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After getting kicked out of the F-35 program, Turkey says it wants to buy more US-made fighter jets. Last week, Turkey's defense minister said that if the US rejects the F-16 request, Ankara will seek alternatives — including from Russia. Mehmet Ali Ozcan/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesPerhaps the biggest issue is Turkey's close relationship with Russia, epitomized by Turkey's purchase of the S-400, which was delivered in 2020. It overlooks the Levant, the Middle East, and the Caucasus and commands the southern shore of the Black Sea, where it is the largest NATO military. At the same time, rebuffing Turkey's request will add insult to injury following its removal from the F-35 program.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Turkey's, Recep Tayyip Erdogan's, Sen, Bob Menendez, Menendez, Erdogan, Strange bedfellows Erdogan, Vladimir Putin, Sergei Karpukhin, Assad, Mehmet Ali Ozcan, Pitarakis, Joe Biden, Biden, rebuffing, Constantine Atlamazoglou Organizations: NATO, US State Department, US, Congressional Hellenic Caucus, Senate Foreign Relations, REUTERS, Syrian Democratic Forces, ISIS, of Kurdistan's Workers Party, Murted Air Base, Anadolu Agency, CAATSA, Associated Press, Incirlik, Base, Biden, Fletcher School of Law, Diplomacy Locations: Turkey, Ankara, Moscow, Russia, St . Petersburg, Sergei Karpukhin Turkey, Syria, Turkish, Greece, Washington, Russian, Sanliurfa province, Turkey's, Caucasus
The United States is the main military supplier for the democratic island nation. The "Taiwan Deterrence Act" also would amend the existing Arms Export Control Act, which governs foreign military sales, to make it easier for U.S. firms to sell arms to Taiwan. The bill also would improve military exchanges with Taiwan and expand professional military education and technical training opportunities in the United States for Taiwanese military personnel. China recently has ramped up military pressure, including repeated missions by Chinese warplanes near democratic Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own and has not ruled out taking by force. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Defense in its annual report to Congress on China's military reiterated concern about increasing pressure on Taiwan.
Persons: Tyrone Siu, Joe Biden, Jim Risch, Mike Crapo, John Cornyn, Bill Hagerty, Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio, Biden, Patricia Zengerle, Mary Milliken, Dan Grebler Organizations: REUTERS, WASHINGTON, Republican, Reuters, Republicans, Democratic, Senate Foreign Relations, United, Export Control, U.S . Department of Defense, Thomson Locations: Taiwan, U.S, Taipei, China, United States, Washington, Beijing, Taiwan Strait
WASHINGTON — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee advanced the nomination Wednesday of Rahm Emanuel to serve as the next ambassador to Japan despite opposition from two Democratic senators. The bipartisan committee advanced Emanuel's nomination favorably to the Senate floor by voice vote, though Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., voted against it. Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., who served as ambassador to Japan under then-President Donald Trump, introduced Emanuel at his confirmation hearing last month. Emanuel’s nomination could be saved if several Republicans also vote to confirm him when it comes before the full Senate. Before Emanuel, 61, served as Chicago’s mayor, he served as then-President Barack Obama’s first White House chief of staff.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Rahm Emanuel, Sen, Jeff Merkley, Ed Markey, Emanuel, Laquan McDonald, Merkley, , Emanuel’s, , Markey, James Risch, Bill Hagerty, Donald Trump, Roy Blunt, Lindsey Graham, Susan Collins, Joe Biden, McDonald, Jen Psaki, he's, Alexandria Ocasio, Barack Obama’s, Bill Clinton’s Organizations: Foreign Relations, Senate Foreign Relations, The Washington Post, White, , White House Locations: Japan, Chicago, , U.S, Idaho, Missouri, South Carolina, Maine, United States, Alexandria, Cortez
Merkley and Markey, opposed Biden's pick for ambassador to Japan: Rahm Emanuel. AOC applauded Merkley as courageous for standing against Emanuel's nomination. Emanuel's record as Chicago mayor, particularly on police brutality, has led to fierce criticism from progressives. New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday lauded Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley for opposing Emanuel's nomination to the key diplomatic post. Merkley was joined by Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey, a fellow Democrat and Senate Foreign Relations committee member, in expressing opposition to Emanuel's nomination.
