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For those who want to criticize me for lack of quarantine, realize that if the rules on testing had been followed to a tee, I would never have been tested and would still be walking around the halls of the Capitol, the current guidelines would not have called for me to get tested nor quarantined. It was my extra precaution, out of concern for my damaged lung, that led me to get tested.
If you got a bar that's closed, bar owner goes in and applies for a loan, which will become a grant most likely. And you have to use the money to pay payroll. The people never go into the unemployment insurance system. They get a check from their employer and when this is over they go right back to work. That is a good idea for some. And those that won't work for go to unemployment insurance.
The President has great respect for Mitch's political skills. ... The President got( Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett) Kavanaugh through. We have done a lot with Republican-only votes. All these judges. I can tell you that The President has a lot of respect for Mitch McConnell as majority leader.
Qasem Soleimani has long had American blood on Qasem Soleimani hands and is directly involved in operational planning and execution of Iranian direct and proxy efforts across the Middle East and, given the arguments laid out by White House, there is little question the President has the legal authority to take this strike on his own authority.
Now, Joe Biden is Joe Biden. I've traveled all over the world with Joe Biden. Joe Biden's running for president on the Democratic side. I think Joe Biden'll do very well. The bottom line is Joe Biden son was receiving $ 50,000 a month from a gas company run by the most corrupt guy in the Ukraine and about two months after they raided the gas company's president's home, they fired the prosecutor, yeah, I think it's OK to talk about this kind of stuff.
Personally I think President Donald Trump will come out of this stronger and the good news is that everybody in politics in America needs to prove to the American public we're not all completely crazy. So there may be a spirit of compromise coming post-impeachment, born of political necessity, if anything else.
There are people wanting to call( Secretary of State Mike) Pompeo, they want to call( Vice President Mike) Pence, they want to call Hunter Biden, they want to call Hunter Biden. I am not in the camp of calling a bunch of witnesses, but that's just me, i am in the camp of basing my decision based on the record prepared in Trump White House.
Erdoganannounced that betweensix months to two years from now, Turkey could repatriate about onemillionrefugees into a safe zone established in northern Syria. Outside the White House, dozens of Kurds and their supporters waved Kurdish and American flags in protest. WATCH : JIM JORDAN UNLEASED -- SAYS OBAMA GAVE UKRAINE BLANKETS, WHILE TRUMP PROVIDED MISSILES The press conference came after the two leaders met in the White House, and followed a meeting with five Republicansenators, including Ted Cruz of Texas and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. ( After President Trump urged President Trump Erdoganto call ona friendly reporter from Turkey.
President Clinton defended President Clinton but President Clinton never stopped being president, and I think one of the reasons that President Clinton survived is that the public may not have liked what the president had done but believed that he was still able to do his job... I'm hoping that will become the model here.
As to asking China to look into Joe Biden -- that was stupid. Nobody believes that China would be fair to Joe Biden, Donald Trump, me or you, or anybody. Bad idea, that didn't last very long. I think Read MoreWhen's a frustrated Trump who feels like there's two different games, that people in your business are never gon na really sit down and talk to Hunter Biden unless it's a softball interview.
Time to do more than pray. Time to enact common-sense legislation in Congress to empower states to deal with those who present a danger to themselves and others -- while respecting robust due process, may not have mattered here, but Red Flag laws have proven to be effective in states that have them.
So heres what to watch for. If the Iranians follow through on their threat to starting reaching again at higher levels to basically take their enrichment program to a kind of a nuclear level in terms of a weapons grade production, Israels in a world of hurt, so the best thing the president can do is stop that. And how do you stop that to make Iran understand youre not going to let that happen? I think you should put their oil refineries on our target list, and that he should look at sinking the Iranian Navy if they attack shipping again.
We had a major American political party hire a foreign national, Christopher Steele, to dig up dirt on an American presidential candidate, as if that was not bad enough, the foreign national compiled an unverified dossier that was then used by The FBI to obtain a warrant against an American citizen and surveil an American presidential campaign.
