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China poses 'biggest geopolitical test' for the U.S., Secretary of State Blinken says
"Midterm elections in 2022, In his first major foreign policy speech today, Secretary of State Tony Blinken outlining the Bite administration's priorities, promising to avoid what he called costly military interventions will also charting a new course on global trade. He described the US China relationships as quote the biggest geopolitical test of the 21st century. And the secretary state repeatedly emphasized the president's desire to link foreign policy to US domestic policy, including turning the corner on covert 19 and restoring the U. S economy. He also spoke about America's military presence abroad. Americans rightly wary of prolonged U. S military interventions abroad. We've seen how they often come up. Come it far too high a cost both to us and to others. When we look back at the past decades of our military involvement in the world, especially in Afghanistan in the Middle East, we must remember what we've learned about the limits of force to build a durable peace that the day after a major military intervention is always harder than we imagine. How critical it is to pursue every possible avenue to a diplomatic solution. Of course, we will never hesitate to use force when American lives and vital interests are at stake. That's why President Biden authorized an airstrike last week against Iranian backed militia groups targeting U. S and coalition forces in Iraq. But in that case and in future cases when we must take military action We will do so on Lee when the objectives and mission are clear and achievable, consistent with our values and laws and with the informed consent of the American people, and we'll do it together with diplomacy from Tony Blinken his
Biden to reexamine Saudi relations after release of declassified Khashoggi report
"Says his administration will make an announcement about future U. S relations with Saudi Arabia tomorrow. A declassified intelligence report officially blamed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of Washington Post journalist Your mom could show he hears CBS correspondent Holly Williams. The report says that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Has Sugi Sugi was an outspoken critic of the Saudi Arabian regime. President Biden says he told the Crown prince is father King Salman that quote the rules are changing We're gonna hold them accountable for human rights abuses. It is outrageous. What happened? I shall G went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey in October, 2018 to pick up documents he needed to get married, but he never made it out alive. Secretary of State and Tony Blinken announced the Kodiak banning foreigners who threatened dissidents or harass reporters and their families, putting 76 Saudis on that list.
Joe Biden speaks to Saudi Arabia's King Salman
"The us president. Joe biden has spoken by phone with king salman of saudi arabia as the white house resets. The relationship between washington and riyadh ties between the two countries have become significantly closer during donald trump's time in office but this has been further complicated by matters following the murder of the journalist. Jamal khashoggi a us report due to be released shortly is expected to implicate the king's son crown prince mohammed bin salman offer more. I'm joined by bill. Law a middle east analyst and editor of arab digest and a regular voice on twenty. Good morning bill your morning. Let's examine straight away. What do we know that was in this. Coal between the us president the saudi king issues that perhaps saudi doesn't really want to talk about. What actually what's interesting about. The call is that the president touched on three issues. One was human rights. Any specifically single Jane elliott loon. The women's rights activist. Who has been released from prison but still has a severe restrictions on her The second is warned. Yemeni americans have made clear that they want this war to end and the third was security reassuring king solomon that america has saudi arabia's back. And of course that is important particularly given the situation with iran and mr biden's desire to return to the jcp away and interestingly as well his secretary of state tony blinken conversation with his counterpart flies. Open fought hand the saudi foreign secretary. He said pretty much the same thing. He didn't mention the. Jane elliott little but he talked about human rights. He talked about yemen and he talked about security. So the question is is these attempts to reassure as well as depress on the fronts. That biden wants action on or is this basically setting things up for this report that will be released and appears to be naming. The king's son magas oman instrumental in the killing of dramatic hollywood v. a everyone waits and most of all i think the saudis holding that brett i think that The in of the relationship between the united states in saudi arabia look. Saudi arabia is a key ally in the middle east for america. I don't know that biden wants to push very very hard in terms of doing down. How hotline as as some have suggested. I do think he wants to see some serious behavioral changes and he's using the issue of human rights as a way of achieving net.
Biden announces US will sanction Myanmar's military leaders following coup
"Last week's data in myanmar provided the new us administration of president joe biden with its first major foreign policy crisis. We now have an idea of america's response. President biden has signed an executive order imposing sanctions on the coup leaders. This will be followed by measures to block the myanmar's military access to government funds held in the us. Further measures seem likely showed the gionta not to american demands that democratic order be restored one by louis lukens former. Us diplomat now senior partner with cigna global advisors liu first of all this all seem certainly measured against the last four years widely normal. Doesn't it well it does. You're right andrew. It does seem normal and there is a policy process in washington. That was carried out there. Tony blinken and president biden consulted with about this issue and then came to a decision to impose sanctions so very normal. Didn't learn about it by tweet. Sort of back to the good old days of foreign policy. I think not that. I'm wishing to sound overly nostalgic four the immediately preceding four years. But in an instance like this is this orthodoxy helpful. I mean the demand. Maurice generals rather priced this in. Wouldn't they well. The process and the consultant with allies is helpful whether sanctions themselves will be useful remains to be seen sanctions. Tend to have very limited effectiveness and the people who are targeted by sanctions. In this case the military leadership Tend to be able to to be somewhat immune to the effects of the sanctions. They and so the. Us has walk a very fine line in trying to punish the leadership but in a way. That doesn't actually trickle down and really hurt. The the average burmese people who who are responsible for the the off course well just as a general principle then. Is there any reason to imagine that the people behind the coup. D'etat actually care what. The united states thinks that. This point probably not much reason to think that they care you know. China is their number one trading partner. They do roughly three third of their trade with china and the us is not even in the top five list of trading partners So you know it's great that the us has a couple allies on board. And i think the tony blinken talk to his japanese counterpart yesterday to to sort of coordinate a little bit on this but if china is not going to impose sanctions which they won't it really reduces the effectiveness of what the us can do in that especially in that country where we have very few ties. So how much of the american response. So far and i guess what we might still see often. American response is not so much the new. Us administration hoping it can affect an outcome in this specific circumstance but is more trying to set a general tone trying to establish. This is how this administration is going to do business. This is how we're going to react to things. Yeah look. I mean even if even if the sanctions are completely symbolic sends an important message that the that the united states will not tolerate this kind of activity and will work to promote the the sustenance of democratic governments around the world if the united states had ignored the coup in myanmar mar. I think that would send a message to people thinking about overthrowing governments around the world that hey we can do this now and get away with it now. The burmese military leaders may still get away with it remains to be seen whether the us sanctions will have any effect or not but the us had to send a message in some ways. This is a new administration and we're gonna take democracy seriously. How much more. Careful is the united states being about me on mob this time than it might have been during the previous stretch of military rule because in that period of course it did seem like a much more straightforward good guys versus bad guys proposition than you had this. All neha canonized a leader in waiting under house arrest on sang suci Whose stature. I think has been somewhat reduced by her own complicity with the people who've just thrown out of a job. Yeah i mean certainly. Her stature has been diminished over the last years in. Not just yeah. i mean. Basically because of her alignment with the military leaders in sort of her reaction to the the genocide in myanmar. That said i think the united states is trying to look at is not from the perspective of individual personalities but from the perspective of the principles of democracy and our unwillingness or or distaste for To go along with with appearing to support a military coup so we have to come out. The united states had to come out and strongly against this coup and short of military action economic sanctions against the people who perpetrated a coup really. The only way to go for now. The united states does of course have a diplomatic relationship with me on march for the moment at least any way you have been a diplomat serving abroad for the united states in a in a circumstance like this is there anything ambassadors another embassy staff on the ground candu or is it more likely case. They've just been told to make as little noise as they possibly can. Well i think the probably been quite vocal. I think in and you have to walk a fine line. You don't wanna be so vocal against the new leaders in the military that that you get thrown out of the country because certainly that is a possibility now. But you wanna make america's presence known and you wanna know you wanna make america's policies known so my guess is that Certainly through social media which is of limited value in me mark. I think the government has cut down. Cut off a lot of the internet but they they will be trying to work through their networks of of Dissenters and people in civil society to try to get the word out that the united states is with you. And we're working on this. How important is it to the united states to get at least some sort of result out of this. I mean i understand what you're saying about. How the united states is obliged to lay down the law here especially with the new administration but he is there a risk that they are seen to have done exactly that and have not make the blindest bit of difference to anything. Well there is a risk. I mean if if the us government left it as it is now the just the sanctions. That would be a worry but my guess is that Tony blinken will be is embarking on on a of diplomacy with counterparts around the world to try to to you take it to the next level not necessarily only through sanctions through a global reaction against this coup again. It comes back to the challenge. That is hard to do something. The un security council If china doesn't go along with it and china's unlikely to go along with any condemnation of the military leaders in in myanmar But i think tony blinken will certainly be trying to rally allies onto the us side honest
Cases of Flu Are Down Globally
"Job. Maybe next time you're here you can present. That would be getting green jobs. So i'm just asking when that happened. Richard trumka who is a friend longtime friend of joe biden says about that day one eastone. He says i wish he. The president has paired that. Were carefully with the thing that he did. second by saying. Here's where we are creating jobs. So there's partial evidence from richard trumka. Well you didn't include all of his interview. Would you like to include. How about this. The international union of north america said the keystone decision will cost one thousand existing union jobs and ten thousand projected construction jobs. Well what mr trump. Also indicated in the same interview was that president biden has proposed a climate plan with transformative investments and infrastructure and laid out a plan that will not only create millions of good union jobs but also helped tackle the climate crisis. That guy was peter doocy from fox news and i always hate his questions because he takes four ever to get to the point he just beats around the bush because his conscience is fighting him the whole time and at least that's what it seems like. It's like that tiny little part of them that still has morals and ethics is trying to tell him. He's being deceiving and a bad journalist. But pete here just wants at fox news money one of the more unexpected biden policies. I would say. Just because. I never thought he would actually do. It is that he announced on friday. That trump wouldn't be eligible to receive intelligence briefings anymore. This is the first time that a former president has been cut out of these briefings. But we've never truly had a president trump have we biden explained in that norah o'donnell interview saying quote. I just think that there's no need for him. To have the intelligence briefings. What value is giving him. An intelligence briefing. What impact does he have at all other than the fact that he might slip and say something and he also said that has shown quote erratic behavior. Well that certainly the polite way to say that. He's been acting crazy honestly if he didn't read them well he was president. Why should he get them now. I mean the way. I imagine it. They practically had to create puppet shows and plays to get him the information that was in those briefings like they probably had to act it out for him. The man doesn't or possibly can't read so the story here as promised is about the flus really bad year sir remember. I talked a couple weeks ago. About how bad well not. How bad how good for us it was that. This year's flu season is almost nonexistent. In that was in new york city as it turns out that sort of the case. Globally this reporting from the atlantic followed a doctor from the mayo clinic in rochester minnesota. And they just sort of talked it over with them. What they're seeing in. Why we might be seeing this really good flu season for us. He said on december first that they began testing all patients with respiratory symptoms for covert and the flu so thousands and thousands of these tests have turned up positive for covid but out of the twenty thousand flu tests that they've run which is ten times. The usual number zero have come back positive for the flu since early fall. Eight hundred thousand flu tests in the. Us have been done and only fifteen hundred have been positive. That's point two percent for context. That's about one hundred times so last year. We had a hundred times more cases at this time when we had done. Eight hundred thousand tests back then. The flu positivity rate was anywhere between twenty and thirty percent twenty and thirty percent a lot of other respiratory viruses have disappeared as well well disappeared in quotes because they're still out there somewhere including ones for the common cold. Obviously the reason for this is the number of restrictions and precautions that we've had to put in place social distancing masks etc and all of those help because the regular flu and covid spread in pretty much the same ways however covert spreads more easily because it can be passed on by people who don't even have symptoms in front example just look at all these super spreader events. That didn't happen before. It's not like if you went to the movie theater and just anyone had the flu. You al- suddenly got the flu. There are also differences at the macroscopic level. Like how it sticks to the particles that we exhale when we breathe or talk like cova sticks more easily so is easier to transmit of course doctors
"tony blinken" Discussed on KQED Radio
"And the NASDAQ ended the week in record territory. The S and P 500 index jumped more than 4.5% during the week, while the NASDAQ soared more than 6% that Al Jones industrial average rose 3.9% and closed on Friday within 40 points of its all time high. The pandemic continues to be a drag on the job market. US employers added Just 49,000 jobs last month, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen met with financial regulators Thursday to discuss the recent volatility in the stock market. Even in part by amateur investors, who share tips on social media. Regulators say the markets core infrastructure handled the volatility. They're still reviewing whether investors are adequately protected. Scott Horsley. NPR NEWS Washington This is NPR. Secretary of State Tony Blinken has been consulting with European partners about Iran. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports on a virtual meeting that touched on other trouble spots to the UK, Germany and France were all part of the Iran nuclear deal. The one that Trump administration pulled out of State Department spokesperson Ned Price says the new secretary of state held talks with his counterparts from those three European countries. As the Biden administration decides on a new policy toward Iran. We want to make sure that we're working in lockstep with our European partners and to ensure that they know exactly where we are. We know exactly where they are, and we will move forward together. The French foreign minister says. They held quote in depth and important conversations on Iran and touch base on other pressing issues. Russia, China and Myanmar were also on the agenda. Michele Kelemen NPR NEWS Washington in Myanmar today, more than 1000 people marched to protest Monday's military coup and to demand that elected leader Aung Song suit she be released. Many of them chanted down with dictatorship as they demonstrated in the country's largest city, Yangon. Some residents there there was a near total Internet blackout after the protests began. The military already has limited Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Active or Christopher Plummer has died, his manager said. He died yesterday at his home in Connecticut. No cause was given in his long career on stage and in movies he often played leading.
