Trump Accuses John Kerry Of ‘Shadow Diplomacy’


THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS
THREATENED TO SET THE IRAN DEAL ON FIRE BY THE END OF THE
WEEK. THAT IS THE DEAL THAT ENDED
IRAN’S NUCLEAR ENERGY PROGRAM. THEY DIDN’T HAVE A WEAPONS
PROGRAM, BUT NOW THEY COULDN’T NOT ONLY HAVE NUCLEAR ENERGY
PROGRAM, IT’S GOT THE URANIUM FROM IRAN, IT WAS AMAZING. IN
RETURN, WHAT DID WE GIVE THEM? NOTHING. WE HAD TAKEN THEIR MONEY HOSTAGE
AND WE HAD CONVINCED OTHER COUNTRIES TO FREEZE ALL THEIR
ASSETS. NOT OURS, THEIRS. IT WAS IRANIAN MONEY AND WE
FROZE THEM ALL ACROSS THE WORLD. WE KIDNAPPED THEIR MONEY AND
THEN IN RETURN FOR ENDING THEIR ENERGY PROGRAM, WE GAVE
THEM THEIR MONEY BACK. IT WAS AN UNBELIEVABLY GREAT
DEAL. LOOK, I DO NOT WANT I DO NOT
WANT THEM TO HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS, THEY ARE RUN BY CORRUPT
PEOPLE. WE DIDN’T GO TO WORK, WE GAVE UP
NOTHING, AND WE TOOK AWAY ANY HOPE OF AN NUCLEAR PROGRAM. SO OF COURSE, THE MORON DONALD
TRUMP THINKS, I AM GOING TO DO A BETTER DEAL SO I AM
THINKING OF RIPPING THAT ONE UP. SO JOHN KERRY, THE FORMER
SECRETARY OF STATE WHO NEGOTIATED THAT DEAL IS
APPARENTLY GOING AROUND TO ALLIES AND TO THE PEOPLE HE
TALKED TO IN A RUN TO MAKE THE DEAL INCLUDING THE FOREIGN
MINISTER AND SAYING, HERE IS HOW WE CAN RESCUE THE DEAL, ETC. HE IS ON HIS OWN, HE IS DOING
THAT. IS THAT A GOOD IDEA? I HAVE MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT IT. IF A REPUBLICAN SECRETARY OF
STATE WAS DOING THAT TO OBAMA I DON’T KNOW IF I WOULD BE HAPPY
ABOUT IT ON THE OTHER HAND, HE IS FIGHTING FOR PEACE AND THOSE
GUYS FIGHT FOR WAR, SO THAT MEETS A GIANT DIFFERENCE AND HE
IS THE ONE WHO PUT THE DEAL TOGETHER AND AS THE FORMER
SECRETARY OF STATE HE HAS EVERY RIGHT TO AT LEAST TALK TO
OUR ALLIES, THAT IS FOR SURE. DOES NOT AGREE. HE TWEETS: IF BY MESS YOU MEAN AND
EXCELLENT DEAL, THAT WAS JOHN KERRY. THAT IS PROBABLY THE SHINING
MOMENT IN HIS RESUME. EXCELLENT DEAL CRITICIZED BY
DONALD TRUMP. BY DEFINITION YOU KNEW IT WAS A
GOOD DEAL. ANYWAY, THE ANSWER FROM KERRY’S
CAMP IS: THAT IS TRUE. TALKING TO THEIR FOREIGN
MINISTER, INTERESTING, BUT LET ME GIVE YOU
THE CONTEXT THAT ALMOST NO ONE ELSE IN MEDIA IS GIVING YOU. DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION
AS THEY WERE NEGOTIATING THAT DEAL, 47 REPUBLICAN SENATORS LED BY TOM
COTTON WROTE A LETTER DIRECTLY TO THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT SAYING
DO NOT DO THE DEAL. THAT IS ONLY 1 MILLION TIMES
WORSE SO WHERE IS EVERYBODY ON CABLE NEWS TALKING ABOUT
THE TREASONOUS REPUBLICAN SENATORS WHO BESEECHED THE
AYATOLLAH TO NOT DO A DEAL WITH OUR GOVERNMENT AS WE WERE
NEGOTIATING A DEAL? WHERE ARE YOU GUYS? SO MAJOR GENERAL PAUL EATON WAS
ASKED ABOUT IT AT THE TIME, IT WAS A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO. AND HE SAID: WHEN ASKED TO DESCRIBE THE
REPUBLICAN SENATORS ACTIONS HE SAID: PLEASE SPARE ME YOUR CROCODILE
TEARS ON JOHN KERRY UNLESS YOU ARE ALSO CALLING OUT TOM
COTTON TODAY AND BY THE WAY, OTHER SENATORS LIKE LINDSEY
GRAHAM AND JOHN MCCAIN WHO NEVER SAW WAR THAT THEY DIDN’T
ABSOLUTELY LOVE. THEY WERE THE ONES WHO WERE
MUTINOUS. OKAY. THEN RUDY GIULIANI WAS SPEAKING
OVER THE WEEKEND TO A GROUP. THEY PRETEND TO BE FOR FREEDOM
IN IRAN. IF ONLY IT WERE SO. USUALLY, IT’S SHADOWY GROUPS WHO
SUPPORT ANOTHER COUNTRY WHO WANT A WAR WITH IRAN. THEY DO IT UNDER THE GUISE OF
FREEDOM FOR IRAN. SPEAKING TO THAT GROUP, GIULIANI
SAID: WAIT A MINUTE, GIULIANI DOESN’T
HAVE NATIONAL SECURITY CLEARANCE. HE DOESN’T EVEN WORK FOR THE
GOVERNMENT. HE HAS DONALD TRUMP’S PERSONAL
ATTORNEY, SO IS TRUMP SHARING NATIONAL SECRETS WITH GIULIANI? FIRST OF ALL, YOU KNOW THE
ANSWER TO THAT. OF COURSE HE IS. YOU THINK HE IS NOT BLABBERING
ALL OVER THE PLACE ALL OF THESE PEOPLE WHO DON’T
HAVE CLEARANCE. OF COURSE HE IS. AND THEN GIULIANI BECAUSE HE IS
APPARENTLY TOTALLY UNHINGED GOES AND SPEAKS OF THIS GROUP
