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BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF EYES FOCUSED ON HIM RIGHT NOW. FOCUSED ON HIM RIGHT NOW.>>CONTEXT, ALWAYS IMPORTANT.>>CONTEXT, ALWAYS IMPORTANT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR FOR THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR FOR THAT. THAT. JOINING US NOW, A MEMBER OF THE JOINING US NOW, A MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE, FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE, CHRIS MURPHY OF CONNECTICUT. CHRIS MURPHY OF CONNECTICUT. WE CAN GET YOU TO WEIGH IN ON WE CAN GET YOU TO WEIGH IN ON THE BIDEN STORY LATER ON IF YOU THE BIDEN STORY LATER ON IF YOU WANT TO, BUT I WANT TO START WANT TO, BUT I WANT TO START WITH THE NEWS THAT YOU HAVE THAT WITH THE NEWS THAT YOU HAVE THAT YOU HAVE BEEN DENIED A VISA BY YOU HAVE BEEN DENIED A VISA BY THE RUSSIANS, YOU AND YOUR THE RUSSIANS, YOU AND YOUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUE RON REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUE RON JOHNSON. JOHNSON. YOU’VE BEEN A CRITIC OF THE YOU’VE BEEN A CRITIC OF THE KREMLIN FOR A WHILE, BUT WERE KREMLIN FOR A WHILE, BUT WERE YOU SURPRISED TO BE MADE PERSNA YOU SURPRISED TO BE MADE PERSNA NON-GRATA? NON-GRATA?>>I GUESS I WASN’T SURPRISED.>>I GUESS I WASN’T SURPRISED. I WAS THERE IN UKRAINE THREE I WAS THERE IN UKRAINE THREE DIFFERENT TIMES WITH JOHN McCAIN DIFFERENT TIMES WITH JOHN McCAIN DURING 2013 AND 2014 AS THEY DURING 2013 AND 2014 AS THEY WERE SPINNING THEMSELVES OUT OF WERE SPINNING THEMSELVES OUT OF RUSSIA’S ORBIT AND I’VE BEEN RUSSIA’S ORBIT AND I’VE BEEN CRITICAL OF THEIR MANIPULATION CRITICAL OF THEIR MANIPULATION OF THE U.S. ELECTION AND THEIR OF THE U.S. ELECTION AND THEIR CONTINUED ATTEMPTS TO DO SO. CONTINUED ATTEMPTS TO DO SO. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I WAS BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I WAS GOING TO RUSSIA NOT JUST AS A GOING TO RUSSIA NOT JUST AS A CRITIC, BUT SOMEONE WHO REALLY CRITIC, BUT SOMEONE WHO REALLY BELIEVES THAT THE UNITED STATES BELIEVES THAT THE UNITED STATES AND RUSSIA NEED TO HAVE A AND RUSSIA NEED TO HAVE A FUNCTIONAL RELATIONSHIP. FUNCTIONAL RELATIONSHIP. WE NEED TO BE WORKING TOGETHER WE NEED TO BE WORKING TOGETHER ON THINGS LIKE NUCLEAR ON THINGS LIKE NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION. NONPROLIFERATION. WE NEED TO BOTH BE AT THE TABLE WE NEED TO BOTH BE AT THE TABLE TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT A PATH TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT A PATH FORWARD FOR PEACE IN A PLACE FORWARD FOR PEACE IN A PLACE LIKE SYRIA. LIKE SYRIA. SO IF SOMEONE LIKE ME ISN’T SO IF SOMEONE LIKE ME ISN’T ALLOWED INTO RUSSIA, SOMEONE WHO ALLOWED INTO RUSSIA, SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN A CRITIC, BUT IS HAS BEEN A CRITIC, BUT IS WILLING TO REACH OUT AND FIND