Persons: Merkley, Markey, Rahm Emanuel, Joe Biden's, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Oregon Sen, Jeff Merkley, Biden, Emanuel, Laquan McDonald, Massachusetts Sen, Ed Markey, Emanuel's, Barack Obama's, Critics, Emmanuel, McDonald, he's, Jason Van Dyke Organizations: Sens, Chicago, Service, New York Rep, Oregon, Chicago Police, Massachusetts, Senate Foreign Relations Locations: Japan, Chicago, Alexandria, United States, , Oregon
His friendship with Mr. Kerry, a future Massachusetts senator and secretary of state, began in 1964, when they met at a party. In 1971, he accompanied Mr. Kerry when Mr. Kerry gave emotional testimony against the Vietnam War to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Mr. Butler’s involvement with bodybuilding began in the early 1970s, when he took pictures of competitions for Life magazine and The Village Voice. At another event, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Mr. Butler watched Mr. Schwarzenegger pose for a rapt audience. In a phone interview, Mr. Gaines said: “George and I were similarly impressed with Arnold, who we thought would be something more than just a bodybuilding champion.
Persons: Kerry, Mr, Charles Gaines, Butler, Schwarzenegger, , I’d, ” Mr, Gaines, “ George, Arnold, Organizations: Groton School, University of North, Hollins College, University, Vista, AmeriCorps Vista, Senate Foreign Relations, The, Vietnam Veterans, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Muscular Development Locations: Somalia, Jamaica, Montego Bay, Massachusetts, University of North Carolina, Roanoke , Va, Detroit, Vietnam, Washington, Holyoke , Mass
Mr. Biden’s wording was a reminder of what a minefield Taiwan remains for the United States, 42 years after the passage of the Taiwan Relations Act and amid a major buildup of Chinese military forces in the region. And once a strategy of ambiguity is described in less-than-ambiguous terms, as he seemed to do on Thursday, it is hard to walk it back. Mr. Biden is hardly new to the issue: He is one of the very few political figures who have been around Washington so long that he voted for the act, in 1979, as a young senator from Delaware. As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he traveled to Taiwan and understood the nuances of the wording. He understood it so well, in fact, that 20 years ago Mr. Biden warned President George W. Bush that “words matter” after Mr. Bush said he would do “whatever it took” to defend Taiwan.
Persons: Biden, George W, Bush, , Mr, , Anderson Cooper Organizations: Taiwan Relations, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bush, White, Taiwan, Washington Post Locations: Taiwan, United States, Washington, Delaware
Nicholas Burns, U.S. ambassador to China nominee for U.S. President Joe Biden, speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. Sarah Silbiger | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesPresident Joe Biden's nominee to be U.S. ambassador to China, Nicholas Burns, took a tough line on dealings with China at his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, saying "genocide in Xinjiang," abuses in Tibet, and bullying of Taiwan must stop. Some lawmakers, including some of Biden's fellow Democrats, have called for Washington to revisit the decades-old policy, which takes no position on Taiwan's sovereignty. "It is, I think, appropriate that Ambassador Burns was appointed to this position," said Senator Jim Risch, the committee's top Republican. And I think we ought not to exaggerate their strengths, or underestimate the strengths of the United States," Burns said.
Persons: Nicholas Burns, Joe Biden, Sarah Silbiger, Joe Biden's, Burns, Jim Risch Organizations: U.S, Foreign, Washington , D.C, Bloomberg, Getty, NATO, Senate Foreign Relations, Republican, European Union Locations: U.S, China, Washington ,, Xinjiang, Tibet, Taiwan, United States, Beijing, Washington, Europe, People's Republic of China, China's, Japan
Then Rahm Emanuel, the nominee for ambassador to Japan, will face the panel amid objections by some Democrats over his handling of the police killing of a Black teenager in 2014. Mr. Emanuel, who is known for an aggressive and sometimes abrasive style, has been coached to engage in the least confrontational way possible, according to a person involved in his preparations But the most difficult moments for Mr. Emanuel might not come from Republicans. “Rahm Emanuel covered up the murder of Laquan McDonald,” Ms. Bush wrote on Twitter when his nomination was announced in August. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyAs a two-term mayor of Chicago, Emanuel attracted praise and criticism. (Unlike Mr. Emanuel, she has also had to lead the city through a pandemic.)
