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There's a tail to the things that you do on foreign policy–it takes some time for the chickens to come home to roost.feedback
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Oct 18 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Ben Rhodes is associated, including Vladimir Putin and Americans. Most recently, Ben Rhodes has been quoted saying: “And it can feel like there's no cost to standing up and decertifying the Iran deal. But you're playing a serious game of chicken in terms of what comes next–whether or not Iran restarts its nuclear program, whether or not the Europeans defy additional U.S. sanctions, whether or not there is an increased risk of conflict in the Middle East, whether or not the dollar as the world's reserve currency is put at risk because we continue to use our sanctions as an extension of domestic politics.” in the article Is Obama's Foreign-Policy Legacy Disappearing?. An other article where Ben Rhodes has been quoted is Trump’s claim that Obama ‘didn’t make calls’ to families of the fallen.
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Jun 16 2017

As a democracy-promotion vehicle, the embargo has been a failure. For more than 50 years, it has been in place; for more than 50 years, a Castro has governed Cuba. If anything, the embargo has provided a justification for the Cuban government to suppress political dissent in the name of protecting Cuban sovereignty.feedback

Jun 16 2017 - Trump Presidency

If you want Cuba to change and reform, we are doing the opposite of what would be most likely to bring about reforms.feedback

Jun 15 2017 - Trump Presidency

For nothing more than a partial rollback, Trump has made us the bad guy again. They are not going as far as the real hard line, but they are going far enough to cause damage.feedback

Jun 10 2017 - Human Rights

Trump - friend of Putin, Sissi, Salman, Duterte, Erdogan - will cite human rights to justify hurting the Cuban people.feedback

Jun 09 2017

We recognize if he goes to a foreign country and meets the leader of that country, there is an interest, given the unusual circumstance we're in. He's really trying not to have these be platforms to weigh in on the issues of the day.feedback

Jun 01 2017 - Human Rights

Given their complete lack of concern for human rights around the world, it would be a tragic irony if the Trump administration uses that to justify policies that harm the Cuban people and restrict the freedom of Americans to travel and do business where they please. It's clear that the Cuban and American people want to move forward, and nothing can change that reality.feedback

Feb 28 2017

It's totally absurd and doesn't make any sense.feedback

Jan 12 2017

For this to work, the Cubans had to agree to take people back. It's important that Cuba continue to have a young, dynamic population that are clearly serving as agents of change.feedback

Dec 16 2016 - Russia

I don't think things happen in the Russian government of this consequence without Vladimir Putin knowing about it.feedback

Dec 13 2016

We're seeing real progress that is making life better for Cubans right now. Sustaining this policy will allow for further opening ... further U.S. business opportunities.feedback

Nov 16 2016

We certainly expect that the election will be the primary topic on people's minds everywhere we go.feedback

Nov 15 2016 - Iran

We will, of course, fully continue to implement our commitments under the Iran deal and under the Paris agreement. We will fully brief the incoming team on those agreements. And you all have heard us repeatedly discuss the benefits of those agreements on American national security.feedback

Nov 12 2016

He'll want to use these conversations with leaders to express that view that given all the important issues that we face, no matter what our preferred choice may have been in the election, right now we as Americans have a stake in seeing this next administration succeed.feedback

Sep 21 2016 - Israeli relations

We've been concerned about continued settlement activity, the potential viability of a Palestinian state in the face of that settlement activity. We've raised those directly with the Israeli government.feedback

Sep 21 2016 - Israeli relations

I wouldn't rule out the president taking any particular step.feedback

Sep 21 2016 - US, Russia relations

We need to continue to determine whether or not the cessation of hostilities can continue. The preference is to see if it can, given that it offers right now the best opportunity to provide for an opening to reduce the violence and address humanitarian concerns. That doesn't mean we're not significantly concerned by the complete failure to demonstrate good faith in the Russian side.feedback

Sep 21 2016 - US, Russia relations

All of our information indicates clearly that this was an air strike. That means there only could have been two entities responsible: either the Syrian regime or the Russian government. In any event, we hold the Russian government responsible for air strikes in this space given that their commitment under the cessation of hostilities was to certainly ground air operations in places where humanitarian assistance is flowing.feedback

Sep 20 2016

The way the president will approach this is trying to apply what we have done that's worked in the last eight years as a template for how we deal with other crises.feedback

Sep 07 2016

Certainly the nature of those comments was not constructive.feedback

Aug 29 2016 - Trans Pacific Partnership

In this part of the world, which is the largest emerging market in the world, TPP is seen as a litmus test for U.S. leadership. We would be stepping back from that leadership role, we would be ceding the region to countries like China who do not set the same types of high standards for trade agreements were we to not follow through with TPP.feedback

Nov 13 2015 - Burma

This is in many ways a momentous opportunity for the people of Burma. We had been very focused on this election. It is a critical milestone in evaluating Burma's democratic transition.feedback

Apr 21 2014

This is not political expediency. We are in for the long haul.feedback

Jun 14 2013 - Chemical warfare

The intelligence community estimates that 100 to 150 people have died from detected chemical weapon attacks in Syria to date.feedback

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