1 tweet from Rihanna on farmer protests gets India incensed
"Star Rihanna have to do with farmers in India? Well, she's added her voice to the growing number of Americans supporting the protests in India against that country's prime minister. Double the one my sees a rune vinegar Paul reports on the evolving relationship between the two nations and how it's playing out in the Biden administration in 2008. Days after the election of Barack Obama, an article appeared in Counterpunch, a leftist publication about a member of the president elect's transition team. So anal Shaw The article titled Obama's Indian sided Shaw's involvement in the 19 nineties with Hindu nationalist groups in the Indian diaspora. That and the fact that our parents remained highly active in those groups. As a controversy grew shot, says she turned to powerful people on the Obama team like John Podesta. When I first raised the issue because I had seen what was happening, they sort of laughed because I thought it was dumb. And literally, like, laugh me out of the room and said, Don't waste your time on that stuff we've got other work to do now. Shaw is once again in the news, an Indian publication, said President Biden was blocking any appointees with links to Hindu nationalist groups. Aggressive groups claim this as a victory. But Shaz says she's not interested in a White House job, and an official in the Biden White House told me there is no such policy. The rumor, however, continues to circulate throughout the Indian news media were now taking every single person in South Asian origin that either may want to work in government or want to run for office. And we're holding a test to them. That has nothing to do with what they actually do. In addition to being wealthy Indian Americans now have political clout and representation visibly in the form of the new vice president. There are over four million people of Indian descent in the country and the largest population is right here in the New York City region. 60% of the community views India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi favorably, according to a recent survey, But a rising left leaning movement within the community is challenging the majority last year that translated into protests in New York and 30 other cities against a controversial law in India that critics say could disenfranchise millions of Indian Muslims. Yes, it is a preemptive Effort. On our part, he said. India's Muslims face an existential crisis and that President Biden and newly confirmed Secretary of State Anthony Blinken cannot afford to be soft on the Mod administration. When 200 million lives are at stake. We don't want to wait until it's too late and somebody Very senior in the Tony Blinken administration happens to be, you know, good friend of muddy we had to take preventive action in putting it on the table. So Chitra Vision is a human rights lawyer based in New York and runs the Polish project. An organization that documents state violence in India. Everybody has been silenced. Opposition is completely wiped out, and this includes him off India's most well known thinkers, writers, lawyers, scholars. So now we are in an actual authoritarian regime, where everybody has been silent. That includes much of the Indian media, which is why a single tweet by the American singer Rihanna had such an impact. Now. The External Affairs Ministry has reacted through the foreign celebrities remarks on the farmers protesting the vested interest groups. Trying to enforce their agenda and unprecedented statement by the External Affairs Ministry and tweet. Every had Adriana had shared a link to an article about the Indian government shutting down Internet access in response to massive protests by farmers against the motive, government. She asked. Why are we talking about this? The U. S the rising tensions air forcing people to take sides. Hello, Subject. This election man. Got a partner. He bet No America publisher wanted. Jonah. Hi. No matter in what language on Tuesday, let's all speak in one voice and get out the vote. An Indian American Democrat Sri Preston Kulkarni, just ran for Congress in suburban Houston. He out, raised his Republican opponent by a ratio of 3 to 1, and when that came to light, certain Muslim groups and South Asians withdrew their support for Kulkarni, then lost. A man who voted against certifying the electoral College vote for Joe Biden. Rishi Botha is a Hindi community leader who supported Kulkarni and also supports motive. There has to be away for Our communities to be able to work together, knowing that we will have some differences on some foreign policy issues. But recognizing in the domestic policy room that are issues are very much aligned. On Wednesday, the U. S. State Department issued a statement calling for dialogue between the two countries. And noting that peaceful protests are a hallmark of any thriving democracy to
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is sentenced in Moscow to 3½ years in jail
"The last several weeks we've been talking about Alexei of all need russia and anti corruption activist. Opposition leader general thornton flattery. Putin side last august navalny was poisoned. He was nearly killed by putin's goons. He had to germany for treatment but decided to come back to moscow A few weeks ago where he was immediately arrested there were big protests over the weekend know today a russian court sentenced need to an additional two and a half years in prison for what was essentially a parole violation You know that this verdict is a joke because you know some of these alleged parole violations happened when vanni was recovering. Germany from being poisoned Near the end of the trial in the ball and denounce putin and said he will go down in history as vladimir the poisoner underpants the The recent east. That is the poison us against vol. Knee was reportedly put on his underwear. That's how they apply to him so as we were preparing to record hundreds of of riot. Police have filled up red square and other places in central moscow. Tony blinken. the secretary of state has called for nevada's immediate. and unconditional. release ben. This seems like a a big change in terms of how putin is dealing with navan. The this trial was like big and it was public Previously russian authorities hadn't punished to develop nearly a severely. He'd gotten house arrest. He'd gotten sure sentences but you know the thinking then seemed to be they didn't wanna martyr him Now he may be locked up for several years. I'm sure that biden's national security team is like debating all of this as we speak. What do you think. The range of options are here to respond. And like what are you. What do you recommend they do. Well you know. I think the sense Again is a human tragedy nevada other. He knew he knew the risks is taking and he may have wanted to force the issue And he's proven the massive support he has and i think this will only increase the support You know because people see that the unfairness and corruption of of this of this ruling. I think for biden again. It's related to what we said that he can't there's no action he can take right now. That's going to force russia to release alexi of only what he can do is shine. A spotlight never stopped talking about alexey navalny every single time that anything comes up with russia election of all these case should be front and center. The world's attention needs to stay on his case every single day that he's in prison. I think more importantly because people can talk about sanctions. But we've mentioned this on the show. Before what has alexei navalny really honed. In on that has resonated the russian public it is vladimir putin's corruption that video showed of this billion dollar palace that putin clearly felt like he got caught because he's been denying it and now they they tried some saying. Oh no it's my hotel when it's pretty obviously bodmer putin's billion dollar house that he goes to hang out and and i think what joe biden can do. In the biden administration is continued. The work that alexi only was doing an revealing vladimir putin's corruption in spotlighting that corruption in high leading for people. Just how much money this is worth. And where his money is and how his money flows through the financial
How The Biden Administration Can Tackle America's Longest War
"Administration is reviewing its options in many areas of foreign policy, including Afghanistan. It is America's longest war and in a deal with the Taliban. Last year, the Trump Administration agreed to withdraw U. S troops by May, but The new administration says the Taliban is not keeping its end of the bargain, hinting that U. S troops will likely stay longer. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports a former U. S government and U. N expert on Afghanistan, Rina Amiri knows that Americans are tired of fighting endless wars. Now we're trying to win the peace. But she says the Trump administration left a complicated hand. Amiri, now with New York University, says the U. S emboldened the Taliban. By negotiating the withdrawal schedule and keeping to it even as violent spite and Afghan peace talks faltered. And now what we have the situation where the Taliban feels very much they have won this war that they're winning this war that the peace agreement is simply a cover for withdrawal for the U. S. The U. S still has 2500 troops in Afghanistan under the deal with the Taliban, they're supposed to be gone a few months from now. But Biden's national security advisor Jake Sullivan, says the administration is taking a hard look at whether the Taliban are meeting their commitments to break ties with terrorists, reduce violence and negotiate in a serious way with the Afghan government. And in that context, we make decisions and now our force posture and our diplomatic strategy going forward. That's welcome news to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. He told the Aspen Institute last week that he expects a U. S team in Kabul soon, and he's gotten good signals from Secretary of State Tony Blinken. A promised me robust diplomacy in the region. Full coordination with us in a focus on ending 40 years of violence, the bidet administration may be promising too much, though Laurel Miller of the International Crisis Group says it's signaling that it wants to keep some US troops in Afghanistan for counterterrorism purposes and wants a peace deal that protects the democratic and human rights gains of the past two decades. Those are all perfectly fine and understandable things to be saying Again in the very first days of the administration, but ultimately you can't have all of the above. Miller says The Biden administration will have to prioritize. There cannot be both a negotiated peace and keeping some troops even a small number in Afghanistan for counterterrorism or any other purposes Because the Taliban won't agree to that there can't be a negotiated peace and No change in the nature of the system of governance and and writes in Afghanistan. U. S officials have long said they would protect women's rights in Afghanistan. Rina Amiri says not following through on that could send the wrong signal to Islamist groups elsewhere, so she thinks the U. S needs to get the diplomacy, right. And she'd like to see a third party, perhaps from the U. N manage the peace process. It will also be more helpful for the U. S. Because right now, everything right on the U. S. You need a manager of this peace process Right now. We do not have a manager. A State Department spokesperson says the U. S will support the Afghan peace process with a quote senior and robust American diplomatic effort. Trump Administration's envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, remains on the job. Even a secretary Blinken builds out the team. Michele Kelemen. NPR NEWS Washington
Thousands of pro-Navalny protesters arrested in Russia
"Overseas now to russia where thousands of anti putin protesters were arrested today during violent clashes with police. Mollie hunter reports one after another russian. Protesters chanted brutally beaten here with teasers for the second week in a row tens of thousands of russians across the country to find the state hitting the streets in of jailed. Opposition leader alexei navalny. And after last weekend the riot police were ready in moscow. Protesters marched toward the jail. Where navalny is being held but they were diverted scattered broken into small groups in saint petersburg protesters chanted down with his arm and by the end of the day. More than five thousand had been arrests. I think this is the first chance when when we can actually change something because you know everybody around. The world is looking at russia right now and the world also watched his bottom. Your putin's government. Detained alexei navalny two weeks ago tonight since then arresting almost every single one of his closest allies and today his wife yulia detained on camera and leader. Release secretary of state tony blinken condemning the persistent use of harsh tactics. The russian foreign ministry firing back and judging by today's response president putin isn't letting up mollie hunter and see news london. Those protests and our nation's relationship with russia will be just a part of andrea mitchell's exclusive interview with the new secretary of state. Anthony blinken tomorrow on today and nightly news.