I want Attorney General William Barr to explain Attorney General William Barr decision in the four-page letter and talk about what are the takeaways from the report, one of the takeaways is that the Russians were heavily involved in trying to influence our election. I think they're still up to it. See if he agrees with that and try to find ways to defend American election system in 2020 from Russian interference and others.
I want Attorney General William Barr to explain Attorney General William Barr decision in the four-page letter and talk about what are the takeaways from the report, one of the takeaways is that the Russians were heavily involved in trying to influence our election. I think they're still up to it. See if Attorney General William Barr agrees with Attorney General William Barr and try to find ways to defend American election system in 2020 from Russian interference and others.
TRUMPS BORDER WALL PROTOTYPES TO COME DOWN Vice President Mike Pence discussed the issue with GOP senators during their weekly private lunch. In a statement after the sit-down, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham accused Democrats of hypocritically changing their mind about realities on the southern border. Griff Jenkins reports from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. We had a great presentation from Vice President Mike Pence and Vice President Mike Pence team regarding the emergency declaration and the need for additional spending to protect our southern border, the Vice President made a compelling case that the border crisis is real and President Trump has both the authority and legal backing to declare a national emergency.
While Saudi Arabia is a strategic ally, the behavior of the Crown Prince – in multiple ways – has shown disrespect for the relationship and made him, in my view, beyond toxic, i fully realize we have to deal with bad actors and imperfect situations on the international stage. However, when we lose our moral voice, we lose our strongest asset.
My concern, by the statements made by President Trump, is that you set in motion enthusiasm by the enemy we're fighting, you make people we're trying to held wonder about us. And as they get bolder, people we're trying to help are going to get more uncertain. I saw this in Iraq. And I'm now seeing it in Syria.
My concern, by the statements made by President President Donald Trump, is that you set in motion enthusiasm by the enemy we're fighting. You make people we're trying to help wonder about The US. And as they get bolder, the people we're trying to help are going to get more uncertain. I saw this in Iraq. And I'm now seeing it in Syria, every American wants our troops to come home, but I think all of us want to make sure that when they do come home, we're safe.
I would urge( President Donald Trump) to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before President Donald Trump pulls the plug. See if we can get a deal, if we can't at the end of three weeks, all bets are off, see if President Donald Trump can do it by President Donald Trump through the emergency powers. That's my recommendation.
I asked President Donald Trump,' President Donald Trump, if you want to go down the emergency path, I stand with you.' President Donald Trump said just 30 minutes ago,' That's my last — last option. I think the legislative route is the best way to go. Let's make a deal, but I'll do it if I had to,'.
After discussions with the President and( Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph) Dunford, I never felt better about where we are headed, i think we're slowing things down in a smart way. But the goal has always been the same. To be able to leave Syria and make sure ISIS never comes back.
They wanted to talk -- the FBI to talk with the witnesses that The New York Times.Both Ford named, they want to talk to Ms. Deborah Ramirez, because Deborah Ramirez refused to talk to Senate Judiciary Committee. They're going to Mark Judge, did you ever see Brett Kavanaugh drug women or engage in gang rape. I think that's going to be the focus of it.
Here is my understanding, if you lived a good life people would recognize it – like the American Bar Association has the gold standard, his integrity is absolutely unquestioned. He is the very circumspect in his personal conduct. Harbors no biases or prejudices. He is entirely ethical. Is a really decent person. He is warm, friendly, unassuming – he is the nicest person.
The President's entitled to having an attorney general The President has faith in, somebody that is qualified for the job and I think there will come a time sooner rather than later where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice. Clearly, Attorney General Sessions doesn't have the confidence of The President.
The president is entitled to an attorney general he has faith in, somebody that’s qualified for the job and I think there will become a time sooner rather than later where it will be time to have a new face, and fresh voice, at the Department of Justice, clearly, Attorney General Sessions doesn’t have the confidence of the president and all I can say is that I have a lot of respect for the attorney general, but that’s an important office in the country and after the election, I think there will be some serious discussions about a new attorney general.
