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was august. we had this racially charged summer with donald trump's campaign, with black lives matter and the police shootings, and tragic events, baton rouge, dallas. it was really a time when people felt like all they were seeing on tv about race was bad news. and here was, first, a white man admitting he was prejudiced, which for people of color, we were kind of like, finally. night at 8:00day eastern on c-span's q&a. c-span opened the doors to washington policy for all to see, bringing you unfiltered congress -- content from congress and beyond. a lot of chip -- a lot has
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changed over the years, but the news is more relevant than ever. we are your unfiltered view of government so you can make up your own mind. brought to you as a public service by your cable or satellite provider. in session, we like to what is happening at both ends of pennsylvania avenue. to do that, we are joined by ""wall street journal" congress reporter natalie andrews. and we welcome back "roll call" white house reporter john bennett. set tod of new sanctions be announced today on iran from washington. what do we know about these major new sanctions? guest: we do not know yet that i expect the administration will continue what they have already done. they have tried to target iran's energy sector, shipping sector. they are trying to make the pain as acute as they can and targeting the regime. they are trying to really put
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pressure on the regime. they want to do economic harm to iran to compel them to come back to the negotiating table and strike a broader deal than what the obama administration got, which just focused on iran's nuclear program. to president one -- wants focus on their behaviors across the region, with their support for hezbollah and other groups, and some of the things they have done in iraq and elsewhere. this is vintage trump. he does not want to do small deals. he wants to do the whole thing. but former flats from the u.s. and europe will have been involved in this say that will be extremely hard. no one really sees, right now, that there is interest from iranian officials to do a big deal or even to come back and negotiate anything. these sanctions today, i would look more at how the iranians respond. i think we will get more the
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same from the white house. also targeting the regime with cyber strikes that we learned about late last week. what more did you find out over the weekend on that? what more is the administration saying about it? guest: they're not saying a lot. friday was a surreal day at the white house. the united states almost bombed iran. just think about the gravity of that. the president is getting a lot of credit over the weekend for pulling back that strike -- he says 10 minutes before things were about to get very serious. iran,d a hostile act from shooting down u.s. military aircraft. even if there were no pilot or crew on board, that is an act of war. what the president was tame its away from allowing to happen was a retaliatory active war between these two countries that have been on the brink of something for decades.
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do not know where this is heading. the administration is not saying what their strategy is. the president is sending john bolton and others to the region to talk to some allies. but these are not exactly objective countries. saudi arabia and others. these are countries -- these meetings alone will inflame iranian leaders, will further add tensions. they are trying to get some kind of response coordinated, but this is not about reaching out to the iranians. it is about further pressure on iran. this is far from over. host: we spent the first hour of the "washington journal" focusing on the debate in congress over the war powers and what sprung up in the wake of the aborted strike. take us through what we are expecting in the committees and on the house and senate side. guest: we certainly expect it to be a topic of discussion.
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whether or not they are able to take further steps, that is something different. the 2001 aumf,f, repealing that is part of the appropriations bill that the democrats have had. we expect that to die in the senate. you are talking to viewers about that earlier. i expect tensions. you have seen top republicans who are supportive of the president taking further action. i expect that to wrap up further. democrats are wanting much more .f a level step they want to be briefed before the president does anything. host: we know of specific house hearings on iran or is the debate likely to play out on the floor? itst: we will likely see play out on the floor as a lawmakers discuss what the president's next moves are.
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the president is changing his mind rapidly, so you will see lawmakers respond in such fashion, as having to move on the fly. host: we are spending this morning talking about the week ahead in washington, from both capitol hill and the white house. taking your calls on phone lines for republicans, (202) 748-8001. democrats, (202) 748-8000. independents, (202) 748-8002. iran, obviously, a main topic of the week. but also on the president's threatened deportation effort that he has put on hold for two weeks, asking for some debate changes to the asylum process. what is the president specifically wanting to see over the next 10 days? guest: this is always the question with the president. what does he want? this is what we wrote saturday afternoon.
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he has delayed this by two weeks. something is always coming into weeks. the delay is always two weeks. c for theost like a ti president. he did not lay out saturday exactly what he wants congress to bring him. by the way, they will be out for a week, the july 4 recess week. he did not stop and answer any questions when he came back from camp david. that is one -- the substitute pool had discussed exactly what do you want congress to send you, and why do you think they can do this in a week? because that is what they will have. they will not cancel the july 4 recess. he feels pressure from time to time. we have seen this with the tariffs on the mexican goods. he found a way to get out of that. the iran a strike, he called that off. now he has delayed this.
