Trump names Robert O’Brien as new national security adviser


>>Bill: LUCAS TOMLINSON, WE AWAIT MORE.>>Sandra: JOINING US NOW IS SENATOR JOHN BARRASSO MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE. A LOT OF NEWS TO GET TO THIS MORNING INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT CALLING ON THE TREASURY TO SUBSTANTIALLY INCREASE SANCTIONS ON IRAN. YOUR RESPONSE TO THAT.>>IT’S THE RIGHT DECISION. THE PRESIDENT IS TAKING A MEASURED RESPONSE TO THIS. THE SANCTIONS HAVE BEEN BITING. THEY’VE BEEN HURTING. IRAN HAS BEEN SUFFERING AS A RESULT. THEIR CURRENCY HAS BEEN DEVALUED SIGNIFICANTLY. LESS BUYING POWER THERE. WHAT THEY’RE TRYING TO DO WITH THESE ATTACKS IS DRIVE UP WORLD OIL PRICES BECAUSE THEY NEED THE MONEY THAT THEY GET FROM SELLING THE OIL THE PRESIDENT IS RIGHT.>>Sandra: IT’S INTERESTING YOU USE THE WORD MEASURED RESPONSE BECAUSE SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM, YOUR COLLEAGUE, TWEETED OUT ABOUT THAT MEASURED RESPONSE BY PRESIDENT TRUMP REGARDING THE SHOOTING DOWN OF AN AMERICAN DRONE. HE WROTE THAT WAS CLEARLY SEEN BY THE IRANIAN REGIME AS A SIGN OF WEAKNESS. THE PRESIDENT THEN RETWEETED LINDSEY GRAHAM’S COMMENT ON THAT AND SAID NO, LINDSEY, IT WAS A SIGN OF STRENGTH THAT SOME PEOPLE JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND. CAN YOU WEIGH IN ON THAT, SENATOR?>>I LOVE LINDSEY. I THINK THE PRESIDENT IS CERTAINLY RIGHT HERE. THIS IS A PRESIDENT WHO LEADS THROUGH ACTION, RESULTS, STRENGTH, SOLUTIONS. I’VE NEVER SEEN WEAKNESS FROM THIS PRESIDENT. HE HAS LOTS OF OPTIONS TO CONSIDER. HE DOESN’T NEED TO DO ANYTHING ABRUPTLY. I THINK HE IS DOING THE RIGHT THING RIGHT NOW WITH INCREASING THE SANCTIONS. MAKING IT TOUGHER ON IRAN. WE DON’T WANT THEM TO CHANGE THE REGIME, WE WANT THEM TO CHANGE THEIR BEHAVIOR. IT IS TIME TO START NOW.>>Sandra: HOW DO YOU EXPECT THEM TO RESPOND?>>IT IS HARD TO NOW WHAT THEY WILL DO. THEY ARE BEING SIGNIFICANTLY HURT BY THE SANCTIONS. I THOUGHT THAT THE PRESIDENT’S OUTREACH IN TERMS OF DIPLOMACY WAS THE RIGHT WAY TO GO WITH A POSSIBLE MEETING NEXT WEEK IN NEW YORK. WHAT WE NEED FOR IRAN TO DO IS QUIT FUNDING THE HOUTHIS IN YEMEN AND QUIT FUNDING THEIR FAR RIGHT GROUP WHICH IS RUNNING SOME OF THE MILITARY ACTIVITIES RIGHT NOW. THEY NEED TO CHANGE THEIR BEHAVIOR. IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS. WHAT WE’VE SEEN HERE IS NOT JUST NUCLEAR WEAPONS. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE BALLISTIC MISSILES THEY HAVE COMPLETELY USING IN VIOLATION OF WHAT THE U.N. HAS CALLED FOR AND I THINK THE PRESIDENT WAS RIGHT TO PULL OUT OF THE IRANIAN DEAL.>>Sandra: WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THE PRESIDENT MEET WITH IRAN?>>THE PRESIDENT WILL MAKE THAT DECISION. HE HAS LOTS OF OPTIONS. HE IS CONSIDERING ALL OF THEM.>>Sandra: NEW NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR WAS JUST NAMED. THE PRESIDENT TWEETING OUT MOMENTS AGO, SENATOR I’M PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT I WILL NAME ROBERT C. O’BRIEN CURRENTLY SERVING AS THE SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL ENVOY FOR HOSTAGE AFFAIRS AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT. THERE HE IS ON YOUR SCREEN. AS OUR NEW NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISORS. I HAVE WORKED LONG AND HARD WITH ROBERT. HE WILL DO A GREAT JOB. ANYTHING TO ADD TO THAT? IS THIS SOMEONE YOU KNOW AND ARE FAMILIAR WITH?