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"robert wilkie" Discussed on America First with Sebastian Gorka Podcast
"That's 8 5 5 5 6 5 55 19 stand with Israel tour dot com. Secretary wealthy. Let's talk about that. You just mentioned Israel. I had the great honor of being the first cabinet secretary to be in Jerusalem to give a speech at their September 11th memorial. Really. And I'm looking back in the contrast between that time and now there were pictures of president Trump on the sides of buildings all over jurist. That had been privately put up. That had been privately put up, but also the government had put some up Netanyahu. In recognition of the. Finality of placing that recognizing Jerusalem and recognizing Jerusalem. And what's happened in Israel. It's fascinating because you and I both know it was founded really a soft Marxist state, the kibbutz were a manifestation of simple Marxism in the Labor Party, ran the country for the first 40, 50 years. They think they have 6 members left in the classes. Israeli are now the country is center right or right, right. And it's been an incredible transformation, but the thanks for president Trump for doing that. After 20 6 23 years of broken promises by four presidents by Republicans and Democrats and Democrats. Anyway, no, thank you. So let's finish with a topic that's very close to your heart. Let's talk about the Reagan inheritance the state of the navy, China. Right now, can you imagine has China ever been as emboldened as it is right now? No. Not in the modern world. Right. I mean, for most of the last at least 203 hundred years it's been chopped up into little pieces. But not since 48. But not since 48. You certainly saw them emerge during the Korean War, but that was that was a one shot thing. And they attacked Vietnam in 1979 and lost. But no, they have not been this way before. They're playing out an ancient Chinese game of their neighbors having to pay tribute to the mandarins. In the forbid city, it's very simple if you look at Chinese history. But again, this goes the mistake that I believe Xi Jinping has made, and has left an opening for the west, is that when you start saying you're going to incinerate Japan. The next thing they do is throw out the constitution Douglas MacArthur wrote for them. He said, okay, we can arm to the teeth. Right. The same applies to give them no option. You give them no option. The same applies to the Vietnamese. I think before my children have children we will be back in Cameron bay. And what about Taiwan? How old are you? Well, concerned in the current state of play. We can give the Taiwanese everything they need to make themselves a porcupine. And the cost of coming across a 120 mile straight. Prohibitive. But we're not going about it the right way. No. They're never going to be able to match the PRC plane for plane. But we can sell them missile after missile after missing. Mine after mine. We can we can make that entree very difficult to swallow. Exactly right. We've been talking far too rapidly for far too short of time. It doesn't matter, we're going to have him on my newsmax show this Sunday, don't forget every Sunday east and 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. the rear, the gawker reality check. If you have a communist cable carrier, it's okay..
Why Should We Care About Ukraine? Robert Wilkie Explains
"Of you. We are back with former secretary for veteran affairs. Doctor colonel Robert wilkie in studio distinguished fellow with the heritage foundation, let's ask the question that is so provocative right now, I think, for some conservatives, why should we care about Ukraine secretary? Well, we should care about Ukraine because we should it has been our mission since the end of World War II to support freedom loving peoples, not go whole hog and send in the 82nd airborne every time there was a crisis. But let's look at this in terms of strategic whack a mole. There is a new axis of evil. It's much more powerful than the one that George W. Bush talked about in a dress before Congress, because this one includes China, Russia, and Tehran. And Iran. They are playing this three dimensional game on many levels. While we are watching Ukraine, Putin has weaponized migrants that he's being able to pull out of the Middle East, to destabilize Poland, Romania and
"robert wilkie" Discussed on America First with Sebastian Gorka Podcast
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"robert wilkie" Discussed on America First with Sebastian Gorka Podcast
"Who am I talking about who are we delighted to have an extra extra opportunity to talk to? He's none other than distinguished heritage fellow former member of the Trump cabinet for veteran affairs. Robert wilkie, doctor welcome back to America first. Thank you for having me back. So I hope I hope it was with regards to Vlad that you were being interviewed. Is that right? Absolutely. Okay, everyone. So let's start. We brought you in early, so let's start with the thorny issue. Yes. So people still don't understand our old boss when it comes to his national security perspective. I'll give one illustration that I've shared here before. I was in the oval alone with him on another issue. I think it was Iran. And in the middle of nowhere, he just looks up from his paper, he was leaning back at the resolute desk, and he's just said, with no apropos. He was in a very serious mindset. He said, I do not want to deploy. American troops back onto the Korean Peninsula. So clearly he was thinking about Kim and he thought about the Korean War. This is a man who took his responsibility very seriously was not an interventionist, but if you're a bad guy doing bad things, he's happier that drop of the hat over chocolate cake to drop 52 cruise missiles on your head in Syria as he did. And killed 200 Russia. And killed 200 Russians quite unquote contractors who are actually we know what they are. Let's help us as somebody with a distinguished service record in more than two services rises to the cabinet in the Trump administration, explain to those who are listening to the millions of people who support president Trump. What was you need about his geopolitical perspective? Interesting that you put it that way because I'll talk about him being Truman esque in one sense. Okay. But he looked at the world from the perspective that America was the indispensable nation. But America wasn't the inexhaustible nation. Very good. And as a result of that, we would do everything that we could. To make sure that our Friends had what they needed to defend themselves. And even though he didn't articulate it this way, it's very much going back to Harry Truman and George Marshall. They have dropped on their desk that that telegram that document from mister X, George cannon. It says gentlemen, this is a threat that the likes of which we've never seen. And immediately, the Truman doctrine is in place. We're going to ship arms to Greece, we're going to ship arms to turkey. We are going to make sure that even though we can't be everywhere. People who share our values. And people who share our contempt and hatred of communism. Will be ready to oppose. So let's look at what that meant for Ukraine. Obama Biden in 2014 and sad to say doctor that the same people who gave us that disaster are back in The White House. Yes. Including the national security adviser. When Putin moved all by Obama Biden could do was send meals ready to eat. That's not fair. He sent blankets. He blankets. I said blankets. Sorry. I'd like it. Yes. But maybe some salt. And I left out tense. When president Trump came in, understanding that Russia is a great nation in the historical sense. And you have to treat that nation. The requisite treatment for a nation with 11 time zones. Right. Absolutely. Right. I said, okay, Ukraine, you get what you need to deter Putin's tanks and his planes. And he was a choir boy for four years. He backed that up by reminding the world in the Middle East. That Obama Biden had drawn red lines that nobody believed. And he took out bad guys. The rest of the west. He not only took out 200 Russians. And destroyed terrorist camps, he destroyed the caliphate. And he did something revolutionary. It's interesting, sadly, the tendons that senator Dole's funeral today, and I had the great pleasure of sitting next to a friend of mine. Tricia Nixon. And her husband Edward Cox, I think you know. And we were talking about the damage, almost the year achievable damage that this president has done to what Nixon set in motion, which was to kick the Soviet Union out of the Middle East. And bring Jews and Arabs together. Trump took that and took it to a level that nobody could believe. And everybody said was impossible. That's impossible. And this administration refuses to recognize it. Won't even won't even acknowledge it, that these things happened. And we were talking about how, after all that work with Sadat and gold to my ear and the Saudis, it's collapsed, giving an example. The Russians just entered into an agreement with the Saudis, a defense cooperation agreement. Prime minister Bennett, who can not trust this president with Israel's future, I just spent four days in Sochi with Putin. They came away with the deal that the Russians aren't going to interfere with Israeli. That is so dumb. That's incredible. Yeah. That Israel has to look to Moscow. Absolutely. So in the Middle East, brought you an Arab together. He put on the line the new threat. Actually, it's a 40 year threat, but nobody approached it the way president Trump did. That the ayatollahs want to reestablish Persian hegemony over the region. They have to be stopped. They are a threat not only to Israel but to every Sunni Arab country. And we're going to do everything we can to stop them, including, destroying killing the world's number one terrorist. The fulcrum of the Iranian revolutionary guard complex that's not just military and paramilitary. It is banking. It's investments. It's modeling. It's everywhere. The black market. And the whole dynamic in the Middle East changed. And it has changed back for the bad all of a sudden. Help me with this one thing. So the reason people don't understand what president Trump did is because it didn't fall into the very lazy taxonomy of D.C. national security. Right. For 20 since the end of the Cold War, we were given these two options. Mindless neoconservative is we're going to turn you into democracy end of a gun barrel, like Bush two. Or multilateralism where the problem and let other people fix it and will retreat from the world a la Obama. How is the most powerful nation in the world with all the Ivy League expertise and all the think tanks that we have? How do we devolve to such a simplistic view of the world there are two options in national security, where nonsensical intervention or withdrawal? Well, you answered the first one with Ivy League pipes. Faculty lounge pieties that the best and the brightest would remake the world. Our foreign policy was run with the exception of those times when you had George Marshall. Even doctor Kissinger, the ultimate realist. Running it. It was left to the dreamers. Yeah. And then in that strange world that existed before you and I were in public policy, where old time socialists like gene kirkpatrick and Ben wattenberg and moynahan woke up. Mugged by reality. Mug by reality and came to see the light. That generation is gone now. We're back to the Ivy League. Ivy League pieties, but the sad thing doctor is that's not the world of gene kirkpatrick and pat moynihan and Benoit Bernard. This is the this is now the world of the blame America first crowd..
