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Fresh update on "senate foreign relations committee" discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"Three days after the horrific world changing terrorist attacks of nine eleven when congress voted on a resolution to authorize the use of military force in response that legally and formally started what would ultimately become known as the war on terror but in the immediate wake of that attack on the country again just a couple of days after the attack. Not single member of congress voted against authorizing that use of military force except for one this unspeakable act on the united states has really reform orest me however to rely on my moral compass my conscience and my god for direction. September eleventh changed the world. Our deepest fears now haunt us. I am convinced that military action will not prevent further acts of international terrorism against the united states matching. How how scary. It must have been to stand up and say that. I mean we were so terrorized terrified as a country but to have that courage of conviction to have that sense of purpose and moral compass to have the bravery to stand up and say this horrific act has made me come to a different conclusion than all the rest of you than every other member of congress matching what that took in the moment california california congresswoman barbara lee was the sole member of congress who decided that day that the tragedy of nine eleven just days earlier horrible as it was was not a good justification for an open ended legal authorization to get the us involved anywhere in the world what would become decades of war. You're later the house is set to vote on yet. Another blanket authorization for the use of military force. This one pegged to an invasion of iraq that time when the vote came for the barbara was not alone. One hundred and thirty two of her fellow house members voted with barbara lee against authorizing the use of force for the iraq war. That wasn't enough to stop the bill and so instead of one forever war america then had to this year will mark. Twenty years since congressman. Barbara lee took that first. Soul vote against america's unending wars the legal authorization that allowed america to use military force in the name of nine eleven. In a way that was unintended and global during the time that those authorizations for the use of force have remained in place they've been used as justification for all kinds of military interventions all around the world even ones that had precisely zero to do with iraq or afghanistan or nine eleven it became a blanket authorization for the use of military force at the president. Say so without congress ever having to weigh in again but now all of a sudden things appear to be changing today. The house of representatives voted on a resolution to repeal the authorization for use of military force. The second one the one that started the iraq war the lead sponsor of the bill to end one of america's longest wars to end to repeal the authorization of military force was none other than the same congresswoman barbara lee and this time she not only had company but the majority was on her side the resolution to repeal the authorization for the use of military force past two hundred and sixty eight to one hundred sixty persist persist. Persist persist takes forever and then all of a sudden it habits threatening now democratic california congresswoman barbara lee congresswoman lee. It's a real pleasure to have you here. Thank you so much. It's been such a huge day today. Thank you nice. Being with you. Rachel before i actually ask you about the also have to ask you about the juneteenth vote and the signing ceremony. Am i correct that you were at the signing ceremony today when president made it along recovers rachel because this is quite a historical moment for our country we need to make sure. The stories are told about everyone in our country including african americans in the horrific barbaric middle passage and and slavery. And what happened. And i just have to say is per- slow for me. Also because my grandfather who helped raise me in texas was born in galveston texas in eighteen. Seventy by and my great grandmother. banning wilson wasn't slammed in around galveston one of the small towns. And so this is really a major deal. We've celebrated at all our lives I moved to california in one thousand nine hundred sixty but i continued to celebrate june cleaver. The my family did so. This is really remarkable moment but it also is a moment press to recommit ourselves to finish the unfinished business of justice in racial equity in true freedom for african americans for you given the personal connection that you just described the national commemoration of juneteenth and your personal role the your honestly legendary bravery on the issue of authorizing military force after the terrorist attacks of nine eleven to have these two things coming together at the same time in the house like literally within twenty four hours. This must be a pretty momentous time in in your life this must feel like you sort of risen to the peak. Rachel upset you. It's overwhelming in some respects but it just reminds me that this is a long haul. We're in is not a sprint. It's a marathon. And i hope our young people understand that the fight for justice the fight the fight for democracy and to protect our constitution. Sometimes just doesn't happen right away but we have to be persistent. We have to know what we're doing. We have to believe. My dad was in the military twenty five years. I'm a military breath and there was no way that akkad authorized the use of force forever and that was a sixty word resolution Right after nine eleven authorizations that i just could not support. It was interesting to me to see that. I think it was forty nine. Republican members of the house joined more than two hundred democrats in making this vote happen. I wanted to ask if were surprised. By how bipartisan. This vote was i feel like i've seen some interesting contours where this issue of authorizing military force and indeed. The use of american military force around the world doesn't always fall neatly on partisan lines. I wanted to ask if that those total surprise you at all and if if that gives you any confidence predicting what might happen in the senate which of course would need to do the same thing in order for this to get president. Biden's desk with built the support over the years. I just want to say. I have to thank the chair of the foreign affairs. Committee congressman gregory. Meeks and speaker pelosi. And mr hoyer for helping us navigate this to get into the floor with the american legion supported the americans for prosperity without war the friends committee. So this doesn't just happen overnight. We have built bipartisan support. Years and i was buried a pleased that we got forty nine a republican votes. I've been working with so many in after member. walter jones. Pass away a few years ago. He helped me start. Making this a bipartisan effort. And so here we are now moving onto the senate spoken with senator mccain. Were cautiously optimistic. That we'll be able to move this forward. The president has indicated. he is ready to sign an issue What we call a statement of support a sap and so we have to keep working them and i'm hopeful and confident sooner or later. Hopefully this year we will get the president by his desk for signature while it is. It is your work that is bearing fruit tonight in so many ways. I don't know about your your personal situation in your life right now congresswoman lee. But you better have somebody who has bought you flowers or at least a cocktail tonight. Because this is the culmination of a lot of very hard work and it's a testament to your leadership man. Thank you so much thank you. Rachel really enjoyed the with you. All right i. As i said that bill that passed the house today in an overwhelming vote and a very bipartisan. Vote it now. Heads to the senate. And as congressman. Womanly just mentioned there. The chief advocate for repealing this authorization for the use of military force. Chief advocate for. Repealing that in the senate has been. Virginia democratic senator. Tim kaine senator. Kaine also happens to sit on the senate foreign relations committee. That's going to be. The first place gets a vote in the senate senator. Kaine joins us live now. Senator thank you so much for being here. I really appreciate you taking the time tonight. Rachel straight to be with you and especially to follow barbara. Because she's been just so fantastic on this issue. June the in math repeal. She needs to buy a lottery ticket before midnight. Tonight because senator. She said that she's talked with you about what happens here. Next as i mentioned. I feel like the partisan lines don't map neatly onto this issue either. Terms of using us military force in specific instances or at the idea of these open ended authorizations where it never has to come back to congress and we essentially cede that power to the president away that the constitution didn't really mean for us to do because it doesn't have neat partisan lines. Neat partisan mapping. I do feel like sometimes these things are hard to predict in the senate do you share congresswoman lease cautious optimism. That this is this. Repeal is to pass the senate.