"tony blinken" Discussed on WBAP 820AM
"And yet he's willing to obliterate a bunch of other people's jobs. Ostensibly in the name of climate. That is absolutely without qualification or condition. The absolute truth. You know, I know you're leading the charge on this administration. For lack of a better term, getting in bed with China, But you were actually questioning some of the nominees. I think you you were asking at one point Um, the U. N. Ambassador Biden's nominee to the U. N ambassador, You asked her a simple question seemingly simple whether China had committed genocide. Um She didn't answer. That she She refuses to answer that question. And, and it's part of a pattern record really disturbing pattern. If you look at these Biden nominees one after the other after the other Is moving to embrace communist China. So Tony Blinken, who's the new secretary of state, he was asked if he would commit to maintaining the China entities lest writer the sanction companies that have participated And genocide depression. He wouldn't make that that that commitment Gina Raimondo, who is the governor of Rhode Island. She's been nominated to be the new Commerce secretary. I asked her, I said, All right. How about it A minimum will you commit to keeping while way on that list while way is the giant Chinese telecom company that engages an espionage and spying all over the world? She refused to make that commitment. And as you were noting last week, Biden's nominee to be U N Ambassador, you know, October of 2019, she gave a speech. Paid speech at a Confucius Institute. Then what is the Confucius Institute? These are institutes that air owned that are controlled that are paid for by the Chinese communist government. They have sprung up in U. S universities all over the country. Have been leading a bipartisan effort in the Senate to eliminate Confucius Institutes, and I authored legislation passed with big bipartisan majorities, and we shut down dozens of Confucius institutes because they're used Espionage and propaganda on behalf of the Chinese Communist government in U. S universities. Well, while Congress is acting to shut down Confucius Institutes, Biden's U. N ambassador nominee Is giving paid speeches at a Confucius Institute, and when I asked her about it, she apologized that it was a mistake to do it. But she said she was horrified to learn what the Confucius Institute was doing. And so I asked her very simple. Follow up, I said. Well. Did you keep the money? Uh, And of course, the answer was she gets the money and not only that she claimed well, but she went. She didn't use this phrase. But that's the theme of what she was saying is, she went toe. Speak truth to power. Only problem is we have a copy of the speech he gave in the speech he gave didn't didn't have a single word critical of China. And it was a puff piece praising China and saying America should follow the example of communist China. This is the Bible administration. Yeah, There's no doubt. As you have said. On numerous occasions, This administration has gone soft on China, and it's something that every man, woman and child listening to this broadcast right now. Needs to keep an eye on. I know you're doing it. You're leading the charge. Let me ask you something, because you're so busy. We very rarely get to talk, You know, really, The talk is about holding people in the nation's capital accountable. You know the familiar familiarity breeds descent and you know all the cliches. Where do you stand? Senator Cruz On term limits. I am passionately in favor of term limits side. Have introduced every session of Congress. A constitutional amendments and mandate term limits to mandate term limits a maximum of two terms for a member of the Senate a maximum of three terms for a member of the House. Fight. I've been fighting for it and fought for it over and over again. And you know, it's amazing thing, right? Across the country. Overwhelming super majorities of Americans support term limits. 70 80% of Republicans support him. 70 80% of Democrats, support of 70 80% of independents support You know, the one group that doesn't support term limits career politicians in Washington and both Democrats and Republicans, the guys that have been there forever and ever and ever they are united in opposing term limits. I think one of the key steps we can take to drain the stop swamp is to get rid of the career politicians who just get in bed with special interests. And end up selling their constituents down the river, just like a man that we have all, unfortunately, come to no way to, uh, way too much. Ah, guy that's been in Washington. There were nearly a half century 47 years to be exact, with no discernible accomplishments whatsoever. And now the president of the United States, and I must tell you as a talk show host for a couple of decades. Term limits is the first thing people bring up. It's something everyone is behind. And it doesn't surprise me to hear your position on term limits. Senator Cruz All right, finally. And I know your time is up. I've got to ask you when it comes to Robin Hood on and I said this very early on. It's almost like a David versus Goliath. The independent investor versus Wall Street you actually are of the same thinking is a O. C. Alexandria case of Cortez. She said she was willing to work with anybody in the GOP, but not you because you tried to have her murdered three weeks ago. What are you doing? Senator Cruz? Well, let's take those one piece at a time. Let's start with the Robin Hood piece. If you look at what's happened the last week or so. With the stock. Gamestop. Um you had a couple of big hedge funds in New York that we're shorting the stock that we're betting the stock price was going to go down and and a bunch of folks on reddit Began urging people to go by the stock and drove the stock through the roof. It's wisdom from from four boxed up his highest 400 bucks. I mean, it's been it's been an insane rise now. Doing so has put enormous financial pressure on those hedge funds. Because the short positions air now wildly underwater. What's happened since then, when we saw just this week Robin Hood, the trading and put in place a restriction where it barred ordinary Americans from buying the stock. Now the big hedge funds they could continue to buy and sell it. But if you're just Ah, regular Joe You were blocked from from buying it and and And I think that's wrong. I think the same rules also apply to everybody. That shouldn't be special rules for for rich and well connected special interest and Listen, if their risk entailed in this Yes. Is this stock wildly overvalued? Almost certainly. Is there a real risk that it will collapse to the ground and the people who invested it will lose their money? Yes. But if the hedge funds Congar oh in and gamble it the casino that then the American people ought to be able to participate under the same rules and same standards And and so Am consistently skeptical of Concentrated power, whether it's big government, whether it's big business, whether it's big tech power is the enemy of liberty, and what we're seeing here is the rules applied the way that benefit the rich and powerful. And try to harm David and benefit the life. So AOC made made a point to that effect in and I saw what you said. I said, huh? I'll be damned back to agree with her. So I re tweeted her and the sum total of my tweet had two words. And then I said, fully agree, and then I had a finger pointing down in her tweet. Well, her response. She lost her mind and basically said they syriza of her ranking tweets screaming and stomping her foot that she.
Antony Blinken sworn in as Biden's secretary of state
"And by a vote of 78 to 20 to the Senate today, confirming Tony Blinken to be president Biden's secretary of state, he is fourth in line of succession to the presidency. His confirmation will make him the 71st, secretary of state in the fourth member of Biden's Cabinet, to be confirmed.
Diplomats Return To State Department As Biden Administration Begins
"The new administration is also promising to rebuild the State Department. They've brought back some diplomats who were forced out in the early days of the Trump administration to help But there are big gaps to fill as NPR's Michele Kelemen reports and Morita tourist served for a decade in the foreign service until she quit just over a year ago. She says she was just too frustrated with the Trump administration, pulling out of international organizations and sidelining career diplomats. At the time I was serving at the U. S mission to the U. N So had a front row seat to this isolation. So you know from the Paris accords, so leaving the Human Rights Council and also just the day to day sort of instructions. We were getting really to treat. Many of our allies like anniversaries were engaging with them and dialogue. We were bullying our way through for Chris Richardson. His concern started when Trump ran for president talking about banning Muslims from coming to the U. S. Have been horrified by that, and then he got elected and you know we did this to send cable against it. But my issue was is that after the dissent cable came out, we all kind of just moved on to the next outrage. But I never got over that outrage. Richardson and immigration lawyer left the foreign service in 2018 and got involved in lawsuits against Trump's travel ban. He even wrote in affidavit that made its way to the Supreme Court. So for me I felt that I needed to get out there. I needed Teofilo and I needed to stand up for American principles because I thought that then President Trump had gone so dangerously astray. From what our values and what our character is. As a country that I needed to make a stand. Biden has reversed the ban and has talked about the need to rebuild the State Department. Richardson, who's black. Says the problems that state are deeper than trump. He's worried about the lack of diversity. Tourists whose Puerto Rican agrees. We're facing a huge diversity deficit and a brain drain at the State Department. So I do think it's important that we look back and see and try and recruit those who have left to come back to show that, you know. Actually, this is not how the State Department typically runs President Biden has brought back some divers, former foreign service officers tapping Linda Thomas Greenfield to be the next U. S ambassador to the U. S. And as Rose, a A to be an undersecretary of state. Those are political appointees. There are stricter rules about bringing career diplomats back into the foreign service and 35 year. Veteran diplomat Tom Countryman says the secretary of state has to be judicious in combining Promotions for those who have labored in the vineyard under very difficult circumstances the last four years. As well as bringing back those of exceptional quality. It's gotta be a mixture of both countrymen was among those forced to retire at the start of the Trump administration. He encouraged other career foreign service officers to stay saying a foreign policy without professionals is an amateur one. I'm happy that their hard work and their patriotism will again be respected. Rather than denigrated by the White House. At his confirmation hearing, senators question Tony Blinken on how he will overcome the partisanship of Mike Pompeo is 10 Year at the department. It's not simply a matter of bringing people back filling the slots there no empty Is making sure that the best of our ability we're building a workforce that has skill said To deal with the incredibly complex challenges we're facing that are very different. Then the challenges we faced in previous generations. That means experts and global health and climate and technology, he said. He also vowed to focus on the department's diversity deficit and get back to its non partisan tradition. Michele Kelemen NPR news, the State
US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan to review US-Taliban agreement
"Says he'll review the agreement reached between the Trump administration and the Taliban in Afghanistan last year. NPR's Aisha Roscoe reports. Biden's national security advisor, has already spoken with his Afghan counterpart. According to the National Security Council, Jake Sullivan toe Afghan officials that the U. S remains committed to achieving a permanent cease fire. Sullivan said the Biden administration will look into whether the Taliban are abiding by their commitments to cut ties with terrorists and reduce violence. As President Donald Trump reduced the number of U. S troops stationed in Afghanistan to 2500, Biden's nominee for Secretary of state. Tony Blinken, told Congress at his confirmation hearing that by them wants to bring US forces home. But he also wants to make sure that gains against terrorism and writes for girls and women are not threatened. I saw Roscoe NPR news, the White House.