Former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie on Trump's Unique Geopolitical Perspective
"Explain to those who are listening to the millions of people who support president Trump. What was you need about his geopolitical perspective? Interesting that you put it that way because I'll talk about him being Truman esque in one sense. Okay. But he looked at the world from the perspective that America was the indispensable nation. But America wasn't the inexhaustible nation. Very good. And as a result of that, we would do everything that we could. To make sure that our Friends had what they needed to defend themselves. And even though he didn't articulate it this way, it's very much going back to Harry Truman and George Marshall. They have dropped on their desk that that telegram that document from mister X, George cannon. It says gentlemen, this is a threat that the likes of which we've never seen. And immediately, the Truman doctrine is in place. We're going to ship arms to Greece, we're going to ship arms to turkey. We are going to make sure that even though we can't be everywhere. People who share our values. And people who share our contempt and hatred of communism. Will be ready to
"robert wilkie" Discussed on America First with Sebastian Gorka Podcast
"Up the veteran affairs administration, welcome back to one on one with secretary Robert wilkie. Let's talk about what you did Robert in the administration, the veterans administration, how much of I can talk about this till the cows come home. But how much of what you were able to do at the veterans administration was a function of what I call president Trump's utter disrespect for sacred cows. The quickest way to anger the president was when he asked somebody even I saw this with four star generals. He said, why are we doing X? And the response would be, well, that's how we've been doing it for 20 years. That was not a good answer in front of president Trump. So we had been told that the VA is on fixable. These are government employees unfixable. It's not true, is it? Well, it's not true. And let me give the credit to the president. He laid out the strategic vision. Fix it. Make make veterans the centerpiece of the institution not the institution as the centerpiece. And he gave me everything that I wanted. And we had to break a lot of glass. A lot of glass that people thought sacrosanct. If we had listened to the professional class in this town, and they opposed all of our reforms, or they were silent. We would have been right where Obama Biden was. And what struck me is that in this town, the American soldier, particularly by the left. He is portrayed as a victim. And someone worthy of pity. Instead of an American who warned the uniform when it was not mandatory, volunteered for the most part. That Vietnam generation sadly is getting smaller every day. That was the last of the conscript. And proceeded from there that the function of VA was not what general Omar Bradley, the most famous leader of the set, which was to make a veteran whole and return him to civilian life as if he had not been in the Sirte. It was to create an environment where the most important things were checks. Coming from the government. And a system that did not reward. Those who had been wounded in combat give you an example the friend of yours, a Dan Crenshaw. He lost an eye and he's lost almost about half of the use of his good eye. Under the VA construct, that's a 30% disability rate where as some one who has been out of the military a long time. And has sleep apnea. That's a 50% disability. What? And that's something that's correctable. I mean, you could treat that. Right. And when I said, issued a directive with the president's full support, that if you have a Purple Heart, and this was the easiest way to discern people's people's status status within the military. When they go to the top of the line, the first in line, the howls. So that was something that you started. Right. And people objected. Objected to the whole holders. The professional classes. Because the line was all veterans are equal. Now, I'm not equal to my father. My father had a chest full of men. I am a staff officer. My service is modest. But the original purpose has laid out by president Lincoln in his second inaugural. Was to make sure that we return veterans to society as whole as possible. And the other thing that we did was that we put people in charge you had vast military experience. People who understood the culture and the language, and we were able to get around the entrenched bureaucratic roadblocks. Right. So I have to ask you because I believe in any organization that is decrepit. Functioning or what have you. It is the first few hours and days that matter. Can you give us an anecdotal tell us what was the indicator? How did you tell people new boss new president new secretary what we're doing is no longer acceptable. Well, it was very much a Reagan esque approach that Trump knew instinctively. As someone who sits at the Pinnacle of power. If you are involved in the day to day business of handing out very particular and complicated missives, you have lost the ghosts. The generals should never be tactical. Absolutely. Absolutely. My job was to create strategic guidance. And give people the opportunity at all levels to carry out that vision. And I'll tell you the other thing that we did. We implemented a program that, and in Europe in your library, you have the biography of one of America's greatest airmen, Curtis Lemay. Curtis Lemay inherits strategic air command, and he says, okay, let's kick the tires. I have 1200 planes we're going to sortie to 7 fictional targets in Canada. Of those 1200 planes, only a hundred got off the ground, and only 7. Reach the target. This is in 1946. And a lot of people lost their jobs because of that. But once they did, Lemay set out a course, here's what we do, and we do this by involving everyone in the decision making process. So what does that mean? Let's take a B-52 squadron at barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. They meet on Tuesday. You've got the squadron commander, the exo, the engineer, the senior pilot, the logisticians, the intelligence.
"robert wilkie" Discussed on America First with Sebastian Gorka Podcast
"Is in the house on America first. Welcome back to one on one with secretary veteran fairs in the Trump administration, Robert wilkie. Robert, let me turn to this long telegram from canon that you mentioned that became the sources of Soviet conduct by the anonymous mister X eventually drove Cold War strategy. We have a need, I think. For iconoclasts, because cannon wasn't your run of the mill diplomat. This is an individual who'd studied Russia. Tsarist Russia then communist Russia. His boss Avril Herriman was away on holiday on Christmas break. The requests comes from, I think it was actually the treasury, the treasury cabled him in Moscow. Cable cabled the embassy and said, what's going on with uncle Joe? We don't understand him. He was our ally, and then cannon sees this moment. He grabs the opportunity sits down writes that 14 page classified telegram, which I'm sorry, most diplomats would be afraid to do that in the standard structure. How much do we need? What VH? Victor Davis Hansen has called the Ajax's. The iconoclasts, the Marshals, the patents who the system and the bureaucracy deters, but when the threat is existential, these are the people who save civilization. Isn't that always the case? Well, that's right. And sadly, and I'll speak to The Pentagon today. We don't have that. We have politicized the senior officer corps to such an extent. You have been a Herald on this and you're one of my favorite stories from your experience in teaching future generals. At the national war college, about strategy and America's place in the world. And when you gave them a problem, 90% of them came back with climate change as the answer to the greatest threat. The number one threat. The number one. So that is that is our greatest problem certainly in the military. Now, you've served in uniform. You served out of uniform. You served a cabinet level. Given your experience over decades, I have to ask you because I'm an immigrant illegal immigrant. I only moved here 13 years ago. When did the rot set in? That story I told you was O 5 O 6s who were working the Obama administration. Is it older than that? Can you see a point in which it politicization of the flag office at court? Right. Well, let's go back in history and I'll give my father as an example. Incredibly decorated combat sold. He could have an entire career on the central street at footprint. On our dense street. Change the beret, change the assignment. In those days, the ethos among the officers corps, officer corps was, we don't want to do everything we can to stay away from Washington. We don't want to pour martinis at The White House. We'll go to diplomatic functions. Or go to diplomatic functions, we want to be with troops. When the Soviet Union was the threat, that was that was the ethos. I really think the rot started to set in. With Clinton. And the use of the armed forces is a prop. The use of senior officers to promote a political agenda. And let's take a look at the history of the United States armed forces, and the two most prominent military leaders. Of World War II. Dwight Eisenhower and George march. They never voted. No one knew what their political views were. Until Eisenhower tells the world after he's the president of Columbia University, I'm going to run as a Republican. They did everything they could to stay away from it. And now it is viewed. As a ticket of advancement and I know many of these people and I'm not going to cast any personal aspersions, but when you have the leadership of the armed forces talking about climate change and white supremacy. White rage amongst white rage. Then we have crossed a river that we should never have crossed. And the sad thing about that is that these folks don't even know what makes the American military special. And I'll give you a Colin Powell story of all people because you know this from your British citizenship. Colin Powell once said that when his parents left Jamaica. If that ship had taken a right turn at New York City, and gone to Southampton. The best he could have ever hoped for was to have been a regimental sergeant major. Correct? But it took a left turn. And he rose through the ranks in this land of opportunity. The military is the great leveler in our society. It doesn't matter what you look like or where you came from. If you perform just like professional athletics, you are accepting. And they this particular leadership coming out of this White House. Has denied that very central fact of American military life. And on top of the political pressures put on the senior leaders, this is a combustible mix that I'm sure they are laughing at at Beijing and Tehran right now. Yeah, little laughing into.