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he does this when he feels the pressure. he felt pressure on this and other issues from fox news, some folks did not think any of these things were great clinically. clinically. and the president walked it back. so we really do not know exactly what the president wants. immigration deal. in 2017, there was a big bipartisan deal, and in the last stages, the president helped torpedo that. they have that 20 point plan, as the white house laid out here -- years ago, that when we ask and pressed, when we are able to ask folks like jared kushner, that is going nowhere on capitol hill. host: what will happen on that front in capitol hill? guest: we know congress will vote on the border supplemental they want to get that done before the july 4 recess. that will provide some level of
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humanitarian aid, and democrats and republicans are supporting giving this money so that -- every lawmaker i've talked to has a little bit of a different idea on exactly where it is going, but they have enough of a cohesive coalition that looks like it will pass. nancy pelosi is in support of it. --are seeing the far left alexandria ocasio-cortez -- they do not want any more money for immigrations and customs enforcement. but it looks set to pass. but that is not the kind of immigration reform that donald trump -- host: is that a vehicle for what the president calls asylum loopholes? fixing -- is that a vehicle for fixing what the president calls asylum loopholes? guest: giving them, essentially, a day for a timeline to pass something is not feasible in the
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general congress timeline of getting something done. host: is there another vehicle moving on this issue that negotiation could attach itself to? or is the border supplemental the best place to do that now? guest: that is something that has momentum. so they will try to tweak it. but the more you tweak it, you lose the coalition of lawmakers that would pass it. you would lose the necessary 60 lawmakers in this and if you do something. if you do something the president supports, you lose democrats. if you do something democrats having something that the president will not sign during the july 4 recess. we have seen money for humanitarian aid, but they will be hesitant to put any sort of parameters on that. host: iran and border security just two issues happening this
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week amid a slew of others before congress get out of town for the july 4 recess. we are talking about it in washington. we will take some calls. lou, from rue, -- baltimore. caller: thank you for taking my call. love your program. i would like to tell you that i've been watching for years what has been happening with nuclear powers. north korea just got done getting an atomic weapon after years of lying to us, and now, we have the iran situation. at the very end of a chain of nuclear powers. russia, china, pakistan, india -- they are practically locking elbows together. now we have iran in the middle of the middle east, and extremely populated area. if we get -- let iran do what they want to and become an
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atomic weapon power, what is the likelihood, what is the outcome going to be? a nuclear war or something a little less? host: what do you think the outcome will be? caller: i am afraid, because iran -- i am not a religious bigot, but i think they keep chanting on television "death to america," "annihilate israel." they do not seem to have middle ground. host: we start talking about the negotiations with north korea, and secretary of state mike pompeo was expected to make that more the focus of his overseas trip. now, it will be frontloaded with iranian issues. take us through his week, coming up. guest: a busy week for the secretary of state. a busy week for the president, who will leave sometime wednesday for the g 20 summit in japan. he will also make a stop in south korea to meet with president moon.
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to the caller's, a lot of experts say if iran -- and they are expected to announce ramping up uranium development -- that of thee a major breach deal that the obama administration and european allies struck with iran. it is still in place. the u.s. is not part of it. but that would essentially be the exit of iran from that agreement. what a lot of experts see is, then, a nuclear arms race in the region, which is alarming. israelrabia, we suspect has some capability there, and other countries, trying to combat and a rainy and atomic arsenal with their own, raising stakes in the region, which are always high. then, you get into what israel -- think about benjamin netanyahu.
