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stuff. i feel like, this is how things are done. i was like, how about a game for peace and conflict resolution. >> watch sunday night at 8:00 .m. eastern on c-span's q&a. >> and more now from campaign 2020 with presidential candidate amy klobuchar. the minnesota democratic senator speaks at an event hosted by the world affairs council in manchester, new hampshire. and outlines her foreign policy priorities, including rejoining the paris climate agreement and rebuilding relations with nato partners. after remarks she takes questions from the audience. this is just over an hour. abou. [crowd chatter] [applause] [cheers]
>> thanks for being here. hello. i hear there are people from dean's -- we have a few danes in minnesota. >> all right. hello and welcome, everyone. my name is tim horgan, the executive director of the world affairs council of new hampshire. an independent nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization located on the campus of southern hunter university. -- southern new hampshire university. we work to help people understand complex foreign policy issues. this event is part of our presidential foreign policy forum series. we will be 8th event hosting this year so thank you
very much for coming out and showing your interest in foreign policy. we think it is a very important issue for everyone to be aware of. and certainly, as you work to make your decision for the presidential primaries coming up on tuesday, we want you to be well aware as to what every candidate's thoughts and ideas are on how america should interact in the world. that, the council is a nonpartisan organization, and therefore, we are acting simply as a platform for people to learn and engage with foreign policy issues. wewant to make sure that have reached out to all of the campaigns to give everyone a fair opportunity and we thank the senator for agreeing to come here and speak today. we think it is very important and we think that the opportunity to hear from all candidates from all sides is something that really should
engage the new hampshire electorate and help them make their decisions moving forward. this event is not to be considered an endorsement of any candidate, policy, or anything of the like. we simply are here to help people understand their choices. that, we thank you all for joining us, particularly the members of the world affairs council of new hampshire. we are supported by a strong base of people who are interested in learning about foreign affairs and we really appreciate your support. if you would like to learn more about the organization, we will be in the back and you can chat with us afterwards. but at this point, i would like to turn the microphone over to ambassador smith, a world affairs council of new hampshire member. [applause] smith: and a member
that is much less nonpartisan. much and thank you so the conference for setting this up. in my decade plus association with the world affairs council in new hampshire, i have really become impressed with the depth of knowledge and how much people here care about foreign policy want to know people's positions. you have a wonderful year-round program, so thanks a lot for this invitation. there are people that will tell you that you don't vote for foreign policy, that that's not what voters go to the polls and vote for. i will tell you in the last two months, i have been stopping in the state, talking to senator klobuchar, her many successes, and i can tell you that is what is on people's minds. that theyan america can be proud of, that serves in
a leadership role around the world. they want an america that takes a leading role in the crisis of our time, which is climate change. they want on america that stands up to its allies, stands up to its adversaries, protects our elections, and calls people out when they interfere. they want a president who can focus on diplomacy in places like the middle east instead of an adversarial relationship. i think what they want is some midwest common in their foreign policy. to introduce senator klobuchar, i want to introduce my good friend from boston. he is a graduate of the united states militaryfriend from acad. as an aside, many of you know that i graduated from the air force academy. we affectionately refer to west point as hudson high. it was the institution of hudson river with 250 years of
tradition unhampered by progress. he did rise above that. he had a magnificent career in the army and in missile defense, one of our nation's experts on missile defense. expert on russia, expert on nuclear nonproliferation, and then after retirement, he went to harvard and has been an associate fellow at the harvard kennedy school down in boston. it is a great pleasure to introduce my great friend. [applause] >> and i had the great fortune of leaving boston a little while ago and i live in easton now. does anybody know where easton is? two people, good. i think i saw you at the post office. i first met senator amy klobuchar last july in franconia on main street.
it is easy to come to new hampshire in july. inis really hard to be here february on an election year. andakes guts and success, senator klobuchar and her campaign have demonstrated that. [applause] i think that is fantastic. an independent voter. i am liberal on some social issues. on issues likeve military and foreign affairs, as you might guess. during my 30 years in the army, i spent about half my time overseas. while overseas, i was either executing foreign policy, or sometimes, i was helping craft foreign sometimes, i was helping craft foreign policy. i know how important it is that we have a president and a president who is responsible for foreign policy. how important it is that we have a president who does foreign policy well, properly, good.