Persons: Nicholas Burns, Rahm Emanuel, Burns, Emanuel, Robert Menendez, Kevin Dietsch, R, Biden’s, Laquan McDonald, Menendez, Jim Risch of, Risch, Bill Hagerty, Mr, Rob Portman, George W, Bush, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Cory Booker of, McDonald, Jonathan Eric Kaplan, Rahm Emanuel’s, Alyssa Schukar, Chicago, Barack Obama’s, Susan Collins of, Lindsey Graham of, Jason Van Dyke, Van Dyke, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Mondaire Jones, Cori Bush of, “ Rahm Emanuel, ” Ms, , , Trump, Richard J, Durbin, Tammy Duckworth, Jen Psaki —, Obama, , Biden, Psaki, Joshua Lott, Richard M, Daley, Emanuel’s, Lori Lightfoot, Lightfoot Organizations: Foreign Relations, Senate Foreign Relations, Democrat, Foreign Relations Committee, Chicago, New, New Jersey Democrat, Republican, The New York Times, United, Democratic, . Chicago Police Department, Associated Press, Twitter, White Locations: China, Japan, New Jersey, Afghanistan, Jim Risch of Idaho, Beijing, Tennessee, Ohio, Marco Rubio of Florida, Ted Cruz of Texas, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Singapore, Chicago, United States, Illinois, Susan Collins of Maine, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Cortez of New York, New York, Cori Bush of Missouri, U.S, City Hall
REUTERS/Elizabeth FrantzWASHINGTON, Oct 20 (Reuters) - President Joe Biden's nominee to be U.S. ambassador to China, Nicholas Burns, took a tough line on dealings with China at his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, saying "genocide in Xinjiang," abuses in Tibet and bullying of Taiwan must stop. Burns said China's military threat to Taiwan was growing, but that maintaining the One China policy was the smartest and most effective way to deter China from exercising force over the self-ruled island. "It is, I think, appropriate that Ambassador Burns was appointed to this position," said Senator Jim Risch, the committee's top Republican. And I think we ought not to exaggerate their strengths, or underestimate the strengths of the United States," Burns said. Burns said that unlike during the Cold War, U.S. competition with China would revolve around economic and technological might, not military.
Persons: NATO Nicholas Burns, Ed Markey, Burns, Elizabeth Frantz WASHINGTON, Joe Biden's, Nicholas Burns, Jim Risch, , Michael Martina, Patricia Zengerle, Sandra Maler Organizations: NATO, Senate Foreign, United, Capitol, REUTERS, U.S, Senate Foreign Relations, Republican, International Olympic, Thomson Locations: China, Washington , U.S, Xinjiang, Tibet, Taiwan, Washington, Europe, Beijing, United States
His defenders have argued the envoy was handed an impossible task, given the tight deadline set by the Trump administration for the United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan. The talks ended with America's hasty and chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan in August and the Taliban's takeover of the country. Instead, his letter amounted to a defense of the 2020 Doha agreement that opened the way for the withdrawal of U.S. troops. But critics accused the Trump administration of negotiating a “surrender agreement” with the Taliban and have blasted the Biden administration for going ahead with the deal. This comes as the State Department's inspector general informed Congress on Monday that her office would be launching a series of investigations into the Biden administration's Afghanistan withdrawal.