AND IS LIKE LET ME TELL YOU CLASSIFIED INFORMATION THAT I
SHOULDN’T EVEN HAVE ACCESS TO. WE ARE GOING TO DO A REGIME
CHANGE IN IRAN. THAT MEANS WAR. THAT MEANS NOT ONLY ARE THEY
GOING TO TEAR THE DEAL, WE MIGHT GO TO WAR WITH IRAN. IRAN IS FOUR TIMES THE SIZE
OF IRAQ. THAT IS AT LEAST FOUR TIMES THE
SIZE OF DISASTER. THEIR MILITARY IS WAY SUPERIOR
TO IRAQ’S. THEY DON’T HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS
THANKS TO OBAMA AND JOHN KERRY BY THE WAY, BUT THEY DO
HAVE A TON OF CONVENTIONAL WEAPONS AND IF YOU THOUGHT WE
GOT STUCK IN THE MIDDLE OF IRAQ, WAIT
UNTIL YOU GET A LOAD OF IRAN BUT ALMOST EVERYONE IN THE
ADMINISTRATION NOW IS A NEOCON WHO IS IN FAVOR OF THAT
WAR. GIULIANI WENT ON TO SAY THAT
RIPPING UP THAT DEAL AND GOING FOR REGIME CHANGE WOULD MEAN WAR
IS: I DO NOT KNOW THE ANYONE WHO HAS
EVER WRITTEN A BOOK BETTER THAN 1984. ORWELL HAS GOT TO BE THINKING,
NAILED IT. THE ONLY WAY TO PEACE IS WAR. INDEED. HOW ABOUT THE CURRENT SECRETARY
OF STATE MIKE POMPEO. WHAT HE HAS SAID IN THE PAST,
WHEN HE WAS A CONGRESSMAN? CONGRESS MUST ACT TO CHANGE
IRANIAN BEHAVIOR AND ULTIMATELY, THE IRANIAN
REGIME. THE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR IS
JOHN BOLTON WHO HAS NOT MET A WAR HE DID NOT WANT TO
MAKE LOVE TO AND THE IRAN WAR, HE CANNOT WAIT FOR IT. HE IS AMONG THE ORIGINAL
MONSTROUS MORONIC NEOCONSERVATIVES THAT STARTED
THE IRAQ WAR SO ALL OF YOU LIBERTARIANS WHO VOTED FOR
DONALD TRUMP BECAUSE YOU THOUGHT HE WAS AGAINST INTERVENTION IN
THE MIDDLE EAST, JOKE IS ON YOU. AND UNFORTUNATELY, ON THE REST
OF THE PLANET AS THEY BEAT THOSE WAR DRUMS. THE REPUBLICANS WILL ALWAYS VOTE
FOR WAR. IF YOU BOTH FOR THE REPUBLICANS
THINK THEY ARE NOT GOING TO DRIVE YOU INTO WAR, YOU ARE AN
IDIOT.

Remarks at Texas A&M University – The Impact of Diplomacy on Daily Life


(Applause.) SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you. (Cheers and applause.) Thank you very much. And thank you, Jerica,
for that kind introduction. Now, as the Secretary of State, we do diplomacy,
which means you have to get the protocol right. So, howdy. AUDIENCE: Howdy. (cheers) SECRETARY POMPEO: It’s great to be in Texas,
one of the greatest countries in the world. (Laughter and applause.) You know — yeah, I just came back from
South America, now Texas, and I’ll return to the United States
in the morning, yes. (Laughter.) You know — seeing you all here reminds me
of a George Patton quote. He said, “Give me an Army of West Point
graduates and I’ll win a battle. But if you give me a handful
of Texas Aggies, I’ll win a war.” (Cheers.) That’s tough to take
from a West Point graduate. (Laughter). Look, I understand that this institution has
sent more of its graduates into the military than any other university other
than our military academies. It’s because you all are tough, you’re
committed, and you want to serve. You should be proud of that,
and I love it. And it’s why I really wanted
to be here today. I want to thank, too – I want to thank the
Wiley family for making this series possible. Like Jessica [Jerica] said, everyone here –
Cadets, Bush school students, anyone looking to give back to America – should consider potentially one day working
for the United States Department of State. Now, I know, I get it, diplomacy doesn’t sound
as thrilling as firing anti-tank weapons, flying F-16s, crawling through mud. There’s no “Top Gun” version
of the State Department. Instead we get “Madame Secretary.” No offense to Tea Leoni,
those of you who are her fans. But there’s a good reason that many former
military officers end up working as diplomats serving our country. It’s because the work that we do is important
for our soldiers, the soldiers need us, and we need them. Neither diplomacy nor the military
can succeed at delivering for presidents
and for our country without the other. And I’m not the first guy
