no my real duty is to prevent a massive nuclear disaster after they did all the right things they went through channels then they went outside channels they went to the press they file lawsuits and for their good offices how are they thanked they are ritually humiliated by their organization they are black balled in the industry they will never work again what does that tell you about an industry that prides itself acting the US population from nuclear disaster that's very disturbing to me and what was the stated reason that the institutions gave for treating them that way worse considered to be disgruntled employees or considered to be potential security risks because they questioned the messages of the organization because they went to the press timid when internally their information was not received and acted upon so that when they went to the press they then became the enemy it became a spy I mean the nuclear industry is very definitely still under the Cold War secrecy umbrella but ultimately challenged the bosses and they challenged their corporations as we are speaking now you know the trump administration the president in particular is extremely upset about the people well who raised questions about the phone call he had with the president of Ukraine I mean he is used those words spy treason some of the people around him have used those words you would you know this book long before this administration took office what's your reaction to the way the administration is responding to this information will donald trump and his allies are are taking a page out of the whistleblower retaliation handbook this is whistle blower one oh one retaliation you shift the attention of the general public from the that this person is bringing forward the facts in the nine page was the Laura complaint the identity of the whistle blower or whistle blowers and they are sitting at this is necessary to protect both classified information and to protect these people from retaliation asking people to break the law and second of all it is absolutely fundamental to protect this person's identity because we've heard what trump himself has said you know back in the old days as we news to know how to deal with spies so I would be very very worried as this anonymous whistleblower to have my cover blown when we have Republican senators saying in your book that they were what would be the word you'd use sort of equally disdainful of whistle blowers and this is that Obama made was government transparency and he was quite supportive on the corporate whistleblower front when it comes.
"mark esper" Discussed on Amanpour
"News Check Project Cost Guide and book appointments go to Homeadvisor DOT COM or download the free homeadvisor APP to start your next project would be the government of Turkey should be held accountable for this because we cannot allow those things to have do you agree with what the president said is these are just two forces who don't like each I said many years between these between the Turks and the Kurds and you probably report on this in the past as well you know better than I do in fact right off the the big tech his personal journey the impact his father and his grandfather had on him and the value of vulnerable it's a fact.
"mark esper" Discussed on Amanpour
"ESPN stabilize the efforts still in control of the prisons that are under their control the Turks have told us they've taken control of the prisons under which they now have responsibility had Syrian Russian forces moving in that's not the position which we want our young American service members to be in so many bits and bobs to ask you about the first and foremost the one hundred twenty hour cessation of hostilities not a ceasefire of his as you know better than I do it's not a formal ceasefire it's a pause and the president of Turkey has said that they're going to wait and see I'm just going to play this little soundbite Komo process but if these promises not realized as soon as the one hundred and twenty hours or over I'll operation of peace spring will continue rapidly than before and he has actually said furthermore we will start where we left off and continue to crush the terrorists head now he's talking about the sds the Kurds what do you make of that well again we would call upon the the president wanted to be more responsible to act prudently we've seen with the reporting I've heard in the last previous twenty four hours is that the ceasefire is largely holding there are some skirmishing here and there did expires tonight I it does but we we were getting reports that the for making good faith efforts to withdraw from the area in Tom and I think if they need a little bit more time they should be giving that more time I think at the end of the day what we've called upon is for there to be a ceasefire and that we reach a political settlement between the parties that can be enduring can I just read you a couple of things and you as a military man you're a fighting soldier you've done this for your country and actually to to protect Saudi Arabia evasion of Saddam Hussein potentially that was in nearly thirty years ago there are a lot of US forces you're brave special forces who attending even Fox News that's a an ally of president trump's we're not talking about anybody else Fox News did they feel ashamed they have felt really wounded to see their allies who they fought alongside with betrayed in this way we see an army captain who's talked to The New York Times and basically said I joined the army to prevent genocide not to pay way for it we've even seen the head of the Senate Republicans as the Senate Majority Mitch McConnell writer very very pointed op-ed in which he said the combination of a US pullback in the escalating Turkish Kurdish hostilities is creating a strategic nightmare for country even the five days he's fired now it's Thursday holds if it does events of the past week have set back the United States campaign against the Islamic state and other terrorists unless halted our retreat he calls it a retreat will invite the brutal Assad regime in Syria and Iran backers to expand their influence and we're ignoring Russia's fits to leverage its increasing dominant position Syria to amass power and influence throughout the Middle East and beyond a secretary of Defense of the United States how do you respond to that understand the sentiments of of the soldiers on the ground who fought side by side with the Kurds the Kurds have been are good partners in the defeat isis there's a certain bond that happens in combat when you're when you're when you're with fellow soldiers of any country as you said I experienced during my time here in the Gulf War I understand that but at the end the day when you when you get back up to the thirty thousand foot level the strategic level you've got to ask ourselves at the time the prison Erta one decide to cross that border very clearly that he was gonna make that move I had responsibility sure that are soldiers weren't put in harm's way trap between fifteen thousand plus army and SDN forces from the south and eventually Russians serious serious so I took it recommendation of the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff we recommend that those troops be withdrawn and eventually the rest of the force would be withdrawn I think the broader strategic context is this look it's those surprise that President Trump said coming office as he campaign that he wanNA bring American soldiers service members home as much as he can and two and the endless wars in his words and so this is part and parcel that and it should