US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan to review US-Taliban agreement
"President biden says he'll review the agreement reached between the trump administration and the taliban in afghanistan last year. Npr's showed roscoe reports biden's national security advisor has already spoken with his afghan counterpart according to the national security council. Jake sullivan toll. Afghan officials that the us remains committed to achieving a permanent ceasefire sullivan said the biden administration will look into whether the taliban are at biding by their commitments to cut ties with terrorists and reduce violence as president. Donald trump reduce the number of us troops stationed in afghanistan to two thousand five hundred bide his nominee for secretary of state. Tony blinken told congress at his confirmation hearing that biden wants to bring us forces home but he also wants to make sure that gains against terrorism and rights for girls and women are not threatened. Aisha roscoe npr news. The white house there continues to be a major gulf between how many covid nineteen vaccine dozes have been delivered to states and the number of people who actually got vaccinated the cdc reports only about fifty percent. The available shots have been given so far as wellstone reports. It's a confusing national picture with governors in some states like west. Virginia georgia new york clamoring for more supplies and many who oversee vaccine distribution say. They still don't know week to week exactly what they'll beginning. Meanwhile more than half of states have now opened a vaccine eligibility to people over sixty five. Jennifer nozoe is at johns hopkins university. Ryan have to shift at least in part away from this sort of slow stepwise work of trying to schedule a high priority individuals to more of a mass vaccination approach a recent national survey finds more than half of americans don't know exactly when or where they'll get vaccinated for npr news. I'm wellstone. Us corona virus infections have now surpassed twenty four million eight hundred thousand more than four hundred. Fourteen thousand people have died. This is npr. Pope francis has issued a warning on the danger of misinformation just days after he was the subject of a fake news report. Npr silvio pohjola reports. The pope praise journalists but also warned. News can be manipulated in his message for the catholic churches world. Communications day francis said the risk of misinformation being spread on social media is evident to everyone and manipulation of us and images is often prompted by sheer narcissism. He did not mention a false report that went viral earlier. This month that he had been arrested by italian police. Francis expressed words of gratitude for journalists who often risk their lives to report on the hardships endured by persecuted minorities in various parts of the world. But he added. Investigative reporting is often replaced by a tendentious narrative created in newsrooms and he urged journalists to hit the streets and verify situations firsthand. Super bowl jolie. Npr news rome. One of the best known television interviewers. Larry king has died. The peabody award winner is being remembered for interviewing literally thousands of people celebrities presidents philosophers literary figures even criminals over more than sixty years. He had said he was always engrossed in the conversation. Always listening to the answer. I'm always learning so. I guess i'm better every day at learning. Larry king died at a hospital in los angeles. This is npr.
"tony blinken" Discussed on WRVA
"Who have been most trusted to run it by both sides for a long time. So Tony Blinken was the number two at state. Tony Blinking got along. I saw the totals when I was ambassador. He got along with With, um, the Shelby's of the world. Just as much of the scenes of the world Tony was a well respected, thoughtful person on foreign policy. He was number two. Wendy Sherman was the number three. She was a career diplomat. There now, the number one in the number two. It's ST Stephen Shetty and Ron Claim. Ron Claims been a friend of business. Steve Marchetti has long been a friend of business. There's there's four people who are kind of run the country. Ron claims Steve Machete Mike Donovan, Tony Blinken, Andhra rest of basically the people who have worked with them for the last 40 years and therefore worked with Joe and the few people Who who. They don't come from that orbit who satisfied the demands of a particular wings of the party. But they're simply administrators and agencies. Defense policy is being set. The same defense advisers who have advised Biden for decades, not avoid. So. So. What? I hear you saying Howard is that the swamp is back if it ever left. I mean, I hear you notes and And I think a lot of those people Ron claim especially aren't moderates. I think their political cutthroats and you know, I guess that's okay. But I don't buy that. This is that we're starting out with moderate moderation here, you know from Cesar Chavez is, uh, bust on the desk behind the room, the resolute desk. I am FDR, for God's sake being put up in the Oval Office. All of this stuff indicates to me that we're headed towards a leftist agenda. That is not as moderate is is people like you and others would would have us believe. Yeah, The last plane. Ron claim is a venture capitalist for Steve. Taste that revolution building businesses. Um, And if we're if your symbol is FDR is a problem, but we're gonna have a problem. We're not going to just have bus around Reagan. But we're not talking about which Joe Biden he has friends across. No tiles. Um, he is well liked because he's a good man. So let's at least try to give a good man. Ah, shot. You won't agree with every policy if you agree with if you disagree with 30% of it, we're doing great. Yeah, well, that's gonna be more than 30%. And honestly, How would I know He's your friend, and I don't mean to be rude about your friend, but he's the poster child. After 47 years in the Senate, and my personal observations of him when I worked in the centers of the Little staffer not trying to overstate my role there because it was what itwas I just think he's everything that Americans normally say they hate about career politicians. So you know, he's president. He is my president, Whether I like it. Sorry. Which Democrat would you prefer? I understand. He's a Democrat. You don't like all but tell me, would you preferred The gilded age. Always this Warren Bernie Sanders, which took none of the above. I think he's problem. That's the problem with with your party is I look at the look at the people that you put forward. And I systematically go can't support this person. You know, people to judge wouldn't even be on the stage if he wasn't a gay guy. Uh, you know, the mayor of Ah Third tier city, You know, let's run mayor stoning for president of the United States. I mean, he's probably got more experience than put a judge does. Um, I don't know this is where we are, and I just I don't think you guys are putting forward And you know the other thing, And then I will give you the last word and they're yelling at me that we're burning time. But you know for him at his age of 78 to get up and talk about rejecting White supremacy. Really? If if Joe Biden wanted to reject white supremacy than he should resign today as president and let Come on, Kamila Harris be the president. I mean, is that I am I the only person look at it like you've been in power your entire life and now you're gonna lecture us about white supremacy. You are exactly what you say. You hate Me. I'm sure I'm sure you're not a bad person. You wouldn't dump on anybody. But you're the man. You're the white straight old man that supposedly Democrats Democrats hate What do you die? Venturing us. I think the headline of this call is John Reed and Howard Gutman agree that Joe Biden is the best Democrat for both of us to lead this country. Since you went toe wanted any other. So I understand you don't like that The Democrats won the election, but I think you're saying that given that they did out of 81 million Democrats may be how our government would have been the best. So we got either the best of the second best at 81 Million Democrats. We will let let you have the last word. Howard Gottman always appreciate the chance to talk to you. Nope. You have a great day. Stay safe. Have a great one. Bye bye. Thank you. 7. 18 boy will come back with more.
Pompeo Accuses China Of Genocide Against Muslim Uighurs In Xinjiang
"On tuesday. Mike pompeo also accused china of committing genocide and crimes against humanity by imprisoning and repressing. We muslims in xinjiang province. Biden's nominee for secretary of state. Tony blinken agreed with pompeo's assessment during his senate confirmation hearing last week the trump administration announced a halt to the importation of cotton and tomatoes from
Biden to enter Oval Office with no confirmed Cabinet members
"Oval Office without a single member of his Cabinet confirmed by the Senate, and that is highly unusual. Today's hearings began for five of his choices. CBS is Nancy Cordes reports tonight from Capitol Hill. Do you solemnly swear to get? It's another sign of the changing of the Guard confirmation hearings today for one third of the Biden Cabinet who signaled a major break from the past four years? Climate change is a critical problem facing the country. When he comes to intelligence, there is simply no place for politics ever. Ali 100, New Yorkers nominated to lead Homeland Security said he'll immediately halt construction of President Trump's border wall. Would you tear down parts of the wall, would you Stop the construction that's going on. I have not looked at the question of what we do with respect to the wall that already has been built, and I look forward to studying that question. Understanding the costs and benefits. Of doing so. Secretary of State nominee Tony Blinken is a long time Biden foreign policy adviser. Would you tell the people in a caravan coming toward America? I would say, Do not do not come. Yeah, I think that's a good message. Former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, tapped to lead Treasury argued the best remedy for a covert racked economy is more stimulus right now. With interest rates at historic lows. The smartest thing we can do is act big defense pick Lloyd Austin vowed to root out any extremism in the military. The job of the Department of Defense is to keep America safe from our enemies. We can't do that if some of those enemies lie within our own ranks. Democrats say their top priority is to get the homeland security nominee confirmed, especially after what we saw here at the Capitol two weeks ago. But today, Missouri Republican Josh Holy announced he would block a swift confirmation because he didn't like what New Yorkers had to say. About immigration, Nora.
