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Politics Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer: Trump 'has made a mess of foreign policy'

17:50  05 january  2020
17:50  05 january  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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"Let's face it, this president has made a mess of foreign policy. North Korea, they're much stronger than they were when he started. In Syria, he messed up, every encounter he has with (Russian President Vladimir) Putin he loses," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on ABC's "This Week."

"So I am really worried," he added, saying that this was why Congress needs to assert itself.

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Soleimani, the leader of Iran's elite Quds Force, was killed Thursday in an U.S. airstrike in Iraq, carried out at President Donald Trump's direction. The Pentagon has already announced that it would deploy 3,500 troops to the region in response to rising tensions.

Moving to the topic of impeachment, Schumer said that when the articles come to the Senate, the focus would be on convincing four Republican senators to vote with the Democrats.

"McConnell will not go for a fair trial. You can't have a fair trial without witnesses and documents, particularly those who were right at the scene of the charges," he said.

"I hope, pray and believe there's a decent chance that four Republicans will join us," Schumer added. "If they do we will have a fair trial."

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Those emails include one from August in which White House budget official Michael Duffey told the Pentagon the freeze on aid to Ukraine was at the "clear direction of POTUS."

Schumer said that the email leak raised questions that could only be answered by calling Duffey and others to testify on the Senate floor Friday.

"These developments are a devastating blow to Leader McConnell's push without the documents and witnesses we've requested," he said. "Each revelation mounts additional pressure on the members of this chamber to seek the whole truth."

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Recently two moderate Republicans have echoed calls for witnesses and some of Democrats' criticisms.

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