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On the first of January, I promise to start answering these stupid, idiotic questions. Has your relationship with the president frayed to the point that you are not going to support anything that he comes to you and asks for? Why would you say something that stupid? Why would you ask something that dumb? . . . You mean that I am somehow going to behave in a way that I'm going to block everything because of some personal disagreement? That's a dumb question.feedback
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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 John McCain is associated, including Vladimir Putins and Russians. Most recently, John McCain has been quoted saying: “I'm not interested in confronting the president; I'm interested in working with the president.” in the article That’s a dumb question’: It’s no surprise that John McCain’s frustration with Fox News boiled over.
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Sep 23 2017 - Obamacare

A bill of this impact requires a bipartisan approach.feedback

Sep 22 2017 - Obamacare

Senators Alexander and Murray have been negotiating in good faith to fix some of the problems with Obamacare. But I fear that the prospect of one last attempt at a strictly Republican bill has left the impression that their efforts cannot succeed. I hope they will resume their work should this last attempt at a partisan solution fail.feedback

Sep 22 2017 - Republican Party

As I have repeatedly stressed, health care reform legislation ought to be the product of regular order in the Senate. Committees of jurisdiction should mark up legislation with input from all committee members, and send their bill to the floor for debate and amendment. That is the only way we might achieve bipartisan consensus on lasting reform, without which a policy that affects one-fifth of our economy and every single American family will be subject to reversal with every change of administration and congressional majority.feedback

Sep 22 2017 - Obamacare

I take no pleasure in announcing my opposition. Far from it. The bill's authors are my dear friends, and I think the world of them. I know they are acting consistently with their beliefs and sense of what is best for the country. So am I.feedback

Sep 21 2017 - Obamacare

Let's trust each other. Let's return to regular order. We've been spinning our wheels on too many important issues because we keep trying to find a way to win without help from across the aisle. That's an approach that's been employed by both sides, mandating legislation from the top down, without any support from the other side, with all the parliamentary maneuvers that requires.feedback

Sep 21 2017 - Obamacare

We seem convinced that majorities exist to impose their will with few concessions and that minorities exist to prevent the party in power from doing anything important. That's not how we were meant to govern.feedback

Sep 20 2017 - Trump Presidency

I take exception to the president's comments because you've got to be sure that you can do what you say you're going to do. The great leaders I've seen don't threaten unless they're ready to act and I'm not sure President Trump is ready to act.feedback

Sep 19 2017 - Republican Party

I have amendments that I'd like to have considered. I'd like to have debate. I'd like to have the regular order.feedback

Sep 19 2017

I always do whatever Lindsey Graham tells me to do.feedback

Sep 19 2017 - Trump Presidency

We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America. These are not just average people that did this beating. This is Erdoğan's security detail. Somebody told them to go and beat up on these peaceful demonstrators, and I think it should have repercussions, including identifying these people and bringing charges against them.feedback

Sep 19 2017

We don't press each other. He has made clear what he thinks is important to get passed.feedback

Sep 19 2017

Our arcane rules and customs are deliberately intended to require broad cooperation to function well at all. Incremental progress, compromises that each side criticize but also accept, just plain muddling through to chip away at problems and keep our enemies from doing their worst isn't glamorous or exciting. It doesn't feel like a political triumph. But it's usually the most we can expect from our system of government, operating in a country as diverse and quarrelsome and free as ours.feedback

Sep 19 2017

The governor came out in favor, which obviously has some impact, but the fact is we have also not gone through the regular order.feedback

Sep 18 2017 - Obamacare

We just need to have a regular process rather than, Hey I've got an idea, let's run this through the Senate and give them an up-or-down vote.feedback

Sep 18 2017 - Obamacare

We need more information. I need to talk to the governor again.feedback

Sep 18 2017 - Obamacare

Why did – why did Obamacare fail? Obamacare was rammed through with Democrats' votes only.feedback

Sep 16 2017 - LGBT

The Senate Armed Services Committee will review the results of the DOD study on accession, and will continue to work closely with our military leaders on any policy changes as we conduct oversight on this important issue.feedback

Sep 13 2017

I'm facing a challenge, but I've faced other challenges. And I'm very confident about getting through this one as well.feedback

Sep 10 2017 - American politics

Every life has to end one way or another.feedback

Sep 07 2017

Haven't seen anything like it before. I have no way of divining his motives. I'm a pretty intelligent guy, but I don't understand this.feedback

Sep 05 2017 - Immigration

While I disagreed with President Obama's unilateral action on this issue, I believe that rescinding DACA at this time is an unacceptable reversal of the promises and opportunities that have been conferred to these individuals.feedback

Sep 05 2017 - Republican Party

I strongly believe that children who were illegally brought into this country through no fault of their own should not be forced to return to a country they do not know. The 800,000 innocent young people granted deferred action under DACA over the last several years are pursuing degrees, starting careers and contributing to our communities in important ways.feedback

Sep 01 2017

We must respect his authority and constitutional responsibilities. We must, where we can, cooperate with him. But we are not his subordinates. We don't answer to him. We answer to the American people. We must be diligent in discharging our responsibility to serve as a check on his power. And we should value our identity as members of Congress more than our partisan affiliation.feedback

Aug 31 2017

Our shared values define us more than our differences. Lawmakers should heed that lesson.feedback

Aug 26 2017 - Immigration

The President has the authority to make this pardon, but doing so at this time undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law as Mr. Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions.feedback

Aug 24 2017 - LGBT

There is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train and deploy to leave the military – regardless of their gender identity.feedback

Aug 22 2017 - Afghanistan

Congress must meet its responsibilities for overseeing the war in Afghanistan and providing the necessary resources for it.feedback

Aug 19 2017 - Taliban

We must face facts; we are losing in Afghanistan, and time is of the essence if we intend to turn the tide.feedback