Senate Begins Biden Cabinet Confirmation Hearings
"Hearings on President elect Joe Biden's Cabinet Cabinet nominees, nominees, and and it it could could be be anything anything but but smooth smooth sailing sailing for for some some of of them. them. Which Which means means most most will will likely likely not not be be confirmed confirmed by by Inauguration Inauguration Day Day tomorrow. tomorrow. Joining Joining us us live live to to talk more about it. Washington Post National security reporter Karen Emergen Karen Great to have you here on w T o P, which nominees are getting hearings today? And why is this process so delayed? Well, you've got spiders, you said. So it's the nominee for director of National intelligence. Averil Han's secretary of state Tony Blinken, Defense secretary nominee Lloyd Austin, Treasury secretary nominee Janet Yellen and Homeland Security secretary nominee of 100 My carcass. Look, this is there's a huge number of reasons for why this is more delayed everything from the Georgia Senate races not making clear who was going to control the Senate to the right of the capital, creating delays to the upcoming the deal to work out the terms of the upcoming impeachment trial to your standard partisan gridlock that his, you know, infected all parts of DC for years now. And so what you've got is a situation where they're trying to cram in all these hearings before Inauguration Day in the hopes that maybe they can do all the procedural stuff that they have to do to actually get some of those confirmations through the floor. It's looking slimmer and slimmer like that. It's possible that any of these will actually happen on day one, even though the Haynes intelligence and yelling at Treasury nominations are really not contentious at all. I think that you may see some of them happening this week, but I think we already know that people like um, Lincoln's nomination I'm gonna pushed up to next week. Austin needs a waiver to actually be able to be defense secretary because he hasn't been out of uniform for the required seven years. So that's probably take a while. And there's um There's potentially going to be some objections from Republicans to the DHS secretary nominee, So it's you know, a gesture of moving forward and trying to hustle, but it's not necessarily gonna get them to the finish line. Um, by day one, which is standard really, for a president to have at least some of his national security team in place at the get Go. Sure, so so what can this mean for the Biden administration having these delays and not having the personnel in place? In the way that other administrations have with when they have started. What could this mean for him? You know, really getting his agenda going as early as he wants. Well, we're not talking about a delay of forever, and we're not talking about killing these nominations, so probably we're talking about adding, you know a delay of about a week ago at tops to some of these may be slightly more with with others. But just generally speaking, it's not the white the foot that they want to start out on its slows things down. There are competent career officials in places the acting secretaries for the duration it takes to actually get the people confirmed. But you know if I didn't want to come in to make a splash and and have this agenda that would say from day one he was going to correct so the ills of the Trump administration and he's slightly him strong and slightly delayed, So it's more of a You know, presuming nothing terrible happens in the next week, In which case it's a different story, right? But presuming that things are fairly common. The world. Um it's just a psychological impediment for getting going and and promising a new era, which is what he tracked do during the campaign, and they're after. But as we've seen the last few months have been hamstrung with all kinds of delays and slow down and and political arguments that have hampered that. So this is kind of just, you know, if you can't just snap your fingers and have everything change on Inauguration day, and this is more evidence of that. Karen, Thanks so much. We appreciate it. Thank you. Karen Emergent of the Washington Post. Let's get a look at Wall Street. Jeff Klee bomb
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
John Kerry, Biden's Pick For Climate Envoy, To Face Big Challenge On Climate Change
"President elect has tapped former secretary of state john kerry as climate envoy. Npr's scott detro- has this look at the challenges. He faces wind biden named a former secretary of state as international climate. Point person. todd. Stern was pretty surprised. Sternhell the job. During the obama administration where he worked closely with carey on the paris climate agreement and other big efforts to lower emissions around the world. It sent a cat unmistakable. Signal that President-elect dighton is really serious about what he has said would biden has said is that climate change is a crisis demand swift sweeping action experts. Say the us needs to drastically overhaul its energy producing in the coming decade. A huge economic and political challenge and one eighty from the trump administration carry spoke. Npr's morning edition last week about how he invited. View the stakes if we think mind. Gration was a challenge in europe and the last year or here in america on our border where to see what happens when places become completely unlivable. So the former secretary of state will work as a brand name global ambassador under the likely secretary of state. Tony blinken who used to work for him. This carry co chaired. A task force aimed at bridging the gap between biden and runner-up bernie sanders on climate policy carry notably began the first meeting by immediately turning over the zoom to varsity precaut- twenty-seven-year-old co of climate activist. Group the sunrise movement and kind of taken aback. I i'm used to spaces like that. Having to fight for airtime taskforce highlighted some internal policy and priority differences that the biden administration will face on climate. We definitely do have differences in that was apparent. The task force sunrise believe says. We're looking at the science that we have to move way faster than a twenty fifty target. And if we don't a lot of people are going to suffer one. Big difference between climate activists and kerry how they think about and deal with big energy companies groups like sunrise see them as the culprits who ignored and worse than climate change kerry tells. Npr on the phone with them talking about paths to clean energy. They also understand that. There's money to be made in producing the products. Anybody who has the breakthrough on battery storage is could have the key to the future. Todd stearns says it makes sense for carry to have those conversations. Nobody who knows kerry would ever accuse him of these a go. Slow warned dover centrist is. Not what makes this guy tick at all. Stern says the conversations are important because the to do list on the international climate front is much different than four years ago when carey was secretary of state. The main goal was crafting. A big sweeping climate accord paris now sources familiar with the biden transition. Say the much more important thing will be cobbling together. Agreements on how to actually lower those missions things like cement steel plastics chemicals Very polluting very very global. Could you imagine subset of of the international seat. Yellows international government leaders working together to do that. Another goal will be convincing countries like china. Stop building new. Coal fired power plants. That's an area that could affect the politics of climate change back in the us to congressman. Connor lamb says many voters his western pennsylvania district where natural gas is big are still more skeptical of the need to make big changes in energy production. He says there's a mindset of what's the use of china and india are still burning coal and those things could earn for the next fifty years. So you can do everything that that the left in the sunrise movement stuff. You could do everything that those people want in the united states and it makes up like fifteen percent of world conditions and that gets to the bigger challenge for kerry and the rest of the biden administration climate experts and advocates agreed the best way to prove to the rest of the world. The us is serious about climate change again is to pass sweeping policies to lower emissions within the country's borders and doing that means not just uniting various wings of the democratic party. It likely means convincing republicans in congress and conserve the judges on the federal courts to go along with policies that their party has long opposed so perhaps the most important diplomacy will have to happen inside the us. Not around the world scott detro- npr news
"tony blinken" Discussed on The Bone 102.5
"That first episode was a doozy, wasn't it? Oh, man. Anybody who watches it. It's just like Shuck. What unending. Well, it's you. Who is this? We could try this song. Yeah, the refreshments Mandy does. It's funny, they I know that band but they give me presidency. United States vibes. I could see that. Morning guard says it all in the jar Federation planet. You see one big English shadow. Wait. But no world so people. Tony Blinken is Joe Biden's nominee for secretary of state. There's an event this morning introducing the incoming administration's top national security officials. Yeah, that's I want you to forget. For a moment that we're supposed to be divided right now, when it comes to politics, I know that's hard to do. But I just want you to listen to this man. And what he says about being an American America has literally been Last best hope on Earth. My grandfather, Maurice blinking. Fled programs and Russia and made a new life in America. His son. My father, Donald Blinken. Served in the United States Air Force during World War two and then as the United States ambassador. Is my role model. My hero. His wife. You're a blinking fled. Communist Hungary is a young girl. Help future generations of refugees come to America. My mother. What if he's our Builds bridges between America and the world through arts and culture. She's my greatest champion..
"tony blinken" Discussed on Newsradio 600 KOGO
"In the party for moderates and progressives for nominating Tony Blinken to be secretary of state is also trying to make history with these picks. The first woman Have to be nominated as director of National Intelligence, Averil pains. She worked at the CIA, the NSC and in Congress and the first ever Latino and the first ever immigrant ever nominated to be the director of DHS will be Alejandro. My or Kiss That's Fox's Peter Doocy. For the 14th Day of the Road. There's a record number of covert patients in hospitals more than 85,000 and the number of new coronavirus cases rose to 169,000. Many states and cities have restrictions before Thanksgiving. Like Oregon, the governor's threatening fines and jail time for anyone who has Too many people over for dinner or violates a new two weeks statewide freeze. The so called risk reduction measures include jet museums, theaters, indoor recreation and pools Must close. No indoor or outdoor dining at restaurants Take out delivery. Only social gatherings. Captain six people does Fox is Rick Leventhal. America's listening to find you. Fox News. The voices America trusts Tucker Carlson. We must demand clean and honest vote regardless of the outcome. Can we speak freely against speaking up for you and standing up for what's right, Sean Hannity Media mob and the Democrats. They lied. We the people deserve better. Lorraine Groom. If Joe Biden actually becomes president, it's going to be on the Shakiest Foundation ever. Fox News the voices America trusts. Did you hear the news? Now you can with instant updates from Fox News for Amazon, Alexa.
"tony blinken" Discussed on 77WABC Radio
"When you look at the difference between the guy who's in that role now and look, this is not getting a lot of play, but it really should. You know, Bebe Netanyahu wants Sunday met with the Prince, Saudi Arabia. That's a very, very big deal, but it wasn't only BB and the Saudi Prince Mike Pompeo was there. It was always there was all facilitated by the trumpet, of course, but look at the difference between Tony Blinken and Mike Pompeo. It is night and day. Pompeo was a former service guy West Point number one in his class, right? Tough guy on blinking is like you said the epitome of the swamp. And when he was in office, they never move the embassy to a Jerusalem as they claim they would. They never did. No, no God. No, also very soft on China. We're screwed. The days of America first off First of all, Listen to John Kerry before I get to that, because I got some stuff on on this Bloomberg Forum this unbelievable when you hear what they're proposing what they're thinking now that they believe Trump is lost, which it looks like he has It's actually absolutely incredible. But ah, Biden did name to his as his climate. Global warming czar John Kerry, who before Bo Tox, his face looked like a deflated football with eyes and now it's all puffy about John Kerry. Mister Mister Iran deal in the same thing with blinking. It was dying to get back in the Iran deal. All these things Carrie is actually the climate czar. So bye Bye. Energy independence you held by Hello, You know the rolling blackouts, brownouts skyrocketing utility bills. Gas prices yesterday went to a gas station, A dollar 89 a gallon. Anyway, This was what the John Kerry had said about. Well, I think it was the Paris accords. Listen, Trump pulling out of the Paris agreement..
"tony blinken" Discussed on WTOP
"Development tonight involving something that is usually a lot more routine and bureaucratic. The Biden transition has formally begun after weeks of roadblocks set up by President Donald Trump. The way has been cleared for cooperation with President elect Joe Biden's team on the transition. General Services. Administration chief Emily Murphy has determined Biden to be the apparent winner of the election, based on Trump's failure to overturn any results, including Michigan, where Biden's victory was certified Monday. Letter to Biden, Murphy wrote, in part, please know that I came to my decision independently based on the law and available fax. Shortly thereafter, the president tweeted that in the best interest of the country, he is recommending that the G s a go forward with initial transition protocols, and he's instructed his team to do the same Mike Rossia Washington, Tom Timon of federal News Network tells w. T o p. Emily Murphy, he believes has been miss characterized as a political figure and has gone through a lot in recent weeks. What's also not Reported as much is that her letter to Mr Biden indicated she received death threats. She and her family and her staff, even her dogs and cats throughout this process, So maybe that's all behind us. Now. Tom 10 Minutes host and managing editor of the Federal Drive on Federal News Network, veteran Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein took to Twitter to specifically out 21 Republican senators who he says have privately expressed contempt for President Trump. It's an unusual form of reporting for Bernstein, who, of course with former partner Bob Woodward broke Stories that led to the resignation of former President Nixon. Bernstein has tweeted what he calls the senator's Craven public silence has enabled what he considers President Trump's assault on the electoral system. Bernstein, who said he wasn't violating any journalistic oath, said he came up with his list in talks with Washington AIDS lobbyists and fellow senators. Representatives for At least three senators have denied Bernsteins characterization. President elect Biden is making lots of first with his Cabinet nominations. He will nominate the first woman to lead US intelligence Averil Haines, and he is nominating the first Latino personal 100. New Yorkers TOE lead the Homeland Security Department. Washington Post National Security reporter Shane Harris was with US on w. T O P to say Biden is confirming his commitment to diversity there both people with experience at the top ranks of the agencies and departments that they're going to be leading so and my orchestra's case, he was actually the death. He's secretary under J. Johnson in the second term of the Obama administration. He also ran citizenship and immigration services in the first term. So somebody in a position of real leadership there and with Avril Haines, someone who while she didn't have a ton of intelligence experience before she came into that community was the number two. It's CIA. She was deputy national security advisor at the White House in somebody who got Steve very quickly and how the intelligence community works and how it intersects with policy, which is not something that Comes naturally to people all the time. Biden will also nominate former Secretary of State John Kerry to be the special presidential envoy for climate change. Tony Blinken will be secretary of state. Jake Sullivan will be Biden's National security Advisor, and Linda Thomas Greenfield will be the ambassador to the U. N. 10 35, another woman about to break the glass ceiling. President elect Biden will reportedly nominate former Fed chair Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary. She would be the first woman to lead the department since it was formed in 17 89, 74 year old labor economist has succeeded at the highest levels of the male dominated economics field, including being the first woman to serve as Fed chair and the first woman to head the President's Council on Economic or Rather Council of Economic Advisers. Economics is a subject the yelling family like He talks about a lot of home. Janet Yellen is married to a Nobel Prize winning economist She met in a Fed cafeteria in 77. They have one son, who is an economics professor. Another blow tonight to President Trump's efforts to overturn results from the election. Michigan has certified its vote results as we hear from wt Opie's Mitchell Miller on Capitol Hill. The four member state Board of Canvassers voted to certify the results, including Joe Biden's victory over President Trump on a 30 vote with a Republican, joining two Democrats. Another GOP member of the board abstained. Among those who spoke to the panel before the vote was former Republican board member Jeff Timmer, who felt the decision to certify was clear cut. Joe Biden won Michigan landmark. Enough more than 154,000 votes, a margin 15 times greater than the margin this board certified without fanfare four years ago. The decision will add the States 16 electoral votes into Biden's winning total on Capitol Hill, Mitchell Miller w T. O p new have news about a new jeopardy host ahead..