today under our current president, our foreign policy is a disaster. council on, this foreign affairs asked the leading democratic candidates to answer some questions about foreign policy. to sit down and write down some answers. you can go online and look up those answers to all those leading candidates, except one. one candidate did not answer those questions, senator klobuchar. instead of sitting at her desk, she got up, went to the council on foreign affairs, and gave a speech about her vision for america's foreign policy. she is not a soundbite candidate. she is not somebody who can in a bulletvision answer to a question and then posted online does post it --
post it online. you have to listen to her. you have a rare opportunity to do that today. she not only has a vision for america and foreign affairs, but she is already -- has already accomplished a lot in that area. i count veterans as really a major tool of foreign affairs. how many veterans do we have here today? a few, so thank you very much for being here. she stands up for our veterans and ensures they receive the benefits they deserve. she has been a leader in upgrading our defenses against cybersecurity -- upgrading our cybersecurity defenses against cyber attacks. she has traveled to iraq and afghanistan and met with troops to ensure that they have the resources that they need. she traveled with to ukraine and the baltic states -- she traveled with -- to ukraine and
the baltic states. she is playing -- she played a key role in the process that produced the iran nuclear agreement, which today is not in place anymore. so we are in freefall with irannuclear program's -- iran's nuclear program. klobuchar has a vision, she has the vitality, and she has the veracity to lead america back in foreign affairs and international relations. and i hope that we can have her in a position in a year to do all that for us. please join me in welcoming senator amy klobuchar. [applause] sen. klobuchar: thank you so much, general. thank you to all of you. thank you, ambassador. thanks for going all over new hampshire with i think more to come for me. i really appreciate that and for hosting me.
and to all of you, i want to thank the world affairs council, as well as tim for your leadership and really all of you that are willing to come out in the middle of the snow to talk about such an important topic. for more than six decades, the world affairs council of new conversationsled and generated ideas about america's role in the world and the importance of resolving global challenges that affect us here at home. i do not think that is a surprise, because new hampshire has had a long history of leading when it comes to international affairs. it was here in 1905 that president teddy roosevelt brought together the russians and the japanese for the signing of the treaty of portsmouth, which end the conflict between those two countries -- ended the conflict between those two countries.
i personally got a chance to tour the bretton woods site, where they set up the international finance system. i got that from my state director's mom. she is an expert on those tours. guide, is an expert tour if you ever want to go up there, which was amazing. and then you have two great senators that lead when it comes to issues of defense and international relations. maggie is on the homeland security committee and has been doing a lot when it comes to cyber issues and then of course, time, one of the most senior members of the foreign relations committee, literally has had to fill in to speak for our country at nato many times, because the president has not been that kind of leader. and so i love both of them and i think it is a tribute to your state that you have elected
people that see their role as not only representing new hampshire, which they do so well, but also representing our country with the rest of the world. and of course, you have right here in manchester a representative pappas, who does such great work on behalf of our veterans. i want to thank, as i said, both ambassador smith and brigadier general ryan for being here today. their service to our country, they both know that a safer world is not just about what we do here at home. if you try to isolate yourself from the rest of the world, it is going to come knocking on the door. if you don't reach out to the rest of the world, you obviously miss opportunities when it comes forlliances, opportunities spreading democracy and human comes, and opportunities of course, economically for our country -- opportunities, of course, economically for our
country. if you isolate yourself, you also create huge security risks for our own country and for our allies. and i always think of that when i think about foreign relations. those calls i have gotten, anything from a high school class stuck in a mudslide in south america and they do not know what to do, or someone who is in a conflict somewhere in the world and they call our office, or farmers who are trying to trade their goods to a country that will no longer accept them. it literally happens every single day and it is a reminder to all of us that we are interrelated, and that we can't live in a world of isolation. 2020, theber 4, long-term future of america's long-term role in the world will be determined. this is not an overstatement. make no mistake, under donald trump's presidency, we are witnessing an erosion of our