"robert wilkie" Discussed on America First with Sebastian Gorka Podcast
"The Soviets in the 70s were rampaging through Africa with their Cuban proxies. But they were also watching the Middle East slip from their grasp. The Chinese are on the offensive in Central America in South America in Africa. And certainly within the confines of the Asian liberal. And they are they are probing. And right now, we certainly don't have a response a co a cohesive worldview, and it's not complicated. Thomas Jefferson laid the ground. When he sent the entire United States Navy to the Mediterranean to knock off the barbary pirates. America is for a liberal world order little L and in order to preserve that order we preserve the global commons, and right now the most important of the global commons goes right through the Pacific. If you're not familiar with that story and why the shores of Tripoli are part of the Marine Corps anthem, it's one of the case studies in my second book. Why we fight defeating America's enemies with no apologies. There's a reason that Stephen Courtois was made the youngest naval captain in U.S. history actually by Thomas Jefferson because of that incredible operation with I considered the first special operations mission of the U.S. Marine Corps to recapture our ships from the barbary pirates. You can get that at our store Seb orcas store dot com. That's SEB said gorky store dot com. You say this shocking statement which I concur with since my time in The White House that the China is more dangerous than prior peer competitors and enemies we have faced is a part of that that they're really good at strategy. Having spent 5 and a half years in the DoD teaching, then two and a half years at Quantico with the marines. I see a lack of historic context or understanding. And I see a paucity of you could study when I was a professor. Lots of courses on Kosovo and peacekeeping and even thucydides. But there was nary a course on Iranian strategy or Chinese strategy. Why do they have that greatest sense? Is it simply because they're dictatorship or simply because of the age of their civilization? And Nixon said it. He said, when trying to divine and lead American foreign policy, said his biggest handicap was that Americans tend to think in terms of 5 years. That the Chinese think in terms of thousands of years. And that really is the great difference. And I wanted to read. We've been here before. And you have on your shelf the memoirs of America's greatest diplomat. George kennett. And in February 22nd, 1946, he raised the alarm. He warned America that the World War II blinkers had to come off that we were facing a threat unlike any other up to that time, and he said, that we have here a political force committed fanatically to the belief that with the United States there can be no permanent modus Vivien, that it is desirable and necessary that the internal harmony of our society be disrupted are traditional way of life be destroyed, and the international authority of our state be broken. If Soviet power is to be secure. That led to 50 years of containment of Soviet power. If you substitute China for that. It's the same argument. We have incredible levers of power. Before we use them we have to we have to create a picture of what it is we need to do. And that is to go back to Jefferson. We protect the global.
"robert wilkie" Discussed on America First with Sebastian Gorka Podcast
"You can also watch us on Roku and fire stick that's Salem news channel the antidote to the lying legacy media. Welcome back to one on one with former secretary of veteran affairs, the Trump administration can not Robert wilkie. Let me call it to you somebody who I deem to be one of the few few living strategies today. I think there's maybe maybe 6 or 7 men who deserve the name of strategists, VH is one of them. Martin van kray fold. And then Ed looked back. Head look back came to where I was teaching national defense university at fort mcnair. When I was DoD civilian, the professor there. And he was introducing his new book on the strategy of the Byzantine Empire. Fascinating because an empire that should have lasted about three weeks in the last 800 years. So there was something interesting about their sense of grants. And that was his addendum to the grand strategy of the Roman Empire. Exactly, which came out before that. And fabulous iconoclastic presentation as is usual performance. And I got to ask the first question the Q&A. And I say this is an American who thinks America is the greatest nation on God's earth. And I said, what do you say Professor of fact is those who say that America is really a strategic. It really does not function and act strategically and hasn't done so since about Reagan in the end of the war. Classic Ed lutvak responds in front of this audience, national war college is beautiful buildings that what is the point of being what is the point of being a superpower if you can't be stupid. So is there not some great irony to the bigger and stronger we are, we seem to make worse and worse. I mean, we look at the last 20 years in Afghanistan. We look at Iraq. We look at this idea that we had administrations that denied the relevance of religion, when trying to understand a group that saw themselves as jihadis. We look at very small nations, not powerful nations, like Israel, Switzerland, which don't have the luxury of making mistakes because otherwise they disappear. So are we caught in a paradox that we have so much capacity? We don't think right. Well, we fall back on what Bismarck said about the United States of America after he was dismissed by. God protects fools, drunkards in the United States of America. Right. God protects fools drunk prince in the United States of America. Right. We have had so much power that other than Nixon and Reagan. That the presidential level in the post World War II world, we really haven't had any one who can look at a map and say this is the moves. These are the moves we have to make on the chessboard. We've had the luxury of having a rather sclerotic opponent. We've had so much wealth and so much power that we could have a haphazard approach to the world, other otherwise known as Obama's don't do stupid stuff. Yeah, right. But now we are faced with I would argue the most formidable power that this country has ever faced in more formidable than Nazi Germany. And more formidable than the Soviet Union. A country with, again, a messianic view of what where it needs to be in the world. It is, it is very open about desiring to destroy this nation. All you have to do is look at the daily ruminations of the people's liberation daily, whereas our press secretary at The White House says we're in a competition. The people's liberation daily says we are at war. And the difference between this power and the Soviet power is that there is an economic component to this that the Soviets never possessed. And an ability of the regime in Beijing to buy people off, and the way that the Soviets never did, and to confront us on multiple flanks..
"robert wilkie" Discussed on America First with Sebastian Gorka Podcast
"And you can have it in the next second. Surrender. Admittedly, there's a risk in any course we follow other than this, but every lesson of history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement, and this is the Specter our well meaning liberal Friends refused to face that their policy of accommodation is appeasement. And it gives no choice between peace and war, only between fight or surrender. If we continue to accommodate continue to back and retreat. Eventually we have to face the final demand the ultimatum, and what then. Very simply puts by the man who taught us what peace through strength truly looks like president Ronald Reagan. That's what we try to do in The White House under the Trump administration, and that is what we will be discussing amongst many other things today on America first one on one with an individual who impressed me greatly a few weeks ago. When I heard him introduce a distinguished dinner guest at the heritage foundation, he served himself in the Trump administration as secretary for veterans affairs, prior to that under Secretary of Defense, now he is distinguished fellow at the Davis center, the heritage foundation, colonel, in the U.S. Air Force reserves, Robert wilkie, welcome to one on one. Thank you for having me. And may I indulge you for a minute? Since you just show you just play the time to choose, which was Reagan's eruption on the national stage. I've always felt that the most powerful point in that speech was, his story about a Cuban who was rescued from the Florida straits and the young coast guardsmen pulls him up and he's starving, and he says you're very lucky. And the Cuban looks at him, and he said me lucky. At least I had somewhere to escape to. Yes. You're going straight to the marrow of the issue. Let me just react very briefly then we'll get to our classic introductions here. This is what has to be understood by all Americans. Is that if we lose this, this shining city on the hill, the great what has been called the greatest experiment in democracy. Yes, I know we're a republic come down. But we are still the greatest experiment in democracy. If we lose this, there is nowhere else to run to. When dissidents escape house arrest in China, like the famous blind lawyer, when people makeshift rafts in Cuba across shark infested waters, they don't go to Switzerland. They don't go to Iran. They come to America because we remain that shining city on the hill, and there is nowhere else to run. That is why we must protect and preserve everything that that republic represents. Okay. As with all our guests, let's start at the beginning for those who are not familiar with your service in the Trump administration, your background. In multiple uniform services, rising to under Secretary of Defense, tell our millions of listers and viewers across the nation a little bit about your background where you came from and how you got to do what you do. Well, it's a very simple. I am the son grandson, great grandson of combat soldiers. I spent my youth at fort sill fort Bragg, and also, as you know, at the royal school of artillery, in lark hill, England. My father was a senior officer in the 82nd airborne division when I was in high school. So my calling was to serve the nation in national defense. My military service has been modest compared to that of my ancestors, but I will say that a formative moment in my life was when the hostages were taken in Tehran. Two things. One, outside of fort Bragg on Bragg boulevard a place you know well, a massive billboard went up that said Iran let our people go. And I had to pass that billboard every day on the way to school and as I got older, I thought, that's what we had become. Under mister Carter, a mendicant, begging the theocratic fanatics and Tehran to let our soldiers and diplomats go. And then the second experience was in my neighborhood. The day the hostage rescue desert one collapsed. And the MPs closed off our neighborhood. They took the name signs off of our homes, and they surrounded colonel Charles beckwith's home. He was the commander on the ground. And president Carter came on that day. And said this was all my fault. I'm the one responsible. That's quite a contrast to what we had in Afghanistan a few months ago. But to see America humbled in that way, particularly living amongst the most decorated combat soldiers. In all the United States. Was the eye opening experience of my life even more so, I think than seeing my father a recover from terrible wounds from the invasion of Cambodia. Huge man, 6 two two 40, which today is not even a quarterback, but in 1970 it's a big man. And after a year in an army hospital, he came back weighing about a 125 130 pounds. And the only thing that kept him in the army was the good graces of a real leader. General Craig Abrams, who overruled the medical aboard and said no, we're going to give this officer an opportunity to recover, which is why he went to England and serve there. And when you think of the disparity or the geopolitical trends since 79 to today, when America disengages, and you know very well, our former boss president Trump is not an interventionist. But when we withdraw from the world, or when we show weakness, that breeds contempt does it not and creates a dangerous world for all democracy lovers. It absolutely does, because the bad guys filled a vacuum. And this is not a new phenomenon. Harry Truman confronted it. Back in 1946, when he filled the gap that the retreating empire British Empire had left open in the eastern Mediterranean, and he realized that America could not remain passive. That there was a force out there that combined the power of extreme nationalism and plus a messianic message that communism was the wave of the future. And he responded with, of course, the Truman docker that we would support all entities all forces opposing communism and then the Marshall plan that rebuilt Europe. And really became the first of many steps in containing the Soviet Union. Discuss, if you will, for those who aren't familiar with your very intriguing career path, because I'm just looking at your bio, it's not just a kernel in the air force reserves, not just former secretary of veterans affairs, but it lists U.S. naval reserve NSC and The Office of naval intelligence. So you've had a rather peripatetic career. Are you a man who just wanted to experience as much as possible? Just like you. That's right. You know, for me, that's normal for a lot of people. Yeah, absolutely. To be able to do as much as possible to experience as much as possible. I've been blessed I've worked for some of the most important people in this country. Starting with senator helms, who I think most people would agree after Ronald Reagan was the most important conservative leader of the 70s and 80s. He brought me here and then to work for sender lot, doctor rice, Steve Hadley, Gates, rumsfeld. Learned a lot from them. And I've just been very fortunate in my career path and so grateful to president Trump for first bringing me to The Pentagon and then out of the blue asking me to go to veterans affairs. Was that a hard decision to step once more into the arena at such a high level? It's not a hard decision when the president of the United States asked. You always say yes. And you have many instances in American history..