Persons: Zalmay Khalilzad, ” Khalilzad, Antony Blinken, Critics, Ashraf Ghani, Trump, Khalilzad, , Wakil Kohsar, Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo, Biden, Pompeo, ” H.R, Bari Weiss, ” McMaster, Joe Biden, Blinken, Thomas West, Obama, Diana Shaw Organizations: U.S, Representative, NBC News, Taliban, NBC, United, United States ”, Islamic, Getty, McMaster, Doha, Trump, U.S . Embassy, State, Biden, State Department’s, Senate Foreign Relations, House Foreign Affairs Committee Locations: Afghanistan, United States, U.S, Doha, America, Islamic Republic, Kabul, AFP, Qatar, West, U.S . Embassy Kabul
The State Department's inspector general informed Congress on Monday that her office is opening a series of investigations into the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan, according to a letter obtained by NBC News. Politico was first to report that the State Department was examining the winding down of operations. "Given the elevated interest in this work by Congress and the unique circumstances requiring coordination across the Inspector General community, I wanted to notify our committees of jurisdiction of this important work," Shaw said in the letter. After Afghan forces quickly surrendered to the Taliban in August, crowds flocked to the Kabul airport to leave the country. The administration has signaled that it intends to resettle 65,000 Afghans in the U.S. this year and 95,000 by next year.
Persons: Diana Shaw, " Shaw, Joe Biden, Biden Organizations: State, Biden, NBC News, State Department's, Senate Foreign Relations, House Foreign Affairs Committee, Politico, State Department, U.S, Embassy, Congress, Afghan Locations: Afghanistan, U.S, Kabul, Afghan
President Biden says Colin Powell embodied ‘the highest ideals of both warrior and diplomat.’ Image Mr. Powell and President Biden worked closely together when Mr. Biden was on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Credit... Paul Hosefros/The New York Times President Biden called Colin Powell a “patriot of unmatched honor and dignity” and ordered government flags to fly at half-staff through Friday. In 2020, Mr. Powell, a longtime Republican who rejected the party under Donald J. Trump, said he would vote for Mr. Biden. The family’s statement did not provide further details about the complications or underlying health conditions Mr. Powell, 84, had. Mr. Powell responded, saying it was “the most difficult decision I have ever made.” “But I am sure it was the right one,” Mr. Powell wrote, in a letter that Mr. Maiella shared on Twitter.
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Following a data-rigging scandal that engulfed its managing director, the International Monetary Fund is working to regain its footing in international financial markets while it works to balance the competing interests of its two main backers, the U.S. and China. The IMF board cleared the group’s leader Kristalina Georgieva earlier this week for her role in a World Bank report that was manipulated to benefit China, but the scandal remains an active issue for the U.S. Treasury and some American lawmakers. “If the allegations are true that China can intimidate objective economic analysis to get its desired outcomes, that’s concerning,” said Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Persons: Kristalina Georgieva, , Sen, Jim Risch of Organizations: International Monetary Fund, IMF, Bank, U.S . Treasury, Republican, Senate Foreign Relations Locations: U.S, China, Jim Risch of Idaho
A general view during a session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, September 13, 2021. "With a lot of missteps so far, they should use their time on the council to promote human rights among friends and foes alike." "Our goals are clear: stand with human rights defenders and speak out against violations and abuses of human rights," she said in a statement. Human Rights Council candidates are elected in geographical groups to ensure even representation. The United States received the second lowest number of votes, beating out only Eritrea, which received 144 votes.
Persons: Denis Balibouse, Trump, Joe Biden, Biden, Louis Charbonneau, Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Jim Risch, Patricia Zengerle, Alistair Bell Organizations: Human Rights, United Nations, Denis Balibouse UNITED, General, Rights, Israel, Washington, U.S, Republican, Senate Foreign Relations, Democrat, Human, United Arab, United States, Thomson Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, United States, Beijing, Moscow, China, Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Taiwan, Russia, U.S, New York, Washington, Afghanistan, Burma, Ethiopia, Syria, Yemen, Israel, Venezuela, Cuba, Kazakhstan, Gambia, Benin, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Paraguay, Honduras, Luxembourg, Finland, Montenegro, Lithuania, Cameroon, Eritrea, Somalia, India, Argentina
Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) questions Zalmay Khalilzad, special envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation, during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 27, 2021. Susan Walsh/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON, Sept 27 (Reuters) - The top Democrat and Republican on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee have urged President Joe Biden to "ensure full accountability" over a World Bank data-rigging controversy that has embroiled International Monetary Fund chief Kristalina Georgieva. On Friday, Georgieva called the allegations against her "false and spurious" and accused the office of the World Bank's past president, Jim Yong Kim, of manipulating the data. Treasury spokeswoman Alexandra LaManna declined to comment on a Bloomberg report that Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has declined to take calls from Georgieva since the controversy broke 10 days ago. "UNIMPEACHABLE" DATABut Menendez and Risch called the allegations "deeply disturbing" and that IMF and World Bank data must be seen as "unimpeachable," but they did not call for Georgieva to step down.