WILLING TO REACH OUT AND FIND SOME COMMON GROUND, THEN I DON’T SOME COMMON GROUND, THEN I DON’T KNOW HOW WE REPAIR THIS KNOW HOW WE REPAIR THIS RELATIONSHIP. RELATIONSHIP. SO I WASN’T SURPRISED, BUT I WAS SO I WASN’T SURPRISED, BUT I WAS CERTAINLY DISAPPOINTED. CERTAINLY DISAPPOINTED. AND IF RON JOHNSON AND MYSELF, AND IF RON JOHNSON AND MYSELF, TWO FAIRLEY MAINSTREAM FOREIGN TWO FAIRLEY MAINSTREAM FOREIGN POLICY THINKERS ARE BEING DENIED POLICY THINKERS ARE BEING DENIED VISAS, I’M NOT SURE WHO RUSSIA VISAS, I’M NOT SURE WHO RUSSIA IS EVER GOING TO LET IN. IS EVER GOING TO LET IN.>>YES, YOU HAVE BEEN A STRONG>>YES, YOU HAVE BEEN A STRONG OPPONENT OF RUSSIAN OPPONENT OF RUSSIAN DISINFORMATION AND YOU’VE BEEN A DISINFORMATION AND YOU’VE BEEN A STAUNCH SUPPORTER OF UKRAINE. STAUNCH SUPPORTER OF UKRAINE. I THINK YOU FIRST WENT THERE I THINK YOU FIRST WENT THERE WITH SENATOR McCAIN IN 2013, WITH SENATOR McCAIN IN 2013, 2014. 2014. I HAVE KIND OF A DOUBLE I HAVE KIND OF A DOUBLE BARRELLED QUESTION FOR YOU. BARRELLED QUESTION FOR YOU. YOU HAVE A REALLY SMART THREAD YOU HAVE A REALLY SMART THREAD THIS MORNING ABOUT HOW WE CAN THIS MORNING ABOUT HOW WE CAN SUPPORT UKRAINE AND HOW CRITICAL SUPPORT UKRAINE AND HOW CRITICAL THAT IS TO THE FUTURE OF THE THAT IS TO THE FUTURE OF THE FREE WORLD. FREE WORLD. I’D LIKE TO HAVE YOU SUMMARIZE I’D LIKE TO HAVE YOU SUMMARIZE THAT. THAT. ALSO, I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT ALSO, I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT SOMETHING THAT WE WORKED ON SOMETHING THAT WE WORKED ON TOGETHER THAT YOUR LEGISLATION TOGETHER THAT YOUR LEGISLATION CREATED, THE GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT CREATED, THE GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT CENTER WHICH WAS PARTIALLY CENTER WHICH WAS PARTIALLY CREATED TO COUNTER RUSSIAN CREATED TO COUNTER RUSSIAN DISINFORMATION AND DISINFORMATION AND DISINFORMATION ALL AROUND THE DISINFORMATION ALL AROUND THE WORLD. WORLD.>>AS I WAS SITTING HERE WAITING>>AS I WAS SITTING HERE WAITING TO GO ON THE AIR, I RETWEETED TO GO ON THE AIR, I RETWEETED YOU ON THIS QUESTION OF U.S. YOU ON THIS QUESTION OF U.S. POLICY TOWARDS UKRAINE. POLICY TOWARDS UKRAINE. AND THE THREAT I PUT ON LATE AND THE THREAT I PUT ON LATE LAST NIGHT IS SIMPLE. LAST NIGHT IS SIMPLE. THE PRESIDENT’S CONSIDERATION OF THE PRESIDENT’S CONSIDERATION OF WITHDRAWING SECURITY AID FOR WITHDRAWING SECURITY AID FOR UKRAINE IS DISASTROUS. UKRAINE IS DISASTROUS. RIGHT NOW, YOU HAVE A NEW RIGHT NOW, YOU HAVE A NEW PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE THAT PUTIN PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE THAT PUTIN IS ACTIVELY TESTING AND THE IS ACTIVELY TESTING AND THE MESSAGE THAT THE PRESIDENT IS MESSAGE THAT THE PRESIDENT IS SENDING BY TEASING THE IDEA OF SENDING BY TEASING THE IDEA OF ENDING OUR SECURITY PARTNERSHIP ENDING OUR SECURITY PARTNERSHIP WITH