Get to Know Former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie
"For those who are not familiar with your service in the Trump administration, your background. In multiple uniform services, rising to under Secretary of Defense, tell our millions of listers and viewers across the nation a little bit about your background where you came from and how you got to do what you do. Well, it's a very simple. I am the son grandson, great grandson of combat soldiers. I spent my youth at fort sill fort Bragg, and also, as you know, at the royal school of artillery, in lark hill, England. My father was a senior officer in the 82nd airborne division when I was in high school. So my calling was to serve the nation in national defense. My military service has been modest compared to that of my ancestors, but I will say that a formative moment in my life was when the hostages were taken in Tehran. Two things. One, outside of fort Bragg on Bragg boulevard a place you know well, a massive billboard went up that said Iran let our people go. And I had to pass that billboard every day on the way to school and as I got older, I thought, that's what we had become. Under mister Carter, a mendicant, begging the theocratic fanatics and Tehran to let our soldiers and diplomats go. And then the second experience was in my neighborhood. The day the hostage rescue desert one collapsed. And the MPs closed off our neighborhood. They took the name signs off of our homes, and they surrounded colonel Charles beckwith's home. He was the commander on the ground. And president Carter came on that day. And said this was all my fault. I'm the one responsible. That's quite a contrast to what we had in Afghanistan a few months
"robert wilkie" Discussed on America First with Sebastian Gorka Podcast
"We're back with a man who his CV is biased. It's just legendary. You know, he said with the U.S. naval reserve, he served as a colonel in the air force. He's been involved with the naval special warfare group to it. If you know what that is, you know what that is. If you don't, don't worry about it. And he's also been the secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He's now with the heritage foundation Robert wilkie. Let's. Let me interrupt. I'm going to do you just had some great bumper news. We have the best possible Wi-Fi. For those of us who are old enough, do you remember you don't know you may not know this. Steve McGregor, the director of the state police of Hawaii, who was his mortal enemy. His mortal enemy, and he appears every year and the last episode as McGregor finally cornering him and putting him in. An agent of the Communist Party of China named woe fat. Wow. It's well throughout that series, mcgarrett is looking to the Pacific and trying to convince Washington. Let's do some real CI guys. Go back and watch them reruns of her Wi-Fi virtual understand. There was a time. There was a time when we actually did counterintelligence in this nation. Now, we use those forces for political opponents in this country that we disagree with. All right, let's we've got to get you back. It's already been sold to me. Done deal. We're going to talk strategy for an hour in studio. Let's have a light note or a positive note to end our second hour on before we talk to Phil Kirk in about the latest vaccine mandates. What is the first thing we do for a second Trump administration? Well, the first thing we do for the second Trump administration is clean house at The Pentagon. Right. And produce a national strategy that reflects the traditions of America going back to Thomas Jefferson. And that is to defend the global commons that means sea, air, space, and cyber, and to create a ring around communist China with like minded friends who are looking and begging for American leadership. And that goes all the way from India to the Korean Peninsula. China is surrounded by people who don't like them. Well, not in your lifetime. In my lifetime, they fought two wars with India, one with Vietnam, which they lost. They are now threatening Japan with nuclear incineration. They are ready for American leadership. We have to survive these next three years. And you, we can continue this we can give our listeners across the nation, millions of lists, a little bit of homework, just a week ago, you wrote a piece on grand strategy for heritage. Okay, guys, you heard it. There's your homework. Go now, heritage become a member, download his article, and then we will continue. We will dissect with Robert wilkie back here in the studio as soon as possible. If you aren't familiar with our one on one long form interviews, subscribe to the podcast right now, look for my name, Sebastian gorka, America first. Back with the truth about the vaccine mandates..
"robert wilkie" Discussed on America First with Sebastian Gorka Podcast
"Website. We're back with the national security visiting fellow at the center for national defense at the heritage foundation Robert wilkie former secretary of veterans affairs in the break. We were talking about how this beta male Tony blink in the back carrier for Clinton was literally bitch slapped by the Chinese in Ankara in an anchorage at the beginning of the Biden administration is the chief Chinese communist was reading back BLM and antifa talking points to blinken and he just sat there as our chief diplomat. That's what China thinks of us, but don't we have a more serious problem than just incompetent feckless week members of the cabinet? I look at this breaking news. We have the national security adviser of the Biden administration has been revealed to be the quote foreign policy adviser in the sussman indictment that John Durham dropped two weeks ago. So the man who's running national security is listed in the arrest documents for one of the key perpetrators of the Russia collusion hoax. If we add to that, colonel Vander man fake whistleblowers. What's he going to take to fix this rock? Well, let me go back to what you said about mister blinken. And this sets up where we are right now and sadly, for the next almost three years. First of all, this is a fellow that John McCain said was a threat to national security. McCain took a step that he rarely took. He voted against a presidential appointee. He went to the Senate floor and said we can not let this man near the levers of power. The second thing is, he was haranguing not by BLM and antifa, a words from the Chinese. He was harangued by President Biden's own critique of his country. Yes. That's the same. He's stunning. That's what was stunning. Right. And if that had been Richard Nixon, that had been you, Ronald Reagan. The response would have been, we are not going to be lectured by a country that has murdered 100 million of its own people since 1949, and if they can't defend us rhetorically, how do they defend us? If his predecessor had been at the table, I know Mike, Mike Pompeo would have got up from that table and walked out of that meeting. And Blake had just sat there. So it's not just the way enemies are leveraging the internal weakness of this administration and its ideology and it's talking points. It's also this rod from the story I told you about the colonels who say the climate is the enemy to vend saying on Capitol Hill under oath, I was disturbed by what the president was doing and it was my duty to defend the quote interagency consensus from the president. I don't know about you, Robert, but when I got to vote for a president, I didn't see in the ballot Hillary Clinton, president Trump or interagency consensus. And by the way, if vindman wasn't elected by anybody. So I asked the question again and I know we could discuss. And I want you to come back because we can discuss this for so much longer. What's he going to take to get us back to where we were under Reagan under Trump to be strong, peace through strength, Robert? It's going to take cleaning the audience stables and it starts with the senior leadership. And let me get a little technical here. And I never got this chance to make these reforms because I left The Pentagon as under secretary to go to VA. In my Father's Day, you could spend almost an entire career without touching watching to D.C.. You know fort Bragg. You can spend an entire career then on one street or dead street. You just change the color of your beret. Coming to Washington was something that real soldiers didn't want to do. No. That was Mike flyn problem. He never did before he came back. So what we have done is we have created a political class within the officer corps that is detached from the day to today functions of the armed services. We have to get back to the political animals. That's right. And their political animals, if you look at some of the joint chiefs, their progression has been since the time they were brigadiers. In and out of The Pentagon. And they are susceptible to those political winds, never more so than what you're seeing now. I just saw where the Marine Corps has offered a $145,000 to a new diversity equity and inclusion. Coordinator. Now, that's more than the commandant makes. In a year. That's almost what I made as a deputy assistant to the president. That's right. I made a 160. What's the title again? It's coordinated for diversity, equity. For the marine? Could the United States Marine Corps? Since sanity. But what we're doing is we're getting away from the mission. And if you look at this budget, this budget does not keep up with inflation. It siphons off as you said at the beginning billions of dollars for climate change. We would be forced to face China right now with aging F 15s and F-16. We can not flood the Pacific zone with our submarines as we did in the Reagan administration when. Someone like John layman said, we're going to push the Soviet Union back into its territorial waters. We have the blueprint for doing this. We were capable of. We were capable of it. Right now, we need to ring the Chinese with our allies and weaponize. Do we need 600 ships again? Well, we need close. How many? Yeah, we need at least 400. Right. Right now, we have run our ships into the ground. And I don't buy the argument that they're more capable than they were then. They can fight more adversaries than what ships did in 1980. Who was it? They said that numbers and massive equality orders. They have a quality all their own. And we have gotten away from that because we have warned the hulls out. This is too important. Can you stay with us for a few more minutes? Can you close out this hour? You know me, guys. I eat dream and sleep this stuff and, you.