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he has his own political problems. is he going to allow israel's biggest enemy to acquire nuclear weapons? i believe the "new york times" over the weekend noted that israel has restarted a program that basically looks at how they would strike iranian nuclear targets. back to gathering intelligence. a lot of these sites are deeply buried. when i covered the pentagon years ago, a very senior u.s. official, about six or seven years ago, doubted if the u.s. had the technology to reach underground and penetrate deep enough to make a difference. it is not about preventing. it is about setting them back and delaying their program. so a nuclear arms race in the region. then, not only washington, the response, but how does israel respond? national president's security advisor, was in israel
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over the weekend. will he still be there? there will be a lot of focus on him around these tensions. guest: we do not quite know where john bolton will pop up next. he is the ultimate inside player. he knows how to play these games and relationships. i think we will see him eventually by the president's side in japan. we have mentioned the south korean meeting with president moon, to talk largely about north korea and that nuclear threat. if you know john bolton and have studied him, he will not going -- he will not want to be too far from the president's ear while he is meeting with president moon. host: in an opinion page, he is right in the president's ear. john bolton the devil on the president's shoulder. that was run in today's "usa today." thomas is in aurora, illinois, independent. caller: good morning.
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have tools that we are not using. other than military and other than diplomacy. the reality of what goes around comes around. , to healnited states ourselves and to heal other nations in the process, need the biggest tool we have -- to reverse our own corruptions, as aas murdering babies method of birth control or teaching the children that, somehow, homosexuality is a positive and healthy form of lifestyle. we, as the united states, if we reverse our own corruptions, that will call on the great spirit to heal us and shows the
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way to help the great spirit heal other nations. host: got your point. in terms of tools when it comes to the iran issue that is front and center this week, what tools does congress want to use? what sort of reaction have you seen so far? of these newent sentients and the cyber attacks. guest: first of all, it is monday, and congress has not quite come back to washington. we will see more as a talk on the floor this afternoon. you have seen, in the past week or so, lawmakers from both parties wanting to restrict arms sales to their region. they are setting up votes for that they see that as a way to limit hostility and aggression in the region, by being able to limit who has what, including saudi arabia, which the president yesterday on "meet the press" defended.
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it will be interesting to see how those votes continue to carry out. and donald trump does have veto power. host: the president will be at the g 20 later this week. what role is congress playing when the president goes to that key economic summit? what pressure can they put on the president while he is traveling overseas, and are they willing to do that? guest: we know a lot of republicans whisper into the president's ear. some feel as though it is a futile effort. but others feel -- lindsey graham, for one, feels as though he is able to influence the president's thinking by providing a different perspective. i am sure they will be talking to the president, leaning on him, trying to influence how he conducts himself overseas. noty pelosi famously does criticize a president when he is overseas, so we could see
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de-escalation there as well. host: what does the president want to walk away from the g20 with? guest: he wants progress in the china trade talks. he finally announced that he will sit down with the chinese president. in the president has said, for months and months, it is ok for bob lighthizer, his lead trade negotiator, and others, to talk to their chinese counterparts. but as he contends, it will always come down to himself and president xi. we have seen these talks stall, as they usually do with the chinese. he is not the first president to think that there is a deal and then the rug is pulled out from under them in the 11th hour. we will see who else is in the room. i expect lighthizer, may be larry kudlow, and maybe john bolton.
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that is interesting when you have larry kudlow, who is a more gop establishment, and then john bolton, who is a hardliner and expects china to come very far to the american demand. that does not seem very realistic. and how much will the president give, face-to-face with the xi,ident -- with president and will that hold as they leave whatever room they are in and their staff gets back to the business of trying to implement anything they come up with? these deals are so complicated that the devil is in the implementation. you want to verify certain things. and the chinese are not exactly open when it comes to verifying anything that has to do with their economy. place weat is the one are seeing republicans, especially republicans from rural states, wanting to put pressure on the president in terms of the trade deal. joni ernst, who is up for
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reelection, has been critical of the president, wanting to see movement, because she says her constituents are really hurting by the tariffs. you have that stretch of republicans in the midwest that are wanting to see some action, one thing to be able to tell their constituents that there will be relief coming soon. upt: you mentioned members for reelection. there are a bunch of democratic members who want to be up for that -- reelection. and you have the democratic presidential debates wednesday and thursday. will that impact anything on the schedule? guest: it does not appear that mitch mcconnell is wanting to give the presidents running for president any leeway. we may see them missed votes, which they come under criticism when they do. we were trying to calculate how far that flight is from miami and when they will need to leave. lessay see a handful or so
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democrats on the floor this week as they prepare. coming up on 8:30 on the east coast. taking your phone calls about the stories you are interested in this week on both ends of pennsylvania avenue. our guests this week, john batten -- john bennett from "roll call" and natalie andrews from "the wall street journal." ray is a democrat. caller: good morning. it amazes me. some of these republican callers calling in and do not have a clue -- like vladimir putin said, they do not hear stuff like this. he should have never pulled out of the iranian deal. as far as him negotiating anything, he cannot negotiate himself out of a paper bag. like the caller in the last segment -- that is ridiculous,
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what she said. don, a republican out of kalamazoo, michigan. about --ou are talking i will not bore you with my opinions. i will read you easy to verify facts about the iraq war. thee are excerpts from address president clinton in 1998. earlier today, i ordered american armed forces to strike military and security forces in iraq. husseins ago, saddam announced that he will not -- bring us up to 2019 and what is happening today. caller: this is all part of it. cut offn caught --
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before when i brought it up here the real story about iraq is -- these are facts. these are not my opinions. host: how does it apply to what is happening? i assume you want to talk about iran and congressional authors and of force in iran. take us to that -- congressional authorization of force in iran. take us to that. caller: he said they had to be inspections. there never were. if there had been inspections after that, which would have never had to go to war in iraq, because we would have known what was going on. you can check this out. there is information earlier. there was a man earlier who said that if you bombed somebody, that is an act of war. clinton bombed iraq for four days, and we did not call it an act of war. what the fbi called it when japan bombed pearl harbor.
