Menendez, Schumer, Murphy

Executive Session (Benczkowski Nomination)

Senator Menendez: (3:45 p.m.)

  • Spoke on NATO.
    • "Yet to this day President Trump continues to take Putin at his word. Many of us find ourselves questioning the president's true goals. And it is no surprise that the leaders in Europe are questioning the commitment of the United States to the post-World War II international order. In the absence of U.S. presidential leadership, I want to make clear to our allies abroad as well as our adversaries in the Kremlin as to where members in the United States Senate stand. We stand for the rule of law and an international order based on democratic values many we stand for security alliances among democracies based against mutual defense against our enemies."


Senator Schumer: (3:58 p.m.)

  • Spoke on NATO.
    • "Now, Mr. President, president trump is on his way to attend the annual summit of nato leaders in Brussels. The president should use the occasion to build up the transatlantic alliance rather than tearing it down. Since its founding nearly 70 years ago, nato has become the most powerful and successful security partnership ever created. The first half of the 20th century is marked by unprecedented human suffering, depression, war, genocide. After World War II, in the face soviet aggression and expansion, nato showed the world a different way. Working together with other international institutions, nato established the political and economic rules of the road that have promoted our national security and our mutual prosperity"


Senator Murphy: (4:03 p.m.)

  • Spoke on NATO.
    • "I give Secretary Pompeo credit because his answer was brutally honest. He said that he certainly could foresee a series of trade-offs with the Russians by which they would be allowed to join the G-7, rejoin the G-7 without withdrawing their forces from Eastern Ukraine or Crimea. That is a stunning reversal of prior U.S. policy, the idea that we would trade away Ukraine for some set of concessions from Russia on another area of national security, maybe in the Middle East. But it is unsurprising. It is unsurprising because as Donald Trump has made clear over and over again, his primary objective is to become friends with Vladimir Putin."