Kaine, Durbin, Menendez

Executive Session (Oldham Nomination)

Senator Kaine: (3:55 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • "Mr. President, I rise to follow my leader and talk about this issue of great importance, and let me just begin with something I cherish. I have a photo taken on December 1, 2016, of one of my children in snowy fields in Lithuania in a U.S. military operation with NATO troops called Operation Iron Sword and the photo is of him taking the oath of office to become a captain in the United States Marine Corps. He was deployed with 1,200 members of his battalion on the border of Russia between the Black and the Baltic Sea to protect America against a nation that General Joe Dunford, the head of our Joint Chiefs of Staff describe as our principal adversary."


Senator Durbin: (4:04 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • "He made similar comments in damage control event going as far as to say, NATO allies were thrilled, in the words of President Trump, with his recent visit, a visit where he bullied and belittled them. At some moments the president loses touch with reality. He believes that we can't remember what happened yesterday or last week. We remember and the reason we remember is that such a dramatic departure from the conduct of previous presidents and it is such a dramatic departure from the history of the United States. I think our president's sense of history reaches back to the day before yesterday and not far beyond. He did not realize as President Reagan said so often that our NATO alliance is critical to the security of the United States and to our European friends and to the world. He just doesn't get it."


Senator Menendez: (4:14 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • "The president said, and I quote, quote, I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I'll tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today and what he did is an incredible offer. He offered to have the people working on the case come and work with their investigators with respect to the 12 military intelligence officers that the special counsel indicted. I think that's an incredible offer. Well, the only incredible thing about that offer is that the president of the United States would invite the perpetrator of the crime to help with the investigation. That's incredible. Every time President Trump failed to stand up to Vladimir Putin felt like a collective punch in the gut of the American people. It was disturbing and saddening to see the leader of the free world shrink in the face of a dictator."