"robert wilkie" Discussed on America First with Sebastian Gorka Podcast
"Of the power sockets. The white supremacists are everywhere. So we had a couple of putts with tiki torches at Charlottesville. We had the mentally deranged medicated person that killed that young lady have a higher. Okay, we've got that. And then we've got what car written house shooting child convicted child rapists. Where are the white supremacists that we keep being told about Jennifer? I wish I was out. I don't know what they are. They're at the Glen young in rally paid for by The Lincoln Project, pedo protected. Oh, hang on. I just connected two things. Isn't that interesting? Lincoln project protects pedophiles like Jack Levi, with 21 young men, children as well who had inappropriate sexual relations with. That's The Lincoln Project white supremacist problem with Rick Wilson and his wife cooler with the south shall rise again written on the cooler with the confederate flag. Oh, and then there's white supremacists like Charlottesville, so I think there's a connection here, isn't there, Jen? Yeah, you're absolutely right. Everything that the left calls us is exactly what they are. We've seen it from conspiracies. We've seen it to what they call the people on the right. It is just them trying to shut people down and to try to deflect from who they really are, and it's disgusting. We have got to do a better job of spreading the message. I know talk radio does it. Thank God for that. But when is the news media going to wake up? When is the left going to stop trying to brand the right just because they can't articulate facts because they don't have any to bring to the table? All right, your job is to tell us what's going on in what it used to be one of the most beautiful states of the union in California. The nephew of Nancy Pelosi grew some mucin has reappeared do you buy his story as the way he was a wall and why he was a wall? Said this story is so crazy. So on October 27th, I had an all points bulletin out for Gavin Newsom. On October 27th, he took his booster shot for COVID-19. I think he took the Moderna booster shot. He's on television, of course, 'cause he have to promote all of that stuff. He then disappears. Now, Q, a lot of people pardon the pun. But cue a lot of people who start hitting the conspiracy button going, wait a second. He hasn't been on television is he vaccine injured. What went on. He even canceled his appearance at that climate summit, which seems to be never ending. It's like two weeks, three weeks in the making now. He didn't go to that. He was not seen in Sacramento. Well, it turns out his wife, and it was very strange on Sunday, wrote a tweet and said, the truth is the truth and basically leave us alone just believe what we've told you. And then she took it down. And then Gavin Newsom's staffer said, well, yeah, he's been in the capital a little bit. He's really just hanging out with his kids. It was very strange. If someone says your vaccine injured after you get the booster, don't you send out a statement saying, hey guys, I'm fine. I'm just taking a week off. Why wouldn't you come out and address those rumors our friend Dennis prager did a whole hour about this about how he didn't bring any confidence to people who were afraid? And if his job is to sell the vaccine, he didn't do a great job. Well, it turns out he says he was just with his kids, but he was also at the wedding. Of a woman named ivy Getty. Now, I said, we've talked about Nancy. Along with who? Oh, George Soros was there. And I believe there was even a Jerry Brown sighting at this wedding. Now, snopes, God love them. Snopes has taken videos, which I know that you have all seen that were put together trying to connect the big power families in California. And they try to poo poo it, saying that it's not true. These relations between Nancy Pelosi and Gavin Newsom and the gettys. Here at this wedding, in California, and up in the Bay Area, you have Nancy Pelosi, officiating the ceremony. And by the way, if you were photographed next to Nancy, you had to be wearing a mask, but then the mask came off, and they were partying maskless like the hypocrites that they are. And apparently this was a weird wedding. They had like a chihuahua in the wedding. That was part of it. They also had because they can't, when you're a billionaire, like the gettys are. You can't just have one day of fun on a Saturday afternoon. You have to have a whole weekend of wedding activities and apparently it was so ruckus, they had to bring an IV drips to revive the crowd after they were all partying it up on Friday night. So I had a misspent childhood, okay? In college, I was a little bit wild. I never had to have an IV after party. That didn't you? No, I've never had to have hydration. Now I've had to drink a little bit. Bottle of water? Right. My water cup of coffee. You know, complicated. Throw the coffee down, but never an IV drip. But this is like the new trend. All these young partiers go out and get IVs and so they have this, you know, usually it's the candy coated almonds, but at the Getty wedding, you get an IV drip. Creepy creepy, creepy, but I guess if Nancy Pelosi's officiating. You're gonna get a lot of creepy. And we're gonna continue discussing what's going on in California so much news to break the Kyle rittenhouse trial is in recess right now. While we're waiting, go and follow Jennifer horn right now at.
Where Are All the GOP White Supremacists the Left Keeps Talking About?
"Where are the white supremacists that we keep being told about Jennifer? I wish I was out. I don't know what they are. They're at the Glen young in rally paid for by The Lincoln Project, pedo protected. Oh, hang on. I just connected two things. Isn't that interesting? Lincoln project protects pedophiles like Jack Levi, with 21 young men, children as well who had inappropriate sexual relations with. That's The Lincoln Project white supremacist problem with Rick Wilson and his wife cooler with the south shall rise again written on the cooler with the confederate flag. Oh, and then there's white supremacists like Charlottesville, so I think there's a connection here, isn't there, Jen? Yeah, you're absolutely right. Everything that the left calls us is exactly what they are. We've seen it from conspiracies. We've seen it to what they call the people on the right. It is just them trying to shut people down and to try to deflect from who they really are, and it's disgusting. We have got to do a better job of spreading the message. I know talk radio does it. Thank God for that. But when is the news media going to wake up? When is the left going to stop trying to brand the right just because they can't articulate facts because they don't have any to bring to the
The Media Wants You to Believe Kyle Rittenhouse Shot Black People
"Jennifer horn, are you there? I am here happy birthday to the marines and happy Wednesday to you, said. Happy happy Wednesday to you as well. I don't know. You work incredibly hard, hardest working lady on radio as you also keep. What's his face grant stinchfield under control every morning is you're hosting the morning answer on a.m. 5 98, 8 70 the answer. However, I don't know what you do after this show as have you been keeping a beady eye on the Kyle rittenhouse trial? Is this insane? What a couple of twists that we've seen over the last couple of days. And you know what? What really struck me said is that we heard about this obviously after Jacob Blake and Kenosha and 2020, that was the year where we heard about this. And the media convicted him on day one. They made fun of Ricky Schroder and all the people who stood up for Kyle rittenhouse that they were just a bunch of white supremacy. Even the president himself, Biden called him a white supremacist. Do you know what really struck me? And I'm almost embarrassed to admit this because you know I keep up with the news like crazy. Yes. As I was kind of going through as this trial got underway, what was the last week? Probably. I was just going through and just refreshing everything in my mind. And I looked at the victims and the victims were all white. Now, hang on hang on. You don't forget don't forget. White wife beat us and child rapists. Don't forget. Yeah, yeah. And you know, I pride myself on staying afloat on most of the stuff. Especially these big stories I really try to stay up to date. In my mind, he shot at black people, he didn't shoot at white people. He shot a black people. This is why the media convicted him and said he was a white supremacist because he went in with an AR-15 to go hunting for black people. That was the impression that the news media gave us. That was what was in people's minds. I still think people believe that he shot three black people. And he
Vets groups demand Wilkie's dismissal after scathing audit
"Veterans groups, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. Disabled American Veterans and Amvets are calling for the immediate dismissal of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie. Following a scathing government audit on Thursday, a report from the Veterans Affairs inspector general concluded Wilkie acted unprofessionally, if not unethical. And handling a congressional aides allegation of sexual assault at a V. A hospital. The investigation concluded. Wilkie repeatedly sought to discredit Andrea Goldstein. She alleged a man physically assaulted her at the V, A Medical center in Washington, D C and September of last year. Goldsteins, a Navy veteran and senior policy adviser to Democratic representative Mark Takano. He chairs the House Veterans Affairs Committee.
Vet groups call for Wilkie's dismissal after scathing audit
"Hi Mike Rossi a reporting that groups are calling for the dismissal of the Veterans Affairs secretary three veterans groups the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans of America disabled American veterans and amvets are calling for the immediate dismissal of Veterans Affairs secretary Robert Wilkie following a scathing government audit on Thursday a report from the Veterans Affairs inspector general concluded Wilkie acted unprofessionally if not an ethically and handling a congressional aides allegation of sexual assault at a VA hospital the investigation concluded Wilkie repeatedly sought to discredit Andrea Goldstein who alleged a man physically assaulted her at the VA Medical Center in Washington DC in September twenty nineteen Goldstine is a navy veteran and senior policy adviser to democratic representative mark Takano who chairs the house Veterans Affairs committee might cross CO Washington
"robert wilkie" Discussed on KTOK
"Of the American West that it takes hundreds and hundreds of miles roundtrip to get from point A to A V, a facility. That's why we've we've seen out of the sadness of the epidemic, uh, something that we could point to for the future, and that's the expansion of teller help, particularly mental health services. The other thing that you will see coming to Oklahoma, hopefully in the next few years is that we are now engaged with Wal Mart. And we're putting tele health clinics inside Wal Mart on the other side of the pharmacy counter cool with veterans and their families can come. They present their veteran's card. They go behind the counter, and they could talk to us. And overcome those great distances. The other reason it's important to focus the majority of better Lived in rural America west of the Mississippi. This is something that is long overdue to take care of their needs. And I would also address again as somebody who's very familiar with with Oklahoma and the makeup of the sooner state. This also helps us reach into native land. Native Americans serving higher numbers per capita than any other single group. And we believe telehealth is a way for us to get into those communities in a deeper way than we've done in the past. Robert Wilkie, secretary of the A with us on NewsRadio, 1000. Katie, Okay, and secretary. We've talked about a lot, but ah, where can people go? Ah, that you know, might want to find out more about not only some of the things that we've talked about, but what's going on down at the wake. I want them to call us. You know, The interesting thing about our community is that when you joined the military, it's not a singular act. The family joined. So if family members have questions Call call Oklahoma City called Scobie Call Pulse. The call log. Give us what you're what you're concerned about. If you don't feel well, don't come in. We want to protect you. We want to protect your fellow veterans and in our employees. We will point you in the right direction. Or you could look at va dot gov. There's a coded banner up with top that you can click for information, but we very much want you to To reach out to us and tell us what what you need. And Secretary Robert Wilkie off again. Good to have you along love to have you back in Oklahoma. Thiss has been later with Leigh Matthews. Leigh Matthews Podcast. Remember to listen. Live to the Dr Weekdays from 5 to 7.