Persons: Robert Menendez, Zalmay Khalilzad, Susan Walsh, Joe Biden, Kristalina Georgieva, James Risch, Biden, Georgieva, Jim Yong Kim, Valdis Dombrovskis, Alexandra LaManna, Janet Yellen, LaManna, Jeffrey Sachs, Menendez, Risch, David Lawder, Michael Perry Organizations: Foreign, Capitol, REUTERS, Republican, U.S . Senate Foreign Relations, Monetary Fund, Democrat, U.S . Treasury Department, Bank, IMF, shareholdings, Georgieva, Treasury, Bloomberg, Columbia University, Financial Times, World Bank, Government, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, Washington , U.S, REUTERS WASHINGTON, Washington, U.S, Georgieva, Beijing
With more than 80 Biden State Department nominees awaiting confirmation and a paltry 15 confirmed so far, high-level vacancies are becoming more and more conspicuous as the administration enters its eighth month in office. Cruz for months has put a hold on all State Department nominees until the administration imposes certain sanctions over Russia’s building of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. “Leaders take responsibility for their failures,” Hawley said on the Senate floor, citing the Biden administration’s messy exit from Afghanistan. Of the more than 80 State Department nominees awaiting confirmation, more than 60 have already gotten through the first step: approval by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, according to records provided by the State Department. The report warned that in addition to the delays caused by the prolonged election, the slow Senate confirmation process had left the United States vulnerable.
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Biden, Chuck Schumer, , , ” Schumer, Sens, Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, Joe Biden’s, Cruz, he’d, Antony Blinken, Lloyd Austin, Jake Sullivan, ” Hawley, Reagan, Trump, Max Stier, Hawley, Cruz can’t, ” Stier, “ Biden’s, They’ve, didn’t, ” Blinken, John Bass Organizations: Republicans, Biden State, Department, State Department, Pentagon, , Biden, , Public Service, Partnership for Public Service, Defense Department, Senate, NBC, State, Senate Foreign Relations, White, U.S ., Embassy, department’s Foreign Service Institute, American Foreign Service Association, Justice Department Locations: Texas, Hawley, Afghanistan, U.S, Kabul, Asia, United States
The construction of Nord Stream 2 was completed earlier this month. A facility near the starting point of the Nord Stream 2 offshore natural gas pipeline. "This is a very clear sign that they are using gas as a geopolitical weapon at the moment," Vitrenko said. U.S. Senate panel to discuss Nord Stream 2Naftogaz's chief executive said he expects President Joe Biden's administration to immediately reconsider its decision to waive sanctions on Nord Stream 2 AG, the Gazprom-owned, Swiss-registered company working on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Biden's administration concluded in May that Nord Stream 2 AG and its CEO engaged in behavior that warranted sanctions.