UKRAINE IS REALLY HARMFUL WITH UKRAINE IS REALLY HARMFUL TO A NEW LEADER THERE. TO A NEW LEADER THERE. BUT MY WORRY IS THAT WE OFTEN BUT MY WORRY IS THAT WE OFTEN OVEROBSESS OVER OUR MILITARY OVEROBSESS OVER OUR MILITARY PARTNERSHIP WITH UKRAINE. PARTNERSHIP WITH UKRAINE. ULTIMATELY, RUSSIA DOESN’T WANT ULTIMATELY, RUSSIA DOESN’T WANT TO MARCH ON THE UKRAINIAN TO MARCH ON THE UKRAINIAN CAPITAL. CAPITAL. THEY WANT TO ECONOMICALLY AND THEY WANT TO ECONOMICALLY AND POLITICALLY BREAK UKRAINE AND WE POLITICALLY BREAK UKRAINE AND WE ARE OFFERING LOTS OF MILITARY ARE OFFERING LOTS OF MILITARY SUPPORT, BUT NOT A LOT OF SUPPORT, BUT NOT A LOT OF ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL SUPPORT ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL SUPPORT TO UKRAINE. TO UKRAINE. SO IF WE REALLY WANT TO MAKE SO IF WE REALLY WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT UKRAINE STAYS SURE THAT UKRAINE STAYS INDEPENDENT AND SOVEREIGN, THEN INDEPENDENT AND SOVEREIGN, THEN WE HAVE TO BE TALKING ABOUT WE HAVE TO BE TALKING ABOUT OTHER FORMS OF ASSISTANT RATHER OTHER FORMS OF ASSISTANT RATHER THAN JUST MILITARY AID. THAN JUST MILITARY AID. SOMETIMES THIS PLACE OBSESSES SOMETIMES THIS PLACE OBSESSES OVER IT. OVER IT. ONE OF THE THINGS WE CAN DO IS ONE OF THE THINGS WE CAN DO IS CONTINUE TO STAND UP FOR THIS CONTINUE TO STAND UP FOR THIS CENTER WE WORKED ON, THE GLOBAL CENTER WE WORKED ON, THE GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT CENTER WHICH HELPS ENGAGEMENT CENTER WHICH HELPS COUNTRIES LIKE UKRAINE FIGHT COUNTRIES LIKE UKRAINE FIGHT RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA. RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA. MY HOPE IS THAT WE CAN CONTINUE MY HOPE IS THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THAT EFFORT. TO SUPPORT THAT EFFORT.>>SENATOR MURPHY, THIS IS CLINT>>SENATOR MURPHY, THIS IS CLINT WATTS IN NEW YORK. WATTS IN NEW YORK. THIS WEEK, AGAIN, WAS THIS WEEK, AGAIN, WAS INTERESTING TO SEE THE PRESIDENT INTERESTING TO SEE THE PRESIDENT ESSENTIALLY ADVOCATING FOR ESSENTIALLY ADVOCATING FOR RUSSIA AT THE G7. RUSSIA AT THE G7. THIS ISN’T UNUSUAL. THIS ISN’T UNUSUAL. WE HAVE SEEN HIM SIMPLY TAKE WE HAVE SEEN HIM SIMPLY TAKE SIDES WITH RUSSIA AGAINST OUR SIDES WITH RUSSIA AGAINST OUR OWN INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND OWN INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND ALLIES IN DIFFERENT CONTEXT HE ALLIES IN DIFFERENT CONTEXT HE BEFORE. BEFORE. BUT FOR THE BENEFIT OF DOUBT, IS BUT FOR THE BENEFIT OF DOUBT, IS THERE ANYTHING THEY’RE THERE ANYTHING THEY’RE COMMUNICATING TO YOU AND OTHER COMMUNICATING TO YOU AND OTHER SENATORS ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIPS SENATORS ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIPS AND HOW DOES THAT AFFECT THE AND HOW DOES THAT AFFECT THE ALLIANCES WITH OUR NATO EU ALLIANCES WITH OUR NATO EU PARTNERS? PARTNERS? WHAT IS YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON THAT WHAT IS YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON THAT HAVING WATCHED WHAT WENT DOWN HAVING WATCHED WHAT WENT DOWN THIS WEEK? THIS WEEK?