Aug 18 2017 - National Security Council

The appointment of Mr Bannon is something which is a radical departure from any National Security Council in history.feedback

Aug 16 2017

There's no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate& bigotry. The President of the United States should say so.feedback

Aug 15 2017 - Populism

The recent attacks upon [McMaster] from the so-called 'alt-right' are disgraceful. Since this fringe movement cannot attract the support of decent Americans, it resorts to impugning the character of a good man and outstanding soldier who has served honorably in uniform and sacrificed more for our country than any of his detractors ever have.feedback

Aug 10 2017 - Afghanistan

America is adrift in Afghanistan.feedback

Jul 29 2017

Three things kept me going. Faith in God, faith in my fellow prisoners and faith in my country. That's when we knew one of two things. Either we weren't going to get out of there at all, or the war was reaching its conclusion.feedback

Jul 29 2017

Unlike some, I was fortunate that I was able to put it all behind me when I came home. People ask me how long did it take to readjust? It took me about 45 minutes. I never had a nightmare or a flashback or anything like that. I know a lot of my friends were not so fortunate, who never fully came back from that experience. But I did.feedback

Jul 29 2017

Probably my shoulder hurts me more than my knee does. I've definitely got some arthritis from the damage that was done. But I can get around fairly well. And I can always tell when it's going to rain.feedback

Jul 29 2017

When they pulled me up on the bank, lots and lots of people started coming around. They were pretty steamed, which is understandable since we'd just finished bombing the place. They bayoneted me in the foot and the crotch and were spitting at me, hollering and shouting.feedback

Jul 29 2017

They left me on the floor of a cell for four days, during which time I lapsed in and out of consciousness. Their policy was that they wouldn't provide any medical treatment unless you gave them military information. I would only give them my name, rank, serial number and date of birth. And so, after about four days on the floor of the cell, they got nothing out of me because I kept passing out.feedback

Jul 29 2017

I was put in another prison we called 'The Plantation'. And for seven or eight months I was sent to a really crummy prison outside of Hanoi for punishment that was known as 'Skid Row.feedback

Jul 29 2017

The plane was gyrating violently and heading straight down, very fast, at about 500 knots. When I ejected, the pressure flailed my arms back and that's what broke my arms. My knee obviously hit something on the way out and I ended up breaking my leg, too.feedback

Jul 29 2017

They were astounded that I would refuse. I'm not downplaying how difficult that decision was for me, but I did it because I thought I could survive–even though I was in pretty bad shape. But our code of conduct clearly states, You do not accept parole. Sick and injured prisoners must be released first and others are to be released only by order of capture.feedback

Jul 29 2017

Sometimes I have let my passion rule my reason. Sometimes I made it harder to find common ground because of something harsh I said to a colleague. Sometimes I wanted to win more for the sake of winning than to achieve a contested policy.feedback

Jul 28 2017

The vote last night presents the Senate with an opportunity to start fresh. It is now time to return to regular order with input from all of our members – Republicans and Democrats – and bring a bill to the floor of the Senate for amendment and debate.feedback

Jul 28 2017

We are not the president's subordinates. We are his equals.feedback

Jul 28 2017

It doesn't feel like a political triumph. But it's usually the most we can expect from our system of government.feedback

Jul 28 2017 - Sanctions

Over the last eight months what price has Russia paid for attacking our elections? Very little.feedback

Jul 28 2017 - Obamacare

From the beginning, I have believed that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced with a solution that increases competition, lowers costs, and improves care for the American people.feedback

Jul 28 2017

I hope we can again rely on humility, on our need to cooperate, on our dependence on each other to learn how to trust each other again and by so doing better serve the people who elected us.feedback

Jul 28 2017

Let's trust each other. Let's return to regular order. I know.feedback

Jul 28 2017 - American politics

We must now return to the correct way of legislating. We must do the hard work our citizens expect of us and deserve.feedback

Jul 28 2017

We've tried to do this by coming up with a proposal behind closed doors in consultation with the administration, then springing it on skeptical members, trying to convince them it's better than nothing, asking us to swallow our doubts and force it past a unified opposition. I don't think that is going to work in the end.feedback

Jul 27 2017 - Homosexuality

The Department of Defense has already decided to allow currently serving transgender individuals to stay in the military, and many are serving honorably today. Any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving. There is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train, and deploy to leave the military – regardless of their gender identity.feedback

Jul 27 2017 - Sanctions

The United States of America needs to send a strong message to Vladimir Putin and any other aggressor that we will not tolerate attacks on our democracy.feedback

Jul 25 2017 - Supreme Court

It is our responsibility to preserve that, even when it requires us to do something less satisfying than winning, even when we must give a little to get a little. Even when our efforts manage just three yards and a cloud of dust, while critics on both sides denounce us for timidity, for our failure to 'triumph'. We're getting nothing done, my friends. We're getting nothing done. All we've really done this year is confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Our health-care-insurance system is a mess.feedback

Jul 25 2017

Whether or not we are of the same party, we are not the president's subordinates. We are his equal. We don't hide behind walls. We bridge them.feedback

Jul 25 2017 - Syria conflict

If these reports are true, the administration is playing right into the hands of Vladimir Putin. Making any concession to Russia, absent a broader strategy for Syria, is irresponsible and short-sighted.feedback

Jul 25 2017

We have been spinning our wheels on too many important issues because we keep trying to find a way to win without help from across the aisle.feedback

Jul 25 2017

I've had so many people say such nice things about me recently that I think some of you must have me confused with someone else.feedback

Jul 25 2017

I stand here today looking a little worse for wear, I'm sure,'. Make no mistake, my service here is the most important job I've had in my life.feedback

Jul 20 2017 - Twitter

I realize that some of President Trump's actions and statements have unsettled America's friends. They have unsettled many Americans as well.feedback