What's on the Agenda for Biden's First Foreign Trip in Office
"The president's first international trip since taking office, hoping to show the world the U. S is different with him in charge. President Biden's schedule includes meetings with allies from the G Seven Nations visit with Queen Elizabeth and have face to face meeting with Russian President Putin, CBS News correspondent We, Zhejiang has more from the White House. His press secretary says that President Biden has been preparing for 50 years for this trip, and in many ways he has first is the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and then as vice president, But Now it is his turn to set the agenda. The president will kick off his trip by meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday before attending the G seven summit in Cornwall, England. It will be the first time the leaders of the world's largest economies will meet face to face since the pandemic began. Mr Biden has stressed he wants to renew America's commitment to allies after his predecessor sparred openly with them. His goal to rally the world's democracies on issues like the pandemic climate change and countering China. He and the first lady will then visit Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle on Sunday before heading to Brussels for the NATO summit. The agenda there is expected to include defense spending, cybersecurity and Russian aggression. Mr Biden will cap off the trip Wednesday with his first in person meeting with Putin since becoming president. His advisors say that is not about delivering deals, but Rather setting boundaries with Russia on everything from those cyber attacks we've been seeing to its nuclear program. We did
Biden tells world leaders that "America is back"
"The clip that we showed that president by there in michigan being real fiery about about his covert relief bill. That wasn't the only speech he gave. Today he spoke to the munich munich security conference which he went to a all the time when he was a member of the senate and chair of the senate foreign relations committee have a listen to what he had to say to our allies over in europe. I'm sending a clear message to the world. America is back. The transatlantic alliance is back and we are not looking backward. We are looking forward together. Democracy doesn't happen by accident. We have to defend him. Fight foreign strengthen renew it. We have to prove that our model is isn't a relic of history is the single best way to revitalize the promise of our future and me with that speech. President biden sending a clear message to the alliance that the last four years are done. The united states is back wanting to assume its role as the leader of the free world. A bullwork of the of the of the western alliance. Do you think though that that message is being well received in europe will. It's a welcome message but it's a message that is also coming as president biden is trying to really do away with some of the damage that was caused over the last four years. He's trying to essentially say to our allies. The last four years or anomaly. They were not reflective of american values. But let's be very clear for a very long time. The united states will be known around the world as a country that elected president trump and the president trump also former president trump also had seventy five million people vote for him the second time around so our allies are also looking at this guy at our country and saying what exactly is going on in america so while president biden of course is is signaling that america wants to again embrace our allies. There's really a lot of damage that needs to be had there in our allies including europe and in other places. They've figured out how to function within america. That was weaker. And i didn't wanna be part by a of multilateral deals multilateral agreement so you also are entering back into the world stage with that are saying we figured out how to talk about climate. Change how we talk about the pandemic without america being part of a partner of that analysis really president biden wanting to go back into the furlough based on my reporting a lot of people who welcome idea leaders. Welcome that idea. But i think that it's still very early. Because america has that that that stained really In that and that that that reputation now because president trump went to these to these conferences went to these. These these gatherings and really did damage. They are really did. Somebody's poke his finger in the eye of a lot of our allies
Democrats unveil immigration plan with 8-year pathway to citizenship
"Congressional Democrats today introducing a bill to remake the U. S immigration system. It's called the U. S. Citizenship Citizenship Act of 2021, unveiled by Senator Bob Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, and California Democratic representative Linda Sanchez, among the highlights that includes an eight year pathway to citizenship for those people in the country unlawfully. If they arrived by January, 1st of this year. It would also lift hurdles for those workers to legally immigrate to the United States as well. Azad financial resources to border screening and replace the word alien with non citizen in law. Senator Menendez, announcing details during a zoom called earlier today. Under the status quo. We still prevent family members from reuniting legally in the United States because of lengthy backlogs and delays. We still send graduates educated in our great universities back to their home countries, instead of allowing them to drive innovation here in America, and we still make it too hard for companies to hire the workers they need to innovate and force American workers to compete. With exploited undocumented labor. That's why we today collectively are introducing the U. S. Citizenship Act in the Senate in the House legislation that brings to life President Biden's plan to restore humanity and American values to our immigration system. It's our vision. It's our vision off what immigration reform should Look like and it's a bill we can all be proud of. It will modernize our system or for a path to citizenship for hardworking people in our communities, reunite families, increase opportunities for legal immigration and ensure America remains the powerhouse for innovation and a beacon of hope to refugees around the world. I can tell you is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. But I must say that beyond enhancing security and improving management of the southern border, our legislation also finally addresses the push factors forcing so many families to flee Central America in the first place. Transnational crime, violence, corruption, poverty, lawlessness, the prior administrations. Naive fixation on the wall failed to alleviate these horrific conditions. We must address the Underlying root causes driving migration and create safer processes for those in danger to apply for asylum. That's how we stop ourselves from winding up in the exact same place down the road, and that's what this bill does. Now there are some in Congress, I'll say from both parties who argue against going big on immigration reform. Some still believe the answer lies and blocking all legal channels of our immigration system until we get our house in order. Others say we should leave the bigger, tougher questions for another day, pursuing narrow reforms that nibble at the edges and leave millions of people behind. Personally, I couldn't disagree more with both approaches. That from Senator Bob Menendez, Democrat from New Jersey, the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The bill does have the support of President Biden issue his statement earlier today, available on the White House
Senate holds confirmation hearing for Biden's picks
"Biden is going to nominate. Dr rachel levine as assistant. Us health secretary she has led pennsylvania's response to the pandemic and is a professor of pediatrics. And psychiatry at penn state levin is also openly transgender several biden nominees will have confirmation hearings today including his choices to lead the department of treasury defense homeland security and the director of national intelligence. And npr's michele keleman reports the senate foreign relations committee meets to consider the nominee for secretary of state. Tony blinken a former. Deputy secretary of state blinken goes way back with biden. He was a staffer on the senate foreign relations committee. When biden was chairman. And he says he wants to help the new administration restore america's place in the world because america at its best still has a greater ability than any other country on earth to bring others together to meet the challenges of our time. And that's where the men and women of the state department foreign service officers civil servants. That's where they come in. Lincoln is a french speaker who went to high school in paris. His father was an ambassador to hungary and his stepfather was a holocaust survivor who was rescued by african american. Gi michele
Joe Biden Cabinet picks: Who are the president-elect’s nominees?
"Day for reporters covering the Biden transition team is the president elect's Cabinet choices will be Reveal. Of course you heard from ABC a moment ago. The G S a is now releasing those transition funds. John Hudson is covering it all for the Washington Post intact with Cuomo's Taylor van sighs a lot of names that we're gonna have to learn over the next weeks or so. Nominees for some of the bigger jewels in that cabinet crown today. We're for secretaries of State in homeland Security. U. N. Ambassador director of National Intelligence Let's start with Antony Blinken. He's the nominee for secretary of state. What's his background? Well, he's been with fighting for a very long time. He has a sort of mind meld with the president elect, and they worked in Congress together in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Hey, worked at the state Department of Deputy secretary of State and Blinking also worked closely with Biden when he was vice president. A deputy national security advisor s O. They know each other. He's reputation is sort of a liberal internationalist does believe in a strong and large role for the United States. In some ways is a little bit more hawkish in interventionist than the president elect. Hey, support. Blinken supported the intervention in Libya something that Biden did not support. Blinking also supported Ah, large U. S intervention in Syria on so they are totally ideologically in the exact same place, but he's a very sort of faithful servant of the president elect. And the nominee for U. N Ambassador is Linda Thomas Greenfield has been described as a career foreign service officer. She's coming out of retirement, right? Yes, she did retire in the Trump era, didn't her last job in the Obama administration of is our top diplomat for Africa? She comes with, you know a lot you know, over two decades worth of experience in the foreign service, not a political type person per se. I'm not like a lifelong Democrat or anything like that. A career diplomat On, so looks to be someone who would be, um you know, a good soldier over at the U. N. For Biden not heavily ideological. But what has been helping the president elect, reform the State Department and promote diversity, And some of these names that we've seen come out aren't may be familiar to those of us outside of Washington, D C. Like Alejandro Mayorkas Tol head the Homeland Security Department. And Averil Haynes, for director of National intelligence are a lot of these intentionally a political picks or or lesser known names. Well, you're right that these they're not super bugs were the names, but there is a commonality in them in, but they all had, you know, fairly senior roles in the Obama administration, and so this really is sort of a revenge of the foreign policy establishment. And of course we're talking about. We're talking about foreign policy related jobs. So these are not like celebrity type folks. Uh, they are part of the sort of great suited bureaucracies that was often behind the scenes. But these people had sort of fairly senior roles in the Obama decision. Now they're going today be nominated for very, very senior positions in the defied an administration John Hudson with us on coma, news and more announcements to be made. I'm sure in the next 24 hours or so, John. Thank you very much. And that's
Biden expected to announce Tony Blinken as secretary of state
"And the person that is tipped to be his secretary of State. Antony Blinken Telesco years. So I'm not a blink monologist, but I have known him since high school. We were in the same class. 40 years ago, Maurine in Paris, And if biography is personality, I think Tony's biography tells the whole story. He was an American in Paris, living with a stepfather who was the youngest survivor of Auschwitz. And an international lawyer trying to build ties between them the eastern bloc and and the West. And in those four elements. I think it captures Tony's identity. He was an American, and he believes very strongly in America in America's role in the world. As you know, for him a country that can that can really change the landscape, the global landscape, But it wasn't Paris. And so he saw how others Europeans in particular. View the United States at times very unfavorably as a country that tries to bully in that tries to impose its way rather than to work with others. The fact that his step that was who he was, I think from knowing Tony, it imbued in him a strong feeling of, you know, fighting for human rights and fighting for the defense of people, vulnerable people, whether they're refugees or whether they're people who are affected by conflict. And lastly, an international lawyer who tried to broker ties between a time the Soviet Union and Europe. I think that is the diplomat and Tony, who tries to Put himself in other people's shoes and what is going to insist very much on a resumption of multilateral, very transatlantic view of the world. So all those people who have been so nervous on terrified by the damage that they perceived the Trump administration had done to international alliances, institutions internationally collaboration and so on. Will be very pleased that Antony Blinken is the man who is tipped to be the secretary of state. It is true, though, isn't it? That foreign policy may not actually be Joe Biden's pressing issue, given the impact of covert 19 in the United States. Correct. I mean his priority. I think the part of the administration is going to be domestic because of the health implications of the pandemic and the economic implications of the pandemic. I mean, we're facing a as much of the world is a severe economic crisis. And I'm not having mentioned that the racial tensions and the polarization of a country that has gone through an election, the result of which is still not been acknowledged by the by the sitting president and many of his followers, so the party's going to be domestic. Joe Biden is somebody who is a senator. As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Foreign policy is in his DNA's A Tony Blinken is probably his closest partner. When it comes to Ah, colleague when it comes to foreign policy, So I think you're going to see a big emphasis on the themes that you just mentioned, which is re stitching multilateral alliances. Resuming U. S participation in some of the treaties and some of the organizations that President Trump withdrew from. But both the president and Antoni if he is, in fact, if he does become secretary of state are going to face a world that is very different from the world that they were they were participating in the Obama administration is short four years ago. Image of the United States the credibility of the United States the fragmentation of the world order. Everything has accelerated over the last four years. Well, let's talk about some of the treaties that he might decide to rejoin. We we know that on on climate change, he is going to rejoin the Paris accord. It's also been reported that Jake Sullivan, another Joe Biden adviser, is expected to be named his national security advisor. And in the context of the J C P o a the Iran nuclear deal. The combination Of Tony Blinken and Jake Sullivan. Pretty significant. And let's not forget that as you're buying himself, wrote an article not long ago in which he said that the U. S. Should rejoin the JCP away if Iran agrees toe come back into compliance with his provisions. So that has been a commitment that he made during the campaign. It's by the way, the position that I think every other maybe, with one exception, every other candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination made So I think it is. The intent of it would be the intent of the administration to come back in. Now That's easier said than done. They're going to be obstacles. Iran is not in compliance, President Trump has added and continues to add weekly a huge number of sanctions that are going to be Difficult to deal with. But the intense that projector I think has been clear. And as you say, with both Tony Blinken and Jake Sullivan again, if both of them if the rumors are confirmed, I think you have a pretty strong sense that That's what the United States is going to try to do, and we'll work with European partners and others to get there. Robert Malley, president and CEO of
US withdraws from open skies treaty
"Treaty that shares air surveillance data. Teri Schultz reports Open Skies treaty signed and ratified by 34 countries other than the U. S allows members to conduct surveillance flights over each other's territory. It's considered an important confidence building measure. US notified the other members six months ago that it believed in Moscow is violating the treaty by blocking fly over access to certain areas and said it would pull out. As a result. Almost a dozen European countries issued a statement at the time expressing their disappointment at the US move. Then candidate Joe Biden also criticized the decision as exacerbating tensions with Russia. New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, says he expects President elected Biden to rejoin the treaty for NPR News. I'm Teri Schultz in Brussels. This is NPR news.