>>WELL, I HAVEN’T HEARD>>WELL, I HAVEN’T HEARD ANYTHING FROM THE WHITE HOUSE IN ANYTHING FROM THE WHITE HOUSE IN PART BECAUSE I DON’T THINK THERE PART BECAUSE I DON’T THINK THERE IS ANY OFFICIAL AMERICAN POLICY. IS ANY OFFICIAL AMERICAN POLICY. THIS IS, ONCE AGAIN, FOREIGN THIS IS, ONCE AGAIN, FOREIGN POLICY BY STREAM OF POLICY BY STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS. CONSCIOUSNESS. FOREIGN POLICY BY TWITTER. FOREIGN POLICY BY TWITTER. AND I HAVE SAID THAT IT’S NOT AND I HAVE SAID THAT IT’S NOT PREPOSTEROUS TO TALK ABOUT PREPOSTEROUS TO TALK ABOUT BRINGING RUSSIA BACK INTO THE BRINGING RUSSIA BACK INTO THE G7. G7. WE SHOULD WANT RUSSIA TO BE AT WE SHOULD WANT RUSSIA TO BE AT THAT TABLE HAVING CONVERSATIONS THAT TABLE HAVING CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE WORLD, ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE WORLD, BUT WE SHOULD BE HAVING THAT BUT WE SHOULD BE HAVING THAT CONVERSATION IN COORDINATION CONVERSATION IN COORDINATION WITH THE GROUP AND WE SHOULD BE WITH THE GROUP AND WE SHOULD BE SAYING TO THE RUSSIANS, IF YOU SAYING TO THE RUSSIANS, IF YOU WANT BACK INTO THE CLUB, YOU WANT BACK INTO THE CLUB, YOU HAVE TO BE WILLING TO TAKE SOME HAVE TO BE WILLING TO TAKE SOME STEPS ON DE-ESCALATING TENSIONS STEPS ON DE-ESCALATING TENSIONS IN A PLACE LIKE EASTERN UKRAINE IN A PLACE LIKE EASTERN UKRAINE OR CRIMEA. OR CRIMEA. THERE’S NO REASON WHY YOU THERE’S NO REASON WHY YOU SHOULDN’T BE TALKING ABOUT SHOULDN’T BE TALKING ABOUT RUSSIA COMING BACK IN. RUSSIA COMING BACK IN. BUT THE FACT THAT WE’RE BUT THE FACT THAT WE’RE FREELANCING AND TALKING ABOUT FREELANCING AND TALKING ABOUT DOING IT ON OUR OWN FURTHER DOING IT ON OUR OWN FURTHER EXACERBATE THESE TENSION BETWEEN EXACERBATE THESE TENSION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND ALL OF THE THE UNITED STATES AND ALL OF THE OTHER GREAT POWERS AROUND THE OTHER GREAT POWERS AROUND THE WORLD, WHICH MAKES US WEAKER WORLD, WHICH MAKES US WEAKER AND, FRANKLY, INCENTIVIZING AND, FRANKLY, INCENTIVIZING EVERYBODY ELSE FROM FRANCE TO EVERYBODY ELSE FROM FRANCE TO RUSSIA TO ENGLAND TO MAKE PLANS RUSSIA TO ENGLAND TO MAKE PLANS WITHOUT US, TO JUST WORK AROUND WITHOUT US, TO JUST WORK AROUND THE UNITED STATES. THE UNITED STATES.