long-held principles, our alliances, and our moral authority when it comes to the rest of the world. we see it every day. beingtill waiting, after bolted to my desk for the last two weeks, being able to, by the way, see the incredible bravery , former and now senator governor from your neighboring state of massachusetts, someone who has a house in new hampshire, and that is senator mitt romney. i have seen the courage that he saw. one of the reasons that he stood up and took that vote, and i am not going to dwell on impeachment and that whole proceeding, but as we all know, there was a major component when it comes to international relations. that is that we had a leader that was basically putting his own private interests, his own partisan interests in front of our country's. and the way he did it, and this
is what i am still waiting to see how this makes our country safer, which was to ask a foreign leader to basically interfere in our elections by digging up dirt on one of his opponents. i would also like to hear how leaving the kurds, our allies, for slaughter makes america great again. i would like to hear how walking out of a nato conference just because world leaders are making a few jokes about him. i have heard worse jokes and meaner jokes about other senators in the chamber of the united states senate, and no one leaves there. and i just think that the issue is that you have to work with the rest of the world, no matter what happens. , and letbling of all us not forget blaming the country of denmark for various things. since they are with us today, you can pick a nation, and that is going to be some issue. went -- my i once
family, we went on a trip to denmark. there are so many minnesotans that have relations and friends in denmark. we were there and i decided to go on a farm tour. our daughter was young. the farm that we were advertised to visit was supposed to have horses, cows, and pigs. we got there and there was one horse, two cows, and there were 1000 pigs. anyway, it was a very good visit, a very good visit, but i digress. and so back to what is happening right now. and that is, i think we all understand that america's relations, the good relations that we have with so many countries have been to our benefit. we not only bring in people from all over the world. that has made our economy stronger because of the respect we have for other cultures, because of the respect we have for those that are in our
immigrant community. that has made us stronger. and then of course, standing with our allies has made our country so much stronger, and has really driven that moral authority that has made us the beacon of democracy for the world. we need a new commander-in-chief. we need someone who can command with stability and strength, someone who understands the great challenges of our time, and how they can and should be dealt with by using our country's most important advantage. that is the ingenuity of our talented and diverse population, our entrepreneurship, our big ideas, and yes, our unmatched military, but also our diplomats. and how important that part of our moral authority has been. so based on all of these challenges, i actually, and i gave a speech on this, as was mentioned a few months ago, but it was my approach to foreign
policy and what it will be. r's."ed it, " the five it is not reading, writing, and arithmetic. renewing american leadership, repairing our alliances, rejoining international agreements, responding appropriately. that means no tweets at 4:00 a.m. in your bathrobe. reassertingcourse, american values. if you have trouble remembering all those five r's, it can really just come down to one r, and that is returning sanity to policy.ign [applause] sen. klobuchar: so starting with the renewing american leadership in the policy. world, that means sending a clear message that america is a global power for good.
it means restoring trust in u.s. leadership by keeping our promises, not getting out of agreements that we have made with the rest of the world. but it also begins with respecting our front-line troops , instead of putting them at risk, respecting our diplomats and intelligence officers, who are out there every single day risking their lives for us. i remember feeling a major crack open up the day after donald trump got inaugurated. not everyone remembers this moment, but i just a member thinking, and that was when he -- remember thinking, and that was when he gave a very partisan speech in front of the sacred wall covered with the stars of those anonymous cia agents who lost their lives in the line of duty. he chose that moment to stand in front of that wall and make a speech about the size of his crowd at the inauguration. and i just remember thinking,
this just can't be where you give that kind of speech. this cannot be right, because this is a wall of respect of those that anonymously served our country and lost their lives in the line of duty. so when i talk about restoring addingspect, it is about people to these departments that in the world of -- in the words of ambassador jovanovich have been hollowed out, like the state department. it is also how we talk about those who serve and our military and intelligence and diplomatic corps. this means of course recruiting new people to come into these agencies. when the ambassador talked about the state department being hollowed out, she is right. we have lost a lot of career diplomats at various levels actually. and we are having trouble recruiting new people to fill those jobs. so i think that is actually a really exciting opportunity for a new president to come in.