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host: don was talking about inspections. we talked about the iran nuclear deal that the president pulled out of. now iran is saying that there develop meant of nuclear material will breach the limits of the deal. is this deal done now? is anyway to get back into the deal if both sides wanted to pull back and say let's go back to where we were? is that even possible at this point? guest: i do not think the trump administration will reenter the deal. you cannot ignore the fact that barack obama and john kerry were the ones who really drag that deal over the finish line. we have seen, time and again, to undoald trump wants most of obama's legacy. you cannot ignore that. right now, the future of that deal is the europeans. and they are scrambling to find a way to keep that deal in place. and they are working with the
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trump administration. the united states is not formally in the deal, but there is plenty of back channeling going on on how the iranians may try to hold that thing together. because there are some verification processes in that deal. it allows the west to have some idea what the iranians are up to . we really do not know what they will announce thursday, as far as how much more uranium they plan to enrich. that will be important, because whatever they say, we can probably guess it is a little bit more. what does it do for the timeline for them building a nuclear weapon? does it speeded up from two years to one year? are they six months away? that will set off the dominoes that decide not only what the trump administration and israel does, it could change the feeling in europe. they do not think the situation is quite as dire as, say, donald trump or benjamin netanyahu, but
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whatever iran announces thursday, it could change the game, or it could be status quo, and everyone is trying to keep what they have got and prevent a war. kim, aexas is next, democrat. theer: i want to speak to gentleman before. this topic is too big and weighty topic. it is hard to speak about it in five seconds, but i will try that. i am a german-american. my father immigrated from hitler's. he was a child. he came when he was 55. i was born in 1962. i happened to be -- i never understood what was happening in the world. how do you teach the world that gay people are very real and yet we are not an identity. if you take religion and
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spirituality in all the different versions that we have and break them apart in segments, you get a fragmented identity. i believe, even in our military, every human being has a fragment and our identity. i wish the gentleman would read and touch his heart. we do not live in a binary structure where one thing causes another. we have three different religions, one god, one creator, but we have different versions, different realities, and i wish people would quit blaming gay children. no good god put you here and demand to change and no good god put you here and demands you hate yourself. change thed to do is channels and the software's and trust each other. we are all family. host: ray got your point. this is larry out of pennsylvania, independent. go ahead. forer: i have a statement
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the two journalists. why are you guys not giving iran's side of the situation? theiras denied involvement. can you hear me? host: yes, sir. caller: iran has denied their involvement with the shipping attacks, and the drone was in iranian space. yet still, you guys come on here and blame iran for an act of war, which they did not commit. america was in their territory. and if you remember, a couple years ago, iran also caught the commandos in the boat who there were supposedly lost in iranian territory. would you please explain that and that the american people know? host: i do not think our journalist roundtable was blaming anybody now. just trying to explain what is happening on capitol hill. but to that point, are there
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members of congress that are more sympathetic to the iranian side of things now, that are cautioning calling for restraints on the trump administration? guest: there is certainly a concern that these sanctions could be hurting the iranian people to a point that it would todifficult for them to want change. ityou have been so hurt, changes your perspective on the united states. maybe it makes diplomacy harder. but there seems to be more support for sanctions on the democratic side then military action. it is delicate. to the caller's point, there is a dispute over whether drew -- where the drone was. i cannot necessarily say what voices we are seeing -- people
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are concerned about the hostility and the ramping up, and that concern is real. guest: there is no question that the iranian leaders -- they are a wounded animal. what do wounded animals do? lash out for survival. that is what the regime is trying to do. there is a lot of pressure internally bubble up in iran recently. sanctions have been punishing. in one regard, the sanctions have worked. in another regard, the sanctions are probably what led iran shooting down the global hawk last week. the iranians are trying to create space for something. we are not sure what yet. to send also trying signals internally that they are standing up to america. average iranians are feeling the