Persons: Yuriy Vitrenko, Anatolii, Russia's, Yuriy, Critics, Vladimir Putin's, Peter Kovalev, Vitrenko, Angela Merkel, Volodymyr Zelensky, Merkel, SERGEY DOLZHENKO, Naftogaz, Joe Biden's, Biden's, Biden Organizations: Barcroft Media, Getty, Russia's Gazprom, Moscow, International Energy Agency, Kremlin, CNBC, Gazprom, TASS, Russia Benchmark, Ukraine, Ukrainian, Mariinsky, AFP, U.S, Senate, The U.S . Senate Foreign Relations Locations: Germany, Russia, Europe, Moscow, Ukraine, Nord, Poland, Russian, Central Asia, Crimea, Donbass, France, Slovenia, Kyiv, Kiev, Swiss, The
Council member and former journalist Mohamed Al-Faki Suleiman described the relationship between civilian and military council members as "unwell" in an interview on state television, noting that joint meetings on various topics have become unproductive in recent weeks. Renewed political discussions and a decree from the Justice Ministry were needed to decide a handover date, he said. In a speech on Wednesday, current council head General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan criticized Suleiman and other civilian leaders. The country's constitutional declaration, signed following a 2018-2019 uprising that resulted in the removal of former President Omar al-Bashir, set a date for handover of leadership of the Sovereign Council for May 2021. Sudanese authorities say the coup attempt was carried out by current military members loyal the former regime.
Persons: Mohamed Al, Faki Suleiman, Abdel Fattah al, Burhan, Suleiman, Omar al, Bashir, Abdalla Hamdok, Jake Sullivan, Sen, Bob Menendez, Nafisa Eltahir, Khalid Abdelaziz, Aurora Ellis Organizations: Transitional Sovereign Council, Sovereign, Justice Ministry, Sovereign Council, U.S ., White, U.S . Senate Foreign Relations, Thomson Locations: CAIRO, U.S, Sudan
Workers are seen at the construction site of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, near the town of Kingisepp, Leningrad region, Russia, June 5, 2019. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov/File PhotoWASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee scheduled a closed-door hearing on Sept. 29 to discuss Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, which several lawmakers say could harm allies in Eastern Europe. Russia's Gazprom (GAZP.MM) said earlier this month it had finished construction of the pipeline, which would deliver gas from the Arctic via the Baltic Sea. read moreThe Biden administration has urged Germany to find ways to ensure Russia cannot use the pipeline to harm Ukraine or other allies in Eastern Europe. The Biden administration concluded in May that Nord Stream 2 AG, the company behind the project, and its chief executive engaged in sanctionable behavior.
Persons: Anton Vaganov, Amos Hochstein, Ukraine, Biden, Joe Biden, Donald Trump's, Ted Cruz, Patricia Zengerle, Lisa Shumaker Organizations: REUTERS, U.S . Senate Foreign Relations, U.S . Department of State, Republicans, Gazprom, State Department, Thomson Locations: Kingisepp, Leningrad region, Russia, Russia's, Eastern Europe, Germany, Europe, Ukraine, Nord
(CNN) President Joe Biden signed a new executive order Friday authorizing broad sanctions against those involved in perpetrating the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia as reports of atrocities continue to emerge from the Tigray region. Biden approved the executive order after the administration has "telegraphed for months that the parties need to change course," a second senior administration official said. Eritrean forces must withdraw from Ethiopia," Biden said. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle welcomed the new executive order. Robert Menendez - the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee - and Chris Coons - who was dispatched by the Biden administration toward the beginning of the crisis to meet with Abiy.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Antony Blinken, Blinken, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Samantha Power, Democratic Sens, Robert Menendez, Chris Coons, Sen, Jim Risch, Michael McCaul, McCaul, Robert Godec, you've Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Amhara Regional Government, African Union, Agency for International Development, USAID, United Nations General Assembly, Lawmakers, Democratic, Senate Foreign Relations, Abiy, House Foreign Affairs Committee, Biden, Biden Administration, State Locations: Ethiopia, Tigray, United States, Ethiopian, Africa, Eritrea, New York
Mr. Blinken faced questions about the Taliban’s fast takeover of the region. “I don’t know, because we’re reviewing it,” Mr. Blinken replied. Mr. Blinken said that the administration’s worst-case planning began “in the spring and summer,” with interagency meetings coordinated by the White House. Mr. Romney asked Mr. Blinken why U.S. troops could not have stayed past Aug. 31, if the Biden administration had been willing to extend the May 1 deadline. In his opening remarks, Mr. Blinken urged the Senate to move faster toward confirming Biden officials, including 80 State Department nominees.
