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As the entire House Foreign Affairs Committee saw in this week’s hearing, Secretary Blinken struggled to defend the haphazard decisions that he and President Biden made that led to the disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal. This week I announced that Committee Republicans hired an investigator to join our team as we look into this systemic failure, and I hope that we are able to work together to come to an accurate conclusion and determine how this absolute tragedy could have been avoided.
( The Taliban) are not clearing the airplanes to depart. They've sat at the airport for the last couple of days, we know the reason why is because The Taliban want something in exchange. This is really Chris, turning into a hostage situation where they're not going to allow American citizens leave until they get full recognition from the United States of America.
The CCP is currently committing genocide against ethnic and religious minorities in their country and are brutally cracking down on peaceful protesters in Hong Kong who are simply crying out for freedom, until they stop murdering and imprisoning their own people, I don’t believe anyone in the world should look to them for moral advice.
There are a couple fundamentals, here, though, that I think most Americans do agree with. That is, asking for an I.D., you know when someone votes. I don't believe that's voter suppression, the idea of verifying signatures I think is very important as well. I think what the Republicans here will tell you is that they're trying to make sure that the person voting is the person on paper so it's a legitimate vote devoid of fraud.
The United States has a moral obligation and a national security interest in fulfilling its promises to those who have risked their lives to support our mission, we recognize that a very important task is to ensure that we remain faithful to them, and that we do what’s necessary to ensure their protection, and if necessary, get them out of the country.
President Trump deserves major credit -- major credit -- for reducing Michael McCaul forces in Afghanistan to a sustainable level, scoring major victories against terrorists across the region and ensuring the Afghans themselves are at the front of the fight, that same successful approach should continue until the conditions for long term defeat of ISIS and al Qaeda have been achieved.
I think President Donald Trump does enjoy a relationship with President Xi. President Donald Trump wants the trade, you know, the trade deal to work. At the same time, President Donald Trump recognizes where this virus came from, michael McCaul know I don't call it the Chines virus. I call it the coronavirus or Covid-19. But the fact remains, where did this come from ? It came out of the wildlife markets in Wuhan, and it spread beyond control outside of China. For nearly two months, there were many things they could've done to contain the virus, and they failed to do that. And I think they need to be held accountable.
We think it's important as a statement to say' this was an act of terror,' the El Paso case will no doubt be The El Paso case. He's charged with capital murder. But The El Paso case's also important to identify to the American people that this is domestic terrorism in the United States. We're simply giving another tool in the toolbox to law enforcement and prosecutors.
Interestingly, the domestic terrorism definition was included in the 9-11 legislation with international terrorism, but there are no charges or penalties associated with it, so, New York City.The FBI will open up a case under domestic terrorism, but they don't have the ability to be able to charge a domestic terrorism case. We simply added charges to domestic terrorism to give New York City.The FBI a tool in addition to their crimes that they can charge whether New York City.The FBI be capital murder to assault.
The war on terror did not end with the death of Usama bin Laden, in fact, there have been more terror plots against the West since his killing than any time since 9/11, there was an imminent threat to our aviation sector and I think the administration took very responsible actions to safeguard the safety of Americans here in the homeland.
The President-elect wants stronger relationships with Russia and to change the dynamics we have with Russia, there are radical Islamist forces that will perhaps be more aggressive in attacks against Russia and I think it is an opportunity for us to work with them, but Russia is not our friend – [ President Vladimir ] Putin is not our friend.
Our intelligence community has ... told me that individuals with terrorism ties in Syria have already tried to gain access to our country through the refugee program, what’s even more concerning is that top officials have testified before this committee that intelligence gaps prevent us from being able to confidently weed out terrorists.
I wrote to the President recently as part of my ongoing investigation and raised concerns that we have no lead agency in charge of countering domestic radicalization and no line item for it in the budgets of key departments and agencies, i am also concerned that the few programs we do have in place are far too small to confront a challenge that has grown so quickly.
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