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economic pain as well. it is not just the leadership. they are trying to send a message that we are standing up for you, for our people. but this is the tinderbox. this could get out of hand very quickly. host: a lot of focus on iran, but we are talking about the entire week ahead on capitol hill and the white house. guest: for republicans, (202) 748-8001. democrats.000 for (202) 748-8002 for independents. we talked a little about the border funding bill. can you explain where it sits in the overall spending talks in recent days and where those a as congress gets ready to go out of town for the fourth of july recess? guest: this is a supplement all that will add more money to the coffers in order to handle their humanitarian crisis at the border. this is separate from the appropriations process, which is
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also rolling its way through congress. the house has passed a set of bills and will take up another group this week. the senate is a little behind, but they are also expecting to move forward. this supple mental is different. it is focused on humanitarian aid. tois directly in response the surge of families and people we have seen seeking asylum at the border. host: at one point, the house was hoping to get out of there annual appropriations bills by the fourth of july recess. is that still the schedule? guest: that is still the schedule. that was steny hoyer's goal. he has been talking about that since january. it seems like they are on track, although the dhs, homeland security, which is always the one that congress struggles with. host: if the house is able to pass all 12 of those, how likely is it that any of those will be taken off -- taken up by the senate or signed by the
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president? guest: this will not be taken up by the senate. the senate will produce their own set. ath the republican senate and democratic house, we have seen, in the past, a desire to not use spending bills to dictate policy. -- there is nore as i for a government shutdown. this new class entered congress and the government shutdown. they do not want to do that again. the desire to keep these bills are free from policy writers, in the final version, is there. we cannot quite predict what will happen in september. host: how concerned is the white house about another government shutdown, if these bills do not come together by the end of the fiscal year? guest: i do not think we will see a government shutdown, but that dhs bill is out there.
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when you bring it up at the white house, you can see, the body language changes. they are prepared for another fight. of course, that is what they like to do. they like to fight. the border wall is again going to be the central part of this. you will not get an immigration bill before then. he will want policy changes as part of the dhs spending bill. democrats will begin. i expect to see the usual dance. if trump will go along with a stopgap spending bills, maybe one month, three weeks, keep things rolling as i negotiate or say they are negotiating. herill not rule out anot partial shutdown, because when you talk to white house officials and when the president talks about it, it is so important to the base. they want more for the wall. they are already digging in for a fight. host: talking about important to the base, there is a base of
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democrats where one of their important issues is impeachment of the president. can you talk about where that stands and how that may complicate some of these other spending issues we have been talking about? guest: bottom line, it certainly makes these democrats less inclined to want to work with the president to get something done. at last count, more than 70 house democrats have called to impeach the president. and a handful of those running for president have also called to impeach the president. that momentum is building. nancy pelosi said last week that she does not feel pressure. she told reporters that at a breakfast. as morehave to expect, and more democratic lawmakers want to see this happen, some of them also see it as a moral thing. that they do not want to see, say, justin amash, make the point that they want to be making care that they feel the
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president has done impeach above offenses, and they feel as though they want to carry that out, to look at politics would be harmful to them, especially to their base. host: about 15 minutes or 20 minutes left. talking about a busy week, as usual, here in washington. let us know what topics you are interested in. in reno, nevada, independent. good morning. caller: good morning. i would like to know why do we keep on saying that the iranians are the terrorists in the middle east when the united states has been bombing all of these countries and we are fighting syria to trys in to overthrow the government of damascus? host: what would you like to see happen when it comes to iran in these escalating tensions? caller: lift the sanctions.