to figure this out. In 1946, President Truman was traveling. President Truman was traveling
with Winston Churchill to Missouri, where Churchill would deliver
his famous “Iron Curtain” speech. He delivered it there at Westminster
at a local college. On the train, Truman showed Churchill
a recent re-design of the presidential seal. The eagle’s head was turned to the right,
so it faced the talons holding olive branches. Now, that represented diplomacy. But rather than having the eagle turn to face
the arrows, which represented war, Churchill pondered for a moment
and he said, “I think the head should be on a swivel,
back and forth.” In other words: Diplomacy and military
strength go hand in hand. They are indeed intimately related. Each relies on the other. I saw this as a young Army captain
way back in the 1980s, when I patrolled that very Iron Curtain
that Churchill spoke about. I had the incredible privilege, along with
my fellow soldiers, we were there to deter the Soviets and indeed prepare
this country for the worst. But ultimately, it wasn’t our tanks
that delivered that victory. It was diplomacy, backed by the credible threat
of force that we had projected. Aggies have a long history in the military. But you also have a long history serving America’s
diplomatic mission at the State Department, and I’d love that to continue. If you join us, if you work, it will make
a difference in the life of every American. Now, I’m going to speak just
for a couple more minutes because I want plenty of time
to take your questions. But before I do, I want to talk briefly
about three aspects of my life, of the State Department’s work. First, it’s an incredible element
of promoting national security. As they did during the Cold War, diplomats
build relationships to ensure that disagreements never boil over into military conflict. Take Jerica, you just heard from,
and her team. They’re talking to Mexican authorities
to alleviate migrant crisis and to secure our border. Her colleagues are confronting the opioid
crisis by encouraging partners to cut off the drug flows, that fentanyl that comes in the
United States and wreaks so much destruction. Just a few months ago, we saw the announcement
that China made that they would do their part to deny fentanyl access to our country. It was State Department’s diplomats
who sealed that deal. And farther from home, State has helped grow
the ranks of the Defeat-ISIS coalition, an enormous victory. We’ve seized back 100 percent of the caliphate,
liberating millions of Syrians. American diplomats were at the center of creating
that coalition and reducing threats to our citizens. Just this morning, I spoke with our ambassador,
who is working to bring peace in Afghanistan. There’s another graduate of this fine institution,
a young lady named Melissa. She is supporting our work there to broker peace
between the Taliban and the Afghan Government. We’re trying to end the longest war in United
States history and save the lives of Afghans and American soldiers alike. Or take a man named Steve Biegun,
a truly remarkable fellow. He’s one of my special reps. He’s working on the North Korea file. His team has gotten an international coalition
together to put the toughest sanctions in history on Chairman Kim Jong-un and his country. But Steve’s work is also important in that
we are keeping the door open, working to achieve a diplomatic outcome where North Korea will
be denuclearized in a way that brings peace to the peninsula. You know — Steve and our team have
gotten enormous results. I was privileged to be in North Korea where
Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song, and Tony Kim were able to climb on an American airplane
and return home from their – to their families from being held hostage in that country,
a remarkable diplomatic achievement. Indeed, I’ll never forget the moment, the very