there is actually redtape you have to get through to bring some of the people back. you bring some of those career people back, hopefully including ambassador jovanovich. and then you also recruit new ofple for a new generation young people that are interested in foreign relations. as former secretary of defense mattis said, if you don't fully fund the state department, and i would add to that, have people devotedk in it that are to the interests of america abroad, he said then i need to buy more ammunition. and he was of course making the case for foreign aid and for foreign devoted to the interests of america policy and for our state department. of restoringpiece american leadership will be to continue to work and negotiate on our economic agreements with the rest of the world. usmca,tly supported the our agreement with mexico and
canada. ded thelly hea canadian-american interparliamentary group. onave worked extensively canadian issues for over a decade and worked with some of my colleagues on making sure that canada remained in that agreement. of course, a very important trading partner for the state of new hampshire, as well as the state of minnesota, since in our states, we can see canada from our porch. so i think that piece of it, with the improvements that were made to that agreement, which were key to my decision to support it, particularly the labor improvements, and the inspections of plants and getting rid of the sweetheart deal for the pharmaceutical companies. one other thing i wanted to add, because it has been such a breakdown with the trump administration when it comes to
trade is the work that the obama administration had been doing with cuba. bill, the lead a bipartisan bill to lift the embargo. i think it is just an example when you have 11 million people 90 miles off our shore. that if that i believe we continue to engage with cuba, despite the government that is in place there now, we will have a much easier time of bringing democratic reforms there. this administration has taken a much different approach. which is restoring our alliances. this has been greatly damaged by this president's decision to get us out of, basically out of promises, promises that we made to our allies and international agreements. statements that he has made about other countries, including that little country of denmark, which is very damaging when
people of a country wake up in the morning and hear that the president of the united states, that they had always respected this country, is going after their nation for whatever reason. plan,s why in my 100 day in the first 100 days i will meet with leaders in our allied countries, including of course our neighbors. it was the general who brought up senator mccain, who was i was -- who i was very close with. he took me on many trips all around the world. i actually got to stand outside with him where he had been in vietnam and think about that bravery of someone who made a decision, despite being tortured , that cell that he stayed in for 5.5 years to allow others to be released before him because he knew that they were using them for political reasons to try to allow him to be released because of his dad and his grandpa before others.
i have a fond memories of that senator mccain, as many of you know, had a wicked sense of humor. we were walking to this museum in that prison and they showed these happy pictures of g.i.'s playing table tennis and sitting around a christmas tree. and he kept whispering to meet, i don't remember that, i don't remember that, and then we got to a new exhibit of his flight glasswhich was in this basically exhibit. there was about 100 cameras behind us. the guy says, here is a new exhibit of your flight suit and it was pristine. next to it was a picture of him when he was shot down. his suit was all torn up. in this picture, it was very pristine in this glass case with his name embroidered on it.
this is so nice. thank you for finding my flight suit. he whispers to me, that was not my flight suit. [laughter] sen. klobuchar: in any case, i bring him up because one of my fondest and lasting memories of him will be what he did after donald trump got elected. because he knew better than probably anyone else in the congress what we were about to learn, and what we were about to embark on when it came to trump's foreign policy. so the week before the inauguration, he planned a trip with me and senator graham to lithuania, latvia, estonia, georgia, and ukraine. we stood on the front line with the ukrainian troops, with widows of those who had lost their husbands to russian snipers, and with the former president, president poroshenko.
mccain knew exactly what he was doing in each country. we would stand on one podium and the foreign leader would be on the other, because he wanted to make the point that america stood with our allies. that no matter what was going to come upon us and the havoc that would be reaped by this administration, that he was making the point that our country stood with our allies. and that is what made an impression on me. importance of that show of support and something that will be a major priority for me. internationalng institutions, this is the third pillar, this is where we had suffered internationally. whether it is taking us out of ,he iranian nuclear agreement which was mentioned, the international climate agreement, which is truly a priority for the world, or the intermediate
,ange nuclear forces treaty president trump has made us less safe. what will i do? on day one i will rejoin the international climate change agreement, as many of you may know, when he took us out of that it -- out of that agreement, the only two countries not in it, nicaragua and syria, and they are now in the agreement. we are the only ones not in the agreement which makes american companies hard to market when it comes to energy efficiency because other country say, you are the only ones not in the international climate change agreement. not to mention the lack of leadership it shows with the rest of the world. on day two, i would bring back the clean power role. standards and to put a price on carbon. other things we must be doing. i mentioned the russian nuclear
agreement, the new start treaty is going to be elapsed thing at the beginning of a new president's administration, so there are two nuclear agreements with russia. we know they were cheating, but you do not get out of the agreement like he did. fourth, responding appropriately to the challenges we face, and i think as you look at global threats, there are many. as you look at what is happening in the mideast and north korea, but we also know right now we face something we did not predict one month ago, the coronavirus. it is a stark reminder, as we saw with ebola, of the threat posed by infectious diseases. and another tragic example of how you cannot close your eyes rest of the world.
