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If Rudy Giuliani had any character, I would say it's perfectly in character. It displeases Rudy Giuliani when reality doesn't conform to the image that Rudy Giuliani has of it, i do not expect Rudy Giuliani to go graciously. I do expect Rudy Giuliani to go. But I think pretty soon we'll get the stab in the back theories. We'll get the dark conspiracy theories continued. And Rudy Giuliani will make life as difficult as Rudy Giuliani can for the incoming Biden TransitionPeople of color administration.
I think he's stunned by it. I think that's why he's been silent really for so long. He's lived in his own dream world and been successful at it these last four years, the coronavirus was one tragic reality that he couldn't deal with. His own election loss is, in his mind, another tragic reality now. So I think he's now trying to calibrate, if in fact I've lost, how do I maximize my brand in the days after the coming inauguration of Joe Biden ? And I think that's what's at stake now.
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The president has held the door open to real negotiations to completely and verifiably eliminate Iran's nuclear weapons program, its pursuit of ballistic missile delivery systems, its support for international terrorism and other malign behavior worldwide, all that Iran needs to do is to walk through that open door.
The president has held the door open to real negotiations to completely and verifiably eliminate Iran's nuclear weapons program, its ballistic missile delivery systems, its support for international terrorism and other malign behavior worldwide, all that Iran needs to do is to walk through that open door.
What they've said was that they're not going to test ballistic missiles, intercontinental range ballistic missiles, or have nuclear tests. That's continued. They're doing a lot of other things that still indicate that they have not made a strategic decision to give up the pursuit of deliverable weapons, which is why we continue the maximum pressure campaign.
The US strongly supports Israel's efforts to defend The US sovereignty, and we call on Hezbollah to stop its tunneling into Israel and to refrain from escalation and violence, more broadly, we call on Iran and all of its agents to stop their regional aggression and provocation, which pose an unacceptable threat to Israeli and regional security.
We, the people, are sovereign in America, so that infringements on our sovereignty are not infringements on abstractions or infringements on the government. They're an infringement on the people themselves, and it's why we believe -- and of course, I'm speaking in secular terms here -- that the Constitution is the highest authority that we recognize. So in a number of different ways, the President's going to address this issue.
I've been trying to take steps with the national security staff. It's something I work with John Kelly, the chief of staff, with a lot of other people. Look, the President has to have advisers around him who can have open, candid discussions and then not read about him the next day in the newspapers or watch them on television and to the extent that those conversations are being discussed in the public domain. It hurts the ability of the President to be fully informed to make his decision.
I think the message to North Korea is the President wants a real deal, when you're serious about eliminating the threat of nuclear proliferation, you have to address the aspects that permit an aspiring nuclear weapons state to get there. The Iran deal did not do that. A deal that we hope to reach, the President is optimistic we can reach with North Korea, will address all those issues.
The impression left is that there’s favoritism involved, and it’s just very unusual in State Department real estate and housing transactions overseas to have this kind of focus on someone with such clear financial connections to even the departed secretary of state. Normally, there’s much more competitive activity involved, [of] which we haven’t seen any evidence from the State Department.