Jul 20 2017

When you have four children … you've got your hands full.feedback

Jul 20 2017

The power of this maritime lobby is as powerful as anybody or any organization I have run up against in my political career.feedback

Jul 20 2017

These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis and no merit. And they need to stop now. Ultimately, what is at stake in this matter is larger even than the reputation of one person. This is about who we are as a nation and who we still aspire to be.feedback

Jul 20 2017

Ted and I shared the sentiment that a fight not joined was a fight not enjoyed.feedback

Jul 20 2017

I admired his passion for his convictions, his patience with the hard and sometimes dull work of legislating, and his uncanny sense for when differences could be bridged.feedback

Jul 20 2017

I ran toward him. He was 50 feet in front of me. I got closer and then the first bomb exploded. I was knocked back about ten feet. I never saw him again.feedback

Jul 20 2017

He was good company, my friend Ted.feedback

Jul 20 2017 - Twitter

My final answer is the same. It's 'No.feedback

Jul 19 2017

Yeah, I'm going to have to stay here a little bit longer, take some treatments. I'll be back.feedback

Jul 18 2017 - Obamacare

The Congress must now return to regular order, hold hearings, receive input from members of both parties, and heed the recommendations of our nation's governors so that we can produce a bill that finally provides Americans with access to quality and affordable health care.feedback

Jul 16 2017 - Afghanistan

Six months into the new administration, it still has not delivered a strategy. We cannot keep going like this. If the administration fails to develop a strategy for success, Congress will need to play a greater role.feedback

Jul 16 2017

On the advice of his doctors, Senator McCain will be recovering in Arizona next week.feedback

Jul 16 2017

Surgeons successfully removed the 5-cm blood clot during a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision. Tissue pathology reports are pending within the next several days.feedback

Jul 16 2017

Thanks to @MayoClinic for its excellent care -- I appreciate your support & look forward to getting back to work!feedback

Jul 13 2017

Damned if [I know]. As I said, I'm not optimistic. I don't see consensus.feedback

Jul 11 2017

Another shoe just dropped – another shoe will drop. It sucks the oxygen out of the room.feedback

Jul 11 2017

There will be more shoes that will drop. I'm not confident of anything. More shoes will drop.feedback

Jul 10 2017

We can't keep going like this. You can't expect a stable budget if you don't give us a strategy.feedback

Jul 09 2017

I think my view is it's probably going to be dead.feedback

Jul 08 2017 - Trump-Putin

Russia is a gas station masquerading as a country.feedback

Jul 04 2017 - Afghanistan

The strongest nation on Earth should be able to win this conflict. And we are frustrated that this strategy hadn't been articulated yet, to be honest with you.feedback

Jul 04 2017 - Afghanistan

None of us would say that we are on a course to success here in Afghanistan. That needs to change and quickly.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - Obamacare

Nor have I met any American that has. I'm sure the Russians have been able to hack in and gotten most of it.feedback

Jun 20 2017

We all know that the Russians tried to interfere in our elections. Here we are six months later and we've done nothing.feedback

Jun 20 2017

They just murdered him.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - North Korea

There should at least be a form for them to fill out that says, If I go to North Korea, I understand I am taking great risk, and I do not hold the American government responsible. If people are that stupid that they still want to go to that country, then at least they assume the responsibility for their welfare.feedback

Jun 19 2017

Let us state the facts plainly: Otto Warmbier, an American citizen, was murdered by the Kim Jong-un regime. In the final year of his life, he lived the nightmare in which the North Korean people have been trapped for 70 years: forced labor, mass starvation, systematic cruelty, torture, and murder.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Nuclear weapons

North Korea is threatening its neighbors, destabilizing the Asia-Pacific region, and rapidly developing the technology to strike the American homeland with nuclear weapons. Now it has escalated to brutalizing Americans, including three other citizens currently imprisoned in North Korea. The United States of America cannot and should not tolerate the murder of its citizens by hostile powers.feedback

Jun 15 2017

We've got a divided caucus. I listen avidly at lunch as we go over the same arguments over and over and over again.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Sanctions

Vladimir Putin's brazen attack on our democracy is a flagrant demonstration of his disdain and disrespect for our nation. This should not just outrage every American, but it should compel us to action.feedback

Jun 13 2017

Chairman, the witness should be allowed to answer the question.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Afghanistan

We're now six months into this administration. We still haven't got a strategy for Afghanistan. It makes it hard for us to support you when we don't have a strategy.feedback

Jun 09 2017

I'd like to know what 'that thing' is.feedback

Jun 08 2017

I was saying that in the case of the investigation of former Secretary Clinton's involvement, he examined it, said it was over and it was done. In the case of President Trump's involvement, there's more shoes to drop, there's more investigations. What's the difference? It's over the same issue.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - Twitter

I get the sense from Twitter that my line of questioning today went over people's heads. Maybe going forward I shouldn't stay up late watching the Diamondbacks night games.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - Fake news

You're gonna have to help me out here. We're complete – the investigation of anything former secretary Clinton had to do in the campaign is over, and we don't have to worry it any more?feedback

Jun 08 2017

It's hard to reconcile: In one case you reach a complete conclusion, and the other side you have not. She's one of the candidates, but in her case you say there will be no charges, and in the case of President Trump, the investigation continues.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - Twitter

I get the sense from Twitter that my line of questioning today went over people's heads. While I missed an opportunity in today's hearing, I still believe this question is important, and I intend to submit it in writing to Mr. Comey for the record.feedback

Jun 08 2017

I don't quite understand how you could be done with that, but not done with the whole investigation of their attempt to affect the outcome of our election.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - Twitter

What I was trying to get at was whether Mr. Comey believes that any of his interactions with the president rise to the level of obstruction of justice.feedback

Jun 07 2017

I mean, it's detailed, as you know from reading the story, when you met, what you discussed, et cetera, et cetera. And yet, here in a public hearing before the American people, we can't talk about what was described in detail in this morning's Washington Post.feedback