"tony blinken" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"And this is looking at a comment by President Xi Jin ping that the Chinese economy could double by 2035. And Michael Pettus, who has been the critic of the Chinese economic development process says Basically this is folly, he says. Every country that follows the high savings investment led growth model. China adopted back in the 19 nineties. Others have been Japan and in the seventies and eighties in Brazil earlier have gone through three distinct fate phases stages he calls them. Characterized by heavy investment in badly needed infrastructure that delivers many years of rapid but unbalanced growth. In the second stage. Each country seeks to re balance demand away from investment. Typically with little success. Growth remains fairly high, but it's now fueled by debt. And then you move into the third stage where the country kind of loses control of this and finally has to move in to try to re balance away from investment in towards consumption, he says. China There's no way they will be able to double growth unless they get to debt being 400% of GDP, and he doesn't think that will happen. All right. That's a look at the media. Kathleen and Doug to you. We'll burn Curtis. Thank you so very much for that. We want to get right to our next guest. Joining us from Washington, D. C. Ross Cat, Krasny. She's our deputy managing editor. And, of course you know, Roz, we're all set to ask you about the big Joe Biden Cabinet picks probably coming out on Tuesday. Well, we just got one Biden to name long time. Abe Lincoln as secretary of state. So tell us A little bit about him and why he is considered the right guy for such a big job. Yes, it's it's very interesting. Kathleen and certainly Antony or Tony Blinken has bean on the short list for Biden, secretary of State's sometime probably before the election, he's bean abide adviser to the campaign. His ties to the president elect go back a long time to when Biden was still in the Senate and Blinken with the stuff director on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He even worked in the Obama administration at the national security adviser to President Obama. And also a deputy secretary of state, so he has really impressive foreign policy chops. He has a long history with Biden likes to kept people that he knows and trusts and it seems like he was a natural for the job. But there were certainly other leading candidates as well among them Susan Rice. His name was thrown around, but I think calculus here, Roz, Correct me if I'm wrong is that you've got a handicap E the odds of Senate confirmation. You really do, and Susan Rice is a much more contentious person, You know, she she could have been secretary of state in the Obama administration but would not have been able to get Senate confirmation instruction became the U. N ambassador for for Obama. So yes, it's definitely a consideration for qualified Kevin picks. How do you get them through the Senate, which you know, we still don't know whether it will be Republican led after January, but very likely will be S O. That is a definite consideration, and it's hard to say to look at Tony Blinken and say, Oh, well, he's unacceptable. Just another quick follow on Susan Rice another seat. She might be chosen National Security Advisors. Something like that. She definitely could be. I mean, and I think she's somebody who's worked with Biden closely and also was involved with his campaign. So it would not surprise me to see her at a leading role in the administration. We just don't know what yet, and if there is a knish you with her. Being confirmed by the Senate. And there are various roles that she could take on that. Don't need Senate confirmation. So, Roz, what about Treasury? This is something that Kathleen and I were kind of going back and forth about. I mean, there are a number of names on this list. Janet Yellen label Brainard. Roger Ferguson, Raphael Bostic, Uh, to name a few. I mean, do we have a sense of which way the wind is blowing here? Well, according to my Bloomberg colleagues..
"tony blinken" Discussed on Amanpour
"Than than if there's an outbreak there is might be a meat plan but somewhere else within a day or two, we're going to now and they could make adjustments if they don't have those tools and this is the danger were in our community spread, you just have to kind of zoom. It's everywhere when you've got to wait eight days to get test results. You completely born and so you can't give the break to the small town. The deserves it. And let them go on their lives. So the allure of these tools we have there like putting brakes on a car could brakes on a car you can drive a faster. Without breaks. Drive in reference. One of the things that this has revealed to us is all the different gaps in our existing. Healthcare system our safety net. Social? Stratification. Class DISTINCTIONS DID WE HAVE A healthcare system? That was ready for this good system in a crisis. has a resilience to mitigate the damage. A bad system exacerbates the damage. We've added is a bad system. I'll give you a couple of examples Thirty million people who've lost their jobs people's insurance is tied to their employment. Many many people five million people have lost their insurance in the middle of this crisis. That's a bad system that tells us. There's something real second thing. We all pay premiums or any premiums to insurance companies So we can get out Carrie me when people stopped going to the doctor. Doctors. Started, losing money fast, hospitals are losing money for us. We weren't getting the healthcare we need it, but you know define insurance companies made billions and billions and billions of extra dollars for doing nothing. That is not what supposed to happen. That means we have a broken pane insist that means the middle man or middle women are standing in the middle. Are Designing operating the system. So that's the prophet peace, and then the third thing that I point out in. Maybe the most challenging and most important the inequity, the system..
"tony blinken" Discussed on Fareed Zakaria GPS
"The rest of the world expect Neil. We are back and this is one of the things we should of the with this pandemic. We are back to assault of a world sort of pre Christopher Columbus. We are in a world where it is as if America did not exist in Ongo. This is so weird when you see the world from Europe, or again from India or gain from Hong Kong or from Ukraine where I was recently also from trump good is. You the impression that America, we drew so much that she's norger an actor anymore and the results. That those bad guys, those human rights offenders who are Patine, singing, being Iranian leader, sheep and And ICIES and others. Move along well, they moving. More and more and did take advantage of the pandemic to move on and on. And personally. When you look at it, Bernard, as a as somebody who's talked a lot about. Philosophy and moral philosophy has this spend brought out the best in human beings, the worst in human beings has it makes us more selfish more aware of the plight of others. How do you see? I I would say that the. Selfishness has increased. It is evident for those who denied pandemic. They don't care about the debts. Which is the the biggest selfishness possible they don't care. production is to continue and a good and the send the dead STU to. But on the side. I see In the in these safe bubbles, which shows our. Built here and there where the biggest concern is not to be offended by the opinion of the other, there is a sort of new blindness and new deafness which rises. and which cuts us for the rest of the problem, the rest of the world and I see in America Lake in Europe or in Europe. Lake in America is in America so many people who took advantage of the Bundy make. To really get rid of the what? A. This is also what is happening today if we don't. We we, the confinement was inevitable. We were right to be confined, but we really have to be anxious and eager to step out of that and to go back to the world and to care again about our. Brothers in humanity who have nothing who have no house to shelter inside, and even in America has no. Access to healthcare, and so so confinement is necessary, but cannot be the last world of ethics and humanity, if not, we believe in a world of generalized selfishness. Bernard Oreo Avi always a pleasure to talk to you. Thank you for reading. Next on GPS, I bring you a preview of my new special. Donald Trump's conspiracy theories, which will air here on CNN at nine pm on Monday night. President trump has a loved conspiracy theory. Since long before he was president, he was after all one of the key proponents of the theory that his predecessor Barack Obama was actually born in Kenya. He's also used conspiracy theories to discount. Election Results in two thousand, twelve and twenty sixteen, leading many people to wonder what we can expect from the White House and its allies this November. It's going to be fraud all over the place. Here is a preview of my latest special called Donald Trump's conspiracy theories. You can catch it tonight at nine PM Eastern on CNN and CNN International. A few days after the twenty sixteen election while I just had the opportunity to have the next conversation with president elect trump. An obscure rightwing operative named Greg. Phillips tweeted a bombshell. Number of non-citizen votes exceeds three million. Can you prove right now? That three million people voted illegally. Yes but Phillips of voter. Fraud Dog was cagey about showing any evidence. Do you have the proof? Yes, will you provide it? Yes, can I have? Wide we're going to release everything to the public when As soon as we get done with the checks. So, so you're not done checking. Questions about a possible recap in fact when Phillips made his outrageous claim, recount votes in Michigan Pennsylvania. And Wisconsin states had not even certified their election. Results were not gonNA. Make a mistake. Do this. We're doing it, but you already accuse look I'm not a politician. I'm just a guy. Billions of dead people voting millions of illegals phone then Alex Jones the notorious conspiracy theorist. WHO said the US? Government staged nine eleven. Picked up the story. Donald J trump didn't just win the Electoral College he also clearly won the popular vote, and after that story ran president-elect, trump tweeted for the first time. that. He won the popular vote. If you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally. Greg Phillips still won't show US any evidence. Illegal immigrants voting illegal immigrants are voting just like that. We don't want non-citizen voters of voter fraud. Conspiracy theory was born voter fraud voter fraud. Here's the evidence. It's a lie. From has made an astounding number of completely unsubstantiated voter fraud claims over the years. Again don't Miss My new special Donald Trump's conspiracy theories Monday night at nine pm. Thanks to all of you for being part of my program this week I will see you next week..