"robert wilkie" Discussed on KTAR 92.3FM
"Two are already record tally the Heike Limestone 99 today, then won a one on Friday. We'll drop 2 99 on Saturday, then 97 on Sunday with daily morning temperatures in the sixties to low seventies. ABC 15, meteorologist at 7, 33 62 degrees and El Mirage Corona virus in Arizona. Arizona could be heading for the cove ID. Spike. That for me, is you bio design institutes, Dr Joshua Bear, he says. Current numbers look a lot like they did in June before we had a big jump in cases. And now that county's air starting to open up, they are increased. Businesses are opening. There's general. Generally, people are headed in that direction to the question is, are they doing it too quickly? We have to kind of keep a close eye on that, Dr Lambert says. You need to continue wearing masks and social distancing to keep our numbers down. Good news. If you have a loved one in a nursing home, the secretary made a visit to Arizona and said he hopes to slowly and safely reopened facilities to visitors. Veterans and their families ordinarily used them form or than treatment, not going to see anybody, but they're just there to talk to people who have shared what they have shared, the Secretary Robert Wilkie, tells Katie are the isolation is taking a bigger toll on the 7500 veterans. Living in V, a facilities where the median age is 91. It was tough, but we only had four patients in our nursing homes who are positive for Cove. It's so it has worked. During his visit to Prescott, Wilkie said. Telehealth visits for mental health has soared more than 20 fold..
Trump denies reports that he called war dead "losers" and "suckers"
"Continued, responds to an Atlantic article reporting the president calling American war dead losers and account which the White House says has been debunked. Ah, former defense secretary speaks out the AP is Shelly Adler has more if they're really It's beneath the dignity of any commander in chief, former Republican senator and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, on alleged remarks by President Trump about the military in an article in the Atlantic, you could go through a litany. Of past things that, he said from his mouth actions that he's taken. And it corroborates. Really The Goldberg article in the Atlantic Chuck Hagel spoke on ABC is this week President Trump has called the Atlantic Story Ah HOAX. Shelly Adler Washington President. Trump responded to the allegations this morning in a tweet, calling the reports a massive disinformation campaign from Democrats. Meanwhile, the secretary Robert Wilkie, defended the president saying he doesn't believe the report is true. Well, absolutely not. And I would be offended, too, if I thought it was true. Wilkie pointed toe. All that Trump has done for those who served, saying the A is thought of very highly now, unlike during the Obama administration
Head Of VA Says Telehealth Helped Prevent Suicides During Pandemic
"Some hopeful news today from the man in charge of the Department of Veterans Affairs, despite isolation brought about by the pandemic. Secretary of Robert Wilkie tells Arizona's Morning news. They've not seen an uptick in veterans suicides in recent months, and he credits Telehealth in a normal month will have 40,000 mental telehealth appointments. In a bunch of April We had 900,000. So we have pivoted in order to protect veterans by eliminating face to face account Secretary Wilkie's in town today for meetings and a trip to the Phoenix,
"robert wilkie" Discussed on KZSC 88.1 FM Santa Cruz
"Veterans Affairs secretary Robert Wilkie said today that his department has all but stopped use of an unproven malaria drug on veterans with covert nineteen at a hearing of the house of representatives today he defended additional use of hydroxy Cork went on coronavirus patience as justified to give them hope his words given few treatment options at the time but secretary Wilkie said the government run VA hospitals have ratcheted it down to just three prescriptions in the last week as studies have pointed to possible dangers and other possible treatments were brought online president trump has heavily pitched to the drug even saying in recent days he'd been taking it to prevent coronavirus infection without any scientific evidence of its effectiveness the department is the nation's largest hospital system KPFA is ever heard men has more on today's house hearing on the veteran administration's response to the covet nineteen pandemic Veterans Affairs secretary Robert Wilkie says his department has all but stopped the use of an unproven malaria drug hydroxyl Cllr queen to treat veterans with the corona virus at a house hearing he defended initial use of the drug but said government run VA hospitals have quote ratcheted it down to just three prescriptions in the last week of studies point to possible dangers Democrat Nita Lowey of New York led the charge of questioning will be about the use of Hydroxycut or queen despite lacking evidence of its efficacy ministered Hydroxycut Cloris scene which was unproven for treatment of coke at nineteen two more than thirteen hundred veterans despite a lack of evidence of its effectiveness we know now that patients who are prescribed this drug will more likely to die than those who received standard treatment president Donald Trump has heavily promoted the drug and recently said that she had been taking it to prevent coronavirus infection without scientific evidence of its effectiveness earlier this month near hospitals began using the drug to treat veterans with corona virus will be defended the decision to use the antimalarial drug given few treatment options at the time although he acknowledged that hospitals are drastically decreasing use of the drug in the VA system this is a new disease and even though I am not a medical person I'm a military person I understand that there has to be oak are you can't look at a patient and say we can't give you hope giving patients hope as wealthy states may have resulted in even more covert nineteen related deaths among those being treated in VA hospitals about twenty percent of better into our given hydroxyl Cllr queen plus usual care died versus eleven percent of patients who received routine care alone D. A. data provided to Congress shows that weekly prescriptions for hydrocodone queen surge from about two in mid March to a peak of four hundred for about two weeks later as president trump began promoting its use in all one thousand three hundred so many veterans were prescribed Hydroxycut lawyer queen for Kobe nineteen secretary Wilkie said use of the drug resulted from a system wide oversight what I relied on was the vote of this Congress other right to try well the right to try that was endorsed by the president with his signature this Congress was very clear saying that if people of sound mind asked to be given experimental treatments because that may be the last thing that separates them from life and death that lead to that of the other option is to do nothing no large rigorous studies have found hydroxyl chloroquine safe or effective for the treatment of code nineteen studies have found that the drug can cause heart rhythm problems and other serious side effects including death the food and drug administration has warned against the drug and said hydroxyl color green should be used only for the coronavirus informal studies New York Democrat Lowey said that she hoped that quote the VA will respond to the science that is clearly coming from doctor felt she rather than some wishful thinking coming from the president reporting from north Oakland I'm heard men for KPFA government the government watchdog group public citizen is demanding president trump's vaccines are who has extensive ties to the pharmaceutical industry be subject to conflict of interest and disclosure rules trump appointed mon sep fly we co leader of operation warp speed the federal program designed to oversee and coordinate the development financing and distribution of treatments and vaccines to address the corona virus pandemic slowly reportedly owns at least ten million stocks in the pharmaceutical biotechnology industry advocates for fairness in higher education praising the university of California system for dropping consideration of standardized achievement tests the SAT and the ACT when making admissions decisions and they're calling on the accounts state system to do the same Suzanne potter reports late last week at the UC board of regents voted unanimously to make the test optional for two years then stop using them entirely Michelle sekeras with the campaign for college opportunity says the SAT and the ACT have been seen as biased against lower income students and students of color who may not be able to afford expensive test prep classes what they don't do well it's really predict whether a student has the capacity an intellect to actually succeed at the university of California cal state has already made the tests optional for admissions this fall because the code nineteen lockdown has interfered with many students ability to take the exams a new book out today from the Georgetown University Center on education and the workforce also asserts that American universities perpetuate income inequality when they rely on standardized test scores it's called the merit math how are colleges favor the rich and divide America secures agrees that dumping these tests will make the system more equitable students of color that are talented low income students across the country they deserve a spot in the university channel it is about fairness and a system that rewards the wealthy is not there she says colleges will now have to decide whether to develop a new type of test use the smarter balanced tests that students currently taking high school each year or move to a.