May 30 2017 - Sanctions

So we need to have increased sanctions and hopefully when we come back from our recess, the Senate will move forward with sanctions on Russia and enact other penalties for Russian behavior.feedback

May 30 2017

Our foreign friends always tend to focus on the person in the White House. But America is far bigger than that. America is our courts of justice. America is our state and local governments. America is our Congress.feedback

May 30 2017 - Watergate

We are going through a rough period. We really are, and for me to tell you that we aren't, politically, is not fair. But we've gone through other troubled times. I can remember Watergate scandal and how it brought down a president. I'm not suggesting that's going to happen to this president, but we are in a scandal, and every few drops another shoe drops from this centipede, and we've got to get through that.feedback

May 30 2017 - Sanctions

I think he (Putin) is the premier and most important threat, more so than ISIS. I view the Russians as the far greatest challenge that we have. So we need to have increased sanctions and hopefully when we come back from our recess, the Senate will move forward with sanctions on Russia and enact other penalties for Russian behaviour. I do believe that most of the time that he accepts their advice and counsel. Can I tell you that he does all the time? No. And yes, does it bothers me? Yes, it bothers me.feedback

May 29 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

I view the Russians as the far greatest challenge that we have.feedback

May 29 2017 - Obamacare

How do you pack all that in?feedback

May 29 2017

Can I tell you that he does [that] all the time? No. Does it bother me? Yes, it bothers me.feedback

May 29 2017 - Chemical weapons

I think he is the premier and most important threat, more so than Isis. I do believe most of the time that he accepts their advice and counsel. I believe if you're looking at the standard of what actually happens versus what is said, then I'll be glad to compare Donald Trump to Barack Obama – including the latest when chemical weapons were used, and we saw these dead children – at least we saw cruise missile strikes in retaliation.feedback

May 29 2017 - China

I don't think it's acceptable to have an intercontinental ballistic missile – or a missile aimed at Australia – with a nuclear weapon on it, and depend on our ability to counter it with an anti-missile capability.feedback

May 25 2017 - Obamacare

Here's the reality: We've got eleven weeks between now and the end of September. We've got the repeal of Obamacare, we're talking about tax reform, we're talking about a defense bill, we're talking about … there's about three other things – a looming debt limit. How do you pack all that in? And so far, I've seen no strategy for doing so. I'm seeing no plan for doing so.feedback

May 22 2017 - Turkey

We should throw the Turkish ambassador out of the country, we should identify those people that performed these unlawful acts of beating people up and they should be charged.feedback

May 22 2017 - Watergate

I think it's reaching the point where it's of Watergate size and scale and a couple other scandals that you and I have seen. It's the centipede [where] the shoe continues to drop.feedback

May 21 2017

I don't know how to read it except that, I'm almost speechless because I don't know why someone would say something like that.feedback

May 19 2017

Joe Lieberman has more experience than all of my Democratic colleagues combined. So screw them. And you can quote me.feedback

May 18 2017 - Kurds

This isn't Turkey. This isn't a third-world country.feedback

May 18 2017 - Watergate

I think it's reaching the point where it's of Watergate size and scale.feedback

May 17 2017 - Watergate

I think it's reaching the point where it's of Watergate size and scale, and a couple of other scandals we've seen.feedback

May 17 2017 - Watergate

It's just another scandal that unfortunately continues every – it's now accelerating. Watergate took months. This thing seems to be taking hours.feedback

May 17 2017

This has been a very public continuing failure for the Department of Defense, in large part due to the failure of senior management to make this a priority for the department and invest the necessary time and will to get it done. This must end with you.feedback

May 16 2017 - Watergate

The shoes continue to drop, and every couple days there's a new aspect.feedback

May 16 2017 - Republican Party

Reports that this information was provided by a U.S. ally and shared without its knowledge sends a troubling signal to America's allies and partners around the world and may impair their willingness to share intelligence with us in the future.feedback

May 15 2017 - Women

I think that Cornyn would be great, but I also think it might be nice to have Fran Townsend, the first woman in history to be the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She's never been political.feedback

May 15 2017

We certainly don't want any president to leak classified information, but the president does have the right to do that.feedback

May 15 2017

It has driven some of the good staff off because of the expense involved.feedback

May 14 2017 - NAFTA

If you cancel Nafta, you harm the economy of my state.feedback

May 13 2017 - Trump Presidency

This scandal is going to go on. This is a centipede. I guarantee you there will be more shoes to drop.feedback

May 13 2017 - Russia

Isn't that the ugliest thing on earth? It's an assault on the senses.feedback

May 12 2017 - Trump Presidency

We do not need more assessments, reports and reviews. The threat is growing. Yet we remain stuck in a defensive crouch forced to handle every event on a case-by-case basis and woefully unprepared to address these threats.feedback

May 11 2017 - NAFTA

Unfortunately, your confirmation process has failed to reassure us that you understand the North American Free Trade Agreement's (NAFTA) positive economic benefits to our respective States and the nation as a whole.feedback

May 10 2017 - Methane

While I am concerned that the BLM rule may be onerous, passage of the resolution would have prevented the federal government, under any administration, from issuing a rule that is 'similar,' according to the plain reading of the Congressional Review Act.feedback

May 10 2017 - Russia

I have long called for a special congressional committee to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 election. The president's decision to remove the FBI Director only confirms the need and the urgency of such a committee.feedback

May 09 2017 - Russia

I have long called for a special congressional committee to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 election. The president's decision to remove the F.B.I. director only confirms the need and the urgency of such a committee.feedback

May 08 2017 - Taliban

If the present status quo prevails, then there's no end to it.feedback

May 05 2017 - Homosexuality

There's a lot of controversy concerning his nomination. We are getting some questions from both Republicans and Democrats on the Armed Services Committee. I think there are some issues that clearly need to be cleared up.feedback