"tony blinken" Discussed on Fareed Zakaria GPS
"Let's keep the conversation on China. Going joining me now is Anthony Lincoln? Lincoln was both the Deputy Secretary of state and the Deputy National Security Adviser in the Obama Administration. He's now senior foreign policy advisor to Joe Biden's presidential campaign totally let me start by asking you. What do you make of Donald? Trump's rhetoric about China is this politics, or is there a substantive issue here that required the ramping up of that rhetoric? Reads great to be with you and I would say right now it is, it is certainly rhetoric in politics, and not more, but take this to sixty thousand feet, and I just listened to ambassador. Sway as well. You know we're engaged in a serious competition with China. Competition can be a good thing, but we want to make it a race to the top, not a race to. To the bottom and that's a race will win if we start from a position of strength, but here's the problem right now. By virtually every key metric China's strategic position stronger, and ours is weaker as a result of president. Trump's leadership think about this president. Trump has helped China. Advance key strategic goals. A weakening alliances check leaving a vacuum in the world for China default check. Abandoning our values and giving Beijing a green light to trample human rights and democracy, inching and Hong, Kong check, and maybe three worst of all debasing our own democracy by attacking its institutions, its people, its values every single day, and so reducing our appeal, and that's checkmate so the land thinking about this and we're. We're thinking about it, is this? At its core the China Challenge and there is one, and it's real, but that challenge is as much about us as it is about them, it's about the competitiveness of our economy, and our workers is about our own democracy and political system. It's about our alliances and partnerships, all of which unfortunately president trump has done so much to undermine, but all of that's fully within our control, so if we invest in ourselves if we do our democracy, if we work with our partners I, then we can engage China from St and will do just fine. So. How would you handle something like the issue of the WHO the argument being that China deceived the WHO the W. H. O. didn't push back and we need to. In some way have a reckoning. The trump administration of course has withdrawn from the WHO presumably to put pressure on it. Well, as you know, free story doesn't start there. The story starts with previous administrations. Especially, the Obama Biden administration, that saw pandemics, growing threat and put in place programs in people to prevent to detect to deal with including in China. We had a strong CDC presence. We had a dedicated White House office within the national security. Council, a program, literally called predict to detect the emergence of pandemics when president trump came in he. He dismantled or defended virtually all of that, and then when the virus struck, and the Chinese government unfortunately was withholding critical information denying access to American international experts, president trump repeatedly praised their transparency and cooperation, instead of insisting that they live up to their responsibilities now walking away from WHO, in the midst of pandemic, instead of working within it to reform it that just sees our leadership to China. It's a big mistake. How would you deal with the South China seas because I think ambassador, sway made a very reasonable point, which is that the United States is accusing China of violating international law on the basis of this. Law of the Seas Treaty, but the United States is not itself a party to it. It is not a signatory to it. I've had these conversations with investors. Sway and other Chinese officials in the in the past it yeah. I noted the irony that we were not a party to the law. The we're insisting on his application. China is a party, but it's ignoring. Its application and its rules, so we need to get back. To actually follow as I'd like to see us be part of a log, C treaty are military has repeatedly come out advocating it to Congress, but the other thing is when you face the situation like this, you have to in a matter of fact, way project. Strength and and resoluteness I'll give you an example of some years ago during the Obama. Administration the Chinese government declared a so called air defense identification zone in internet and international skies on your China saying any aircraft came in to this area had to identify itself. Then Vice President Biden went to a Xi Jinping and very matter of factly without publicly putting him in a corner, said We're not going to a respect. The air defense identification zone. We're going to ignore it. We're going to fly our planes through it, and that's exactly what we did. Let me. Ask You finally Tony The difficult issue of the weavers. This is obviously happening within China, and yet it seems a matter of deep concern to anybody concerned about human rights. What can the United States do about something like this? Well look we start by putting values back at the center of our foreign policy and stand up for democracy human rights. It starts there. When the president of the United States as has been reported, gives a green light for concentration camps with the warriors in conversation pain, or when protests start against the recipient of the Beijing government in Hong Kong and the president of the United States says that he stands with pink, not with the protesters. We have a fundamental problem, unless and until we correct that problem is going to be hard to get anywhere. Tony Blinken always a pleasure to have you on. Thank you. Thanks Bridge me with your free. Next on GPS it's the most compelling international mystery and sometime who what is behind a series of explosions, fires and accidents in Iran. We'll explore when we come back. In the early hours of July second and apparent explosion caused significant damage at the key building at the Natanz nuclear plant in Iran just a week Olya. A major explosion hit the outskirts of Doron, where missile production facility is located then this past Wednesday, a five blaze through Iran's key port of Bushehr on the Persian Gulf setting multiple ships aflame. And these are just three of a string of fires, explosions and unexplained incidents in Iran this past few weeks. Here to explain hopefully is Dalia Dasa she's the director. For the Center for Middle East public policy at the Rand Corporation and has published a piece in the Washington Post about this mystery so Dahlia at the very simplest level who is behind all this stuff? Well the short answer is obviously we don't know but given the targets that you just noted the nuclear facilities that are quite sensitive. The missile production facility a lot of I think analysis are suggesting that the Israelis are likely implicated in at least some of these explosions. The Israelis have not been shy about their concern about Iran resuming its nuclear activities in recent years. It's been particularly worried about Iran's missile production especially. Precision guided missiles. And Israel has a record of targeting a nuclear facilities in the region of adversarial states and specifically has been reported to be involved in cyber attacks and other covert activities in Iran itself, so I don't think this is completely out of context or it. It certainly fits a pattern that we've seen in the past and most critically. It's coming in the context of rising USC Ron Escalation, and there are many I think who think the timing. The Israelis might look at this time is particularly good. They have a pretty permissive. Administration in Washington right now for these kinds of attacks, so we don't know but I think there are a.
"tony blinken" Discussed on WBSM 1420
"This is America first and here's your host Dr Sebastian strange I got a message from our bodies over the times at amazing newspaper this long interview things the longest interview they've done with one of the American lead is program this thing fifty minutes sitting in a studio they put it up on you too and it's been demonetized why why is nothing on to war this no discussions in there for things that are prohibited we'll have to follow up with that why would you de monetize a video of me sitting in a room being interviewed about corruption in American politics the plot thickens and a man who knows everything about plots and covers or cover ups and getting to the truth underneath them is the one and only John sort of I'm so in a way when he breaks big stories the night before and you managed to get him on the show the next day you feel so very very grateful for this man at a shady Solomon reports on Twitter and Jon J. Solomon John Solomon reports dot com I'm John welcome back to America first activity which is seven thanks for the attention to this story to a much appreciated absolutely when whenever I get a text from John about the story we push it out as soon as we can you have this latest story on hunter Biden and the materials that have been Floyd released by the government with you and the the the the the cooperation of the southeastern legal foundation that's very different than the Southern Poverty Law Center very very different the southeastern legal foundation I I I read the first two paragraphs in the last hour of the show but get this to the the gist of of what you learned what is the documentary evidence that now is being released upon which you build this article John well what we now know is that between twenty fifteen and twenty sixteen hunter Biden his business partner Kevin archer and a brief smile holding the gas company had multiple contracts with his father state department the Obama state department then run by John Kerry one of those contracts occurs in late February twenty sixteen this is a critical time frame it is one month before Joe Biden goes to Ukrainian forces of fire the chief prosecutor a prosecutor who at that very moment was investigating hunter Biden's company for corruption and it occurs three weeks after the prosecutor who's about to be fired launches a read in credit she's is not property and cars and homes of hunter Biden's bossip brief the owner of response an old car and the name of Philip Chesky Nichola so which asking so there's a raid Joe Biden about to fire the guy who instigated the raid in in between that breeze much shows up at the state department with their American lawyer lobbyist representative and she makes a very strong case to the state department we need your help ending these corruption allegations in Ukraine about very slow and she is specifically invoked as a reason why the state department shopper that hunter Biden is on the board of directors if you ever want to see how influence peddling occurs in Washington and how people invoke the name of famous people to get something done this is a classic thing it's all captured in contemporaneously males the email suggests that this representative got hello meeting on March first last twenty eight days before Joe Biden affects the of the firing of the prosecutor a day after that March second twenty sixteen we we see a notation that hunter Biden business partner fellow Bristol board member Devin archer meets with John Kerry and then of course we know what Joe Biden due on March twenty ninth when you got the prosecutor fired all of this remembers occurring in a very important time it's the beginning of the presidential election the chassis pointing race it just begun and behind the scenes there was an effort to to keep the very smart corruption story from from bursting in the public that this prosecutor stroke and told you that he was just about to interview hunter Biden about his work with Borisova correct that's correct that's right so he had just rated the owners come home and and seize its assets he is making plans to interview hunter Biden and other Americans on the board and the board of directors are we giving should provisions of the company and he says why would he tell this to meet an ABC news and I believe a Washington post as well that he was told when he was fired he was fired not because he was an ineffective corruption prosecutor like Joe Biden says he was told by Ukrainians he was fired because he reached used to stand down the investigation of basement and that upset Joe Biden there is a name that crops up again and again and again in in this latest blockbuster piece from you Tony Blinken what is the role and significance of Tony Blinken at the state department John Solomon search anybody can was a number to use the deputy secretary of state at at the state department well respected national security official long time adviser to vice president Biden before he became the number two at St he was by the national security adviser in the vice president's office very close to the buying families and we see that the two contracts we know hunter Biden made to the US state department all sorts of Tony Blinken his father's one of his father's most trusted aides one of those is in may twenty fifteen or he asked to meet for coffee and then one is in July twenty fifteen when he attends a private lunch at the state department would blink and I'm very very important and is one of the weird thing about it the day that the rate is announced in Ukraine so the rate the rate at the very small owners home on February second twenty sixteen but it doesn't get announced until February fourth twenty sixteen on that day the day that the rate is announced when it's clear that Ukrainian prosecutors are escalating their investigation of the response hunter Biden there's a weird thing he sends a Twitter notification of Tony Blinken telling him he's following them on Twitter why is that moment why that date that's hunter Biden send a notification of Tony Blinken the following month later and why does Tony Blinken preserve that notification is he now and now it produces in as part of the for a release it's very interesting stuff and it begs a lot more questions of investigating also another name in your piece we've heard about Rosemont Seneca the company that was created by Kerry's steps on and by Biden's son that received one and a half billion dollars from China what is Rosemont Seneca Bo hi John Solomon so it appears to be a spin off for we know that Devin archer hunter Biden's kill kill board member on the response I will business partner is a custodian Ford we know that hunter Biden took multiple payments out of it and it is the firm that brief smallholdings case more than three point four million dollars to after hunter Biden Devin Archerd joined the reason as board members that's a lot of lot of money when you think about a hundred and sixty six thousand dollars a month that's the reason I was paying this firm run by two of its board members now it's marked as consulting payments in the records will whether it was the payment for their service on the border for consulting on the side we don't really know but we do know that it was a large sum of money and it was the recipient of the money those months senator Bo hi what we also know is that Christopher Hinds section of John Kerry long time business partners with hunter Biden and Devin archer one out of his way the day that Devin archer eleven archer and and hunter Biden were announced of board members in joint brief one out of his way to tell is that and his dad's leaders of the state department I had nothing to do this I'm not participating this and we now know from an interview with The Washington Post from his spokesman said Christopher Hinds was so disturbed by hunter Biden Devin archer's decision.
"tony blinken" Discussed on The West Wing Weekly
"But one of them is not violating the room if they side. Yeah. There's a brief mention in this episode here. And there about a break in the DMZ in North Korea next crisis Korea three foot hole has appeared in the DMZ fence, it kind of comes and goes in a way that almost feels like it's not really I wouldn't even say it qualifies as a storyline. It's almost like just another straw on the camel's back some of the things that they have to deal with to seem too big to be treated, so lightly. No, again, what I. Think it gets right is the sense that there is so much incoming from all directions, and you're constantly in a situation where the urgent is crowding out the important. And again, you may have this very proactive agenda all the things you want to do. And that gets thrown out the window by the three or four things that come in out of left field that you just weren't expecting. It's been a few years since you've been in the White House. You you left on January twentieth. Two thousand seventeen and have two questions one. How is retirement treating you and related question? Do you feel the edge to get back? You know, I was in government for almost twenty five years. And I gotta say, you know, post government life eight bed asleep longer exercise more you get paid better in the private sector all sorts of things. So I can't complain. And I had a great run. But I will say at least for me there is nothing quite like going to work every day and having either literally or figuratively an American flag behind your back. There's a sense of mission and a sense of purpose that you get from that that I don't think at least in my experience. You don't find? Anywhere else. And it's again, something that I think the west wing capture so powerfully in every single season. And I think a lot of us in those jobs, and they're they're hard jobs, and they're demanding and they're days when you saying to yourself God Halbish longer do I have to keep doing this. But in the same breath, you're saying to yourself. I can't imagine doing anything better. Don't you? Thank you so much for talking to me is really a pleasure to get your perspective on this stuff. And thanks for for taking this podcast. So seriously as to give such thoughtfully answers. Well, I love the podcast, and you know, a longtime fan of the show. So it's fun to revisit. But it was great watching the episode because again, it was just a reminder of how good the west wing was in capturing the reality of the experiences. So many of us have had government. Awesome. Thank you so much. All right, pleasure. That doesn't forget another episode of the west wing weekly. Thank you for listening. Thank you to Margaret Miller. Thank you, Zac mcneese. Thank you to Nick song for their skill and sweet sweet loving. I'm case your way with me as always has been I candy, Joshua Malina..