I thought they've done a good job of making diplomacy real, they've done a good job of saying they're not going to get played. And I'll talk to the administration this afternoon. I'll get briefed by them, Secretary( of State Mike) Pompeo, about sort of what led to this and where they want to go, and I'll know more after that.
I intend to support Gina Haspel to serve as the first female Director of the CIA, ms. Haspel has rejected the interrogation policies of the past. She is fully committed to following the law that prevents future abuses. This law, among others, includes the Detainee Treatment Act which I helped author. Gina Haspel should be confirmed as soon as possible as we live in a time of continuing threats.
I don't know from where Leader McConnell gets Leader McConnell confidence President Donald Trump will not take action to interfere with this investigation, given the number of times in recent days Leader McConnell has tweeted or spoken directly or indirectly in ways that I think threaten the investigation led by Leader McConnell.
While I'm glad the majority leader believes Leader McConnell would be Leader McConnell, it's a mistake not to pass legislation to protect the investigation, we ought to head off a constitutional crisis at the pass, rather than waiting until it's too late. ... I hope Senate Judiciary Committee moves forward with a bill, and that members of Senator McConnell's caucus push Senator McConnell to reconsider.
The American people now have some context for what they have been reading in the press for months, including some of which served as the basis of the criminal referral of Mr. Steele made by Senator Grassley and me, through my service on the Senate Judiciary Committee, I have been investigating this matter for months, and will continue to do so.
I've spent some time in the last couple of days, after a lot of fighting with the Department of Justice, to get the background on the dossier, and here's what I can tell your viewers, i'm very disturbed about what the Department of Justice did with this dossier, and we need a special counsel to look into that, because that's not in Mueller's charter.
… [ is ] creating a situation that a nuclear war may break out any moment. China is also calling on North Korea state media to stop the drills, saying they won't bring North Korea back to the bargaining table. North Korea state media says these military drills, which involve a staggering 12,000 U.S. Service members, were planned in advance – but the timing is certainly appropriate. FLIGHT CREW WITNESSED NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR MISSILE TEST, AIRLINE SAYS This past weekend, Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said it is time for U.S. military families in South Korea to leave because, in his words, conflict with North Korea could be imminent. We're getting close to a military conflict because North Korea's marching toward marrying up the technology of an ICBM with a nuclear weapon on top that can not only get to America but deliver the weapon.
I have always believed DACA was a presidential overreach, however, I equally understand the plight of the Dream Act kids who -- for all practical purposes know no country other than United States of America. If President Trump makes this decision we will work to find a legislative solution to their dilemma.
Obamacare is going to collapse, instead of having a one-size-fits-all solution from Washington, we should return dollars back to the states to address each individual state’s health care needs. Just like no two patients are the same, no two states ’ health care needs are the same. A solution that works in California may not work in Virginia.
I think it was inappropriate, I think if there is a tape we need to know about it. I don't think we can dodge that issue. I want to get back to doing the business of the country. North Korea is developing a missile that can hit the American homeland, i want to help the President where I can, but tweets like North Korea take us off in a ditch.
I just want an answer. I just want to know what is going on here, you had (former Director of National Intelligence James) Clapper say there was no surveillance of the Trump campaign or Trump Tower. You've got press reports a FISA warrant was issued for Carter Page because of his ties to Russia. I just want to know what happened. And if we can't do it in an open session, let's do it in a closed session.
To all of my colleague who think that this President cannot act without your approval you don't understand the way the Constitution works, here is your authority and your power to do something about it, the power of the purse. If you don't like what's he's going to do in the future or what he's doing now then you can defund these operations. That's the power of Congress.
I can tell you this, today is another day of questioning, and I think there will be some important issues raised, but at the end of the day, we each have to make a decision as to whether this man should have a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, it's not an easy call because it's the deciding vote in a 4-4 court.
I expect them to take some time, but Judiciary has control over the FBI--oversight. So I have said, OK, let's keep the committee process in place, regular order, so if the FBI runs over to the Intel committee and they testify there, and they don't respond to my letter, I think that's a mistake, because the FBI is under our jurisdiction.