May 04 2017 - Trump Presidency

Is there any member of the United States Senate that has read this? And many of us are going to be compelled to vote for it because we don't want to shut the government down.feedback

May 03 2017

Valor like his is hard to keep secret from men who have need of it.feedback

May 02 2017

There is more [defense] spending than just war funds. I'm upset about a lot of provisions.feedback

May 02 2017 - Republican Party

We also have to keep in mind that at no time in history has one party always remained in the majority. That's democracy.feedback

May 02 2017 - Human Rights

I don't understand it. You can't praise that kind of behavior and not raise concerns around the world. It's disturbing because we are proud Republicans and we stand for human rights. The statements, and the comments, obviously fly in the face of everything that I've stood for and believed in all my life.feedback

May 02 2017 - Nuclear weapons

The only time he should meet with him is to get the details of how North Korea will abandon their nuclear weapons program.feedback

May 02 2017 - Trump-Putin

Now is not the time to send a signal to Russia that all is forgotten or forgiven.feedback

May 01 2017 - China

[Trump is] surrounding himself with an outstanding national security team. I can't guarantee to world leaders that he will always listen to them, but he has so far.feedback

Apr 30 2017

But to say you absolutely rule out that option of course would be foolish. But it has to be the ultimate last option.feedback

Apr 30 2017

I can't guarantee to world leaders that he will always listen to [that team] but he has so far. Sometimes it's important to watch what the president does rather than what he says.feedback

Apr 29 2017

I'm sure there is, I just haven't detected it.feedback

Apr 27 2017

Problems are building up in southeast Europe. The U.S. urgently needs to start paying attention again.feedback

Apr 26 2017 - China

China is the key to this.feedback

Apr 26 2017 - Republican Party

In my view you've got to have an interpretation of a, quote, wall as a barrier to illegal drugs, illegal people, these gangs that are coming from the Central American countries, and that means using every bit of technology that you have. I believe that he is at least considering that definition.feedback

Apr 26 2017 - Republican Party

That was the No. 1 issue in my campaign. And when I don't get it replaced, if it's not replaced, then it reflects on my campaign.feedback

Apr 26 2017 - NAFTA

Withdrawing from #NAFTA would be a disaster for #Arizona jobs & economy – @POTUS shouldn't abandon this vital trade agreement.feedback

Apr 25 2017

We are probably in one of the most challenging situations since the Cuban missile crisis. Would be the last one.feedback

Apr 21 2017 - South Korea

There are artillery on the border between North and South Korea that can reach Seoul, and we can't take them all out before [they launch an attack].feedback

Apr 16 2017

Of those 400,000 men, women and children who were slaughtered [in the Syrian war], they weren't slaughtered by ISIS. They were slaughtered by Bashar Assad.feedback

Apr 16 2017 - South Korea

This could be the first test, real test, of the Trump presidency. They can stop this if they want to because of their control over the North Korean economy. There are artillery on the border between North and South Korea that can reach Seoul and we can't take them all out before – I mean, this is a very serious. This may be the first test of this presidency. But China can shut them down. Whether they are currency manipulators or not, we should expect them to act to prevent what could be a cataclysmic event.feedback

Apr 16 2017 - Syria conflict

This guy [leader Kim Jong Un] in North Korea is not rational. His father and his grandfather were much more rational than he is. We've got to develop a strategy. There is still not an overall strategy that he can come to Congress and his advisers and say, okay, this is how we are going to handle Syria. Here's how we are going to handle post-Mosul Iraq. We've got to have a strategy and I'll give them some more time but so far that strategy is not apparent.feedback

Apr 16 2017 - Democratic Party

I don't think so, but I wouldn't rule it out.feedback

Apr 13 2017 - NATO

My message to you is the same as the one I delivered to Serbian Prime Minister Vucic earlier this week. Advancing the EU-facilitated, US-supported dialogue is in the interest of Kosovars and Serbs alike.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - NATO

There is also evidence that Russians are trying to undermine the democratic process in other parts of the world. I believe the Russian behavior requires our solidarity and our strength, in order to preserve principles and fundamentals of democracy. The behavior on the part of the Russians throughout the region and the world is not acceptable in these times.feedback

Apr 10 2017 - Nigeria

We've really got to try to do what we can to contain them.feedback

Apr 09 2017 - SCOTUS

Actually, the process that we went through, which was purely partisan, is not the way, generally speaking, to get things done. I think he deserves some credit for getting this done.feedback

Apr 08 2017

I think it's a very sad day for the Senate. We have now destroyed that 200 years of tradition requiring 60 votes. Next it will be the legislative 60-votes.feedback

Apr 07 2017 - SCOTUS

I am very concerned about the future, which will then, with only a 51-vote majority required, lead to polarization of the nominees as far as their philosophies are concerned, when the majority does not have to consider the concerns and the votes of the minority.feedback

Apr 07 2017

The signal I think that was sent last night ... was a very, very important one.feedback

Apr 07 2017 - Syria conflict

Unlike the previous administration, President Trump confronted a pivotal moment in Syria and took action. For that, he deserves the support of the American people.feedback

Apr 07 2017 - Syria conflict

I would love to see the tweeting stop. But I'd also like to see pigs fly. ... I just think it's in his DNA. But perhaps there will be more restraint.feedback

Apr 07 2017 - Syria conflict

Building on tonight's credible first step, we must finally learn the lessons of history and ensure that tactical success leads to strategic progress. That means following through with a new, comprehensive strategy in coordination with our allies and partners to end the conflict in Syria.feedback

Apr 07 2017

Obviously he listened to that team, and that's what's most encouraging to me, is that he respects Mattis, he respects McMaster, he respects Kelly.feedback

Apr 06 2017 - Russian probe

The biggest mistake was not consulting with the Democrats.feedback

Apr 06 2017

Now that we're entering into an era where a simple majority decides all judicial nominations, we will see more and more nominees from the extremes of both left and right. I do not see how that will ensure a fair and impartial judiciary.feedback