>>AND IF RUSSIA WERE TO>>AND IF RUSSIA WERE TO RE-ENTER THE G7, THAT MEANS RE-ENTER THE G7, THAT MEANS VLADIMIR PUTIN WOULD BE AT THE VLADIMIR PUTIN WOULD BE AT THE PRESIDENT’S GOLF COURSE IN PRESIDENT’S GOLF COURSE IN FLORIDA. FLORIDA. SO SENATOR, LET’S SWITCH TO THE SO SENATOR, LET’S SWITCH TO THE TOPIC OF GUNS. TOPIC OF GUNS. IT HAS BEEN A FEW WEEKS SINCE IT HAS BEEN A FEW WEEKS SINCE THE SHOOTINGS IN EL PASO AND IN THE SHOOTINGS IN EL PASO AND IN DAYTON. DAYTON. THERE HAS YET TO BE ANY THERE HAS YET TO BE ANY LEGISLATIVE RESPONSE TO THAT. LEGISLATIVE RESPONSE TO THAT. OF COURSE THE SENATE REMAINS OUT OF COURSE THE SENATE REMAINS OUT OF SESSION. OF SESSION. BUT WHAT ARE YOU HEARING? BUT WHAT ARE YOU HEARING? ARE YOU HEARING ANY SIGNS OF ARE YOU HEARING ANY SIGNS OF PROGRESS WHATSOEVER IN YOUR PROGRESS WHATSOEVER IN YOUR COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ON THE REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ON THE HILL BUT ALSO THE WHITE HOUSE? HILL BUT ALSO THE WHITE HOUSE? PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS MADE CALLS PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS MADE CALLS IN RECENT WEEKS ABOUT BACKGROUND IN RECENT WEEKS ABOUT BACKGROUND CHECKS AND OTHER THINGS. CHECKS AND OTHER THINGS. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US? WHAT CAN YOU TELL US? WHAT’S THE LATEST? WHAT’S THE LATEST?>>WELL, THIS IS A DIFFERENT>>WELL, THIS IS A DIFFERENT MOMENT. MOMENT. I MEAN, THE ANTI-GUN VIOLENCE I MEAN, THE ANTI-GUN VIOLENCE MOVEMENT HAS GOTTEN STRONGER AND MOVEMENT HAS GOTTEN STRONGER AND STRONGER AND STRONGER OVER THE STRONGER AND STRONGER OVER THE YEARS. YEARS. PART OF THE REASON THAT PART OF THE REASON THAT DEMOCRATS WON BACK CONTROL OF DEMOCRATS WON BACK CONTROL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS BECAUSE ALL OF A SUDDEN GUNS ASK BECAUSE ALL OF A SUDDEN GUNS ASK AN ISSUE THAT SWING VOTERS VOTE AN ISSUE THAT SWING VOTERS VOTE ON AND IT TURNSTHAT TURNS IDENTI ON AND IT TURNSTHAT TURNS IDENTI PEOPLE. PEOPLE. THE PRESIDENT KNOWS THAT. THE PRESIDENT KNOWS THAT. WE ARE AT THE TABLE THIS WEEK WE ARE AT THE TABLE THIS WEEK WITH THE WHITE HOUSE AND A WITH THE WHITE HOUSE AND A HANDFUL OF REPUBLICANS AND HANDFUL OF REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS TRYING TO DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS TRYING TO WORK OUT A COMPROMISE ON WORK OUT A COMPROMISE ON EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS. EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT WE THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT WE HAVE EVER BEEN IN ACTIVE HAVE EVER BEEN IN ACTIVE NEGOTIATIONS WITH REPUBLICANS NEGOTIATIONS WITH REPUBLICANS AND CERTAINLY THIS WHITE HOUSE AND CERTAINLY THIS WHITE HOUSE SINCE 2013 TO DRAMATICALLY SINCE 2013 TO DRAMATICALLY EXPAND THE NUMBER OF BACKGROUND EXPAND THE NUMBER OF BACKGROUND CHECKS DONE IN THIS COUNTRY. CHECKS DONE IN THIS COUNTRY. WHILE I WOULD STILL PUT THE WHILE I WOULD STILL PUT THE CHANCES OF GETTING AN AGREEMENT CHANCES OF GETTING AN AGREEMENT AT LESS THAN 50/50, IT IS AT LESS THAN 50/50, IT IS SIGNIFICANT THAT THE WHITE HOUSE SIGNIFICANT THAT THE WHITE HOUSE IS VERY INTERESTED IN TRYING TO IS VERY INTERESTED IN TRYING TO COME ONE A BIPARTISAN DEAL. COME ONE A BIPARTISAN DEAL. AND, YOU KNOW, I’M NOT SORT OF AND, YOU