I had a cordial, pleasant phone conversation with Mr. Trump. I congratulated him on winning the Republican nomination for President, i know Mr. Trump is reaching out to many people, throughout the party and the country, to solicit their advice and opinions. I believe this is a wise move on his part.
I'm pro-life. The most tragic thing in the world is for a woman to be raped, a child, a pregnancy caused by rape. I'm very pro-life, (but) I can't go there, I can't tell that woman you gotta carry that child, i'm very pro-life, that's a sensitive issue, but I think in a general election that will be a hard sell.
Here's what I predict. I think the nominee of our party is going to adopt my plan when it comes time to articulate how to destroy ISIL, we've fallen short here, but the fight continues. To those who are doing the fighting, I want to be your voice. To those in the Republican Party who want to win, check my plan out. Hillary, if you get to be President, I'll help you where I can. I hope you're not. But if you are, I'll be there to help you win a war we can't afford to lose.
I don't know Dr. (Ben) Carson's foreign policy. He's got to explain it to me, carly (Fiorina) said she's not reached the point where she would say we need boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria. I don't know what point we've got to reach. It's obvious to me that we're well past the point where we need to deal with ISIL on the ground and Iraq and Syria.
In 1950, there were 16 workers for every retiree. How many are there today? There are three, in 20 years, there is going to be two, and you're going to have 80 million Baby Boomers like me retiring en masse, wanting a Social Security check and their Medicare bills paid. We're going to need more legal immigration. Let's make it logical. Let's pick people from all over the world on our terms, not just somebody from Mexico. Let's create a rational, legal immigration system because we have a declining workforce.
But what we'll see over time, as the electorate starts thinking about 'Who do we want to be the next commander-in-chief?' i don't know what Dr. Carson's done over the last 10 years other than surgery, which is amazing, it's something I couldn't do. But over the last decade I've been going to Iraq and Afghanistan, for over 35 times, learning from my mistakes, Bush's mistakes, Obama's mistakes.
Given the quickly changing tide of public opinion on this issue, I do not believe that an attempt to amend the U.S. Constitution could possibly gain the support of three-fourths of the states or a supermajority in the U.S. Congress, rather than pursing a divisive effort that would be doomed to fail, I am committing myself to ensuring the protection of religious liberties of all Americans.
The Air Force has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me, it identified and developed my talent, and helped me become useful to my country. It offered me adventure and showed me the world. It gave me a purpose bigger than myself. It put me in the company of patriots. It's been almost like family to me.
They leaked a story about an impending indictment right after the [American Israeli Public Affairs Committee] conference, right after Bob Menendez said, to his great credit, stood up and said I want to look at any deal you with Iran, as to Bob Menendez, like every other American, he's innocent until proven otherwise. He's a friend. But this whole behavior around the Obama administration regarding the law is very disturbing.
I doubt ISIL, the Iranian mullahs, or Vladmir Putin will be intimidated by President Obama's strategy of 'strategic patience.' From their point of view, the more 'patience' President Obama practices the stronger they become, the Obama Doctrine, or 'strategic patience,' has led to a world in chaos. ... Applying more 'patience' to President Obama's failed foreign policy just prolongs failure.
The statement of [Sen. Rand] Paul would create anxiety because he's a doctor, he's a respected senator and there is no evidence that I'm aware of that a vaccine causes mental retardation, if he has that evidence he should come forward and let the scientific community do something about it. You cannot scare people by anecdote.
As to freedom, it is cherished, it is hard to come by, it is hard to hang on to. But freedom without responsibility is chaos, so to those who push the idea that freedom would allow an individual to do anything, anywhere, at any time, I reject, your freedom ends where my ability to raise my family safely begins. So I would urge every American to vaccinate their children and I would reject any effort to stop vaccinations until someone can show me a scientific reason to do so.
The president of the United States has concluded that the War on Terror has reached a point that we can safely release people from Gitmo, the best I can say about him is he's unfocused. That's delusional thinking. The War on Terror has reached a lethal phase, and it is insane to be letting these people out of Gitmo to go back to the fight.
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