moment when they met their families on the tarmac. President Trump was there to greet them too, and I was thinking that morning – it was 3:00 a.m. Washington D.C. time – about the amazing work
that our team had done not just that day, but in the weeks
and months before that. Absent that great work,
absent the work of people like you who decided to join
the Department of State, they might well still be held in
the hands of the North Koreans. The second thing we do every day at the State
Department people don’t truly see directly: We make sure that our diplomacy
impacts the American people by strengthening the United States economy. The truth is we have to compete
in a global economy. The United States businesses need access
to markets all across the world. President Trump is determined to open
those markets for our products. That’s certainly true of companies
and businesses here in Texas where exports benefit your economy
to the tune of $260 billion a year. It supports more than 900,000 Texas jobs. And we help. We help by supporting these economic
opportunities through our diplomats. We work to open these markets where
there are some 1,600 economic officers stationed all across the world. We try to take down barriers. We try to make the case
for American companies and why they can deliver true value
to nations all across the world. Indeed, it’s the case that there
is seldom an engagement – I was in South America just
before coming here today. Not a single one of my conversa tions –
not in Chile, not in Peru or Paraguay or in Colombia did we miss the opportunity to make sure they understood that
America was there prepared to help create value for their countries as well. You’ve seen it in the work
we’ve done to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. But you should know it’s more
than just commerce. There’s a strategic element to this too. In Houston last month, I spoke to a group
to talk about how energy impacts each and every one of us, how there is
a national security component to America’s capacity to deliver energy
all around the world. We watch as a pipeline is being built in Europe,
which will tether Germany to Russia in a way that is not good for German security or the
security of the United States of America. The work that’s being done here in Texas
and Kansas and Oklahoma, all of the energy fields and in North Dakota – if done well,
can work with our diplomacy to deliver true security not only to America, but to Europe
as well. And you should know Aggies are also helping
State create a program to transport excess natural gas from right here in Texas to the
Dominican Republic, so it can be sold throughout the Caribbean. We want to make sure the lights are on for
your next spring break. (Laughter.) We’ve got another team, a team that’s
working to warn our friends and partners against buying Chinese 5G technology and build out
their infrastructure with Chinese equipment. These are companies like Huawei, which will
take your private information and transfer it to the Chinese Government. It makes no sense. And American diplomats are at the forefront
of sharing this information with the world. None of us want our privacy, our freedom falling
into the hands of the Chinese Communist Party. The final thing before I close: The State
Department helps with our American diplomats promoting and protecting our values – indeed,
our very way of life. The U.S. is the global standard-bearer for
democracy, for freedom, for liberty, and for human rights as well. If we don’t speak up, no one else will. A few months back, the United States made
the decision to leave the United Nations Human Rights Council. We did so because it had become under the
control of authoritarians and dictators, people that didn’t really care about human rights. We made the decision to move our embassy to
Jerusalem, recognizing facts on the ground. And our diplomats are even, as we speak, all