KNOW, I’M NOT SORT OF OVERFLOWING WITH TRUST OF THIS OVERFLOWING WITH TRUST OF THIS WHITE HOUSE BECAUSE THEY STILL WHITE HOUSE BECAUSE THEY STILL ARE TALKING TO THE NRA AS MUCH ARE TALKING TO THE NRA AS MUCH AS THEY’RE TALKING TO PEOPLE AS THEY’RE TALKING TO PEOPLE LIKE ME, BUT IT IS SIGNIFICANT LIKE ME, BUT IT IS SIGNIFICANT THAT WE’RE TALKING AND I’M GOING THAT WE’RE TALKING AND I’M GOING TO STAY AT THE TABLE WITH THE TO STAY AT THE TABLE WITH THE WHITE HOUSE FOR AS LONG AS IT WHITE HOUSE FOR AS LONG AS IT TAKES. TAKES.>>SENATOR, SUSAN DEL PERCIO>>SENATOR, SUSAN DEL PERCIO HERE IN NEW YORK. HERE IN NEW YORK. SWITCHING BACK TO UKRAINE A SWITCHING BACK TO UKRAINE A MOMENT, I CAN’T HELP BUT THINK MOMENT, I CAN’T HELP BUT THINK IN THE HEADLINES RECENTLY, WE IN THE HEADLINES RECENTLY, WE KNOW RUDY GIULIANI, ONE OF THE KNOW RUDY GIULIANI, ONE OF THE APPROXIMATELY’S POLITICAL ALLIES APPROXIMATELY’S POLITICAL ALLIES HAS GONE OVER TO THE UK WITH THE HAS GONE OVER TO THE UK WITH THE GOAL OF FINDING DIRT ON THE GOAL OF FINDING DIRT ON THE PRESIDENT’S POLITICAL OPPONENTS, PRESIDENT’S POLITICAL OPPONENTS, MOST SPECIFICALLY FORMER VICE MOST SPECIFICALLY FORMER VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN’S SON. PRESIDENT BIDEN’S SON. HOW CONCERNED ARE YOU THAT THE HOW CONCERNED ARE YOU THAT THE PRESIDENT — KNOWING THAT THE PRESIDENT — KNOWING THAT THE PRESIDENT IS AS TRANSACTIONAL AS PRESIDENT IS AS TRANSACTIONAL AS HE IS THAT HE COULD BE HOLDING HE IS THAT HE COULD BE HOLDING UP THIS AID SPECIFICALLY FOR UP THIS AID SPECIFICALLY FOR THAT REASON UNTIL HE GETS SOME THAT REASON UNTIL HE GETS SOME INFORMATION? INFORMATION? AS YOU SAID, IT’S A NEW AS YOU SAID, IT’S A NEW PRESIDENT THERE. PRESIDENT THERE. THEY HAVE NEW LEADERSHIP. THEY HAVE NEW LEADERSHIP. MAYBE THIS IS THE WAY THE MAYBE THIS IS THE WAY THE PRESIDENT CAN, IF NOT CORRUPT PRESIDENT CAN, IF NOT CORRUPT HIM, AT LEAST KIND OF GET WHAT HIM, AT LEAST KIND OF GET WHAT HE WANTS OUT OF HIM. HE WANTS OUT OF HIM.>>SO GIULIANI’S VISITS TO>>SO GIULIANI’S VISITS TO UKRAINE SHOULD BE A RED ALARM UKRAINE SHOULD BE A RED ALARM MOMENT FOR THE UNITED STATES MOMENT FOR THE UNITED STATES SENATE. SENATE. I’VE SENT A LETTER TO THE I’VE SENT A LETTER TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE, JIM RICH, RELATIONS COMMITTEE, JIM RICH, ASKING HIM TO CONDUCT AN ASKING HIM TO CONDUCT AN INVESTIGATION INTO RUDY INVESTIGATION INTO RUDY GIULIANI’S TRIPS AND VISITS TO GIULIANI’S TRIPS AND VISITS TO UKRAINE. UKRAINE. I KNOW FROM FRIENDS IN UKRAINE I KNOW FROM FRIENDS IN UKRAINE THAT THE NEW PRESIDENT THERE AND THAT THE NEW PRESIDENT THERE AND THE NEW ADMINISTRATION THERE ARE THE NEW ADMINISTRATION THERE ARE VERY CONFUSED. VERY CONFUSED. THEY DON’T KNOW WHO IS ACTUALLY THEY DON’T KNOW WHO IS ACTUALLY SPEAKING FOR THE PRESIDENT AND SPEAKING FOR THE PRESIDENT AND CERTAINLY JULIE AENNY AND OTHERS CERTAINLY JULIE AENNY AND OTHERS ARE