What Does A Biden Presidency Mean To US Foreign Relations?
"Might Joe Biden's presidency mean for US foreign policy with us, now three of NPR's international correspondents in some of the regions that are most consequential to the United States? NPR's Emily Fang is in Beijing. Lucien Kim is in Moscow and Jane Arraf is in Erbil, Iraq. Hello to you all. Good morning. Morning. So, Emily, let's start with you. The relationship between the U. S and China right now is quite tense. How was news of of President Elect Biden's win received in Beijing. Well, there wasn't much news because two days after the election results were called noticeably Absent is any official reaction from China's leader, She Jingping, He's not put up a message. By contrast in 2016. She congratulated Trump hours after the race was called this year. Foreign Ministry has dodged every question we've had for comment on their views about the election, and the silence is not because China prefers bite in over Trump, Trump of replied, And it's more out of an over abundance of caution because Trump has not officially conceded. Seven China's view It does not want to take a side if you will, and until someone is definitively inaugurated, and Trump still has more than two months left in office so he could put significant pressure on China. Still, if he's provoked Okay, So China's taking a wait and see approach Lucy and there was all of this concern about Russian potential Russian interference in this election. We didn't see much of that. How is Moscow, reacting to the prospect of a Biden presidency? Well, it's interesting. It's very similar to the situation in Beijing here. The absence of any congratulations from President Vladimir Putin has been noticeable today. His spokesman told reporters that Putin will wait for official results because Trump has not conceded and wants to dispute the the count in the courts. One prominent Russian who did congratulate Biden, his opposition leader, Alexei Navalny. He's recovering from a poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin. The day after the U. S election. Navalny went on social media to say that the suspense about who Would eventually when the race was evidence that America's elections are real, but officially on state TV. The main message is that this election was marred by irregularities and fraud. So in a sense, not that different from Russian elections and the messier the transition of power is in the US, the better it is for the Kremlin because the US stops looking like a model democracy. Well, that's interesting. Jane, China and Russia both taking a wait and see approach did Iraqi leadership say anything this weekend? They did. They generally welcomed Biden's election. And, you know, there's not expected to be really a dramatic or immediate change in policy. One of the big issues here is withdrawal of US troops and Biden like Trump is in favor of those, But I gotta be honest Officials here are breathing a sigh of relief. You know, one of them put it. Will no longer be one tweet away from learning of major foreign policy decisions. And then there's the fact that Biden you Noah's head of a CZ, a member of the leading member, ranking member of the Of Senate Foreign Relations Committee and then the point man on Iraq. For then President Obama knows the leaders here and he knows them well, and that will make a difference. I spoke to one senior Iraqi official who said he's dealt with them in years for years. Sorry, and and the thing that stands out is Biden's essential decency, he says. Decency. OK, Lucien Joe Biden known for his decency, Yes, but unlike President Trump, he does not seem primed to like Vladimir Putin or to soft pedal things with Russia. How might his election change the U. S Russia relationship? All right. There is no expectation here at all that Biden will be easier on Russia. I spoke to one of Russia's leading foreign policy experts fielder Lukianoff about what he expects from a Biden presidency. They don't think that many people at Moscow believed that the U. S will be able to be back to the old good days of liberal order as it was in 90 Sorento Seldon's, But the rhetoric will be ah, muchmore like Obama or even Clinton spirit. So in other words, the expectation in Moscow is that Biden will bring up human rights and democracy and also take a greater interest in what happens in the former Soviet Union. There is no love for Biden in Moscow. He met with Putin when he was vice president and has been very critical of the Kremlin. But those negative feelings aside, there is also a certain trump fatigue in Moscow. There were really high hopes for years ago and today U. S. Russian relations are at their lowest point since the Cold War. So there is some hope in Moscow that Biden will be more predictable and be able to start a sober professional dialogue on pressing bilateral issues of the first one that comes to mind his arms control. More predictable. Emily might also be interesting or helpful to China, right because it's been four sort of madcap years of trade wars and overnight tweets. And yet Beijing's position in the world is different now than it was when President Trump took office, isn't it? Yes, it's gone from what was then A developing regional power, too, in the U. S has eyes and this is accurate. A global competitors and that growing more negative view has led the US over the last four years to sanction Chinese officials, major Chinese companies and to limit the number of Of Chinese people who study and work in the US, But within China, you have the inverse of this negativity. China's had this surgeon self confidence since 2016. It's controlled a corona virus pandemic. It's produced some truly global companies, and that gives Beijing a sense that this is China's time to shine. And right now we're at this hugely uncertain moment in the relationship trumps refusal to conceive means that there's even warn certainty because Beijing cannot decide what its next move is going to be right now. Okay. If China is under the impression that it is, it's time to shine economically makes a lot of sense. Does a president Biden change that in any way? He could. Biden is expected to continue to push China and human rights issues such as Hong Kong civil rights Xinjiang, where hundreds of thousands of people have been detained. Remember he called cheating Ping a thug during one of the last presidential debates. But many in trying to hope us under Biden will temper the relationship and cooperate on things like trade and climate change. But Biden could also have a much more multilateral approach and that could actually put pressure on China. And Jane. Lastly, I want to reach back into history. Joe Biden once suggested that Iraq would be better off his three separate autonomous regions Kurdish, Sunni and Shiite. How was that idea held up? Yeah, so he was suggesting autonomous regions, but still with the central government and here in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, they very much welcome that support for increase power to the regions, but in other places it was seen as fuelling Iraq's sectarian divide. And there's still a bit of concern about that idea. But a lot of it has moved on to concern about Iran. And on that one he's seen as not being quite a cz obsessed with isolating Iran. So even some militia leaders here have welcomed his election. Okay. NPR's Jane Arraf in Erbil, Iraq, Emily faIIing in Beijing and Lucien Kim in Moscow. Thanks, everyone.