across the world promoting American values and human rights all across the globe. We’re working on various missions, including
making sure that the nature of Chinese Orwellian systems, particularly their clampdown on people
of faith, are impacting us right here at home. I recently had the privilege to meet with
a group of Uighur Muslims that came to my office. They talked about the systemic imprisonment,
they talked about oppression, and even torture happening in parts of China today. This cannot be allowed to stand. We’re exerting maximum pressure to change
the very nature of the Islamic Republic of Iran to make sure that that regime simply
behaves like a normal country and does not spread terror throughout the world. Today as we stand here, Iran is engaged in
conducting an assassination campaign throughout Europe. Our diplomats are working to push back against
them so this will stop. And my most recent trip was part of the effort
that’s being led by the Organization of American States and the Lima Group as we work
to restore human rights and democracy in Venezuela. I know that we will ultimately be successful
and that Mr. Maduro will leave that country. Our diplomats also go on offense to promote
American values, in part simply by building and maintaining a set of relationships that
are centrally important to our country. These deep friendships matter as time moves
on. Jerica mentioned some of the work that she
does with the youth in Ciudad Juarez. That’s a long-term investment in our relationship
with our partners to the south in Mexico. We trust that the young people that she’s
working with will come to understand America, that they will come to understand how much
we care about them. And when it’s their time to lead, they will
become good partners for our great nation. We do something different on a truly national
scale as well with foreign aid. We provide assistance to countries like no
other country in the world. Our goal is often to turn struggling nations
into strong, long-term partners, democratic partners for the United States. And in times of crisis, when we’ve offered
a hand, I can tell you that people like Melissa, the former Aggie stationed there in Afghanistan
today, will benefit from the American aid which we’ve provided to that country. About four years ago Melissa was in a tour
in Nepal when a devastating earthquake hit that country, killing nearly 9,000 people. She said it was one of her proudest moments
as an American diplomat. She watched as the embassy rallied to the
people’s side, allowing those in need to come seek services at our embassy, to shower
and to seek food and shelter at the American embassy. For her next tour, she went to Kabul. And just moments after she landed, another
earthquake. Everyone in the airport thought it was an
explosion, but she knew. She’d been through this before. She next traveled to Mexico City. The year was 2017. You’ll all remember it was one of the most
devastating earthquakes to hit the Mexican – Mexico City in decades. And Melissa saw the great work that the embassy
did to make sure that the people of Mexico City got back on their feet. I made sure that Melissa did not come to visit
with us today. (Laughter.) She will tell you that as a diplomat, there
was nothing more rewarding than watching American excellence, American graciousness, American
resources in power, to meet and help people in times of adversity. This is the life of an American diplomat,
and a noble undertaking, and one of true public service. There is a story. It’s about President Reagan’s secretary
of state, Secretary George Shultz. He understood diplomacy. He would meet with our ambassadors as they
went to the field. He would ask every ambassador who came by
his office just before they went out for their first assignment – he would give them a
pop quiz. He would take them over to the side of his
room, he would point them to a globe, and he would ask them – he would say, “Now