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read more"I expect that the Secretary (Austin) will avail himself to the Committee in the near future. Menendez told MSNBC after the hearing that he nonetheless wanted Austin to appear before the foreign policy panel. Blinken said U.S. officials had not expected the Taliban's lightning advance and the "11-day collapse" of U.S.-backed Afghan forces. Blinken, and many Democrats, repeatedly noted that Republican former President Donald Trump had negotiated the withdrawal agreement with the Taliban. Several Democrats accused Republicans of hypocrisy for supporting Trump's planned withdrawal but opposing Biden's action.
Persons: Defense Lloyd Austin, Bob Menendez, Antony Blinken, Austin, Menendez, Joe Biden's, Blinken, Jim Risch, Risch, Michael McCaul, Monday's, Donald Trump, Trump's, Patricia Zengerle, Humeyra Pamuk, Idrees Ali, Alistair Bell Organizations: Senate Foreign Relations, Defense, Pentagon, Democratic, of, MSNBC, Republican, House Foreign Affairs Committee, CNN, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, U.S, Kabul
Rep. Barbara Lee was the lone vote in Congress against open-ended war, three days after 9/11. Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee of California was the sole voice of dissent in Congress in the traumatic days immediately following September 11, 2001. Could you characterize what you think congressional Democrats may have gotten wrong in those early days after 9/11? A lot of members of Congress are furious that the US pulled out in such a haphazard way. Do you think Congress is more or less skeptical about the president having a blank check to use military force than it was 20 years ago?
Persons: Barbara Lee, she's, Lee, Barbara Lee of, George W, Anthony Fisher, How'd, Walter Jones, it's, , they've, might've, we've, We've, Biden's, We're, It's, We'd, we'd, they're, I've Organizations: Democratic, Military Force, Oakland, Republican, GOP, Republicans, United, — Democratic, Senate Foreign Relations, State, Foreign Operations Locations: Barbara Lee of California, authorizations, North Carolina, Qaeda, Afghanistan, harm's, United States, Iraq, America
“There’s direct linkage between the Trump and Biden foreign policy, to my shock,” said Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian at Rice University. Polls indicate that Americans largely agree with Biden about pulling out of Afghanistan but disagree with how he handled it. Biden agrees with Trump about pulling out of Afghanistan, but he disagrees with how Trump handled it. To be sure, Biden has never espoused “America First.” Stylistically, he and Trump couldn’t be more different. “The fundamental obligation of a president, in my opinion, is to defend and protect America,” Biden said.
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Joe Biden, Biden, Biden’s, ” Biden, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, , Douglas Brinkley, Trump’s, Trump, , ” Matthew Kroenig, ” Kroenig, ” Biden’s, ” William Cohen, Clinton, Joe Madison Organizations: U.S, Biden, Trump, Rice University, NATO, Atlantic Council, Senate Foreign Relations, Georgetown University Locations: Afghanistan, U.S, America, Kabul, China, Hong Kong, Russia, Ukraine, United States of America, Covid, United States, Vietnam, Kuwait
Biden on Tuesday declared an end to the US's war in Afghanistan. But even as he did so, Biden said the US "will maintain the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan." Fast-forward to August 31, 2021, and President Joe Biden announced, "Last night in Kabul, the United States ended 20 years of war in Afghanistan. But even as he declared an end to the war, Biden made it clear that the US would continue military operations in Afghanistan. We just don't need to fight a ground war to do it," Biden said on Tuesday.
Persons: Biden, Donald Rumsfeld, George W, Abraham Lincoln, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, he's, it's, SAUL LOEB, Leon Panetta, Obama, MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, GOP Sen, Mitt Romney, CNN's Jake Tapper, Ajmal Ahmadi, Marcus Yam, Catherine Lutz, Brown, Lutz Organizations: Service, Dover Air Force Base, Getty, ISIS, New York Times, CNN, Military Force, Republican, Democratic, GOP, Senate Foreign Relations Locations: Afghanistan, Iraq, Kabul, United States, Dover , Delaware, Washington, We're
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