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Charles Schumer
  U.S. Senate Sen. Schumer on ZTE  CSPAN  June 7, 2018 4:52pm-5:08pm EDT

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3:00 p.m. monday, june 11. further, that following the prayer and pledge, the morning hour be deemed expired, the journal of proceedings be approved to date, the time for the two leaders be reserved for their use later in the day and morning business be closed. i further ask that following leader remarks the senate resume consideration of the motion to proceed to h.r. 515. final will i ask that notwithstanding the provisions of rule 22, the vote son the motion to proceed to h.r. 5515 occur at 5:30 p.m. monday. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: so if there is no further business to come before the senate, i ask it stand adjourned under the previous order. the presiding officer: the senate stands adjourned until p:00 p.m. on m the senate confirming to be assistant education secretary for civil rights and continuing debate on the 2019th defense programs and policy bill. more work than expected next week.
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here's some of the debate from earlier today on the senate floor. >> thank you madam president. i asked my colleague from north carolina would i agree with what he said, he said he thought so. i definitely do. i think erdogan is doing very bad things to the turkish people to our nato alliance in the middle east. he's had vehemently anti-israel thposition and to allow him to get away with all this stuff without putting maximum pressure makes no sense so i think my colleague from north carolina. okay.rt now, on other subjects. there are other subjects, i assure you madam president. your , to the are. okay. later today the senate will move into s consideration of the john s. mccain national defense
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authorization act. the annual defense authorization is something our friend senator mccain cared deeply about talk to me about it regularly and we wish him hereto shepherded on the floor as we sink into many times before. it's important we get this done for our military and broader national security for senator mccain and to ensure this critical authorization bill move forward and stay on track. and every time we say the name or see the name written john s. mccain our hearts go pitter patter of little bit as we pray for his speedy recovery. the ndaa is an opportunity to revise and improve our national security. to meet the evolving threats of the world that is changing so very very fast. i just want to highlight a few provisions in the bill that are important. just this morning secretary ross announced that the trump administration will relax penalties on chinese telecom giant zte. instead of crippling zte the
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administration will settle for smaller find than the company paid in 2017 and a reorganization of the companies board. it's essentially a slap on the wrist. as a reminder, zte has been a threat to our national security, and that was stated by the republican-led x fbi republican-led pentagon. this is not a a partisan issue. zte was guilty not only of evading u.s. sanctions but line to u.s. officials about it afterwards. zte has been deemed such a threat to our telecommunications network that the fcc recommended forbidding the sale of any zte products in the united states. but inexplicably, president trump, after talkingst tough did a total reversal. once again it seems resident
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she has outfoxed president trump. there is absolutely no good reason that zte should get a second chance, but with this deal the president has inexplicably thrown that my lifeline. president xi must be laughing all the way to the forbidden palace. he is once again taken advantage of president trump. on an issue vital to our security. many believe zte could be a mechanism for spying onli our military and on lots of different economic parts of the united states. china has shown no reluctance to do that in the past, and we are just for no reason, having gotten nothing in return. this is serious mistakes, 180° turn away from the presidents promised to be tough on china. donald trump should be aiming his trade fire at china but
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instead he inexplicably aims it at allies like canada and europe. when it comes to china despite his tough talk, this deal with zte proves that president trump just shoot blanks. this guy the art of the deal, he's gotten taken to the cleaners by president xi. t and the rest of the world is probably laughing at him. but we cannot allow damage that this action by secretary ross to stay. we must undo it. it's up to congress to reverse this deal if the president goes forward with it which shias announced this morning he will. the banking committee already adopted an amendment which would prohibit the administration from weakening a sanctions against the chinese telecoms including zte. however, the president has rushed to undo the sanctions before that bill could pass, so
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it will not affect zte because the sanctions have just been lifted by the administration. now that the president has rushed to give this company release, we will offer a bipartisan amendment led by senator cotton and van hollen that retroactively composers sanctions originally leveled against zte. reversing the consent agreement signed this morning. this is a bipartisan bill. senator cotton and senator van hollen don't agree on much, but thank god when it comes to national security, they agree. this chamber should overwhelmingly vote for the cotton-van hollen amendment t which i'm proud to cosponsor as likely senator cornyn and others on the other side will do. we must do that. we hope leader mcconnell will allow a vote, or at minimum put
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in the managers package. we cannot move forward with this danger to national security without doing something about zte. there's also a provision in the defense bill to expand the jurisdiction of the committee on foreign investment in the united states nona cfius so that the board can review minority position investments in joint ventures and critical technology and infrastructure companies. too often foreign companies usually chinese backed by some hostile foreign governments usually the chinese government, and they are hostile to us economically make no mistake about it, that was not too strong they try to gain control or minority positions in critical american technology companies to pill for their intellectual property, we produce it -- reproduce in the own countries. they don't allow us to sell the goods.