that you’ve been confirmed by the Senate, point to the country that you now represent.” And they’d all fail, because they’d point
to the country which they were leaving. Indeed, the correct place to point for every
one of our diplomats is their service to the United States of America. Secretary of State Shultz knew that, President
Reagan knows that, President Trump and I know that too. I know that you all have a tremendous sense
of duty, a tremendous sense of service. I hope that today you can see that America’s
State Department is committed to living up to those standards. And if our mission appeals to you after your
time serving elsewhere, we would love to have you come be part of our team. Thank you all for letting me be here today. Thank you for allowing me to be with you. Good luck, God bless you, and I look forward
to taking your questions. Thank you. (Applause.)

The Tools of Diplomacy


Diplomacy can best be understood as all
that a country does to advance its interests around the world. Before you do anything, whether as a
student or as a professional diplomat, you want to stop and think: what exactly is it you’re trying to accomplish? The most typical goals in diplomacy, whether
you’re a professional diplomat or a student, is to affect the behavior of some other actor or actors: What it
is they’re prepared to do or not to do on behalf of their interest in ways that move things closer to the
outcome that are in your interest. A diplomat comes to work with actually
a pretty crowded toolbox. It could be negotiations; it could be consultations; it could be sanctions. Tools can be used for any range of purposes –
to promote interests or values; to promote democracy or human rights; to promote certain
economic outcomes. Or tools can be used in the military sense to prevent something
from happening or to stop it once it’s underway. In my
experience, whether it’s a humanitarian crisis or a more
traditional foreign policy crisis, you almost never have agreement on your
side of the table. No one can predict for certainty – if I
use “Tool X” in this amount, and I match it with “Tool Y” in this
other amount, how it will actually play out across time – cause you got so many variables. So a big part of making diplomacy is the bargaining that takes place, either on where you want to go, or even when you agree on where you want to go – on how to get there. It’s very rare in
diplomacy “it’s all or nothing”: sanctions can be mild; sanctions can be
incredibly powerful and threaten to wreck someone else’s economy – but these
things are rarely switches. Almost always, you dial them up and you
dial them down depending upon the circumstances. Tools aren’t solutions: they’re instruments; they’re things you work with. They bring with them the potential to shape outcomes. What you’ve got to decide, whether you’re a student or a policymaker, is in what quantity; in what balance; in what mix; for how long; in what
direction… There’s not a right answer, but there’s a set
of answers, a set of conclusions, a degree of understanding, of the complexity of this that
hopefully people will take away from that they didn’t come into it with.

Secretary Kerry on Great Opportunities through U.S. Diplomacy Efforts


SECRETARY KERRY: And there are great
opportunities staring us in the face in terms of the energy future
and other possibilities – the largest market in the world,
frankly. In the past year, we reached an historic multilateral
accord with Iran that has cut off each of that country’s pathways to a nuclear weapon,
thereby immediately making the world safer for our allies and for us. And I will note
that the general in charge of the Israeli Defenses Forces General Eizenkot just the
other day made a speech in which he said that the existential threat to Israel from Iran
has been eliminated. That’s the chief of the IDF in Israel saying that himself.