World leaders congratulate Biden on projected win, but some await “official results”
"Joe Biden's presidency mean for us foreign policy with us, now three of NPR's international correspondents in some of the the regions regions that that are are most most consequential consequential to to the the United United States? States? NPR's NPR's Emily Emily Fang Fang is is in in Beijing. Beijing. Lucien Lucien Kim Kim is is in in Moscow Moscow and and Jane Jane Arraf Arraf is is in in Erbil, Erbil, Iraq. Iraq. Hello Hello to to you you all. Good morning. Morning. So, Emily, let's start with you. The relationship between the U. S and China right now is quite tense. How was news of of President Elect Biden's win received in Beijing. Well, there wasn't much news because two days after the election results were called noticeably Absent is any official reaction from China's leader? She Jingping, he's non put up a message. By contrast in 2016. She congratulated Trump hours after the race was called this year. The Foreign Ministry has dodged every question we've had for comment on their views about the election, and the silence is not because China prefers bite in over Trump, Trump of replied, And it's more out of an over abundance of caution because Trump has not officially conceded. Seven China's view It does not want to take a side if you will, and until someone is definitively inaugurated, and Trump still has more than two months left in office so he could put significant pressure on China. Still, if he's provoked Okay, So China's taking a wait and see approach Lucy and there was all of this concern about Russian potential Russian interference in this election. We didn't see much of that. How is Moscow, reacting to the prospect of a Biden presidency? We'll enter. It's interesting. It's very similar to the situation in Beijing here. The absence of any congratulations from President Vladimir Putin has been noticeable today. His spokesman told reporters that Putin will wait for official results because Trump has not conceded and wants to dispute the account in the courts. One prominent Russian who did congratulate Biden, his opposition leader, Alexei Navalny. He's recovering from a poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin. The day after the U. S election. Navalny went on social media to say that the suspense about who Would eventually when the race was evidence that America's elections are riel, but officially on state TV. The main message is that this election was marred by irregularities and fraud. So in a sense, not that different from Russian elections and the messier the transition of power is in the US, the better it is for the Kremlin because the US stops looking like a model democracy. Well, that's interesting. Jane, China and Russia both taking a wait and see approach did Iraqi leadership say anything this weekend? They did. They generally welcomed Biden's election. And, you know, there's not expected to be really a dramatic or immediate change in policy. One of the big issues here is withdrawal of US troops and Biden like Trump is in favor of those, But I gotta be honest Officials here are breathing a sigh of relief. You know, one of them put it. Will no longer be one tweet away from learning of major foreign policy decisions. And then there's the fact that Biden you Noah's head of a CZ, a member of the leading member, ranking member of the Of Senate Foreign Relations Committee and then the point man on Iraq. For then President Obama knows the leaders here and he knows them well, and that will make a difference. I spoke to one senior Iraqi official who said he's dealt with them in years for years story and and the thing that stands out is Biden's essential decency, he says. Decency. OK, Lucien Joe Biden known for his decency, Yes, but unlike President Trump, he does not seem primed to like Vladimir Putin or to soft pedal things with Russia. How might his election change the U. S Russia relationship? All right. There is no expectation here at all that Biden will be easier on Russia. I spoke to one of Russia's leading foreign policy experts fielder Lukianoff about what he expects from a Biden presidency. I don't think that many people at Moscow believed that the U. S will be able to be back to the old good days of liberals order as it was in 90 Sorento Seldon's, But the rhetoric will be ah, muchmore like Obama, or even Clinton period. So in other words, the expectation in Moscow is that Biden will bring up human rights and democracy and also take a greater interest in what happens in the former Soviet Union. There is no love for Biden in Moscow. He met with Putin when he was vice president and has been very critical of the Kremlin. But those negative feelings aside, there is also a certain trump fatigue in Moscow. There were really high hopes for years ago and today U. S. Russian relations are at their lowest point since the Cold War. So there is some hope in Moscow that Biden will be more predictable and be able to start a sober professional dialogue on pressing bilateral issues of the first one that comes to mind his arms control. More predictable. Emily might also be interesting or helpful to China, right because it's been four sort of madcap years of trade wars and overnight tweets. And yet Beijing's position in the world is different now than it was when President Trump took office, isn't it? Yes, it's gone from what was then A developing regional power, too, in the U. S has eyes and this is accurate. A global competitors and that growing more negative view has led the US over the last four years to sanction Chinese officials, major Chinese companies and to limit the number of Of Chinese people who study and work in the US, But within China, you have the inverse of this negativity. China's had this surgeon self confidence since 2016. It's controlled a corona virus pandemic. It's produced some truly global companies, and that gives Beijing a sense that this is China's time to shine. And right now we're at this hugely uncertain moment. And the relationship trumps refusal to conceive means that there's even more uncertainty because Beijing cannot decide what its next move is going to be right now. Okay. If China is under the impression that it is, it's time to shine economically, makes a lot of sense. Just a president Biden change that in any way. He could. Biden is expected to continue to push China and human rights issues such as Hong Kong civil rights Xinjiang, where hundreds of thousands of people have been detained. Remember he called cheating Ping a thug during one of the last presidential debates. But many in China hope us under Biden will temper the relationship and cooperate on things like trade and climate change. But Biden could also have a much more multilateral approach and that could actually put pressure on China. Jane. Lastly, I want to reach back into history. Joe Biden once suggested that Iraq would be better off his three separate autonomous regions Kurdish, Sunni and Shiite. How was that idea held up? Yeah, so he was suggesting autonomous regions, but still with the central government and here in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, they very much welcome that support for increase power to the regions, but in other places it was seen as fuelling Iraq's sectarian divide. And there's still a bit of concern about that idea. But a lot of it has moved on to concern about Iran. And on that one he's seen as not being quite as obsessed with isolating Iran. So even some militia leaders here have welcomed his election. Okay, NPR's Jane Arraf In Erbil, Iraq, Emily faIIing in Beijing and Lucien Kim in Moscow. Thanks, everyone. Well, thank you.
Trump moves to officially withdraw U.S. from WHO
"Has officially notified the United Nations of plans to withdraw from the World Health Organization. NPR's Kelsey Snow reports lawmakers from both parties or criticizing the move in the midst of an ongoing global pandemic. The notice has been submitted to the U. N secretary general with a final withdrawal date of July 6th, 2021 according to a State Department spokesman. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, tweeted criticizing the move as quote, chaotic and incoherent. Republican Senator Lamar Alexander, the chairman of the Senate Health Committee, has also criticized the move, saying withdrawing from the group could interfere with clinical trials and vaccine development. Trump has aggressively criticized the W. H O and has threatened to withhold US funding for the organisation. Democrats in Congress say it is illegal for Trump to halt congressional E approved money for the group. Kelsey Snow. NPR NEWS Washington Move
Pompeo denies retaliation in firing of State Dept watchdog
"Secretary of state Mike Pompeii owes denying he recommended president trump fired the state department's watchdog in retaliation for investigations into Pompey's conduct Pompey was not saying exactly why Stephen Winick was dismissed last week but he says it was not pay back for a probe into allegations Pompey ahead staffers run personal errands saying he's unaware of any such investigation I don't have access to that information so I couldn't possibly have retaliated would have been impossible he's taking an unusually harsh shot at the Senate foreign relations committee's top Democrats saying the allegations came from the office of Bob Menendez who once faced a now dismissed criminal ethics probe and is calling for an investigation into the watchdog's firing I don't get my ethics guidance from a man who was criminally prosecuted Sager mag ani Washington
Trump's firing of State Department watchdog may be 'unlawful,' Pelosi says
"Threat Democrats also demanding that the White House hand over all records related to president trump's latest firing of a federal watchdog this time at the state department they suggest secretary of state Mike Pompeii was responsible for the firing in what they say maybe an illegal act of retaliation the chair of the house foreign affairs committee the top Democrat on the Senate foreign relations committee announced the investigation Saturday in a letter to the trump administration on face the nation Sunday morning CBS's Margaret Brennan brought up the firing of the Steve letter to house speaker Nancy Pelosi noting that he's the fourth I. G. to be removed in just the past few weeks well this is new to us and typical of the White House announcing something that is very unsavory they would do it on late on a Friday night the fact is as you indicated support inspector general inspectors general of that office was created after Watergate to make sure that there was integrity in the departments agencies of government of the supposed to show because even Republicans in Congress are concerned with getting state when you say unsavory is that what you mean one min unsavory when you take out someone who is there to enforce the to stop waste fraud abuse or other violations of the law that they believed to be happening so again let's take a look and see the president has the right to fire any federal employee but the fact is if it looks like it's in retaliation for something that the attorney D. I. G. the inspector general is doing that could be unlawful was he investigating the secretary of state as Eliot Engel has said I trust that the word of my chairman of the skin on just past a big fail and I I I I only got this letter from the president that night but he didn't say in his letter any reason except that he lost confidence but he's lost confidence in other ideas because they had been investigating or looking have reason to believe that something should be investigated that he is doing I really don't think the president should not have the ability to do investigations into their own
State Department inspector general is latest watchdog fired
"Congressional Democrats have launched an investigation into the latest firing of a federal watchdog state department inspector general Steve Lennix atop Democrats on the house and Senate foreign relations committees issued a statement this weekend questioning president trump's motivation they're demanding the White House turn over all records related to Lennix firing medic is the fourth inspector general fire by president trump since early
Senate Dems demand Pompeo recuse himself over 'profound conflict of interest' in Trump-Ukraine matters
"Some Senate Democrats are now demanding that secretary of state Mike Pompeii recuse himself from dealing with any matters related to Ukraine the demand from Democrats on the Senate foreign relations committee comes after several witnesses in the houses impeachment inquiry mention the secretary of state in their testimony a letter to Mike Pompeii reads you have a profound conflict of interest and you must recuse yourself the Democrats also say the secretary of state has impeded the inquiry by refusing to produce any requested documents the letter says these acts leave us with little doubt that you are blocking the Congress and the American people from obtaining a full account of the scandal solely because the facts are damaging to your and the president's personal and political
Trump's Syria envoy says he wasn't consulted on troop withdrawal