come as no surprise to anybody can I just ask you a personal question professional question will you on the phone cold president trump had with president urged one did you know what was being discussed between the two presidents in the hours before the Turks launch their offense of into Syria Sean I listened into the phone call course but my experience with that so you knew what was being discussed yes absolutely but my experience goes back to when I came into office in late July so two months or so into that probably the one issue dominated my time more than anything else was working with my counterpart that Defense Minister of Turkey trying to you build this this safe zone the security mechanism by which we would do joint patrolling with the Turks to keep a buffer zone between Turkey and the SPF and we thought it was going well we had established a joint operation center in southern Turkey we're doing ground patrols and air patrols we got the to agree to back up a little bit and us at some point the Turks decided it's not moving fast enough it's not comprehensive enough whatever the case may be but we saw the pressure building despite our efforts and depression from the Turks the Turks and it was just days before when prison Erta one called president trump at the minister told told me look we're going to be coming across we'll give you a heads up and when spoke to president trump he confirmed that and notified us that that was his intent so Mitt Romney is senator from Utah? What we've done to the Kurds will stand as a bloodstain on the annals of the eric in history was there no chance for diplomacy he us always so weak and inept diplomatically that Turkey forced the hand of the United States of America Turkey and you've just said pretty much that that's exactly what happened well look Turkey is a long standing there too we're not gonNA go to war against NATO ally and certainly not over across with regard to border that we didn't sign up the defendant in the first place you gotta go back to our primary mission defeat Isis so you just said you doing a good job and most people thought you were doing a good job everybody except the Turks thought we were doing a good bizarrely because you were keeping isis down and you were a buffet full correct met in the context of the of the Turkish government did not feel we were doing a good enough or fast enough job with Gordon voting the safe zone right okay but strategically in terms of defeating Isis is that was a successful buffer zone that had taken you know a good five to six years and that buffer zone is not related devices fine they were buffet sources would you say it was a it was we're trying to build a safe zone between the Turks and the but to keep down Isis you doing quite a good job there yes that's right the president has said and of course it's within his right and the right of any president to want to end quote endless wars and bring troops home but you know again much better than I do that America is full of buffer troops in many parts of the world where wars have ended in order to prevent a reemergence -tunities whether it's between North and South Korea whether it's in Europe and now with the revanchist of Russia whether it's elsewhere in the Middle East and that's one of the challenges I face a secretary of defense trying to implement our new national defence strategy is how do I re positioning our forces to deal with the threats of the coming decades which is China number one and Russia number two as I look around the globe I see our forces tied down in multiple locations may if you step back you'd see American forces easily in eighty nine countries around the world you see we have negotiations to help defend dozens of countries and we will honor those but what I have to do is think about how do I- reallocate reposition forces and in some cases substitute than with other countries so that I can free up to deal with China and our principle strategic competitor in the next few decades again of course you know ever since nine eleven an radical terrorists from this part of the world have been the principal threat your action against Isis who successful and now nobody knows knows what's going to happen.
"mark esper" Discussed on 760 KFMB Radio
"Mike mark esper announced U. S. troop deployments to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates all in response to last week's bombing of a Saudi oil field CBS news national security correspondent David Martin tells us the Pentagon is talking about a modest deployment this is likely to be hundreds of troops that man and maintain anti aircraft missile batteries the commander of for this area in general Frank mackenzie had asked for two patriot batteries and one of the higher altitude air defense battery which goes by the name of fat asper said the US has a responsibility to protect its interests in the region Wall Street journal is reporting that president trump tried eight times during a July phone call to convince Ukraine's president to help Rudy guiliani investigate Joe Biden son hunter CBS news Nicole Killian reports were started investigating president trump's phone call with the Ukrainian president even before the whistle blower complaint was filed house Democrats are looking into whether the president and his allies set up a quid pro quo demanding Ukraine investigate a twenty twenty presidential rival in exchange for military aid it doesn't matter what I discussed but I will say this somebody ought to look into Joe Biden Rudy guiliani the president's personal lawyer admitted he asked the Ukrainian government to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son hunter who worked for you craning gas company did ask you crazy looking to Joe by of course I did the trump administration has been withholding two hundred and fifty million dollars.
"mark esper" Discussed on KTOK
"Now Chris Wallace on fox news channel animating question for me is all ways I happen people's sense that you're not pushing an agenda you're not pulling your punches they're going to rely on the commitment the truth one of the advantages I think of having been in this business so long you're able to the tax what is real what is important and watch Joss political No Way Chris Wallace on fox news channel real news real honest opinion president trump has officially nominated mark esper to be as defense secretary but first you must step down as acting defense chief minutes after the White House announced president trump nominated former army secretary mark esper to be is permanent defense chief the Pentagon announced esper was stepping down but just for a few days a decades old loss as an acting defense secretary cannot be nominated for the job and hold the title of acting at the same time so mark as per has returned to his duties as army secretary ahead of his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday morning navy secretary Richard Spencer will fill in as acting defense secretary until espers confirmed by the Republican majority Senate at the Pentagon Lucas Tomlinson fox news that they got officials hope esper can be confirmed by the end of the week some capital aides say the time line is aggressive but doable site is close to a long sought goal in detecting signs down timers disease of the Alzheimer's association international conference research groups announced they have several blood tests now considered experimental they seem to be good indicators of the disease including one that appears to be eighty eight percent accurate an interesting twist coming to the new James Bond movie congratulations to the new double.