Schumer calls on VA to explain use of unproven drug on vets
"The Senate's top Democrat is calling on the department of Veterans Affairs to explain why it allowed the use of an unproven drugs on veterans for the corona virus saying they may have been put at risk Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer says the VA recently ordered two hundred and eight thousand dollars worth of hydroxy chloride Quinn in bulk the malaria drive had been pushed by president trump but the FDA last month warned doctors against it for code nineteen outside of hospitals because of serious risk all right that's being used for clandestine covert nineteen drug testing Schumer another VAT groups want answers including about VA hospital data showing more deaths among patients given hydroxy Gloria Quinn versus standard care VA secretary Robert Wilkie in recent weeks has denied that bets were used as test subjects Julie Walker New York
"robert wilkie" Discussed on WBZ NewsRadio 1030
"B. C.'s Jim McKay talked with VA secretary Robert Wilkie the fourth mission kicks and when there is a national emergency secretary will be talking about the V. A.'s fourth mission the first three are veterans health care veterans benefits and memorial services and then the fourth kicks in during emergencies to serve civilians with whatever is needed that's now been kicked in for the Commonwealth they have a fourth mission and we've been implementing it in Massachusetts part of that includes opening up VA medical centers to civilians if needed and if beds are available where we can help the state we do that also there were two teams of certified nursing assistants who were deployed to the hunter nursing home in Danvers and the Chartwell nursing home in Norwood Jim McKay WBZ Boston's news radio it's not just the state of Georgia Alaska now allowing some businesses to unlock their doors governor of Alaska said his state is not in a rush to re open but with the low infection rate Alaska he believes it can be done safely restaurants are allowed the real open for servicing in dining rooms but a twenty five percent capacity hair salons can reopen in Alaska by reservation only and Mike in California and some other states elective surgeries will be allowed to resume soon Alex stone ABC news Oklahoma is looking for well opening some businesses but there is some confusion as well with relatively few covered nineteen doubts about a hundred seventy nine Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt says it's time to get customers back in the barber chairs personal care businesses can reopen it's only you're too strict sanitation protocols including masks and gloves but the states here in nail salons are not required to open creating a patchwork of places where they are and they aren't Norman Oklahoma mayor Brea Clark says text messages right now as possible and some business owners say they simply aren't ready to re open Jim Ryan ABC news Connecticut's governor Ned Lamont says he knows that many people who've been laid off because of the pandemic may be frustrated with slow re openings no it doesn't do a good three to say two thirds the economy is working if you're in the one thirty Connelly this not working and we take that very seriously and that's what we're gonna really going to focus on the culture of the governor's re opened today to get a visor group said this week that the state could possibly get a multi step process of loosening restrictions on businesses and gatherings by June the French government calls it historic it is giving seven billion euro in an aid package to Air France whose plays a largely grounded by virus lockdowns around the world in exchange for the rescue the finance minister telling French TV the government will set conditions of profitability and more environmentally sustainable policies a woman says it was a horror story at thirty thousand feet there's a viral photo going around a woman from Manhattan posted saying her flight from Miami to new York's LaGuardia had about half of passengers with no masks on what's more she says the flight was packed full despite the virus pandemic Angie Wong says she was wearing a mask of face shield gloves and a hoodie to board the flight but says masks were not mandated she says well social distancing was in place at the airport passengers were literally crammed together once on the plane back Piper CBS news the latest.
"robert wilkie" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio
"At China and South Korea to really inform how many of those need to be tests have been tested does it need to be tested we believe we've caught most of the right now we have forty four veterans who have tested positive sadly one has passed important we are working with state labs and private companies to make sure that testing is available because the president had us out the grass and leaves early we have we have been in a better place than most healthcare systems in the country I cannot predict this doctor Burke said of when the next surge will be if it will be but one of the things that we do at VA is that we prepare for national emergency the national disasters or epidemics we started preparing for this we started stockpiling equipment a quick minute stable and I think that's in large part because the instructions the present case better into fair secretary Robert Wilkie in the White House briefing room several hundred I can give you the yeah we tested several hundred yes we've tested several don't know exactly I do know that forty four veterans have the virus most of those are quarantined at home Mr president for doctor burns I'm trying to understand what it's about the mortality rate hi yesterday we underline the fact that we had reached a hundred deaths and this morning we wake up and were up five hundred tax within twelve hours we we flying by ten percent this is something we have to expect from now on sentence increased every twelve hours so very early on in each one of these cases if you look at all of the country's two days the mortality is higher at the beginning because you're diagnosing the sickest the ones who came in quite else and I just want to remind the American public said still the majority the risk for serious illness in the majority of Americans are less but that doesn't mean that you can't transmit it to one of those higher risk groups and that's why we're asking for all Americans to take responsibility you're seeing mortality or deaths today from infections that occurred two to three weeks ago in general the other thing that you're seeing is the dramatic and very difficult impact of this virus in nursing homes and that's why very early on the president vice president had us come out and see a mass put those very strict rules in place and everybody thought we were being too strict in keeping level ones away from their families are C. house if we're going to solve this with a lower death rate we have to protect the elderly because of their percentage is much higher in mortality than any other age group.
"robert wilkie" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio
"The suicide of a bit of a history lesson the United States Army began taking statistics on suicide discretion of Benjamin Harris who's only known for one thing he was in between two non successive terms of Grover Cleveland but Harrison having been a general in the civil war recognize that there was a crisis in the frontier army this is the first time that we have begun a national conversation about suicide prevention fourteen sixty percent of those warriors who take their lives on a daily basis or not the NBA so we are calling for a national road map I will have a report for you sometime in March where we bring together Indian health HHS hot DOT and the rest of the federal government to actually began a national conversation long overdue on mental health and addiction so I will sit conclude by saying that we have never had as it into has given this much attention and this much effort to those who have borne the battle and it is is my honor to be part of their team and I will stop yes the a secretary Robert Wilkie at the White House earlier today rose I recently spoke with the veterans in Florida DC Kentucky they say the wait times are still parentis at the VA hospitals and that the claims that you may not actually taking place can you address those concerns of those the eight members who say that we haven't made those strides forward well I will say that in an organization of four hundred thousand with nine and a half million people there will always be pick up in the system one of the things that the president is done by pushing mission is that when those wait times are complicated and they are overly long we now give veterans the option of going into the private sector to make sure that those wait times are not a burden on that better and just in the last few months since June sixth we've sent well over a million veterans into the private sector would we haven't met those wait times so there's always going to be hiccup's an organization the small I come from that world I understand it I think mission is is the great step forward with it comes to addressing the kind of concerns that you've heard this mission the president over sixty five this is as well as a full if you signed the choice program which is existing since twenty fourteen when was signed into law under president.
Up to 11 deaths at VA hospital under investigation, one ruled a homicide
"Federal officials are now investigating as many as eleven deaths at the VA hospital in West Virginia for potential wrongdoing two of the deaths at the Louis a Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg have been ruled homicides both are now the subject of lawsuits one investigation found that an eighty one year old man whose body had been exhumed as part of the probe died last year from an insulin injection that he did not need also eighty two year old Felix McDermott who died the day before was also found to have received an insulin shot Robert Wilkie is secretary of Veterans Affairs what I am asking is that he finally and his investigation so that we can get the answers that these families deserve it looks to me like they've been the victims of a crime but we haven't received those conclusions from other criminal authorities lawyers hired by the McDermott family allege that VA investigators told Mr McDermott's daughter that nine or ten other patients had died after being wrongfully injected with insulin in their
The Mission Act looks to give more healthcare options to veterans
"We're going to spend the next few minutes talking about something that we don't often see in washington these days a bill that passed congress with overwhelming bipartisan support it's called the mission act and starting this week it will bring big changes to the department of veterans affairs particularly when it comes to health care the law expands the number of veterans who qualify for private care that is reimbursed by v._a. today i spoke with the secretary of veterans affairs robert wilkie and he told me the number of veterans seeking healthcare outside the v._a. has actually gone down recently so i asked the secretary if that's the case how many people does he expect to take advantage of this expansion i don't see that large arise the way the system is set up is that the veteran will come to us we will tell him that we cannot provide a service and because he lives outside a certain number of minutes from v._a. facility and we're telling him that the wait time is greater than twenty days then he has the option of going into the private sector as you know critics are afraid that this is a move towards privatising v._a. healthcare explain why you disagree with view well just presented a two hundred twenty billion dollar budget a budget that also calls for an employee base of three hundred ninety thousand ten years ago the budget was ninety eight billion and we had two hundred eighty thousand employees so if we're going about privatizing this we're going about it in very strange way but on its surface doesn't expanding eligibility for private care constitute a shift away from government provided health care whether or not this is part of as critics would accuse some kind of trojan horse larger project well no not if you read the mission act my goal is to provide the best possible healthcare because it's not only the right thing to do but the congress said it right there in the legislation and because of the nature of our patient base people like my father suffered terrible combat wounds cambodia there's nothing in the private sector that is going to understand or take care of someone who has suffered that kind of trauma in battle there's just no other place like i'd like to talk about another important topic which is expanding efforts to prevent veteran suicide the v._a. has had this is the highest clinical priority something like twenty veterans die each day by suicide and this number has for the most part been pretty consistent why after years of making this a priority hasn't the v._a. been able to make a real improvement in this area well i don't think the country has made it a priority i've said that we need a national conversation on mental health homelessness in addiction you're in charge of the v._a. so let's talk about what the v._a.'s doing yeah well the v._a. has got very specific programs every veteran who comes to us gets a mental health screening every veteran who comes to us has same day mental health services so why haven't the numbers improved here's the problem all of these cases are not related give you an example fourteen of the twenty take their lives are veterans that we have no contact with a couple are on active duty several are on guard and reserve duty and never deployed and the bulk are from the vietnam era lyndon johnson left washington d._c. fifty years ago in january and many of these problems have been brewing ever since that time so we're not going to be able to get these numbers erased but we have to change the culture that we start training troops from the time they get into boot camp to the time they leave not only on their own mental health but to see signs in their buddies and also say veterans crisis line get seventeen hundred calls a day of those seventeen hundred we act on two to three hundred calls where we send people out and we get those veterans help does the have enough mental health providers right now well we are in the same position the united states is in we were able to hire thirty nine hundred mental health professionals last year i think n._p._r.'s covered the fact that most of our medical schools are sending their students into the most expensive specialties out there and v._a. i just as the rest of america sucks secretary wilkie the last thing i would like to ask you about is surprising moment that happened on the campaign trail recently where congressman seth monta massachusetts he's a veteran running for the democratic nomination did four combat tours in iraq and at a campaign event last week he spoke very frankly and openly about his experience with this is what he told n._p._r. about that moment now applying to leave the country and i think it'd be different anyways not to lead by example and share my own story about my own struggle with the issues what's your reaction to seeing this kind of an honest conversation happening in a form as prominent as a presidential campaign well it is about time it is about time we are seeing a generational shift in the armed forces of the united states where we finally talk about these things we don't hide them the military is a conservative institutions for many reasons and one of them is it takes a long time to change but the more we hear voices like this the more we talk about it i think will be in a much better
Trump makes campaign-style pitch to veterans in Kansas City
"Hour from townhall dot com President Trump says his administration is committed to supporting the nation's military veterans in a speech at the national convention of. The veterans of foreign wars the president paid tribute to, the country's patriots and said his administration is. Improving and modernizing veterans care Mr. Trump pointed to, efforts to help. More veterans see private doctors he also applauded this, week's confirmation of VA Secretary Robert Wilkie who traveled here to Missouri on Air, Force One with the president Greg Clugston with. The president in, Kansas City Senate majority. Leader Mitch McConnell is warning Democrats not to attempt. To, delay on, supreme court nominee Brad, Kavanagh putting Democrats on notice. We're gonna finish this nomination this fall Republicans are balking at a request to see all, of Kavanagh's. Documents minority leader Chuck Schumer why are Republicans hiding his? Full record from the Senate and from the American people experts say that request could produce, more than a million documents including those from Kavanagh's time as a, staff secretary for former President George W Bush Chapel Hill core Spotted Wally Hines Bryant. Campus credited the White House's endorsement for helping to, seal his victory. The GOP runoff for Georgia governor secretary of state, defeated Lieutenant governor Casey Caygill Tuesday Kemp says voters will have a clear choice, between himself and Democrats Stacey Abramson November could. Not be clearer, what Stacey Abrams Macy's. A big government radical liberal you know her key. Donors, and key, political people are going, to be George Soros Nancy. Pelosi and that crowd judge Tuesday ordered the immediate release of an Ecuadorian immigrant who was, held for. Deportation after he delivered pizza to Brooklyn RV installation US? District judge Paul Crotty wrote although he stayed in the United States unlawfully and is currently, subject to a final.
