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advances, you have to be on your guard about how new technology is used for the bad operators. this bill is going to address that. we can't sit by idly any longer. we got to act today. madam president, i yield the floor. >> senator sasse came to the floor to speak on trump's called to congratulate russian president putin on his election. he expressed his opposition to that call and the idea that putin was fairly elected. he also expressed his opposition to a member of the president's staff licking the contents of the call tosi the media. >> yesterday at the widest to terrible things happened and it shouldn't be difficult to condemn both of these things at once. first, at theus podium and white house w press room, it was suggested that the u.s. government is unsure at putin's reelection was perhaps
legitimate, free and fair, or perhaps the u.s. is morally indifferent to the question of whether putin's reelection wasfa fair, free and legitimate. it was not fair or free or legitimate, and it matters. the second horrible thing that happened yesterday is that the presidents confidential briefing materials for his call with vladimir putin were anonymously leaked to the public. not happen if the president's call congratulatory call, was terribly ill advised but that doesn't change the fact that the leaking of the confidential briefing materials for his call were also wrong. it shouldn't't be difficult to y both of theseul things, they are both true and so we should be e to say both of them at once. our people are very divided right now, mr. president. they are unclear about who we are and how we can see of ourselves on the global stage.
our tribalism has run amok. if you listen to some of our cable news today, i have it butt i suspect what you would find is that on certain networks there's only discussion of the leaking and no discussion of what a terrible abandonment of american foreign-policy yesterdays failure to condemn putin's phony, sham reelection was and on i other networks i met you gt exactly the opposite story with one thing that matters is how stupid this call was to vladimir putin and nothing about the leaks. that isn't helpful for building a nation of 320 million people who know what we stand for together. here's what is true. a presidents staff shouldn't leak. in cases of principle you may need to resign, so resign. do the right and honorable thing if you believe your consciousness compelled to do so and resign your position and go out and publicly make a case for why a certain policy is failing,
but that's a different thing than anonymous leaking the information that a president has. not just this present but any present house, to make his or her decisions, to deliver, it with staff, to plot their actions. leaks like this we can ask both at home in terms of public trust in our institutions and her public service, and the weakness abroad in terms of whether or not we have any coherent to who we are as a people and how we make our decisions. but now as to this decision to fail to condemn putin's sham reelection, it's very foolhardy. vladimir putin is not a friend. vladimir putin is a desperate. the president of the united states was wrong to congratulate him and the white house press secretary was wrong to duck a simple question about whether or not putin's reelection was free and fair. itot was not picked the american people know that. the russian people know that and
the world knows that. and yesterday when the white house refused totl speak directy and clearly about this matter we were weakened as a nation and a tie with was strengthened. around the world there are two great symbols of america from this city. the first is the dome of the capital which we stand. this building testifies to the strength of our self-government and to our belief in inherent human dignity. but the other symbol, and it comes from this city, that is known around the world is the podium in the white house press room.y tucked into a small room and surrounded by members of a free press, it is simply the free worlds biggest megaphone. it symbolizes america's commitment to the universal dignity not just a 320 million people, the citizens of this country, but the 7.6 billion
men, women, and children across the globe. speaking clearly about tyrants is one of the things that we do. it is not seeking monsters to destroy. for more than 200 years the understood this. for more than 200 years administrations of both parties have clearly understood this. at times in the past previous administrations have made mistakes. they have split hairs, they are smooth edges, they've dodged, they have hedged. but what happen yesterday at the podium in the white house, the dodge on putin, broke with the basic american moral tradition. it broke faith with our core values here it broke trust with freedom seekers across the globe. this very day there are dissidents all over the globe struggling against the taliban regimes and darkness -- , terry
and. america says and still says we see you. we stand with you here we may make long a deliberate decisions about how we engage in the world and about what particular commitments are prone to exercise atfe different times wh different allies but we always spoke unequivocally about the universal dignity of 7.6 billion people. to those who struggle, we have always said cu and we stand with you -- we see you. the more responsibly on the office of the presidency matters. and when we don't affirm these basic truths, it is a failure to who we are. it is a failure to do what we do and it is of the trail not just to the millions of people who were denied free andec fair elections in russia thisee week but it is a failure to people all across the globe who are struggling in darkness against
tyrants. each and every member of this senate, all 100 of us, was elected in the kind of free and fair election that vladimir putin fears. the kind of election that he would not win. vladimir putin is a coward. vladimir putin is a a despot. just this month vladimir putin tried to assassinate a political dissident and his daughter on nato soil in the uk. and given that we had taken an oath in this body after our free and fair elections to uphold and defend the constitution, given that, without not in this body find it difficult to say basic true things, like we condemn leaks by the president's staff against him. we also condemn vladimir putin's sham election.ha we condemn a russian ananta aims to make soviet great again.
i just. >> the the u.s. senate is abouto gavel in this morning. at noon where expecting sender just to offer tributes to mississippi republican senator thad cochran who is retiring on april 1. later senate lawmakers are expected to start work on a $1.3 trillion government funding bill that would keep the government operating through september 30, if it is approved and how strict the senate will not be in session next week. how to live coverage of the u.s. senate here on c-span2.