we are grateful for health workers and researchers treating and responding to this virus in our country and around the world. i believe the u.s. must play a leading role to respond to .andemics like the coronavirus i remember being with senator mccain again at the security .onference in munich i have been there several times. i remember bill gates, and his number one focus was on these kinds of pandemics, because he fears what is in front of us. this means fully funding the center for d's control -- for disease control and other agents on the first lines responding to help threats, investing in new vaccines and treatments, and working with our partners around the world. i read today there were new
cases in wisconsin, and certainly people are working together across state lines and in washington, d.c. for our country. havoc thise economic will create, not to mention the loss of lives around the world. we have continued to be a leader. andndly, ambassador smith ryan know, we must assure our .ilitary remains second to none i am committed to maintaining our military so we are superior over any adversary that would challenge us. that means our troops are the best trained and equipped in the world while providing for their families at home. has been doing work on cybersecurity, including her work on the homeland security committee identifying potential motor abilities and traps. i would build on that.
i am someone reading on the russian interference in our election issue, but that is the iceberg.ip of that calls for special responses like backup paper ballots, but happen even worse could when it comes to our electric grid, our power companies. be beingf this will strong against russia as opposed to when this president was asked about g20 by a reporter russian interference in our elections, and he literally turned to vladimir putin, a ruthless dictator, and made a joke about it. his own military have made it clear, in the words of former national security advisor dan coats, that russia is getting
bolder. obviously, one of the solutions is a strong nato and being supportive of nato. the other is doing all we can to prevent this from happening. we must also, as we look at appropriate response, deal with economic challenges like china, a country that has repeatedly demonstrated its human rights abuses from the detention of over one million uighurs in detention camps or cracking down on democratic protesters in hong kong. a lot of this is why i voted for the usmca and supportive of getting canada in those negotiations, having a strong north american trading block, that will make a stronger dealing with china as we are working with other nations. that is everything from subsidizing of industries, which
i saw firsthand in minnesota with steel dumping that went on to what we are seeing with the stealing of intellectual property. the chinese know this president .eeps changing everything from one point in august he said riffs on $300tar billion, then he cut it in half in one week. you see that all the time, and they are in it for the long haul. saying, we are a proud state of a lot of tribes in minnesota, and that is, great leaders make decisions not just for this generation but seven generations from now. we have a president when it comes to trade does not keep his decisions seven minutes from now . so much of this is keeping our , if we want
prestige and respect dealing with other countries when it comes to trade negotiations. last thing, reinserting american values and this includes standing up for freedom, democracy and human rights around the world. it is also noted on the world stage how the president treats our own people. i will and with this story because it is one i will never forget. i was in a mosque in minnesota where we have the biggest somali .s.ulation in the us i heard this story of a family going out during the height of trump's anti-muslim rhetoric, and a guy came and said to them, you go home are you came from. and the little girl said, mom, i do not want to eat at home
tonight, you said we could eat out tonight. only knows one home. she did not even know what he was talking about. which is quite beautiful because she'll he knows one home, that is my state, that is our country. [applause] embrace and not tolerate international is him, and that means here at home with the great diversity of our country that it also means how we deal with the rest of the world. we have been a beacon for a beacon, refugees, for the rest of the world. that is what i want to continue. thank you very much. [applause] >> we have time for some
questions, and i think you will find you will have a president who will answer your questions, which is refreshing. you did not mention afghanistan in your remarks, can you give us your thoughts on afghanistan? sen. klobuchar: we need to bring our troops home from afghanistan. i know the president said that is what he wants to do. we have troops deploying there that were not even born when we got involved in that conflict. what has bothered me about this president's approach, and i hope it would be resolved before i would be in the oval office, but perhaps it will not be. i would take a different approach. invitingone, not be
the taliban to camp david as he did. two, i would make sure we had an agreement before he starts tweeting out that there is an agreement. he has done this repeatedly, inprising the government afghanistan, but other places around the world. this negotiation involves keeping the democratic reforms we have seen in afghanistan in place. two, the rights of women and there have been improvements, and giving those in place. three, working with our allies pakistanth india and would play a major role once we leave. one or other of them, if not both. we would leave some troops there for training and counterterrorism work.