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we are only hurting the people. iranians are more beneficial to the arab people. -- that the sanctions, can you slain the concept of maximum pressure and what the trump administration has said they are going for? guest: the idea is put so much economic pressure on iranian leaders that they would come back to the negotiating table for a broader deal than what you obama admits and european allies got the first time around. it is hard to imagine the iranians agreeing to reopen negotiations without some sanctions relief. it would not be everything, but the problem with that is the trump administration has not really shown any interest in lifting any of these sanctions. of course, any minute now, we will learn of what the president said our new, major sanctions.
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this is part of the standoff. and maybe standing between where we are now and the resumption of talks. we do not even know what that would look like. with this be their president and the vice president, asked yesterday in different interviews, with this be the president negotiating with the ayatollah, with president rouhani, or would it be mike pompeo and his counterparts at the secretary of state level? we do not even know what the talks would look like. you would think that you would have to get some sanctions relief, and there's just no appetite so far at the white house for that. host: you mentioned the various interviews on the sunday shows. this is the president on "meet the press, talking about the pressure and tensions with -- on "meet the press," talking about the pressure intentions. [video clip] >> do you think you are pushed? >> i have two groups of people. doves and hawks.
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john bolton is absolutely a hawk. i am on both sides. i was against going into iraq. for years and years. before it ever happened, i was against going to iraq. some people said i do not know -- i was a private citizen and it never made sense to me. i was against going into the middle east. we spent $7 trillion in the middle east. host: on that comment about john bolton, the president saying he may want to take on the world at one time. guest: that stopped me in my tracks yesterday. i was doing some other things, some weekend things, and not covering it to write a story, which is a luxury, sometimes, where you can get a different perspective. that stopped me in my tracks. and you really see how the president views his own national security adviser. what i to go away -- one thing i took away from the "meet the press" interview is it seems the
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president does value hearing a lot of friend perspectives from different parts of the spectrum on any given issue. as he made clear yesterday, and his white house aides made clear last week, he decides. he wants to hear things, wants to talk to his advisers. it may not look like an h.w. bu sh or a barack obama, itiberative process, but seems that there is a process there, and he is hearing a lot of different opinions. it was striking to hear him say what a lot of john bolton's critics say about john bolton. so far -- and it is important to note that the president has not given into john bolton's very hawkish views. other than syria, he has not launched any new military operations. so he is keeping john bolton in
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check in that regard. host: since we are talking about the president's feelings about his advisors, what did you think about the president being asked about his feelings about his former attorney general, jeff sessions? the president, when he was asked if he could have one do over, what would it be, the president saying it would be personnel. he said if i had one do over, i would not have appointed jeff sessions as attorney general. that was my biggest mistake -- those were the president's comments. guest: when we think of everything that has happened in the past two and a half years, it is interesting that the president draws on one of his first decisions that he may have made before the inauguration. it was one of his first decisions as president. i immediate a think of republican senators who have ardently defended jeff sessions, who feel as though he may have withmistreated or treated not a lot of respect by the
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president, and wondering what they thought, to hear that. host: something to ask them this week? guest: exactly. it is interesting to see him point of that moment. guest: jeff sessions chose to recuse himself from bob rodler's investigation, let rosenstein oversee that investigation. the minute he announced that, the relationship with donald trump was over. various hung on for reasons. a lot of political pressure on the president, who did not fire him before he eventually did. but that shows you where the president's head is at. great job ofd a steering him towards that. he talked a lot about the witchhunt, which he refers to the mueller investigation, and the whole idea that his campaign, in 2016 somehow
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coordinated or colluded with russians. it shows how that is always at the front of his mind. it paints everything, from border negotiations with congress to anything he does, when he talks to world leaders. he complains that they bring it up. it was a moment where we saw where he is in any given moment. host: speaking of personnel at the white house, sarah sanders is leaving her post in a couple of days. we know who will replace her or do we have a sense of who is in the running? guest: we have a sense but we do not know when or if we get a replacement. i have mused, on twitter and in the story i wrote, that perhaps donald trump does not replace sarah sanders. maybe he just keeps the press office as it is. the director of strategic mercedestions,
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schlapp, she is behind everywhere. and donald trump is his own communications director. and a lot of senses, he is his own press secretary. he may not feel the job. the acting --an, we have heard heather newark, once nominated to be ambassador to the u.n. -- she was the chief spokesperson to the state department for a long while. -- worked with two sectors of state. she is a former fox news personality, so she knows what to do when the cameras are on. it is very important for the president. one reason he likes sarah so much. it is safe to say that sarah is better in front of the camera, especially in that attack mode that the president likes, then her predecessor, sean spicer.