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they instead by minority interest in american companies learn how to do it, produce it in china and then undercut as, sell it here. no wonder we lose millions of m jobs to china. this must be stopped. because these foreign companies go to great lengths to avoid a cfius review and sneak in under the radar we ought to widen the scope of cases that cfius can look at. better protectingec our national security and economic security and the defense bill fortunately is the first opportunity to do that. .. madam president, the z.t.e. example is perhaps the best example of how this administration's trade policies are in shambles. the president has talked tough on china. president trump and i agree strongly . i don't know where he is now in the past we've agreed, we just had a conversation a few
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weeks ago about the need to combat china's rapacious trade practices and initially i was hopeful the president would follow through. he seemed to do this out of conviction but it seems even the president from like a lion on china, he hates like a lamb. instead of wrapping up pressure on china, he tells them he's weak . he tells them he will back off. he tells them he's not for real. and he has directed far too much, president trump has directed far too much of the administration energies on trade toward punishing allies like canada and europe instead of focusing on the real menace, number one menace, china . the president trump is listening this morning, i tell him be strong on china. don't trade away our leverage . anything short of real concessions and intellectual property theft and the market access, the two things that
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most threaten our long-term economic standing, that most threaten the american economy, the american worker, american jobs. a now on another matter, today the us district court of columbia will hear oral arguments in the case . concerning the potential violation of the ml humans clause by the president of the united states violating this clause. the emoluments clause in the constitution of the united states was put over 200 years ago into the constitution by our founding fathers prohibits any member of our government from proffering for their office, accepting any title or any kind of whatever from any king , prince for foreign state . the reason for the emoluments
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clause is plain. the framework for worried that members of our government could be co-opted or influenced by the bribery of foreign capital and thus prohibited even the potential of enrichment. they knew then what we know now. we don't want to buy our elected officials. when you have private interests, you never know are they acting in what they believe is the national interest or what will help make them a profit.with president trump, we sincerely hope that no such self-enrichment is going on, but it remains of great concern to millions of americans that president trump has maintained a stake in a vast business empire withholdings all over the world. president trump continues to profit from these holdings while he refuses to divest . at the polling departure from well-established practices of past shows a
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degree of selfishness we haven't seen in president. the president still refuses to disclose his tax returns f and the precise extent of his foreign holdings, another radical and disturbing departure from past presidents. this president like he's in the swamp, not that he's cleaning it out. the president actions present the possibility of exposure to violation of the emoluments clause though i believe it's a good thing . that's what our constitution says they should do. it's a good thing the courts are taking it seriously. cannot afford to have the office of the presidency of the united states corrupted for narrow, selfish means. president trump could easily, you want to be president? you give up all the stuff you own. every president does that. it's a blind trust, there are all kinds of ways to do it. this president seems to think he's chosen and measured by a
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different standard than everyone else. everyone else makes their tax returns public, he does not. everyone else divest themselves in any foreign business to avoid even the appearance of conflict, he does not. when the president says he wants to clean up the swamp when he goes to his rallies he gets cheered. one of those people cheering for?what he does worse than any president i know . we have learned the president is keen on his power. the president went so far as to to he has the absolute right, his words, to pardon himself. let me remind president trump a very simple fact. president trump, you do not have the right to pardon your self. no one in america is above the law. not even the president . especially the president .
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if the president did have the right to pardon himself, he could engage in blatant corruption, self-dealing without consequence. the president could violate the of all humans clause for example and simply exonerate himself from taking bribes foreign interests. clearly that's not what our framers intended. we've tried the presidency into a farce and american sdemocracy is frankly defunct. when the president says and to things like this, we have to be very clear about how wrong he is. we cannot allow the morality of this government , the shining example the founding fathers put together to just reseed . president trump is doing that on almost a daily basis.we need not just democrats, we need republicans and
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independents to stand up when he says things like that. i was glad to hear a number of my .republican colleagues say he doesn't have the power to pardon himself. i was proud of senator grassley who always teaches mind to talk about how wrong it was for the president to say you could pardon himself . orthe idea that the president can pardon anyone anytime de, himself included is antithetical to the idea of democracy . president trump, you are not came by another name . we hope the president will focus instead on the nation's business . ideal the floor and note the absence of a quorum . >> i rise today to sound the alarm about the president's decision to impose the terrorists on our trading partners . make no mistake, we are not as some of this ministration officials have suggested