"Senators continue their bipartisan condemnation of president trump's decision to withdraw US troops from northern Syria correspondent Linda Kenyan has that story the trump administration special envoy for Syria and the anti ISIS coalition says he was not consulted about president trump's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria James Jeffrey told the Senate foreign relations committee the volatile situation created by the U. S. troop withdrawal has been made even more volatile now that Russia has become involved this devil's brew mixes together the three champions of Middle East asada local despot aside arguably worse than Saddam a Qaddafi and ideological stayed on the March a rien in several variants of radical Islamic terror from ISIS to our newsroom given all of that and the fact that the US abandon its Kurdish allies were fighting ISIS senator Ben Cardin and Jeffrey does he agree with the president's action you are fully in accord with the president's decision to relocate our troops I carry out the instructions my question to you full you've you've now said didn't have any effect so do you agree with this policy or not I agree that presidents have to make that decision not people in the bureaucracy such as any for the record you did not answer my question Jeffries testimony came as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought a resolution to the Senate floor denouncing Turkey's invasion of northern Syria and prodding president trump to hold his withdrawal of US troops from the region we cannot effectively support our partners on the ground without a military presence McConnell did not include sanctions against Turkey for its aggression against the Kurds saying now is not the time when it is like extremely carefully before we employ the same tools against a democratic NATO allies that we would against the worst rogue state Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer says the president's actions effectively on least those very rogue states the currents were fighting to contain their ISIS prisoners escaping and Schumer says this puts the US in danger this one of the worst decisions in decades senator Tammy Duckworth a wounded war veteran says to prevent another terrorist attack the U. S. cannot turn its back on its allies to work with us now and of course says trump has not only betrayed America's allies he has betrayed the American people I am tired of trump wrapping himself in the flag in the morning and then abandoning our troops our allies and our values by the
Turkey, Russia agree to clear Kurdish fighters and control the Syria-Turkey border
"The five day cease fire between Turkey and the Kurds extended after negotiation between Turkey and Russia the new agreement calls for joint Russian and Syrian government patrols beginning in one hundred fifty hours to ensure the absence of any Kurdish fighters in the safety zone within eighteen miles of the border between Syria and Turkey Russia's influence in the conflict has grown since the withdrawal of US forces from Syria after several hours of talks in Sochi Russia Turkish president air to want refer to Russian president Putin as my dear friend boxes Steve Harrigan and your bill the wrong Senate democratic leader Chuck Schumer again blasting president trump for pulling most US troops out of Sirius a clear demonstration of the president's feckless nous when it comes to dealing with dictators this one of the worst decisions in decades it puts Americans here in the homeland in danger the chair of the Senate foreign relations committee says sanctions could be imposed on Turkey for
House Democrats Walk Out Of White House Syria Meeting, Accusing Trump Of 'Meltdown'
"But we begin with a white house meeting on turkey and syria and the presidential meltdown speaker pelosi says it produced she attributed the president's behavior imparted to the vote against him earlier today was shaken up by it and that's why we couldn't continue in the meeting because he it's just not relating to the reality of it on the part of the president was a meltdown sad to say the white house denies this saying the president was and i quote measured factual and decisive as for majority leader mcconnell when asked about his perceptions of the meeting he merely said and i quote make any observations in the meeting i don't have any to make now well heap may not have made any observations but it is not noticeable and notable that the silence top ally in the senate is not trying to refute speaker pelosi's account the president's son decision of poll special forces troops from their positions in northern syria greenland the invasion by turkey killing of kurds the escape vices prisoners and a land grab by syria's dictator bashar al-assad and his backers russia and iran today the president continued to claim it was all part of his master plan so our view the situation on the turkish border with syria to be for the united states strategically brilliant strategically brilliant though if he really believes that it is hard to understand or he sent a turkey's president with whom he had that fateful phone call last week the letter was allegedly sent three days after the call ended up president trump warns not to do the very thing he had made possible by announcing immediate abandonment of the kurds quoting now from this letter to air to on quote let's work out a good deal you don't want to be responsible for hiring thousands of people and i don't wanna be responsible for destroying the turkish economy and i will the letter is dated the ninth of this month that is the same day that turkish troops went into northern area encourage began being slaughtered and shortly thereafter isis fighters began escaping kurdish custody the president was asked about all of that today even after all you have seen isis prisoners freed all the humanitarian disaster you don't have any regret forgiving early on the green light to to invade i didn't give them a green life well did you tell as you just you know when you make a statement like that so deceptive just the opposite of agreement the opposite of a green light would i guess it'd be a red light or a red line a stern warning not to invade perhaps or decision not to pull the small number of american troops who were holding back the turks from invading an attack the kurds are allies in the fight against isis but the president didn't draw a line in the sand red or otherwise in fact in that same press conference today he says he expected the works to invade now president or the ones decision didn't surprise me because he's wanted to do that for a long time he's been building up troops on the the border with syria for a long time as you know so he expected the turks would invade he sees the troops building up on the border for long time and he decides to suddenly and without much warning remove the one obstacle to it US special forces who've been living with and fighting with and training the kurds doesn't that seem like a pretty clear example of a green light would look like that if this was all unexpected it this was all as expected i should say then why the threatening letter why the push for economic sanctions on what is after all a nato ally why send vice president and secretary of state to turkey tonight this is all going to plan and is strategically brilliant why the apparent rage the meeting this afternoon one answer is simple the president didn't see this coming or didn't care what happened there which seems to be the case if you listened to the way he describes our kurdish allies you have to say it nobody wants to say we're making the kurds look like they're angels we paid a lot of money to the kurds tremendous amounts of money we've given them massive russians and you know what it's wonderful they fought with us we paid a lot for them to fight with us they fought isis about eleven thousand awards were killed in that fight in addition to that on top of the casting the kurds inside the president also repeated his allegations that the kurds have intentionally released isis fighters from prisons an allegation he has offered no proof up just so you understand we were the ones that captured isis people let some go the opened a couple of doors to make us look is bad as possible claim has been called four falls by senior pentagon official who tells CNN the president quote falsely claiming that the SDS kerr words are letting isis prisoners out of prison is wrong because they're the people that defeated isis wrong because they are currently risking their lives to defend our forces wrong because they are fighting force that intends to eliminate their people because we greenlighted their operation earlier i spoke with senator bob menendez the ranking democrat on the senate foreign relations committee who was in that meeting with the president senator menendez you speaker pelosi said that the president had a quote meltdown down her words majority leader schumer said he was very nasty his word you yourself tweeted that listening to the president made you feel deeply concerned for the country can you talk about what happened in the meeting what you saw from the moment the president came in i would describe him as belligerent he's smackdown support of files on the table and said well you all asked for this meeting i reluctantly gave it to you and speaker pelosi say well with all due respect mr president i didn't ask for meeting with you we asked for a briefing on the secretaries of defense state intelligence to understand the consequences of the actions you took and then he said and let's end the meeting and she said well while i'm here as the speaker i have an obligation to tell you that the house just voted three hundred fifty some odd to i forget okay what the amount was but it was an overwhelming bipartisan vote to disapprove the actions that you took in syria and then he got that that devolved into that's nothing uh-huh hit job and the republicans and she said well many republicans joined us and then he called speaker pelosi a third rate politician he said that the kurds were nothing but communists and democrat all of us democrats who is seated there must be happy with that you know suggesting that we all subscribe to that view of being communists and then you know it just it was belligerent and and something i have never seen in twenty seven years here in congress and serving under four different presidents i've never seen a moment like this that's not how these meetings usually go no yeah well not with other presidents and i've had presidents from clinton to bush to obama and now trump i was in the white house with president bush and he is president we might have disagreements but one it was never disagreeable and always it was respectful and there was exchanges of views as i said to the president when i stayed after the speaker you're left and several others left there was president everybody here loves country nobody here loves it more than another but we can have a agreement as is evidenced by the fact that the house overwhelmingly with republicans voted disagree with you you're the commander in chief but i disagree with what you did and here's what i'm concerned about the consequences the reconstituting of isis i said i don't know if the military people tell you but there are you know you're inspector general at the department of defense says there's still fourteen to eighteen thousand isis fighters in syria if the ten thousand have been detained get unleashed and are freed you're talking about a potential fighting force about two thirty thousand that's a clear and present danger to the united states you've opened up a land bridge for iran to bring serious weaponry and to potentially attack our allies state of israel that's a huge risk and you know at the end of the day you've changed the political dynamics of the region with just one stroke said so and actions had on turkey had been absolutely nothing the turkish stock market went up the next day so you know this is this did he respond to that he he basically started saying that number one you know well we can destroy turkey's economy and but you don't wanna drive turkey into the russians which of course turkey's already been with the russians they've been buying the four hundred from the russians which is sanctionable on the US law he's also he's also just given russia a huge victory in syria they've been propping they've been supporting propping up the regime as well as iran to the point of view absolutely i mean look the the the big winners as as i said jessica the big winners are iran russia and and even turkey in this regard and so this letter that he handed out to all of us beginning which i if he hadn't handed it out himself i would have thought was not a real letter but basically a letter he wrote to air to one in turkey ah he wrote to urge to wanna turkey would you gave out to every member who is there basically strikes me as a letter to cover your backside because what he unleashed he now cannot recall and so you know i it's to try to respond to the incredible criticism it's an incredible letter the way it's written and believe me i'm reading about issues like that i've read it does not i mean it's not the kind of a letter thought he president united states would send to you know the president of turkey it it does not read as a i mean at one point i think it s sorta ends with you know don't be tough guy don't be a fool i'll call you later yeah that's how it ends and and it just is just it to me it was to be able to dock at first of all the letter is just an incredible letter the way it's it's it's dictate needed but it sounds like it's definitely dictated directly from him the way he thinks speaks and secondly it was to try to you know cover himself for what was unleashed with the turks going ahead and invading into northern syria and the consequences that flow thereafter i want to ask you about something else which sounds double we're we're told by a democratic source familiar with the meeting that senator schumer read a
Trump fires John Bolton as national security adviser