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the white house has not even said if the president has held formal interviews yet. and he will leave in two days. i would not expect an announcement before he leaves wednesday, on if there is even going to be a new press secretary. host: you are jotting down a few notes. guest: i was thinking about what would come up as the president's overseas. the senate votes on the ndaa. we will hear more talk on usmca. i was thinking about how busy this week will be as we head towards the july 4 recess, especially with some open vacancies almost all over the administration. host: and an unusual time not to have a press secretary. guest: exactly. stay tuned to the president's twitter feed. we hear from nate in milwaukee, a democrat. caller: thank you for having me. i am keeping an eye on the supreme court this week because of borten cases coming up.
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especially related to gerrymandering and the possibility of new information from republican gerrymandering expert. it reminds me that, a lot of the time, these political parties say one thing to the public and then do something totally different behind closed doors, to try to rig their own elections. wisconsin'se of gerrymandering court case, and if anyone wants to check that out, there is an august 1 article from 2012 titled oncuments cast new light redistricting -- reveal partisan motivations." it shows how people got into one honest elections and tried not to phase honest elections after that point. host: natalie andrews, you want to start on that? guest: this is something i've
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been covering as the oversight committee takes their own path on this. everybody has been watching the supreme court. what they decide to do will impact how congress investigates, how the question got there. it really limits their power, if the supreme court says that the question is ok to be on the senses, then it puts into debate what happens with the oversight committee's investigation. everyone is watching it for the reason the caller mentioned. that this 2020 senses will determine where district are outlined the next 10 years. if you are looking at citizens, it will change the numbers in certain states, like california, texas. those are states that republicans and democrat cared lee about. they want to know how those numbers are related. host: we have patrick, republican. good morning.
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caller: thanks. i am curious -- i had not really read anything about it. iran.ople are offending i heard it this morning on your show. happened if that drone had not been -- when they shot the drone down. a commerciald been airline? what kind of conversation would we be having now? with that people still be defending iran? host: your thoughts on the president calling off that e last, the aborted strik week. since then, we have heard about cyber attacks against iran and now we sanction set to be announced today. do you think the president is taking the right path? caller: i do not know. that is a big decision to make.
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sleep trying to figure that one out. carolina. in south guest: if any country shot down a commercial airliner, no matter who was aboard, i think if iran shut down a u.s. airliner or an airliner in the region that had a americans on board, there is no question that the president would have reacted strongly. this morning, i believe he would be sitting here talking about a war with iran, and a regional war. we could've already seen iran greenlight sleeper cells with its many proxy organizations, from riyadh to jerusalem to paris, to london, maybe even u.s. soil, for smaller bomb attacks or at least start that. i do not think there's any
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question that the president would have done what any american president would do in that situation, and that would be to respond very strongly and very militarily. host: in california, melanie is next, democrat. caller: good morning. i am a little concerned. why does he have all the power? why is he not addressing congress for military instruction,? to be able to do this? i am not sleeping at night anymore. i know a lot of people are so concerned about our nation and it falling in the wrong hands. he is so egotistical, to start all of these issues, then backs -- we are going to get in trouble here. the world knows it. host: our question the first hour the program was should congress be doing more to reassert their war power authority? i imagine you foll -- fall on the "yes" side.