President, Sarah Sanders and John Brennan discussed on This Morning with Gordon Deal
"Kushinka is here with more. Of America's First News the White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says the. Administration, may seek to revoke the. Security clearances of a number of Trump. Critics including former CIA director John Brennan former national security adviser Susan Rice and former FBI, director James Comey president is exploring the mechanisms to remove security clearance because they've politicized and in some cases monetize their. Public service and security clearances Democrats including house minority leader Nancy Pelosi work quick quick to criticize. That move we need to know what happened in Helsinki and the president's response gonna take The classified. A security privileges of of some Obama people away it's all a deflection Sanders made the announcement after Senator rand Paul. Said he would, urge, the president, to revoke the clearance of Brennan who called President Trump's performance with Russian President Vladimir Putin treasonous Paul tweeted that. Brennan was divulging secrets to the mainstream media North Korea appears to have started. Dismantling kief acidity is at its main launch site in. A step toward fulfilling a commitment made by leader Kim, Jong Hoon at, the Singapore. Summit but analysts say dismantling parts of the site alone won't. Produce North Korea's capabilities and they're concerned the work is being, done without, verification Canadian investigators are, digging into the life of a. Twenty nine year old man trying to explain what prompted him to fire a handgun into restaurants and cafes in a Toronto neighborhood killing a, ten year old girl and, an eighteen year. Old woman and wounding thirteen others. The family of Faisal Hussein says he suffered from psychosis and depression for years He was killed during exchange of gunfire with police after rampaging through Toronto's greektown district Sunday night the Senate has confirmed. Robert Wilkie to. Be next secretary of the department of veterans affairs will key. Previously and undersecretary at the Pentagon is the. Fourth VA secretary in five years and here they come fortnight Halloween costumes retailers spirit Halloween and, Spencer's have completed a deal with epic, games for a, range of officially licensed fortnight costumes as well as excess reason gear based on. The brand the costumes are based on. Skin such as the black Knight crack shot and sculpt trooper you can pre-order items now but supply isn't expected to hit the stores until early October I could see both of, my kids signing up for that I was gonna say I don't know what any of. This means as long as you do that's good I know the video game I, know the characters like in some cases carry around a massive. Accent just chop things which is really fun to watch but. Only the characters I'll, leave that to them all right thanks Jen twenty three minutes after the. Hour on. This Morning America's first news.
Robert Wilkie, Dr Stewart Hoover and President Trump discussed on Investor's Edge
"Paul says, he will, for sure be sitting down with cabinet ought to get to know him something no Democrats have agreed to do Robert Wilkie as the new secretary of the VA the Senate making it official confirming him yesterday, he's a veteran himself with extensive government experience. President Trump will be visiting Kansas City today to speak at the veterans of foreign wars annual convention. And this is USA radio news. Okay so. The big question for any decision you're gonna make is this actually going to work well if you've heard about medishare which is. A brilliant way. Of sharing healthcare costs you may have wondered that does it work well so did Dr Stewart Hoover who. Initially joined a save a lot of money the typical.
Senate confirms Pentagon official Robert Wilkie as VA secretary
"The Senate. Has confirmed Robert Wilkie to be the next secretary of veterans affairs vote the. As eighty six the Naser nine the confirmation is the nomination is confirmed the. Vote was unusual because it was not unanimous some Democrats and an independent Bernie Sanders opposed his confirmation Sanders says his vote was a protest against privatizing veterans health care the VA has a big job taking, care, of the nation's. Twenty million veterans it's the second largest department and the federal government behind the department of defense senators from both. Sides? Of the aisle are hoping, that we'll keep confirmation will settle a leadership struggle. That's been playing out all year at the department here to tell us more is NPR veterans correspondent quil Lawrence high quill hierarchy it's been a really tumultuous time at the VA tell us about. Robert Wilkie president's choice to lead the. Organization right like you. Say the leadership the VA's been sort of unclear almost since January, the previous, secretary was fired by tweet and the president's first choice To fill that. Post cut Ronnie Ronnie Jackson collapsed under allegations of misconduct Robert Wilkie seems like a safer pick he's a military veteran and he's also a Washington veteran he's worked for Republican lawmakers and at the Pentagon he's, he's, been confirmed by. The Senate before and the Republican chair of the veterans committee was in fact kind of pushing to get him. Confirmed? Quick apparently to settle this, internal fight over leadership at the you've been reporting. On this internal fight bring us up to speed on what's happening Schulkin was the previous secretary David Schulkin? Was, pushed out in March, after weeks of open conflict with other White House appointees now the current acting secretary Peter or work with sort, of part of that conflict and since? Then he's clashed with the inspector general over handling whistle blower information there's. Been an exodus of senior staff at other. Career officials have been transferred away to less important jobs. As some people have talked about an atmosphere obsessed with loyalty to the president not just to the VA's mission and how does Robert. Wilkie fit into that we're we're gonna find out but we'll see whether his staffing choices are, sort of in line with these. Other appointees from the White House or. Is he able to overrule them it's worth knowing this. Isn't a sort of a Republican versus Democrats thing. Many of the high profile departures were Republicans it's more a fight over which direction the VA's going and we'll also see how soon to be secretary Wilkie secretary Wilkie implements a bunch of reforms that have already been passed by congress some of, which are related to the way VA pays As for private. Care this debate over private care has been bubbling at the VA for years now are we talking about privatization here yeah the as always for many, years has paid for vets to, see private doctors and under the previous VA secretary David Shokhin increase that to? About, thirty percent of appointments, but he said when he was fired that wasn't enough he said he was pushed out for resisting an ideological, push to hand VA healthcare entirely over? To the private sector now incoming secretary Wilkie has promised in in hearings. That he's against privatization most vets oppose privatization. But there's a budget fight coming up at the at. The VA to to fund reforms and we're going to have to watch how Wilkie handles that to get an idea where he's leading. The department NPR's quil Lawrence thanks call thank you Ari.
Senate confirms Pentagon official Robert Wilkie as next VA secretary
"Fifty homes in the u pass area first responders are evacuating low lying areas doing due to a flash flood warning in that area. As Jerry Bill also in Douglas county in thankfully eight less dangerous part of Douglas I'm on US eighty-five heading northbound out of louvers, Douglas county. Right now getting a pretty heavy. Rain shower and just saw some cloud the ground lightning strike. Up ahead of me so. These storms are starting now the move off the foothills And they are dropping rain heavy in some spots. And other parts you might. Just get a few raindrops in Douglas county Jerry bell KOA NewsRadio thankfully it appears the system is. Moving away and urban and small stream flood advisory has just expired for northeastern Douglas county but the danger of high, water still exists also, happening this afternoon, Robert Wilkie as the new secretary of the VA as of this last hour the Senate. Made it official by. Confirming. Wilkie today Colorado Republican congressman and often critic at the VA Mike Kaufman issuing, a statement that says I look forward to sitting. Down with the secretary and letting him know in no certain terms unless he cleans house by firing senior VA leaders who have consistently failed our veterans at no matter what he. Says or does he will never change the culture or bureaucracy and the income income income and the problems that have plagued the next, day coming. In at six o'clock I'm Roger. Hudson KOA NewsRadio eight fifty. AM and ninety.