MAKING IT SOUND AS IF THEY ARE MAKING IT SOUND AS IF THEY ARE SPEAKING FOR THE UNITED ARE SPEAKING FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WHEN THEY ASK STATES OF AMERICA WHEN THEY ASK FOR THESE BOGUS INVESTIGATIONS FOR THESE BOGUS INVESTIGATIONS OF THE BIDEN FAMILY. OF THE BIDEN FAMILY. AND, YES, I AM VERY CONCERNED AND, YES, I AM VERY CONCERNED THAT THE PRESIDENT IS WILLING TO THAT THE PRESIDENT IS WILLING TO HOLD UP MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE HOLD UP MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE IN ORDER TO GET HIS POLITICAL IN ORDER TO GET HIS POLITICAL PRIORITIES UNDERTAKEN BY THE PRIORITIES UNDERTAKEN BY THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT. UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT. THAT WOULD BE PATENTLY ILLEGAL. THAT WOULD BE PATENTLY ILLEGAL. THAT WOULD BE IMPEACHABLE IF IT THAT WOULD BE IMPEACHABLE IF IT WERE TRUE. WERE TRUE. BUT I THINK WE HAVE TO PUT TWO BUT I THINK WE HAVE TO PUT TWO AND TWO TOGETHER. AND TWO TOGETHER. WE HAVE TO LOOK AT GIULIANI’S WE HAVE TO LOOK AT GIULIANI’S VISITS. VISITS. WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THIS BIZARRE WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THIS BIZARRE ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE SUSPENSION OF AID TO UKRAINE AND SUSPENSION OF AID TO UKRAINE AND WORRY THAT THE TWO MAY BE WORRY THAT THE TWO MAY BE LINKED. LINKED. I DON’T HAVE EVIDENCE THAT THEY I DON’T HAVE EVIDENCE THAT THEY ARE, BUT I’M WORRIED ABOUT IT. ARE, BUT I’M WORRIED ABOUT IT.>>THE SENATOR POSTED HIS LETTER>>THE SENATOR POSTED HIS LETTER ON UKRAINE LAST NIGHT. ON UKRAINE LAST NIGHT.>>>COMING UP ON “MORNING>>>COMING UP ON “MORNING JOE” — JOE” –>>BEATING DONALD TRUMP IS NOT>>BEATING DONALD TRUMP IS NOT ENOUGH. ENOUGH. WE HAVE TO HAVE BIGGER WE HAVE TO HAVE BIGGER ASPIRATIONS THAN THAT. ASPIRATIONS THAN THAT. BEATING DONALD TRUMP IS THE BEATING DONALD TRUMP IS THE FLOOR. FLOOR. IT’S NOT THE CEILING. IT’S NOT THE CEILING. BIETH DONALD TRUMP MAY GET US BIETH DONALD TRUMP MAY GET US OUT OF THE VALLEY, BUT IT OUT OF THE VALLEY, BUT IT DOESN’T GET US TO THE DOESN’T GET US TO THE MOUNTAINTOP. MOUNTAINTOP. WHAT IS GOING TO DECIDE THIS WHAT IS GOING TO DECIDE THIS ELECTION IS NOT WHAT HE DOES, OR ELECTION IS NOT WHAT HE DOES, OR WHAT PEOPLE TWHO DISAGREE WITH WHAT PEOPLE TWHO DISAGREE WITH US DO, IT’S HOW WE ARE NOT GOING US DO, IT’S HOW WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE REACTIVISTS WAITING FOR TO BE REACTIVISTS WAITING FOR SOMETHING TO HAPPEN AND SUDDENLY SOMETHING TO HAPPEN AND SUDDENLY REALIZING THAT THERE’S A CAUSE. REALIZING THAT THERE’S A CAUSE. WE HAVE TO BE ACTIVISTS. WE HAVE TO BE ACTIVISTS.>>CORY BOOKER IN CALIFORNIA AND>>CORY BOOKER IN CALIFORNIA AND AS WE GEAR UP FOR THE UPCOMING AS WE GEAR UP FOR THE UPCOMING ELECTIONS, A NEW BOOK ARGUES

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