"We start with breaking news in the politics and president trump today firing his national security adviser Ambassador John Bolton the too long well documented history of disagreeing disagreeing on matters all the way up to today when the two had different takes on how Bolton ended up on the wrong side of the White House fence the president tweeting in part quote. I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions. According to John Bolton's tweet which came just twelve minutes later quote. I offered to resign last night in president trump said. Let's talk about it tomorrow. The news came just before a White House. Briefing that Bolton was was scheduled to attend secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin who both reportedly clashed with Bolton behind the scenes. Were notably all smiles at this briefing everything a source close to the administration tells me that Bolton's exit is the result of quote Ed Administration with dysfunctional processes and bureaucracy one that attracts people who we're willing to make the big compromise to work for trump so they are especially cutthroat. It's a real snake pit and it's run by quote in Iraq. President who is hard to manage anew brings out the worst sensibilities people add it all up in the source says quote John Bolton standing for principals such as it's a bad idea to invite the Taliban to Camp David Well. Oh he didn't have a chance. CNN's Kaitlan Collins starts off now from the White House John Bolton the firing in came via twitter as president trump announced today he informed his National Security Advisor. His services are no longer needed at the White House but but in a surreal moment twelve minutes later Bolan denied he was fired tweeting. I offered to resign last night and president trump said let's talk walk tomorrow. Bolton was seen by CNN cameras outside the West Wing this morning after sources said he got into a bitter disagreement with trump the the night before the alternative was the White House and you wouldn't have been happy with that either. They argued over the president's decision to host Taliban leaders at Camp David a a meeting trump later cancelled John Bolton's priorities and policies just don't line up with presidents bulletins pushback inviting the Taliban on US soil and allegedly tiddly telling reporters about his feelings after may have been the last straw with one source telling CNN the leaking is what got him but in recent weeks Bolton had found himself isolated from the president iced out by the chief of staff and barely speaking to the secretary of State there were many times ambassador Assar Bolton. I disagree that's to be sure. Bolton was scheduled to be at this afternoon's briefing alongside Mike Pompeo and Steven Mnuchin the president's view of the Iraq war and and embassador bulletins was very different but after the president's tweet a White House official said Bolt is no longer in the building. I like conflict. I like having two people with the different points of view trump once claimed he liked the chaos of a west wing with multiple opinions but he grew irritated by Bolton's hardline positions in recent weeks. I actually temper John which is pretty amazing now. Jacob President says he's going to announce his fourth national security adviser next week until then Bolton's is deputy. Charlie Kupperman will takeover the National Security Council but I do want to flag one other bit of reporting we got that may have shown that Bolton was on the way out apparently currently when they were at the g seven summit in France just a few weeks ago he was tentatively scheduled to build some of the Sunday shows defending the administration's policies but sources tell C. in the bulletin was uncomfortable and didn't want to go on to defend some of the president's policies including on Russia which had become a big topic of the summit though people close to and said he simply thought that people like Steven Mnuchin or Larry cudlow were better suited at defending the president's policies on tariffs but jake of course requirement of working in this White House as you've got to be able to defend the president on television even the president's post to have Russia back in the g seven Kaitlan Collins. Thanks so much joining me now is Senator Bob Menendez a Democrat from New Jersey. He's the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee senator. Thanks for joining us your reaction to John Bolton being fired. Look the Unser Mona's way that Bolton was fired at stupid this functionality the whiplash that goes on in terms of you know national security and foreign policy look at the record this is going to be the upcoming the fourth national security advisor the Third Secretary of defense the Secretary Second Secretary of state the Second Second Director of National Intelligence and the list goes on and so the situation room shouldn't be the place in which the president plays his this reality TV show of the apprentice so it's it's very hard for our foreign policy and national security both with our allies as well as sending messages to our adversaries by the dysfunctionality that the president has in the White House. I'm no fan of John Bolton. He's very bellicose in some of his views but you need a national security advisor who's was willing to give you alternative views and other realities and not just yes men in in such a critical position. Well I want to ask you about Bolton specifically because one of your colleagues league's Republican senator who declined to be named told CNN that Republican senators quote clone to people like Bolton on Capitol Hill relying on him to know what's really going on at the White House seeing him I suppose as a non-sycophantic grown up one of the proverbial guardrails what do you think well clearly although I don't agree with many of embassador Bolton's views and he has a bit of a bellicose way about him in terms of foreign policy and national security but he was a voice that would give alternative realities or real realities to the president for his consideration and I know that in many choices for example like the precipitous move in Syria which would have left those who fought alongside with us in in the Lurch that voices like his were also you know surrounded by members of the Senate who who felt this was a disaster astor in the making so I think there are those particularly on the Republican side who felt that he was some sort of stability in terms of foreign policy there are many on my side of the aisle who thinks that that accurately you know he was a bit of a warmonger but what this says Moore I think it's less about Bolton and more about the president the president has no stability in in terms of national security and foreign policy just cut his legs from his Afghan. you know envoy his. Middle East peace envoy just laughed. He's got nobody with Kim. I'm John Own to deal with it so it's it's a disaster at a time that we have to one of the most challenging foreign policy scenarios in the world that I've seen in nearly thirty years. I know you disagree with Bolton on on a lot but there are areas where I imagine you you do have some agreement. A Bolton was skeptical of the President Meeting with Kim Jong Hoon skeptical of the president's offer to have a no strings attached meeting with the Iranian President Ruhani. He was against the Taliban being invited to Camp David. I wonder what this might mean for the administration going forward when it comes to policy and when it comes to people in the president's inner circle who are willing to say you know what Mr President. That's a bad idea I think those people are few and far between if there are any left in this administration. I think the only way you survive in this administration is by I saying yes Mr President even if you believe it's a horrible idea including for the national security and interest of the United States in its people and so that's one of the challenges of this administration administration the reality is is that this is why I believe that Congress under its Article One role is more more important than ever before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee the House Foreign Relations Committee the intelligence committees the Armed Services Committee need to have a robust oh bus vigilant row using their article one authorities to try to pursue a foreign policy that the administration ultimately will will limit the risks that they pose in terms of US foreign policy and national security interests oil prices fell almost immediately after trump tweeted about Bolton Why do you think that is. What are the ramifications might this well? I think that those who believe that Ambassador Bolton who was an advocate of for example example the potential of an attack on Iran because of its nuclear program and the instability that that would create in the region maybe be those of us that now there's less of a bellicose view as it relates to Iran and the region you know I would assume that that's speculation on their airport and that's why some of the prices fell all right Democratic Senator Bob Menendez of the Garden State New Jersey. Thanks so much appreciate it. Sir Thank
"senate foreign relations committee" Discussed on WIBC 93.1FM
"He'll meet with members of congress. Many of whom are critical of what he said while standing next to Russia's leader at their summit in Finland, President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today, Republicans and Democrats here on Capitol Hill were quick to defend intelligence assessments, detailing, Russian meddling in thousand sixteen house speaker, Paul, ROY. Ryan saying there's no doubt Russia interfered. Senate Foreign Relations committee. Chairman Republican Bob, corker believes President Trump's comments made the US looked like a pushover I did not think this was a good moment for our country House Democratic, leader Nancy Pelosi said it proves the, Russians, have damaging. Information about President Trump has FOX's Jared Halpern the, president, told FOX's Sean Hannity he and Putin discussed important topics like. Nuclear. Weapons and Syria. We're talking. About all of these different things. And we get questions on the witch hunt Vladimir Putin told FOX first of all Russia as a state has, never interfered with the internal affairs of the United States let, alone in selection Chris Wallace asked him why is it said so many, people, who were political enemies of Ladimir Putin, are, attacked First of, all all of us have plenty of political rivals I'm pretty sure President Trump has of They don't end up dead Russian woman's in trouble in Washington for meddling twenty nine year old Maria Bettina making first appearance in court Monday and for the Justice department charged with conspiracy for, acting as an unregistered Russian agent inside the US teens accused of conspiring to infiltrate. American political groups including the National Rifle,.
"senate foreign relations committee" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Means that's according to government spokesman in south korea i mean it's really late at night there missing here that the south koreans have convened an emergency meeting of their cabinet to try and figure out what's going on and so mike pompeo secretary of state my mom pompeo was speaking before the senate foreign relations committee today you were saying that there is still a lot of uncertainty on on the hill that we have any further reaction from republicans or democrats some republicans are are saying that i mean even some critics of president trump including republican senator ben sasse said that president trump was right to call off this a meeting with kim and that north korea needed to give more to show that they were really committed to denuclearization before the us sits down with them you do and you and you have paul ryan saying we need to work towards a peaceful resolution of this issue with north korea and that the congress is willing to work with the president to maybe you know put more sanctions or other work on other tactics with the with the president to deal with this issue of north korea in the letter that president trump sent to kim jong own he doesn't entirely close the door to a potential future meeting right vicky close the letter by saying if you change your mind having to do with this most important summit please do not hesitate to call me or either side filling like they've lost something.
"senate foreign relations committee" Discussed on WGIR-AM
"Manchester great now we have under arrest alex menasian aged twenty five break now appears he's from richmond hill not from toronto all right tell i apologize if you come in here for a second i'm gonna give you our guest we're actually supposed to call him so i apologize for that and we'll we'll the mike pompeo nomination is been quite a story the process the process for his confirmation has been quite a story as we get into this tuesday morning and the senate foreign relations committee the senate foreign relations committee was poised yesterday morning for the first time and i you know i don't know since nineteen twenty five they haven't like rebuked or not approved a nominee who's qualified and no one had said that pomp mike pompeo is not qualified it was just it apparently politics and will not apparently i mean and the interesting thing is our own senator jeanne shaheen is a senior ranking member of the foreign relations committee and they they they they meet with these nominees they may interview them and then they they kind of a committee vote and then it comes out of committee and it goes to the senate and then they go through the process of voting and and the this committee with ten democrats and rand paul was set not to approve this this nominee but that changed that changed yesterday and.