Apr 06 2017

We'll all live to regret it. I think to a significant degree it's the end of the unique role that the Senate plays, that Benjamin Franklin talked about: the saucer that cools the coffee. That is now disappearing.feedback

Apr 06 2017

I know that he was deeply moved, as we all were, at the spectacle of this slaughter.feedback

Apr 06 2017

What are about to do at the end of this week will have tremendous consequences, and I fear that some day we will regret what we're about to do. In fact, I'm confident we will.feedback

Apr 06 2017 - Republican Party

This is a test of the new administration, but also for our entire country. Assad is trying to see what he can get away with.feedback

Apr 06 2017

Their actions came back to haunt them. I believe ours will as well.feedback

Apr 06 2017 - SCOTUS

I could count, sure. But I had hoped that we could do what we had done in the past, and that was reach some agreement. And we haven't, so it's permanent damage to the body.feedback

Apr 06 2017

I fear that someday we will regret what we are about to do. In fact, I am confident we will.feedback

Apr 05 2017

Idiot, whoever says that is a stupid idiot, who has not been here and seen what I've been through and how we were able to avoid that on several occasions. And they are stupid and they've deceived their voters because they are so stupid.feedback

Apr 05 2017

I'm sure they are encouraged to know the United States is withdrawing and seeking a new arrangement with the Russians. It is another disgraceful chapter in American history, and it was predictable.feedback

Apr 04 2017

I want to hear him say we're going to arm the Free Syrian Army, we're going to dedicate ourselves to the removal of Bashar Assad.feedback

Apr 04 2017 - Hezbollah

We will not sit by and watch chemical weapons being used to slaughter innocent women and children.feedback

Apr 04 2017

This is a severe body blow to the Senate as an institution.feedback

Apr 04 2017

The recent statements by US officials suggesting otherwise only serve to legitimise the actions of this war criminal in Damascus.feedback

Apr 03 2017 - SCOTUS

It's over, it's over, there was plenty of talk – conversations that I had – they didn't come to fruition and they have enough declared (to support a filibuster) now that it's over.feedback

Apr 02 2017 - Russian probe

The fact is that we know for a fact the Russians tried to change the outcome of our election, attacking the very fundamentals of democracy. We need to know how, we need to know why, and most of all we need to know what to do to prevent this kind of activity, which they continue to carry on in free nations around the world.feedback

Apr 02 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

They're succeeding in continuing their dismemberment of Ukraine, they're succeeding in exerting enormous influence in the Middle East, which they never had before.feedback

Apr 02 2017 - North Korea

China is the only one that can control Kim Jong-un, this crazy fat kid that's running North Korea. They could stop North Korea's economy in a week.feedback

Mar 30 2017 - Republican Party

Our first priority is the men and women in uniform and I'm not going to put them at greater risk even if I have to shut down the government.feedback

Mar 30 2017

China is the one, the only one, that can control Kim Jong Un, this crazy fat kid that's running North Korea. What, did they want me to call him a crazy skinny kid?feedback

Mar 29 2017

We've got a lot of work to do. And one of the things we need to do – and it's going to be harder now because we just failed – is there's got to be bipartisanship.feedback

Mar 29 2017

We just have a different environment around here. People don't sit down and talk the way they used to.feedback

Mar 28 2017

There needs to be a lot of explaining to do. I've been around for quite a while and I never heard of any such thing.feedback

Mar 28 2017 - NATO

It is a nation in this contest that we are now engaged in with Vladimir Putin, who has committed to extending the reach and influence of the Russian government … to the point where he attempted a coup to overthrow the freely elected government of Montenegro. If we turn down Montenegro it will not remain the democracy that it is today.feedback

Mar 24 2017

This is a most serious issue. The question is how significant were those ties.feedback

Mar 23 2017

I have long ago given up on trying to interpret the remarks of the president of the United States.feedback

Mar 23 2017 - Trump Tower

I have not seen anything like it. It is very disturbing. I think the president can obviously express his views and emotions, but nothing has changed since the director of the FBI said there was no evidence that Trump Tower had been 'wiretapped.feedback

Mar 23 2017

No longer does the Congress have credibility to handle this alone, and I don't say that lightly.feedback

Mar 23 2017 - Republican Party

There's always additional information that comes out before it's concluded.feedback

Mar 22 2017

Other shoes will drop.feedback

Mar 19 2017

All of us know that leaks happen in this town, and we all don't like it – but the fact is that you now have a much larger issue to address.feedback

Mar 16 2017 - Mexico

My focus is on defense spending. Not 'the fence' – defense.feedback

Mar 15 2017 - Deportation

We simply cannot win this war without the assistance of the Afghan people who put their lives on the line to help American troops and diplomats serving in harm's way.feedback

Mar 15 2017

This legislation would ensure the continuation of this vital Special Immigrant Visa program, and send a clear message that America will not turn its back on those – who at great personal risk – stand with us in the fight against terror.feedback

Mar 14 2017

I think that after what they have done.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Wiretapping

The president has one of two choices – either retract or provide the information that the American people deserve.feedback

Mar 13 2017

I think the president has one of two choices: either retract or to provide the information that the American people deserve. If his predecessor violated the law, President Obama violated the law, we have got a serious issue here, to say the least.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Afghanistan

The U.S. objective is the same as in 2001: to prevent terrorists from using that country’s territory to attack our homeland.feedback

Mar 12 2017 - Wiretapping

I think the president has one of two choices: either retract or to provide the information that the American people deserve, because, if his predecessor violated the law, President Obama violated the law, we have got a serious issue here, to say the least. I do believe on issues such as this, accusing a former president of the United States of something which is not only illegal, but just unheard of, that requires corroboration. I'll let the American people be the judge, but this is serious stuff.feedback

