Bernie Sanders on push for anti-Saudi Arabia legislation
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Bernie Sanders on push for anti-Saudi Arabia legislation


MURDER OF THE JOURNALIST, JAMAL KHASOGGI.>>Bret: PETER, THANK YOU. JOINING ME NOW IS THE COSPONSORS OF THAT SENATE BILL, BERNIE SANDERS. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.>>MY PLEASURE.>>Bret: WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?>>IT IS VITAL THAT EVERYONE IN AMERICA UNDERSTANDS WHAT IS GOING ON IN YEMEN NOW. IT IS THE WORST HUMANITARIAN CRISIS FACING THIS PLANETS. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IN THE LAST THREE YEARS AS A RESULT OF THE SAUDI LED INTERVENTION IN THE YEMEN CIVIL WAR. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT 85,000 CHILDREN ALREADY STARVED TO DEATH. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IMMINENT STARVATION FOR MILLIONS MORE. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT 10,000 CASES OF CHOLERA MAKING OUT EVERY SINGLE WEEK. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT A GENERATION OF YEMEN’S CHILDREN WHO WILL BE STUNTED, PHYSICALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY BECAUSE OF THE FAMINE THAT IS NOW IN EXISTENCE. WE HAVE TO AND THAT’S. FURTHERMORE, I THINK WE HAVE TO SAY, THE SAUDI GOVERNMENT WHICH IS A DESPOTIC GOVERNMENT, WHICH ALLOWS NO CONSENTS, WHICH TREATS WOMEN AS THIRD CLASS CITIZENS. WE WILL NOT FOLLOW THEIR MILITARY ADVENTURISM INTO YEMEN. THE LAST POINT AS TO WHY IT IS IMPORTANT AND PEOPLE LIKE SENATOR MIKE LEE, CONSERVATIVES ARE MAKING THIS AND PROGRESSIVES. FOR DECADES ON THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT AND DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTS, REPUBLICAN CONGRESS AND DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS IS, THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES HAS ADVOCATED ITS CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY OVER WARMAKING. IT IS NOT THE PRESIDENT WHO HAS EARS POSSIBILITY UNDER THE CONSTITUTION TO SEND OUR TROOPS. IT IS CONGRESS. WE HAVE TO TAKE IT BACK.>>Bret: MITCH McCONNELL MENTIONED THAT WITH THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH OVER WAR POWERS, THIS MAY SPARK FROM HIS POINT OF VIEW. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP LAST NIGHT ON THE ISSUE OF YEMEN. HE SAID, I AM MUCH MORE OPEN TO YEMEN BECAUSE FRANKLY I HATE TO SEE WHAT IS GOING ON IN YEMEN. IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO. I WANT TO SEE IRAN PULLOUT OF YEMEN AND I THINK THEY WILL. THIS IS A QUESTION, THEY LAUNCHED MORE THAN 200 MISSILES INTO SAUDI ARABIA. HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE TO DEAL WITH THAT?>>THE ISSUE IS NOT ONLY GETTING U.S. OUT OF THE WAR LED BY SAUDI ARABIA. WE HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER AND WE HAVE THE POWER TO BRING THE SAUDIS AND THE WITH THESE TOGETHER TO END THE INCREDIBLE DESTRUCTION WHICH IS TAKING PLACE. THERE IS NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. THEY ARE PLAYING A VERY BAD ROLE IN YEMEN AS WELL. I THINK MOST EXPERTS WILL TELL YOU THAT THE BULK OF THE DESTRUCTION HAS BEEN CAUSED BY THE SAUDIS. THE BOTTOM LINE IS, WE HAVE GOT TO END THAT WAR, NOT PERPETUATED. WE HAVE GOT TO WORK WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD AND PROVIDE HUMANITARIAN AID TO THE CHILDREN OF THE COUNTRY WHO ARE NOW STARVING TO DEATH.>>Bret: SENATOR SANDERS, HERE IS A SECRETARY OF STATE TODAY ON THE MURDER OF JAMAL KHASOGGI.>>THE SAUDIS HAVE ALREADY PAID THE PRICE. THE FOLKS WHO ACTUALLY COMMITTED THE MURDER, WE HELD THEM ACCOUNTABLE. WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO THAT. NO ONE UNDERESTIMATES HOW HORRIBLE THIS MURDER WAS. REMEMBER, IRAN IS RUNNING RAMPANT THROUGHOUT THE MIDDLE EAST. THE DEATH OF ANYONE IS AWFUL. THE DEATH OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN EUROPE OR THE MIDDLE EAST FOR THE UNITED STATES THAT THERE’S AN AWFUL LOT. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS COMMITTED TO PROTECTING AMERICA.>>Bret: THE QUESTION IS, IF THIS RELATIONSHIP FALTERS, DO YOU RISK CHANGING THE NATIONAL SECURITY OUTLOOK FOR THE MIDDLE EAST FROM THE U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY POINT OF VIEW?>>NO. ABOVE AND BEYOND THE HUMANITARIAN DISASTER IN YEMEN RIGHT NOW, LET ME BE VERY CLEAR. WE HAVE BEEN IN AFGHANISTAN FOR 17 YEARS NOW. I DO NOT WANT TO SEE THE UNITED STATES GET SUCKED INTO A NEVER ENDING WAR, COSTING US OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN THE MILITARY AND TRILLIONS MORE DOLLARS. TO GET SUCKED INTO A MIDDLE EASTERN WAR BETWEEN SAUDI ARABIA AND THE OTHER HAND, IRAN. WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS USE SOMETHING TO BRING THESE PEOPLE TOGETHER AND SAY, WE ARE NOT SPENDING TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS MORE. WE WILL HELP BRING PEACE TO THAT ENTIRE REGION.>>Bret: I WANT TO TALK ABOUT TWO MORE TOPICS. THE PRESIDENT SAYS THAT THERE IS A SHUT DOWN, HE IS FIGHTING FOR BORDER SECURITY AND HE WILL TAKE THAT BECAUSE HE WANTS $5 BILLION TO FUND A WALL. DO YOU THINK THIS CAN GET DONE? NUMBER TWO, DO YOU THINK THE BORDER SECURITY IS IMPORTANT?>>I THINK BORDER SECURITY IS ENORMOUSLY IMPORTANT, I THINK BUILDING A WALL IS A VERY COSTLY AND INEFFICIENT WAY TO DO THAT. I’M NOT ALONE. MANY EXPERTS THINK GIVEN THE TECHNOLOGY WE HAVE, WE CAN PROTECT OUR BORDER WITHOUT BUILDING THE WALL AND SPENDING $5 BILLION. FURTHERMORE, I’M NOT QUITE SURE. I’M NOT QUITE SURE THAT HE HAS THE VOTES IN THE HOUSE TO DO THAT.>>Bret: AND 2013 YOU VOTED FOR COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION. THAT INCLUDED $18 BILLION FOR A WALL AND BORDER SECURITY. YOUR SANDY 5 BILLION IS A NONSTARTER?>>YOU 5 BILLION AS PART AS TENSE OF BILLIONS MORE FOR A WHILE. WHAT I’M SAYING RIGHT NOW, SOMETIMES YOU VOTE FOR THINGS THAT ARE PART OF A BROAD PACKAGE. IF YOU ARE ASKING ME AT A TIME WHERE WE HAD VETERANS SLIPPING ON THE STREET, PEOPLE ARE NOT MAKING IT ON SOCIAL SECURITY. THAT IS A GOOD INVESTMENT TO BUILD A WALL? NO, IT IS NOT A GOOD INVESTMENT.>>Bret: I WANT TO END WITH THIS. YOUR PARTY, WHERE DO YOU THINK THE ENERGY IS IN YOUR PARTY? IS IT TOWARDS YOUR PROGRESSIVE SIDE OF THE PARTY? YOU THINK THE PARTY IS IN SEARC SEARCH? MoveOn.org HAD A POLL YESTERDAY, THE TOP FIVE LEADING AS A CANDIDATE POTENTIALLY AS BETO O’ROURKE AND THEN JOE BIDEN AND THEN YOU. THEY OBVIOUSLY SUPPORTED YOU THROUGHOUT 2016 SIGNIFICANTLY. ARE YOU CONCERNED THAT THE PARTY IS CHANGING?>>THE PARTY JUST WON 40 SEATS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND SEVEN GOVERNORS. I THINK IT IS NOT JUST A PARTY. IT IS THAT CONSERVATIVES AND PROGRESSIVES UNDERSTAND THAT SOMETHING IS WRONG WE HAVE A DYSFUNCTIONAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. WE SHOULD HAVE HEALTH CARE FOR ALL. WE SHOULD RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE. WE SHOULD REBUILD OUR CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE. WE SHOULD END THE GREED OF THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY. THEY ARE CHARGED WITH THE HIGHEST PRICES IN THE WORLD FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. THAT IS WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT. I’M GOING TO DO MY BEST TO PUSH AN AGENDA THAT ADDRESSES THOSE AND MANY OTHER ISSUES.>>Bret: CAN A TEXAS CONGRESSMAN WHO LOST THE SENATE BID WIN YOUR PARTY’S NOMINATION?>>I THINK IT IS A LITTLE BIT PREMATURE. WE HAVE — WE HAVE SOME TIME LEFT BEFORE THAT.>>Bret: WHEN WE GET YOUR DECISION?>>WHEN HE WILL TAKE ON WALL STREET IN THE TRUNK COMPANIES AND TAKE ON THE INSURANCE COMPANIES, BEFORE DECIDE THAT I WANT TO RUN I HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE IS THAT GRASSROOTS SUPPORT. IF THERE IS, I WILL RUN AND IF THERE ISN’T, I WON’T. WE ARE TAKING ON BIG TIME SOME

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