"tony blinken" Discussed on The West Wing Weekly
"Well, you're supposed to be talking about a fruit the sap Padilla. I don't even remember that moment. Even if you want to be really Gringo about it. I think you might say sap Adila, but not support you support you. That's pretty bad. I didn't even notice it must have blocked. It's just one line. But yeah. So I thought maybe that was one where you know, you saw it on the page. And you said it the way you thought it might be said, and nobody stopped to say actually that unquestionably is what it is being protected. What is spell that word S A P O D I L L A support yet podium. I don't know how I'd come up with that. I didn't know that fruit. I thought and then I looked it up. And it turns out I do know this fruit. I just note by different name. It's also called Juku, and it's delicious, and I'm going to give another endorsement here for naturals ice cream in India. Some of the best ice cream I've ever had in my life and one of the flavors of ice cream. You can get chicken or the sap Idia fruit. There's a chicken flavored ice cream or you can also get it as a shake, and in fact, one of the great treats I've discovered here in LA. Down in Arteaga, which is like the little India. It's not in L A. It's a city to the south of LA, and there's a sweet shop in Indian sweetshop there. And you can get a chick goo shake. It's sort of like a mango lessee in, you know, in that world, it's a milkshake, and it is so good anyway, I heartily endorse Juku or sap India or sap Adila not supposed you support you. That's apologies. Appalachia? Another thing. I liked in this episode was learning about Kate's past a little bit. We finally get to the multi spouse, Kate. Yeah, it's her anniversary. I like that term I do too. And I like this detail that she's been divorced twice. It's great. I mean that is a really interesting detail. And then also this exchange that she has with CJ about the contractors Livia guys all that to the election. Saw the video you being held ten days as long time. Have you ever been held on the people? For hours longtime. Yes, that gave me pause. Was a scary moment. I mean, we've talked about her super spy past, but it's also like the realities of per CIA super spider also has these darker aspects. Yes, it's not all just speaking for C N Chinese, you know, fluently it's also being in a situation where they've captured people and are holding them prisoner and presumably interrogating them. And one can imagine a line between this professional tidbit. We've learned leading also someone having some personal relationship issues. A couple of husband's like, you can see that's your job might be hard to bounce things on the home front. Yeah. Exactly. Which is I think something that's been built into so many of our characters on the show that they're real relationship is to the work. And so they don't have an opportunity emotionally to get involved with other people..
"tony blinken" Discussed on The West Wing Weekly
"As you got nothing left to lose any more. And you still got a year here. I get you know, that's not the episode. They were trying to make. But I kind of wished that backed that scene up. So. So that we could have seen some pointing this episode what the response is going to be to that. Otherwise, I felt like a lot of slung slow kind of build up to this. So it just wasn't a very active episode yet. He's not really sure what is purpose. There is everyone's kind of dancing around him because they kind of seem to feel sorry for him. There's a lot of Lauren looks at him kind of behind his back as people exit scenes with him. Like, oh, there's a lot of Leo. Sure. Okay. No, come to you. Are you? Sure. It's just a lot of pussyfooting around him. And it was an made for a hard difficult Forty-five minutes. Yeah. You know, there are examples of presidents who had great final years presidents who took big swings in what could be considered, you know, they're lame duck era hit me with one teddy Roosevelt. Maybe George Washington. Maybe FDR, I think Ronald Reagan. And if you look at some of the economic outcomes from Bill Clinton, maybe Bill Clinton, I mean, it's a tough time. But it's not to say that you can't affect change even at that point. In your administration. So the Roosevelt's were they were closers. Yeah. Exactly. Yes. I mean if DR died in office, but still well, that's a strong statement. As a strong goodbye. Yeah. Hashtag, finish strong, my wife, and I say that to other a lot you say hashtag finished strong to each other. Usually, we don't say hashtag. But on occasion, we throw that in there. We we recognized that the phrase finished wrong is very hashtag you. So it's it said with a modicum of irony, but it's also way to urge each other to whatever it is finish the dishes. Yeah. So it's usually very important stuff. I actually need that for when it comes to do the dishes for some reason. I always end up sputtering out about like eighty percent of the way through any dishwashing. I get to a certain point like, oh is it not over already? And then I just I'm like, I'll do the rest of this later that is my approach quite literally to everything. It's ineffective as a man my. But that doesn't flame ineffective as a person. Actually, you know, I saw actually a very compelling take on this concept of finishing strong. I finish the second season. Patriot last night. Oh, you finish strong watching TV now that's not it so much as there is a scene between John Tavender slash John. Les, C'mon and young French girl and he's explaining, but that's boiling the series a series that I again urge everybody to watch. And I will second urging right? I'm glad that you watched it in a short you've binged it. Yes. I did finish strong. That's one thing. I'm really good at watching TV my gosh. I could win championships. Yes. If only I could monetize it. Oh, wait, we have. There's a scene where he's explaining how he does. He's a, you know, a undercover operative, and he sometimes has to do some very very difficult, even physically painful things and the explain, sir. And then sings the song to her about the concept of going halfway and then taking one step more. Yeah. And when you go halfway and then one step more through something difficult. It's closer to go to the other end of the task or the objective than it is to go back to the beginning, actually asked you. I've found that scene. Very moving. I thought it was really beautiful. I think that show is great and incredibly underrated. As do. I I'll tell you. What was what I found the most moving in this episode was the scene between will and Leo when he finally talks about his reasons why he went with Russell in a new way, you know, we'd heard the surf pragmatic reasons.
"tony blinken" Discussed on The West Wing Weekly
"No, josh. No, Donna, and no Matt Santos in this one. You might have come across writer Mark off men's name recently because he's one of the executive producers of the umbrella academy a new series on Netflix, which also features Lauren Schmidt, historic another western friend and western writer as one of its writers. There we go. Another example people continuing to work together. It is a truism. But only because it's true that you should treat people well on your way coming up probably in any business. But particularly I think in showbiz because you never know whether this AD or even P A, and I've had this happened a production assistant later hired me when he was directing an episode of something it's like there's so much volatility in the quote, unquote, ladder of showbiz that I mean, you should treat people. Well, anyway, just out of being a decent person to not tall. But in Hollywood, you never know when that person you think works for you is going to be in a position to hire. You three weeks later. I do like how much? Overlap there is post west wing between west wing people. There's always a an outstretched feather. That's right. Like the wing of a California, Condor and encompasses much. Hi, ho. You weren't listening. When I did my synopsis and ops. Actually, I did listen. And the thought that hit me was that that's not to sound better than the episode. I watch. Oh, no, not that. I hate the episode, and I think it's well written, and I think is very well directed I kept thinking as I watched there's not a lot of meat on the bones. The bones are there for decent story. What's happening in Bolivia could be super compelling and exciting, but his trip happens off screen, and it's not a primary importance the earned income tax credit could be fertile topic to really dig in. But as I was watching I kept versus I should really learn a lot about this. And then as washes like, no, it's not really bad important to this episode and its way the actual substance of it kind of not that vital to the episode. And then what I was most sort of struck by and moved by is Leo's story in his return. But even that sort of felt a little bit sapped of energy. Sort of is by its nature. He's kind of this older, no sort of infirm guy. His breathing is noticeable and labor mean it's the thing that really moved me about the episode. I guess what I'm saying is that feels to me like maybe the underpinning of the entire series. If you had to pick one thing or focus on one area of the friendship between these two men, president Bartlett, and Leo, and it isn't a sad bad place. And Leo returning to his old stomping ground is kind of a little bit like a dinosaur, and he's had a place. And yeah that affected me. It's kind of a bummer to watch. So part of what I'm saying is maybe about not loving the episode is just that it was affective, and what is trying to effect is a feeling of just great sadness and regret and pity. Rough one to watch it is. Yeah, I think you're right. The episode is effective in portraying situation where people feel frustrated and a little bit like they've lost their compass and Leo's they're trying to find it again. But in order to establish that story, you have to really drive home. How ineffective things have been right. But it did feel so much like let Bartlett b Bartlett, but that was in season one. And this is in season six the differences really significant in one. It's like, hey, we're just getting started. What he wanted to do? Okay. Let's make this count. And here. It's like, hey, we're almost at the end didn't really do that much didn't accomplish. So many of the lofty goals that we had set out for and now we've only got a year left. Let's make account. It's not exactly the fiery rhetoric that I think we kind of want. Although, you know, when Leo finally has it out with the president over there. Sad managed meals. He has some fire in him. And what he has to say is valid. I mean, the beauty of being a lame duck..
"tony blinken" Discussed on The West Wing Weekly
"I said let Bartlett b Bartlett didn't even hear me. That's good. That's the synopsis rate. That's a relapse first aired on January nineteenth two thousand and five. It was written by Mark off, man. It was directed by Andrew Bernstein, Andrew Bernstein who worked for longtime as an AD on the show and steps up here and directs and episode. He would later hire me for the episode of psych delay hills show that I was on. And that was very nice of him. Was he directing that episode? Yes. And as the director, he got to hire you. Well, I guess he was involved. I'm sure knowing delay. And I think a new James rodale ready. I had some friends I was stacked I had an inside track. But I always assume even though it's us. The producers of show on the casting director, and the people involved initially that are kind of more important than that episodes director that the director usually has some say or you know, casting his run by himself Andrew burns. He didn't say he's difficult to work with I know him from the west wing do not hire this man, he kept that part to himself. Exactly thoughts not words. Let me give you my synopsis. It's the day after the president's final state of the union address. It was a hit. But Toby isn't fooled by his own writing. And neither is Leo who comes back and tries to take a bird's eye look at what's left to be done with the skin year left in the Bartlett presidency. But Leo's in an odd spot with other staffers switching between respectful deference towards him and rushing off to do important pressing work that doesn't involve him Kate deals with crisis in Bolivia where the US is seen to be interfering with elections that maybe they are and it escalates into a hostage situation. Charlie tries to find a sexy way to talk about the earned income tax credit, and Anna Beth helps the first lady with an event by finding a sexy way to talk about NASCAR..