Flake, Portman, Sullivan

Morning Business

Senator Flake: (2:07 p.m.)

  • Spoke on NATO.
    • "Lately, the president of the United States has been characterizing our most vital relationships around the world in purely transactional terms, asserting that America has been taken advantage of. He has gone so far as to suggest that when it comes to our relationship with our NATO partners, we get nothing for our troubles. Nothing for a stable and peaceful Europe? This is the danger in viewing these relationships as mere transactions, absent our shared values, absent values the world is nothing but a cruel and cold place of warring camps and territorial ambitions and no durable alliances whatsoever. To view the world this way requires a frightening unawareness of the post-war security order that we ourselves created."


Senator Portman: (3:49 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Brett Kavanaugh is the president's nominee to be a new justice on the United States Supreme Court. Yesterday I had the chance to sit down with Judge Kavanaugh in my office and talk about his judicial philosophy, his view of the role of the courts and how he would approach some of the tough issues that the court is likely to face. Frankly, I cannot think of anybody who's more qualified to serve as the next associate justice of the Supreme Court. This guy's background is incredibly impressive as is his record, which I will get to in a minute. But as important to me is Brett Kavanaugh the person. Let me speak briefly about Brett because I have known him for over 15 years. I have gotten to know him and his wife. I worked with him in the George W. Bush White House."
  • Spoke on national parks.
    • "You can see where these two Ohio brothers changed the world and otherwise, frankly, they lived a pretty ordinary life and preserving their home and that shop is really important to see that. Anybody can dream big and make a big difference. We have a responsibility to preserve that site and so many others that are important to our history for generations to come. The national park system includes more than 84 million acres of parks and historical sites that now attract more than 330 million visitors annually."


Senator Sullivan: (4:13 p.m.)

  • Spoke on NATO.
    • "But, Mr. President, what I want to do this afternoon was say a few words about the president's visit to NATO and the NATO meeting that we just had and talk about the importance of alliances and our allies. I think if you read in the press now, I think overall you see this trip, you see the meeting. The president met with all the NATO leaders in Brussels, that overall was a good trip. There's been this commitment by NATO members since at least 2014, but it really goes way earlier than 2014 for each country to spend 2% or more of their G.D.P. on defense spending. So we share the burdens of defense. Now, the United States has essentially always, always, met this target, easily met this target, but a lot of other countries haven't."
  • Spoke in tribute to the Alaskan of the Week.
    • "But I guarantee the young men and women who are doing a great job as our pages, they're going to start to view this as their favorite time, too, because you get to hear about Alaska, and you get to hear stories about example Arkansas, and you get to hear about great people, wonderful people. And the great state of Alaska has been doing great things for their community, their state, their country. We call that person our Alaskan of the Week. Now, from the on-set, we've tried to focus on people generally who are unsung heroes in their communities."