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25 Mar, 22 tweets, 12 min read
Happening now: @POTUS @JoeBiden conducts his 1st news conference as president of the #UnitedStates Image
"I got elected to solve problems" per @POTUS, saying #COVID19 & the economy were the top, immediate priorities

Says he's hoping he can now begin to focus on issues like immigration, gun control - "We're going to move on these one at time"
"I think my Republican colleagues are going to have to determine whether or not we want to work together or they're going to decide the way in which they want to proceed is...continue the politics of division" per @POTUS
"I've been hired to solve problems...not create divisions" per @POTUS
#Immigration "The idea that I'm going to say-which I would never do-if an unaccompanied child ends up at the border we're just going to let him starve to death & stay on the other side-no previous administration did that either except Trump" per @POTUS "I'm not going to do it"
"That's why I've asked the Vice President of the United States yesterday to be the lead person on dealing with, focusing on the fundamental reasons why people the first place" per @POTUS

Says US will work w/countries like #Honduras #Guatemala #ElSalvador
"A 9 year old, I'm going to send him on a thousand mile journey across the desert & up to the #UnitedStates bcs I know Joe Biden is a nice guy & he'll take care of him - what a desperate act to have to take. The circumstances must be horrible" per @POTUS
NEW: #Afghanistan "It's going to be hard to meet the May 1 deadline" per @POTUS " terms of tactical reasons to get those troops out"
"We've been meeting w/our allies, those other @NATO allies that have troops in #Afghanistan as well, & if we leave, we're going to do so in a safe & orderly way" per @POTUS

"It is not my intention to stay there for a long time"
"The question is how & under what circumstances do we meet that agreement that was made by President Trump to leave under a deal that looks like it's not being able to be worked out to begin with" per @POTUS

"We are not staying a long time" in #Afghanistan, says @POTUS
"We will leave. The question is when we leave" #Afghanistan, per @POTUS

"I can't picture that being the case" he says, asked if US troops will be there in 2022
"I make no apologies for ending programs that did not exist before Trump became president that have an incredibly negative impact on the law, on int'l law as well as on human dignity" per @POTUS
#NorthKorea: @POTUS says @UN resolution 1718 "was violated by those particular missiles that were tested"

"There will be responses if the choose to escalate" he says "We will respond accordingly"
"I'm also prepared for some form of diplomacy" w/#NorthKorea, per @POTUS "But it has to be conditioned upon the end result of denuclearization"
"Yes" @POTUS says, asked in #NorthKorea is the top foreign policy issue that he is watching
#China - "I've known Xi Jinping for a long time...doesn't have a democratic, with a small "d" bone in his body" per @POTUS "But he's a smart, smart guy"

"He's one of the guys, like #Putin, who thinks that autocracy is the wave of the future, that democracy can't function..."
.@POTUS says he spoke w/#China's Xi for 2 hours when Xi called to congratulate him on winning the election

"I made it clear to him...that we're not looking for confrontation, although we know there will be steep, steep competition" per Biden
"We're going to deal w/#China effectively" @POTUS adds
"#China has an overall goal ... to become the leading country in the world, the wealthiest country in the world, the most powerful country in the world" per @POTUS "That's not going to happen on my watch"
"Autocracy vs democracy...that's what's at stake" per @POTUS "We've got to prove democracy works"
#Immigration: "I can't guarantee that we're going to solve everything but I can guarantee we can make everything better" per @POTUS "We can make it better"

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25 Mar
Happening now: Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on @USSOCOM & @US_CYBERCOM
"We recognize that our counterterrorism operations, while still critical to protecting Americans fro the likes of #ISIS & #alQaida, must become even more sustainable & focus on the most pressing threats" per @DeptofDefense Acting Asst Sec for Special Ops Chris Maier
"SOF continue to deter & disrupt persistent threats by terrorist & extremist organizations" per @USSOCOM Commander, Gen Richard Clarke

"20 years of this fight has honed out capability & most importantly our resolve" he says, calling SOF approaches "effective and sustainable"
Read 22 tweets
23 Mar
Happening now: Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on nomination of @USNavy Adm John Aquilino to lead @INDOPACOM
"The Indo-Pacific is the most consequential regions for America's future & remains the priority theater," per Adm Aquilino, nominated to lead @INDOPACOM

Aquilino notes presence of #Russia #China #NorthKorea & #violentextremists - 4 of top 5 defense challenges for US
Adm Aquilino now focusing on "pacing threat" from #China

Says the Us must approach #China w/"a sense of urgency"
Read 16 tweets
19 Mar
New: House Intelligence Committee Chair @RepAdamSchiff tells @CSIS @ODNIgov report on #Election2020 shows that "several agency heads...were not candid w/the country" about election meddling
Per @RepAdamSchiff, that list includes "former Atty General Bill Barr & former director of Nat'l Intelligence John Ratcliffe, his predecessor Ric Grenell, Nat'l Security Adviser O'Brien and others"
"You had top agency heads out pushing a misleading narrative in support of the president..." per @RepAdamSchiff "...deemphasizing the threat from #Russia & suggesting or affirmatively stating a falsehood, that #China was actually the bigger threat to our election"
Read 17 tweets
19 Mar
"All American share an obligation to stand up against hate in our communities" @DepSecDef Kathleen Hicks tells National War College about rising violence again Asian American community

Hicks says @DeptofDefense is committed to lead by example
#China - #Beijing has been displaying an "increased military confidence & a willingness to take risks" warns @DepSecDef Hicks
US, @DeptofDefense must be able "to demonstrate the will & capability to credibly deter PRC aggression" per @DepSecDef
Read 5 tweets
19 Mar
Conflict between #China & US increasingly likely and to deter that "a strong [US] military is the key" former US ambassador to #SouthKorea & former @INDOPACOM commander Harry Harris tells @CSIS

"It is essential"
#Beijing's buildup will have big consequences "unless we're there to head them off, not only us but our allies & partners in the region as well" per ret Amb Harry Harris
"We need to have the ability to have increased missile defense capabilities as well as an offensive missile, offensive capability" per Harris

"We need to build that out" he says, referring to threat from both #China & #NorthKorea
Read 6 tweets
18 Mar
JUST IN: Praise & congratulations for newly confirmed @CIA Director William Burns from @ODNIgov Director Avril Haines

The Senate confirmed the 64yo former ambassador by unanimous consent earlier after a weeks-long hold on his nomination was lifted
More: "We must have experienced leaders in place who are ready to grapple with these risks head-on" per Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman @MarkWarner

Dir Burns will "provide the leadership and support that the brave men & women of the @CIA deserve" he adds
Reaction to confirmation of Bill Burns by @CIA
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