Mar 12 2017 - Trump Tower

I do believe on issues such as this, accusing a former president of the United States of something which is not only illegal, but just unheard of, that requires corroboration. I'll let the American people be the judge, but this is serious stuff.feedback

Mar 10 2017

This legislation would address CBP's chronic staffing shortage by streamlining background tests for qualified veterans, military service members, and law enforcement officers in good standing.feedback

Mar 07 2017 - Wikileaks

I'd like to see a greater emphasis, to tell you the truth. I really would. I'd like to see a greater emphasis.feedback

Mar 07 2017

Have no doubt: If we let this program lapse, more than a million veterans will lose their ability to visit a community provider, the VA system will once again become overwhelmed, and veterans will go back to the pre-scandal days of unending wait-times for much-needed care.feedback

Mar 07 2017 - Wiretapping

I think that the first thing has to happen, is the president should tell the American people where he got the information that the previous president of the United States was violating the law.feedback

Mar 06 2017 - Wiretapping

The dimensions of this are huge. It's accusing a former president of the United States of violating the law. That's never happened before.feedback

Mar 04 2017

In other words, President Trump intends to submit a defense budget that is a mere 3 percent above President Obama's defense budget, which has left our military underfunded, undersized, and unready to confront threats to our national security.feedback

Mar 03 2017

Many of our peoples, including in my own country, are giving up on the West.feedback

Mar 02 2017

We simply cannot afford to pay $12.9 billion for a single ship.feedback

Mar 01 2017 - Immigration

I hope that it opens the door for comprehensive immigration reform, which we obviously feel is vital.feedback

Feb 27 2017

With a world on fire, America cannot secure peace through strength with just 3 percent more than President Obama's budget.feedback

Feb 20 2017

He is a man of genuine intellect, character, and ability. He knows how to succeed. I give President Trump great credit for this decision, as well as his national security Cabinet choices.feedback

Feb 19 2017

When you look at history, the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press. And I'm not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator. I'm just saying we need to learn the lessons of history.feedback

Feb 19 2017

If you want to preserve – I'm very serious now – if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That's how dictators get started.feedback

Feb 19 2017 - Immigration

I worry about the president's understanding of some of these issues and his contradictory articulations. And I think the rollout of the, quote, immigration reform was an example of a need for an orderly decision making process in the White House.feedback

Feb 19 2017

I think we should give the president the benefit of the doubt. But at the same time, we have our responsibilities of advise and consent.feedback

Feb 19 2017 - O'Reilly Factor

They have a lot of trust in these individuals. We've just got to have a consistent message to these people who are seriously threatened, particularly our friends in the Baltics. I guess it was Bill O'Reilly who said, But Putin is a killer.' And he basically said, So are we. That moral equivalency is a contradiction of everything the United States has ever stood for in the 20th and 21st century.feedback

Feb 18 2017

What would von Kleist's generation say if they saw our world today? I fear much about it would be all too familiar for them and they would be alarmed by it. They would be alarmed by an increasing turn away from universal values and toward old ties of blood and race and sectarianism. These are dangerous times, but you should not count America out, and we should not count each other out.feedback

Feb 17 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

I think that the Flynn issue obviously is something that shows that in many respects this administration is in disarray and they've got a lot of work to do. The president I think makes statements (and) on other occasions contradicts himself. So we've learned to watch what the president does as opposed to what he says.feedback

Feb 17 2017

"In recent years, this question would invite accusations of hyperbole and alarmism. Not this year,". "If ever there were a time to treat this question with a deadly seriousness, it is now.".feedback

Feb 16 2017

Mulvaney has spent his last six years in the House of Representatives pitting the national debt against our military.feedback

Feb 15 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

Something like this always sucks the oxygen out of the room. The president's national security adviser did not tell the vice president of the United States the truth and had to be fired. It brings up a lot of questions and those questions need to be answered. Right now, without a national security adviser and everything else that's going on in the White House, it is dysfunctional on national security.feedback

Feb 14 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

It's a dysfunctional White House ... Nobody knows who's in charge and nobody knows who's setting policies.feedback

Feb 14 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

It's dysfunctional as far as national security is concerned. Who is in charge? I don't know of anyone outside of the White House who knows.feedback

Feb 14 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

We need to look at the whole issue … our relationship with Russia and how certain things happened the way they did.feedback

Feb 14 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

General Flynn's resignation also raises further questions about the Trump administration's intentions toward Vladimir Putin's Russia, including statements by the president suggesting moral equivalence between the United States and Russia despite its invasion of Ukraine, annexation of Crimea, threats to our NATO allies, and attempted interference in American elections.feedback

Feb 09 2017

"Many years ago when I was imprisoned in North Vietnam, there was an attempt to rescue the POWs,". "Unfortunately, the prison had been evacuated. But the brave men who were took on that mission and risked their lives in an effort to rescue us prisoners of war were genuine American heroes. Because the mission failed did not in any way diminish their courage and willingness to help their fellow Americans who were held captive. Mr. Spicer should know that story.".feedback

Feb 08 2017 - Al-Qaeda

My understanding of the parameters of the raid were, they wanted to capture individuals. The objective was to kill the bad guys but also capture some of them.feedback

Feb 08 2017

Any connection between success or failure and the heroism of men and women who serve, there is none.feedback

Feb 08 2017 - Al-Qaeda

When you lose a $75 million airplane and, more importantly, an American life is lost … I don't believe you can call it a success. My understanding of the parameters of the raid were they wanted to capture individuals and obviously they didn't want to kill children or women and obviously it was not the intention to lose a $75 million airplane as well as the loss of a life. So I believe those were the parameters with which they embarked on the mission. Obviously that didn't happen.feedback

Feb 08 2017 - Al-Qaeda

"While many of the objectives of the recent raid in Yemen were met, I would not describe any operation that results in the loss of American life as a success."feedback