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"From npr and wbz are i'm robin young eric westervelt it's here and now mike pompeo faces some trouble in the senate today he's president trump's pick to head the state department but the majority in the senate foreign relations committee opposes him that means the committee will likely not recommend pompeii out of the senate floor according to the senate historical office this would be the first time a secretary of state nominee has not received the committee's approval president trump expressed his frustration with the process this morning tweeting quote hard to believe obstructionist may vote against mike pompeo for secretary of state meanwhile french president emmanuel macron visits the white house where he'll be treated to the first state dinner of the trump presidency to sort it all out we're joined by npr's ron elving ron happy monday happy monday to you eric so all the democrats in one republican on the senate foreign relations committee have been critical of mike pompeo who's currently the cia director is there a theme to that criticism ron let's start with the wind republican that's ran paul of kentucky he is the one opposed and his team would be the separation of powers going all the way back to the constitution and particularly to the presidential eclipse of congressional controls on the power to make war for example of the things but particularly the power to make war so when he questioned the nominee about this in confirmation hearing he was terribly unsatisfied with the answers that he got from mike pompeo and as a result he made it clear he was planning to vote against him he will do so in committee tonight and presumably also on the floor bump did make that secret easter trip north korea rhonda pave the way for this historic meeting with north korea's leader i mean did that win over any senators or make things worse.
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"Fled in the nude is still on the run police believe he's still in the vicinity blake farmer of member station w p l n reports travis ranking is accused of using an ar fifteen assault style rifle previously confiscated in his home stay illinois elected officials in nashville are using the waffle house shooting to renew calls for tighter restrictions on assault weapons nashville mayor david briley called the ar fifteen a weapon of war that should be taken off the street let's be honest some people see these weapons as having a purpose of terrorizing other people it's happening to much nashville congressman jim cooper not known for raising his voice on gun control also says civilian access to military grade weapons should be restricted four people died two others were wounded and but for a customer rushing the gunman and disarming him many more could have been killed police say they found two additional magazines in the suspects jacket that he threw off as he fled the scene for npr news i'm blake farmer nashville the senate foreign relations committee votes today on president trump's nominee for secretary of state npr's windsor johnston reports c i a director mike pompeo was facing a rough road to confirmation those who opposed pompeo say he's too hawkish and socially conservative others say they're concerned about whether he'll challenge president trump in critical moments pompeo has had trouble getting the votes he needs to win approval from the senate panel if confirmed he'll succeed former secretary of state rex tillerson who was fired by president trump last month npr's windsor johnston the trump white the house is preparing to host its first official state visit npr's aisha roscoe previews the agenda as the us leader welcomes french president emmanuel macron this visit comes nine months after president trump went to paris where he dined with his french counterpart at the eiffel tower and took in the best deal day parade now is trump's turned to play house he and the first lady will do some sightseeing with the macron's at george washington's mount vernon estate the two leaders will get down to business on tuesday with talks on trade and national security the french president is expected to.
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"Am eleven seventy theanswer america's number one show on pop culture and politics this is the michael medved show and another great day in this greatest nation on god's green earth a great day when the administration of president donald j trump can actually point to some very positive accomplishments in positive directions today today there's a new executive order trying to impose some work requirements on people who get welfare benefits this is going to be very popular it's going to be very important in the upcoming elections and no those upcoming elections are not lost because paul ryan withdrew i wish paul ryan had stayed in i wish he had remained as our speaker of the house but we'll have a terrific other speaker and i think it is entirely possible republicans can come back with all of the gloom and doom today also mike pompeo the designated secretary of state is getting grilled by members of the senate foreign relations committee and it's embarrassing nah not for pompeii oh he's he's fine i mean i think he's handling himself well but for the senators who are posturing and preening and looking ridiculous at a time when clearly the president of the united states needs a secretary of state in place isn't that obvious we are on the cusp were on the verge of some kind of engagement with syria a very serious crisis with russia it's absurd that we don't have a secretary of state in the job and what that means is they should go forward and confirm mike pompeo who is eminently qualified and did fine in the cross examination today cory booker the showboats senator from new jersey and there's a lot of stuff about cory booker.
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"Going to go to corporations hashtag hypocrite chelsea manning is the woman that president obama commuted former army intelligence analyst convicted leaking hundreds of thousands of classified us stocks within two thirty five years in prison since commuted has launched a bid to challenge maryland senator been carton the ranking member of the senate foreign relations committee here is chelsea manning's first campaign video i'm chelsea manning and i approve this message we live in trying times times of fierce of suppression you don't need more for better leaders we need someone willing to fight we need to stop asking them to give us our rights they won't support us they won't compromise we need to stop expecting that our systems will somehow fix themselves we need to actually take the reins of power from them we need to challenge them at every level we need to fix this i can't take any more you wanna watch the whole thing it's up on larry other dot com dr dan bongino had this to say about chelsea manning and i echo his sentiments let's talk a little bit about this odd when he was first class bradley manning now chelsea manning he stole two hundred and fifty thousand state department documents and then released them he was sentenced to prison president obama has commuted his sentence and now it has been revealed dan bongino in this you mentioned you running for congress backing today you ran for congress from the state of maryland chelsea manning now apparently is going to run for the us senate from the state of maryland what do you think yeah he's ready for seven against ben cardin at in the last guy to run for senate against ben cardin was new know listen i ben coordinators is obviously ideologically far different than i am he is a liberal democrat but he's a gentleman and he always was to me to have to run against manning who is a traitor to.
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"Of the owners management employers had advertisers of wcbm but they should be on chris wallace congress avoids a government shutdown pushing king fight said the 28 pain and president trump signs historic tax cuts into law this is the bill bright here and we're very proud of it it's a tremendous thing for the american people but showdowns loom on immigration health care and national security if you don't get a very log around here to enjoy uh you know something we need an accomplishment like us we got to shift their focus now to the other challenges that we have in front of us still discussed the agenda for 2018 with mark short the white house director of legislative affair then the un defies the president's decision recognizing jerusalem as the capital of this region will pledge our embassy to jerusalem no vote and the united nations you'll make any difference on we'll talk about the potential fall off with ben part of the top democrat on the senate foreign relations committee plus there's a bit of europe's of central from central accomplishment we'll ask our sunday panel how the president did his first year in office from what to look for in 2008 change all on fox news hello agana and merry christmas eve from fox news in washington president trump is spending the holidays at the winter white house resting up after a flynn netted first year in office and preparing for what promises to be an even tougher 2018 republicans will return to washington with just a fifty one to forty nine majority in the senate after that big upset in alabama and democrats are expecting big gains in next year's midterm elections we begin our look today at what snacks with mark at the white house director of legislative affairs and mark while come back on this christmas eve to fox news.
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"Dot com giannis now is thomas right is a fellow director the project on international order and strategy as well as a fellow in the santa on the united states and europe at the brookings institution is latest book is all measures short of war contests for the twentyfirst century and the future american power he has an article at the irish times in an in the aged trump may be it gets worse from here said if we can't do anything about xi jinping who is obviously trying to become a major player if not a dominant player on the world stage and atlanta me putin who as you pointed out as already perfected a kind of hybrid warfare which he's declared in terms of the use of cyber and measures short connectik warfare and he's been very successful at and he's not going to change his ways the only possibility would be to remove donald trump benda already the senate foreign relations committee has held a hearing on trump's suitability to be a steward of the nuclear arsenal coker coast that chair being and republican who feels that donald trump has neither stability order competence to have access to the nuclear weapon and then of course the number of democrat congress people to put forth articles of impeachment is that a aci mayor on the part of the democrats or is there any kind of possibility that we could cut short trump's tenure on itd only circumstance amino did part of it is part of asia simple matt ragged you need twothirds majority in the senate to remove a president power on on that it's going to be there whether without republican supports the democrats contra mute trump m on the rome on i think the it's unlikely in the in the short term that any of that is going to change but i think once circumstance under which could happen is if the was a major international international crisis that trump you know completely failed to address i'm wade yawned anything you've seen already so if he initiated a conflict in north korea on completely back i'm was clowns says sore there was a major financial crisis those handled extraordinary badly on any of those things odyssey the.