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caller: absolutely. host: do you think congress will do that? we saw tim kaine lead that, barbara lee -- do you think congress will do something to reassert their war power authority? caller: we could try, but it seems he is the king. i do not think we can stop him. host: did you want to jump in on that debate? guest: there are certainly growing interest, in both parties. you mentioned last week on doing something to limit future whatdent's powers on actions they are allowed to take or limit the current president's powers. mike lee, republican from utah, he is a constitutional scholar, said he/so he says let's discuss this. he would like to see it done and
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a legislative, methodical way. other lawmakers, such as barbara lee, want to repeal the aumf that they are acting under and start over. the issue we always face in congress is what -- will enough people on both eyes of the aisle agree on in order to get something done? right now, that does not exist. guest: and it would have to be vetoproof. this is an executive powers issue. who gives up power? i do not think donald trump not give up power. barack obama would have considered vetoing peer there was a bipartisan effort a couple of years ago to write and aumf just for syria -- that broke down. there were so many factions involved. i was covering that on capitol hill. they wanted to put limitations on what a ground operation the u.s. could perform. they couldn't agree on what the
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definition of a ground operation was. that is just one example. host: and not a new example. we were talking about the war powers resolution that was passed over a veto by then president nixon. certainly something that continues. seen democrats support limited actions, such as when trump took action in syria two years ago. acceptability from both sides, that they do want the president to be able to have that element of surprise and be able to take action. they just do not want to see that escalate into some sort of long-term conflict without having permission. but that is a fine line. saying, small actions lead to bigger ones. host: we promise to take the president's twitter page. he has been tweeting since we have been having our conversation. we were talking that the president's criticism of his own cabinet. he/she is good to sizing the
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federal reserve. "despite a federal reserve that does not know what it is doing, raised rates far too fast, very low inflation, the part of the world slowing, lowering, and reasoning, and did large-scale tightening, 50 dollars per month, we are on course to one of the best months of june in u.s. history." the president thinking think about what would have been if the fed had gotten it right. now they are like a stubborn child when they need rate cuts and easing to make up for what other countries are doing against us -- blew it. that is what the president said about the federal reserve. guest: consistent with what he has been saying. jerome powell, the president -- the president has been outspoken about criticizing chairman powell. larry kudlow and others will insist that the fed is independent. democrats in congress especially will say those tweets, and the president says these things when he comes out to the south lawn
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to leave and has a 20 minute conference over the loud hum of marine one's engines about once a week -- he is trying to influence the fed. you can say that safely. he wants a rate cut and he wants it today. he thinks it will further juice the economy as he ramped up his reelection campaign, and he needs the economy to stay strong. he things a rate cut will unlock more growth. host: glenn, thanks for waiting and then castor, california. good morning. good morning paid you talked about gerrymandering. the question that needs to be on the census is if you are an american citizen or not, so we have a correct electoral college. plus, here's something for a true journalist. how come we do not talk about bernie sanders' wife embezzling
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how much money she has embezzled? or biting getting special treatment. how could these two corrupt politicians the running without -- or biden getting special treatment. how could these two corrupt politicians to running without criticism? talk about what american citizens need, and our economy would be so much better off if you guys did real journalism instead of just attacking a political opponent. host: can i ask where you go for your news? what news organizations do you trust? caller: i get it off of youtube and all over. all over the news. except for msnbc. takeyou, you say you everything -- you guys sit together and pick everything --
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how to attack trump. host: that is not how this segment came together. we are talking about the week ahead in washington, a busy week in washington, both at the white house and on capitol hill. just a minute or two left. what have we not talked about that you will cover? guest: we are looking at the ndaa and how that comes together. the senate will start voting on that tonight. if they want to put an amendment there that has something to do with iran, that is something we are watching. sounds like the viewers are watching that as well. we will be reporting on that, it is just uncertain as to how that will come together. host: what have we not cover that you will cover? guest: i want to see how these china trade talks start to set up and what issues the president brings up or maybe president xi from china brings up. is there some kind of agreement
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they can walk out of the room with this weekend? is there something that can do to get the talkback on the table? that is unclear at this point. host: john bennett, white house correspondent see all of the c-span products. >> here's a look at our live coverage tuesday. on c-span, the house is back at 10:00 a.m. eastern for general speeches with legislative meetings at noon. members will talk about a spending package that will have the v.a., transportation and housing. on c-span 2, the senate is back
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at 10:00 a.m. eastern to resume a debate that sets defense policies and programs. the head of the transportation security administration testifies on capitol hill about potential vulnerabilities and other priorities for the agency. then laettner the day, we'll hear from federal and state emergency management officials about natural desaster preparedness effort as at house oversight and a subcommittee hearing. earlier today, president trump delivered remarks on transparency and health care cost before signing an executive order requiring health care providers to tell patients how much services would cost before they get them. it also mandates the department of health and human services to put forward a proposal to provide patients with information about potential out of pocket cost tll

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