but that is the approach i would use when it comes to afghanistan. >> we have a microphone for our media friends in the back. i am very happy to meet you. i wanted to ask you about another threat, mitch and his republican allies in the senate. there are two scenarios, the and you have aig republican minority in the senate, or you win but you have a republican majority still there. how do you deal with that threat , both scenarios? sen. klobuchar: i will take the first hypothetical first. the preferred one. i think in either case when it comes to foreign relations, i
will focus this on foreign relations, even though i think people know there are 400 bills sitting on mitch mcconnell desk with everything from elections to safety to environment to health care that we could actually pass and get into law if he was not there. when it comes to foreign relations there has been a breakdown because of donald trump. there were signs of this breakdown before he came in, but for the most part are foreign affairs especially in the senate were a lot of work goes on has been bipartisan. corker, who itor did not agree with him on everything, but he tried to do menendez with senator that was more bipartisan. when you go back to things like foreign aid which continues to be bipartisan, there has been a lot of support across the aisle. with thectually start
premise that when it comes to foreign relations, i would hope no matter what party is in charge in the senate that as president i would make that a clear direction, especially when it comes to support for israel and the like, which this president and mitch mcconnell and prime minister netanyahu made very partisan and tried to use it as a wedge as opposed to work on a two state solution. congressespect regardless of who is in charge. it would be easier, which i predict we will be in charge, but i will respect congress. and not engage in any military conflict without going in for an authorization of military force. resolution regarding putting some breaks on this --
putting some brakes on this president before getting into a conflict with iran. after the new hampshire primary, i am hoping we will have a vote on that. that will be important to have a president who respects congress regardless of who is in charge when it comes to that issue. a president who can work on issues i raised like foreign aid and understanding who republicans support, who they are, what person in the house and senate, and people working on that issue. understanding where the support is for trying to get back into agreements we talked about. some of this president can do like the international climate change agreement without congress. i would not be adverse to that. i think doing things and people at home that you have a
president who will operate and be strong regardless of congress for the things that are legal like negotiating back into that agreement will be very important. of the combination things you can do on your own that are legal, seeking to work with congress when you can, understanding some of these are more bipartisan than the others. making sure there is funding for foreign aid and the state department. i really believe there are people of goodwill that are willing to work on some of these issues, i just think one of our problems has been if donald trump says jump, and most of the people in his party say, how high? i have been making the argument in a political sense that we are less than a week away from new hampshire primary, that i bring the receipts to this primary.
big inbeen able to win rural areas, in red congressional districts, never losing once in every congressional district in my state, including michele bachmann's. someone who can bring people can bring moderate republicans and independents, and this state has a rich history of independents. words from a state, four for you, governor jesse ventura, i have an understanding of the independent voter. if we have the coalition we need to bring decency back to the white house, we have to bring people with us. that is how we win big and make in new hampshire, and senate seats across the country. we have a fired up democratic
base, but we need a candidate who can bring people over. that would be my political response to that question how we will get these things done. the best is to win big. >> thank you for being here. this is an important conversation we are having. i am glad you brought up treaties like new start which is a year from yesterday going to expire. on the issue of nuclear weapons, of leadersd 73% would support a no use first policy, a law that says we will not use nuclear weapons first in a conflict. i have not heard an official statement from your campaign on this policy, so i would like to know what you know -- what you think about a first use.