In Paris in December, we joined governments from more than 190 nations – no easy task
to get 190 nations to agree on something – but they approved a comprehensive agreement to
curb greenhouse gas emissions and limit the most harmful consequences of climate change.
Now we are determined to implement that accord and do everything possible to reduce the carbon
pollution and grow economies at the same time. And we believe it is not a choice between
one or the other. Just this month, we officially signed the
Trans-Pacific Partnership to ensure a level playing field for American businesses and
workers, to reassert U.S. leadership in a region vital to our interests. And it will
cut over 18,000 taxes on Americans’ goods that move into that region. We are asking
Congress to approve that this year, so we can begin to accrue its benefits as quickly
as possible. In Europe, we are increasing support for our
security reassurance initiative. We are increasing it fourfold and giving Russia a clear choice
between continued sanctions or meeting its obligations to a sovereign and democratic
Ukraine. In our hemisphere, we are helping Colombia
to end the globe’s longest running civil conflict, and we’re aiding our partners
in Central America to implement reforms and reduce pressures for illegal migration.
In Asia, we are standing with our allies in opposition to threats posed by a belligerent
North Korea. And we’re on the brink of achieving a strong United Nations Security Council resolution
which is now both in Beijing and Washington for approval.
We are working with Afghanistan and Pakistan to counter violent extremism, deepening our
strategic dialogue with India, supporting democratic gains in Sri Lanka and Burma, and
encouraging the peaceful resolution of competing maritime claims in the South China Sea.
And with friends in fast-growing Africa, we have embarked on initiatives to combat hunger,
to increase connectivity, to empower women, to train future leaders and fight back against
such terrorist groups as al-Shabaab and Boko Haram.
Of course, we recognize that the threat posed by violent extremism extends far beyond any
one region. You mentioned, Madam Chair and Ranking Member, the issue of education. And
it is not going to be solved primarily by military means. So the approach we have adopted
is comprehensive and it’s long term. Diplomatically, we’re striving to end conflicts that fuel
extremism, such as those of Libya and Yemen. We are deeply involved in trying to resolve
both. But we also work with partners more broadly to share intelligence, to tighten
border security, improve governance, expand access to education, and promote job training
and development. And we have forged a 66-member coalition – an
international coalition – to defeat the terrorist group Daesh, and I am absolutely
confident we are going to do that.

First full week of impeachment investigations wrap up on Capitol Hill