Feb 02 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

That this surge of attacks began the day after he talked with you by phone is a clear indication that Vladimir Putin is moving quickly to test you as commander in chief. America's response will have lasting consequences.feedback

Feb 02 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

Vladimir Putin's violent campaign to destabilize and dismember the sovereign nation of Ukraine will not stop unless and until he meets a strong and determined response.feedback

Feb 02 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

In light of the latest Russian attacks and the prospect of future aggression against Ukraine, I urge you to exercise the authority given to you by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 to provide defensive lethal assistance to Ukraine to defend its territory against further violations by Russia and its separatist proxies.feedback

Feb 02 2017 - Terrorism

Failing to do so now not only risks Ukraine's sovereignty, but the further erosion of American credibility. This deepening cooperation is a reminder that from maintaining security and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region to combatting radical Islamist terrorism, the U.S-Australia relationship is more important than ever.feedback

Feb 02 2017

We are united by ties of family and friendship, mutual interests and common values, and shared sacrifice in wartime.feedback

Feb 02 2017 - US Marine Corps

This, in my view, was an unnecessary and frankly harmful open dispute over an issue which is not nearly as important as United States-Australian cooperation in working together, including training of our marines in Australia and other areas of military cooperation and intelligence.feedback

Feb 01 2017

Listen, this wasn't an easy call, but I believe when there's doubt, the incoming president gets the benefit of the doubt.feedback

Jan 31 2017 - Russia

Each of our last three presidents had high hopes for building a partnership with the Russian government. Each attempt failed, not for lack of good faith and effort on the U.S. side, but because Putin wants to be our enemy. He needs us as his enemy.feedback

Jan 31 2017

Right now, those Iraqis can't come to Arizona to train to be F-16 pilots to defend Americans. That's wrong.feedback

Jan 31 2017 - Iraq

There's no comparison. There's thousands of Americans fighting in Iraq as we speak. And what if the Iraqis decided, OK, we're not going to let all these contractors (working with U.S. forces) ... have visas to come into our country? Let's see what they do.feedback

Jan 31 2017

General Kelly today made some very significant changes to what was initially publicized. So let's see what they do.feedback

Jan 30 2017 - Department of Homeland Security

We fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism.feedback

Jan 29 2017

"The good news is it's only got to do with a pause. The bad news is that obviously that this process and these conclusions were not vetted. There's so much confusion out there."feedback

Jan 28 2017 - Sanctions

For our commander in chief to think otherwise would be naive and dangerous.feedback

Jan 28 2017 - Trump-Putin

I hope President Trump will put an end to this speculation and reject such a reckless course. If he does not, I will work with my colleagues to codify sanctions against Russia into law.feedback

Jan 27 2017

When he brings up this issue of torture again, I have to speak up. I have to speak up. I have to. I have no choice on that.feedback

Jan 26 2017

I'm interested in what our military needs and whether they're receiving it. It's clear from your record that you've been an impediment to that for years. You've spent your entire congressional career pitting the debt against the military, and each time, at least for you, our military was less important.feedback

Jan 26 2017

We are not bringing back torture in the United States of America.feedback

Jan 26 2017

I'm not inclined to support it. History shows you can tunnel under them, you can breach them.feedback

Jan 25 2017

There's no evidence of that. And I think that those who allege that have to come up with some substantiation of the claim.feedback

Jan 24 2017

Maybe you don't take it with the seriousness it deserves.feedback

Jan 24 2017

"It's a serious mistake that will have lasting consequences for America's economy and our strategic position in the Asia-Pacific region."feedback

Jan 23 2017 - Russia

Though we still have concerns about his past dealings with the Russian government and President Vladimir Putin, we believe that Mr. Tillerson can be an effective advocate for U.S. interests.feedback

Jan 22 2017

Listen, this wasn't an easy call. But I also believe that, when there's doubt, the president, the incoming president, gets the benefit of the doubt.feedback

Jan 13 2017

Pompeo's very popular, Mattis, Kelly – these are popular selections.feedback

Jan 12 2017

He is without a doubt one of the finest military officers of his generation and an extraordinary leader who inspires a rare and special admiration of his troops.feedback

Jan 11 2017

We'll wait and see what the budget is, but my first priority is defending the nation, and the cuts that we enacted have put the security of the nation in danger.feedback

Jan 11 2017

That has been the extent of my contact with the FBI or any other government agency regarding this issue.feedback

Jan 11 2017

Every president should have the benefit of the doubt as to their nominees. So there has to be a compelling reason not to. I still have some concerns and I have got some more questions for Mr. Tillerson.feedback

Jan 08 2017

We need to come to grips with it and get to the bottom of it and overall come up with a strategy in this new form of warfare that can basically harm our economy, harm our elections, harm our national security.feedback

Jan 06 2017

Do you think there's any credibility we should attach to this individual.feedback

Jan 05 2017

Every American should be alarmed by Russia's attacks on our nation. There is no national security interest more vital to the United States of America than the ability to hold free and fair elections without foreign interference. That is why Congress must set partisanship aside, follow the facts, and work together to devise comprehensive solutions to deter, defend against, and, when necessary, respond to foreign cyberattacks.feedback

Jan 01 2017 - Russia

We will strongly urge our colleagues toward more meaningful and stronger sanctions against Russia because of their attack on the United States of America. I believe that we must continue to improve our relations and to understand that Vladimir Putin - unless we stand up to him - will continue his aggression and we must stand up to Vladimir Putin.feedback

Jan 01 2017 - Russia

In 2017 we will defeat the invaders and send them back where they came from. To Vladimir Putin – you will never defeat the Ukrainian people and deprive them of their independence and freedom.feedback

Dec 30 2016 - Sanctions

We intend to lead the effort in the new Congress to impose stronger sanctions on Russia.feedback

Dec 29 2016 -