>>IT’S SOMEONE WHO HAS A LONG AND DISTINGUISHED CAREER. HE WILL DO A FINE JOB AND THE PRESIDENT GETS TO CHOOSE WHO HE THINKS IS BEST IN THAT POSITION. THAT’S NOT SOMETHING THAT IS CONFIRMED BY THE SENATE. THAT HAS TO DO WITH THE TRUST OF THE PRESIDENT AND THAT INDIVIDUAL FOR THE INFORMATION THAT HE RECEIVES.>>Sandra: NOT SUBJECT TO SENATE CONFIRMATION. IMPORTANT POINT TO GET IN THERE. WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT THE LATEST NEWS IN THIS REPORT OVER THE WEEKEND IN THE “NEW YORK TIMES,” THE STORY THAT WAS PUBLISHED ON JUSTICE KAVANAUGH. THERE CONTINUES TO BE FALLOUT FROM THAT. ALSO MENTIONING YOUR COLLEAGUE SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM. HE HAD SOMETHING TO SAY ON THAT ON HANNITY LAST NIGHT AND I WANT TO GET YOUR RESPONSE.>>TWO UNITED STATES SENATORS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT HAVE CALLED FOR KAVANAUGH’S IMPEACHMENT BASED ON THE ARTICLE IN THE “NEW YORK TIMES” THAT FOIXED. A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE HAS INTRODUCED AN IMPEACHMENT RESOLUTION. ANY IMPEACHMENT OF JUDGE KAVANAUGH BASED ON “THE NEW YORK TIMES” STORY IS DEAD ON ARRIVAL IN THE SENATE.>>Sandra: YOUR RESPONSE?>>THIS IS THE POLITICS OF PERSONAL DESTRUCTION AGAINST A FINE JUDGE AND JUSTICE. YOU HAVE AN AUTHOR WHO IS TRYING TO SELL BOOKS. YOU HAVE “THE NEW YORK TIMES” WHO I BELIEVE IS TRYING TO UNDERMINE THE AUTHORITY AND CREDIBILITY OF THE SUPREME COURT TO TRY TO INTIMIDATE THE COURT INTO CERTAIN DECISIONS. AND THEN YOU HAVE THESE DEMOCRAT CANDIDATES TRYING TO APPEAL TO THEIR FAR LEFT VOTERS. AND PROMISING TO STACK THE COURTS. BECAUSE THEY KNOW IF THEY EVER WANT TO GET THEIR LIBERAL AGENDA IN PLACE IF ANY OF THEM HAPPEN TO GET ELECTED. I’LL WORK AGAINST THAT. THAT THEY WOULD NEED THE COURT TO MAKE FAVORABLE RULINGS. SO THEY WANT TO INFLUENCE, INTIMIDATE AND STACK THE SUPREME COURT. IF THERE IS ANYTHING, SANDRA, THAT UNITES REPUBLICANS, IT IS CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS OF THE COURT. IT HELPED IN PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ELECTION. HE PUT ON THE SUPREME COURT TWO GREAT JURISTS ABOUT 150 IN COURTS ACROSS THE LAND.>>Sandra: YOU WERE IN A MEETING YESTERDAY AND STEPPED OUT TO A MICROPHONE. A VARIETY OF THINGS WERE DISCUSSED IN THE MEETING INCLUDING GUN CONTROL. MITCH MCCONNELL SAID THAT CONGRESS IS IN A HOLDING PATTERN ON GUN CONTROL. AS FAR AS GUN-RELATED PROPOSALS THAT CONGRESS AND ULTIMATELY THE PRESIDENT COULD AGREE ON, IS THERE ANY COMMON GROUND BEING FOUND?>>PEOPLE ARE CERTAINLY LOOKING FOR SOMETHING THAT WILL KEEP MORE AMERICANS SAFE AND AT THE SAME TIME PROTECT OUR CONSTITUTIONAL FREEDOMS. IT IS GOING TO HAVE TO BE SOMETHING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL SIGN INTO LAW. THE PROPOSAL THAT PASSED THE HOUSE ISN’T GOING TO FIT THAT BILL. WE HAVE TED CRUZ AND CHUCK GRASSLEY HAVE TO DO BETTER IN TERMS OF BACKGROUND CHECKS AND PROTECTING PEOPLE SO CRIMINALS DON’T GET GUNS. THERE ARE THINGS I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR. ANYTHING THAT WILL LIMIT THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS THAT WE HAVE OF LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS TO

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