firm,lobuchar: i am very a candidate -- i do not know if this is right -- but i bring up the russian nuclear agreement all the time because i believe strongly we need to do all we can to reduce the threat of nuclear arms. that is why in nearly every debate i raised the iranian nuclear agreement. i was working with a group of senators to get that passed with the obama administration. i had not signed on to the bill because i am concerned the number one goal of a president is to keep america safe, and i do not know what could come at us in another form, whether it is some kind of attack with a virus or other series of
horrible's, and i do not think we would want to limit our ability to respond. that is what that bill says, it would only apply -- it is a first-rate bill, i have look at it carefully -- so i do not agree with that bill, i would not get on that bill, but i think we share the common goal of reducing nuclear weapons. we have several hands, i will have three or four questions and then let senator klobuchar fire a barrage. >> a question about south america, venezuela, you have indicated you are in favor of illuminating the embargo against cuba. that was installed initially because there was a head of .tate that we wanted to get out i see a similar thing in venezuela. what is the right rule for united states with respect to
venezuela? >> hello, senator, thank you for being here. you mentioned minnesota is the home of many tribes. what would you see as the proper relationship between washington and our native american nations? with venezuela, have not supported maduro and what is going on there, and concerns that we have and believe that we would be was better off if guaido the rightful head of state. i believe the relationship there when it comes to cuba is obvious. if we had maintained some of our
relations we were trying to build with cuba, that might have helped us deal with the issues in venezuela. i think right now there is a standstill. one of our goals is to make sure humanitarian aid gets to the people of venezuela. the other thing i have been focused on is the venezuelans here in the u.s. that want to stay and not be forced back there because of the temporary status. our administration has been not moving ahead when it comes to that. that has been a mistake. on the sovereignty issue with our tribes, i am a big believer in sovereignty. i have worked with our tribes over the years, and our relationship has to be one of respect. as you know, this president has not shown in his words the respect that i think our tribal members deserved. i am a big believer of tribal
sovereignty. i also think when we do any domestic policy, including health care, we must make sure we are counting for our american indian communities. way back when i had another job as a local official, i worked hard to make sure we followed act.ules with the fair i worked exclusively on issues when it comes to tribal schools and making sure when we have a population on reservations that centuriesany, many been on the raw and of the state. out of this is respect, and part of it is making sure they get the funding they need. i have a long history working with our tribes on various issues. there are a lot of opportunities
a new president could seize on. a lot of tribes are investing in other things outside of gaming and hotels. there are a lot of things going on that could be helpful to tribal members when they have the resources to do that. that is important. i also think continuing to invest and make sure the laws we have for rural broadband and things like that are applied toward tribes. myill never forget riding bicycle with my dad, we rode our bikes from minneapolis to , i love and hundred miles in 10 days. this is the stamina i will bring to the white house. when i was in college, just of the two of us and we went to the rosebud reservation in south dakota, and i had never seen that kind of poverty, including
in my own state, and the desperation there. .hat was just on a bike trip i devoted to working with our tribes. >> last question, then we will go here. you.ank i am happy to see you again. my problem, we talk about we talk about, the importance of americans outside of the country. , for immigrants and refugees to stay. concerned as an american
citizen living in the united states for 30 years. what is going on in africa, especially congo for 20 years about the women and children who suffer. worldchest country in the , but the people who live in the country today are poor. i cannot go visit where i come from because of what is going on. take ownership of the country. america does not do anything. we are almost a thousand, 10,000 .ere
we work in these communities. we are not happy what is going on in congo. sen. klobuchar: i am aware of the minerals issue, and obviously our country, there have been attempts to lead on this, and i would continue that. i know this is one of your concerns, immigrants in america, and making sure we are supportive. our own fellow citizens and those who are here is refugees and those on temporary status, one thing i have been a long supporter of is immigration reform, comprehensive immigration reform. i think that would put us in such a better place. we could have a path to
citizenship where people who are here for a long period of time and who are obeying the law. us to reallyallow help with states like new hampshire who have low unemployment rate. we want to make sure people fill the jobs we have in our factories in fields and small businesses. do not diminish america, they are america. more you, and we can talk about the issues of congo later, but i wanted to thank all of you. thank you to those of you who have served, veterans, an inordinate number of people who served our country. thank you to those who served and our diplomatic corps. i hope you see that i love
working on foreign relations issues. there is so much we can gain for the safety of our world when it comes to nuclear arms treaties. as well as the work we can do .hen it comes to our allies it is really an opportunity we .eed to seize on it is an opportunity that will help us with human rights around the world, it will help us with our economic needs in this country, as well as their security. thank you so much for having me. i am looking forward to the days to come. thank you. [applause]
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