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"43yearold kevin janssen neil he was shot and killed by sheriff's deputies bullet holes visible on two vehicles authorities sagged shooter had been feuding with his neighbours who were targetted tuesday morning the shooter was facing charges of assault and one of the neighbors had placed to restraining order against him abc's josh haskell in red bluff california senate foreign relations committee president trump's power to launch nuclear weapons on tuesday lawmakers on both sides of the aisle expressed concern following the president's comments concerning north korea the dr peter fever of duke university says to launch a nuclear strike requires the president to work with several military aides this system is not a button the president can accented lena against in on the desk and the mmediately cause missiles to fly roy more refuses to leave the race for a senate seat in alabama despite allegations he romantically pursued teenage girls when he was in his thirties see denies the allegations but some top republicans want him out of the race to the majority leader mitch mcconnell said donald trump discussing how to get roy more to quit the president called me from vietnam on friday at a chance to discuss this issue but alabama voters more and more will decide whether he stays in or wins the special election a growing number republicans say the underage sex charges are credible and more should quit andy field abc news washington explosions and gunfire heard in zimbabwe the president robert mugabe's in military custody but the army says it's not a cool against the ninety three year old they say they're punishing criminals around him you're listening to abc news koa newsradio time is one of two there's more in fighting at the state capital over the allegations of sexual harassment against representative steve lab sock according to a letter obtained by our news partner cbs 4 republican representative blois lang graf accuses democratic house speaker croissants of duran of covering up websites actions for more than a year wang graf is calling on the state attorney general to be a special counsel for an investigation earlier monday durant spoke to cbs 4 about changing the way the legislature deals with complaints he needs to address these issues head on and.
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"Sticking it with the falcons reform we get bagless that good stuff here and have some great stuff in the stack as though is is kevin in columbus ohio great to have you sir how are you a roof hey isn't the worker of ten of the chairman of the senate foreign relations committee yes yeah okay if so then how does he still have that chairmanship is done nothing but treat our president with total disrespect and if mcconnell does it remove him then is it mcconnell tacitly supporting him i don't know and if that's the case you know what the president should do do we should all focus on this may coming up in the that predecessor come out with his lift up republicans didn't need um primary the need removed because they have been nothing but an obstruction to him and he has deal accomplished many things even with the obstructionism from his own party going on it's just to the point where it absolutely ridiculous and poor uh mccorkell to be able to speak the way you have publicly about our president and still hold that chairmanship just totally blows on mind well look i don't know what senate rules are uh in this instance hear corker as announced that he is not seeking reelection that he's retired really still there uh i i don't i don't know that that when automatically provide instant grounds for mcconnell removing among mcconnell likes him i think a corker is especially with us kerfuffle with trump in other some people in the senate and i've invested in in corker on his corker is doing the bidding of a lot of people in the in the senate but the senate runs itself trump trump can't him and he can you could call mcconnell and legacy no i think it be really great if you get rid of a guy at guys of pain in the rear but but that's that's a strictly mcconnell's call.
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"Somebody wanted to take him out and get rid of him clean up where he left off intake as investors and take his pipeline of influence that's what i think well moving now to washington dc which is hollywood for ugly people we have to discuss this donald trump little bob corker spat he's back to bickering with his fellow republicans a bob corker is the republican nominally republican chairman of the senate foreign relations committee said he worries the donald trump will start world war three donald trump responded with typical trumpian subtlety and said that corker begged for his endorsement and trump said no and that's why quirk or won't run for reelection next time corker then said the white house is an adult daycare center and someone didn't show up for work today trump then gave him a lovely moniker little bob corker like little marco but with with two dis in as little mr trump is being called irresponsible an immature and reckless here but does he the one who started all these spats i mean look i i never heard defend trump's rhetoric in these situations but i always defend trump's rhetoric of we'll get to that later i'm still enjoying aden but in all these situations he's never attacking innocent people like bob corker is stepping into the wrong here in these l'ambassade in the president in an interview with the new york times when he's on his way out it's just coward lee and he's not even that conservative in the first place is sowing honestly you know i never like president trump's railroaded but at the same time bob court resign him isn't and he's walking into it and he should know better.
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"Chairman of the senate foreign relations committee senior republican there saying that it's tough for tillerson to lead the actual diplomacy of the country because the president what doesn't have his back here he was he he from my perspective is an incredibly frustrating plays where um as i watch okay and i can watch very closely on many occasions i mean i you know he ends up not being supported in the way that i would hope as secretary of state will be supported and then this was secretaries tillerson along with the mattis and the chief of staff kelley the bob corker say mrs last wednesday just the people separate in this country from chaos he said second day tillerson secretary mattis and chief of staff kelley uh are those people that help separate our country from chaos okay a hall to see it it is this just political combat between a senior senator and the president who has been certainly this weekend have been very tough on him in tweets or is there the sense that uh we've got a foreign policy that is a rocking here that you are it's odd situation that such criticism of tillerson but then him described as the only thing did separate in the country and chaos on the foreign policy from than we imagined killer to what about it yeah i mean i've been trying to figure out a way to describe the land for the last few days and it's like it's kind of like the movie mean girls bet with nuclear weapons that's kind of how it comes across to me it's people sniping at each other and at tweeting nasty things that each other but i will say this bob corker is the type of guy who is very careful about what he says he isn't measure to that he says he thinks about it and he is one of the republicans at who's considered a relative moderate and who has tried over the months to work with president trump he's praised him in the past so for bob corker to come out and lash out at the president this way and saying things like he could lead us to world war three or in his tweet saying that the white house has become an adult daycare center that tells you something it's really really going awry and how is that going to translate into how the us deals with foreign policy well.
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"All that but uh in in making him look indictated but i think going after the chairman of the senate foreign relations committee of your own party is going to end up back hiring and james here this is this is i'm gonna talk as emma try and channel the trump voter add selena's ito on earlier bob corker can't have it both ways he campingworld worried about world war three and then holed up our diplomatic nominees right you can't you can't actually expect me to believe that you're worried about world war three when you put a hold on a bunch of very competent nominees you can't let that tenable and he i i get that resulted from the left gene fallow at a piece in the atlantic warning that says if you can if you are now saying trump holding unicom's putting it on the world where three year there's all these things you have a moral obligation did you adopted have looting no he has like william albright held the hearing about vietnam that against lbj democrat of his own party that corkery told all these hearings into all these things than there is no indication at all the author is getting it actually do those things i think a lot of what we see will be sorted under the radar stuff like holding up nominees in any i absolutely there is something to be said for pressure from the base to get them to ruin because for corker review that he had fifty percent of the on his committee which includes people like marco rubio and in in other prominent people i i do believe james of ought to talk about this may this saturday that bob corker overestimates bob corker awad especially on this date james osborne you can follow that chance at the washington post i'll be right back on the.
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"In today will look into a number stories in issues in the news we begin with an assessment of where the russia inquiry into possible russian collusion in trump's election is heading and when they will be a definitive definitive proof as the various strands of the broad array of continuing revelations are tied together jack plum a veteran washington investigate who spent fourteen years as'staff attorney with the senate antitrust subcommittee and the senate foreign relations committee and served as the chair of the expert group on international asset recovery who is currently the chair of the tax justice network joins us we'll discuss the status of the various enquiries in particular the special counsel's investigation and the denial on the political left as well as the lack of outrage on the right about the significance of a foreign power manipulating our elections but possibly to the point that voters will be demanding a do over then we will examine trump's recent aboutface in the oval office and the chuck in nancy wrote romance that might save the daca program although there have been howls of betrayal from trump's base and mixed signals in his tweets and statements about whether or not his wall will be built all be part of it deal to save the dreamers sarah binda a senior fellow in governance studies at the brookings institution and the professor political science at george washington university joins us to discuss where the paul ryan and mitch mcconnell was secretly relieved that they did not have to face a showdown with their rebellious tea party caucuses threatening to shut down the.
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"There are there's a interesting debate that's going on now in increasingly you see questions about the the president's competence his ability to be a president members of his own party have raised that question he has now gone after her senator bob corker uh the in in his latest attack on a member of his own party uh the chairman of the senate foreign relations committee uh for a win of a comments by senator corker a raising questions about the president's ability to to to lead the nation in his competence the white house fired back a very forcefully yesterday against those comments and then calling it renewed killers they call yaser killers ridiculous and not worthy of a comment and now we've seen the president go after uh senator corker and teams that as he gets further into this first year of his presidency and is not achieving uh of some of the major the goals uh that he had promised to uh as a candidate in last year that the frustration level his anger at the congress who he is blaming uh for all of this uh is been rising and we've seen that in uh the public uh rallies these had nothing like a we saw in phoenix and as this goes on because it looks like september next month may bring even more gridlock in congress has they get down to a uh major debates over whether a over raising the debt ceiling something has to be done according to the treasury department of the united states begins defaulting on its loans.
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"Corker serves as chairman of the senate foreign relations committee and was said to be on the shortlist of possible running mates for trump in 2016 before he chose mike pence the nasa romo npr news washington a new report finds the justice department has mismanaged how it processed claims to the september eleven th victim compensation fund npr's honsi lawan reports the fund currently has more than four billion dollars an audit by the justice department's office of the inspector general founded the fun did not consistently keep track of documents proving whether a person is eligible and that some victims who applied for faster processing because of financial hardship were imminent death only receive part of their compensation in after they died their families had to reapply to receive the rest of the funds now the justice department says it has already agreed to change the way it processes claims and they are still accepting them through december of 2020 npr's honsi long president trump is holding a meeting today with his national security team there are expected to review us military plans for afghanistan defense secretary mattis says he anticipates a decision soon this is npr following protests over the robert elise statue in charlottesville more monuments are being removed in annapolis maryland the statue of former us supreme court justice roger beat tawny has been taken down overnight from the maryland state house tani wrote the dread scott decision upholding slavery and denying us citizenship to african americans.