US, THANK YOU. LELAND: TAKE A STEP BACK FOR A SECOND. BENSON SUMMED UP THIS WEEK BY CALLING IT A LONG MONTH. IF YOU PERHAPS HAD A FEW OTHER THINGS TO DO, THEN ENJOY THE HOUR BY HOUR DEVELOPMENTS OF THE UKRAINE INQUIRY. WE WILL TAKE YOU BACK. HERE YOU GO>>WE SEE THE ACTION OF THIS PRESIDENT BE AN ASSAULT ON THE CONSTITUTION, ONCE WE HAD HIS EVEN ADMISSION TO THAT, WE HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO GO FORWARD.>>MONDAY THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE DELIVERED A SUBPOENA TO THE PRESIDENT’S PERSONAL LAWYER, RUDY GIULIANI WHO HAD BEEN INVESTIGATING JOE BIDEN AND HIS SON’S ACTIVITIES IN UKRAINE. TESTIMONY BEGAN THURSDAY WITH FORMER AMBASSADOR VOLKER POINT OF CONTACT BETWEEN GIULIANI AND THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT AS THE PRESIDENT INSISTED DEMOCRATS ARE ON THE ONES ON A POLITICAL WITCH HUNT>>THEY ARE THE DO NOTHING DEMOCRATS. THEY DON’T DO ANY WORK. ALL THEY WANT TO DO IS TRY TO WIN THE ELECTION IN 2020.>>FOX NEWS OBTAINED VOLKER’S OPENING TESTIMONY, QUOTE NEW UKRAINIAN LEADERSHIP — [INAUDIBLE] — THE TIMES HAVE CHANGED AND UNDER PRESIDENT ZELENSKIY IS WORTHY OF U.S. PRESIDENT.>>[INAUDIBLE].>>SCHIFF’S STATEMENTS AND THE POSSIBILITY OF IMPEACHMENT DIDN’T STOP THE PRESIDENT FROM MAKING A NEW REQUEST OF ANOTHER FOREIGN GOVERNMENT.>>CHINA SHOULD START AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDENS.>>HE ALSO REAFFIRMED HIS ORIGINAL ASK TO THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT THAT STARTED THIS IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY LAST WEEK.>>PRESIDENT ZELENSKIY IF IT WERE ME I WOULD RECOMMEND THAT THEY START AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDENS BECAUSE NOBODY HAS ANY DOUBT THAT THEY WEREN’T CROOKED.>>FRIDAY THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY INSPECTOR GENERAL WAS THE SECOND TO TESTIFY. CONGRESSIONAL SOURCES TELL FOX ATKINSON SAYS THE WHISTLE-BLOWER STUCK TO THE RULES AND THE ANONYMOUS OFFICIAL ISN’T THE STORY. THE STORY HE SAYS IS THAT PHONE CALL AND TEXT MESSAGES U.S. OFFICIALS EXCHANGED WITH THE UKRAINIANS. LELAND: FOR HIS CLAIM THAT THERE WAS NO CONTACT BETWEEN THE WHISTLE-BLOWER AND HIS

Pompeo was on Trump’s call with Ukraine’s President: Source


PROCESS.>>Sandra: LIVE FOX TEAM COVERAGE AT THE WHITE HOUSE BUT FIRST AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT WITH SECRETARY OF STATE POMPEO’S PARTICIPATION IN THE CALL.>>A SOURCE FAMILIAR WITH THE CONVERSATION SAID SECRETARY POMPEO WAS ON THE CALL BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PRESIDENT ZELENSKY ON JULY 25. HE IS TRAVELING IN ITALY THIS MORNING. OUR PRODUCER IS ALSO WITH THE SECRETARY ON POOL DUTY. NICK ASKED HIM TO COMMENT ON HIS PARTICIPATION ON THAT CALL. SECRETARY POMPEO OFFERED NO RESPONSE. HE DID HOWEVER RESPOND TO SUBPOENAS BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS, INTELLIGENCE AND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEES. THEY WANT DOCUMENTS AND TO SPEAK WITH SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS. POMPEO SAYS THE REQUEST CAN BE UNDERSTOOD ONLY AS AN ATTEMPT TO INTIMIDATE, BULLY AND TREAT THE DISTINGUISHED PROFESSIONALS WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE AND LET ME BE CLEAR. I WILL NOT TOLERATE SUCH TACTICS AND I WILL USE ALL MEANS AT MY DISPOSAL TO PREVENT AND EXPOSE ANY ATTEMPT TO INTIMIDATE EMPLOYEES OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE. THEY WANT TO SPEAK WITH A CAREER DIPLOMAT WHOSE SHIFT TO UKRAINE ENDED EARLY. AMBASSADOR KURT VOLKER WHO CONNECTED A PRESIDENTIAL ADVISOR TO GIULIANI, AND OTHERS. AMBASSADOR TO THE EUROPEAN UNION. COMMITTEE AIDES ARE STILL REVIEWING WHAT THE SECRETARY HAS JUST SENT OUT. HE TWEETED OUT THE LETTER HE SUBMITTED TO THE COMMITTEES OF JURISDICTION. THE SECRETARY NOTES AND SAYS THERE HAVE BEEN NO SUBPOENAS TO TALK TO THESE FIVE STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS.