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Franken Talks Transportation, Trump & Foreign Policy

Franken Talks Transportation, Trump & Foreign Policy


CONTINUE TO STAY WITH WCCO FOR MORE COVERAGE OF THE FORT LAUDERDALE AIRPORT SHOOTING. PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP CAMPAIGNED ON THE PROMISE TO REPAIR THE COUNTRY’S CRUMBLING BRIDGES AND ROADS. TRUMP PLANS TO SUBMIT A $1 TRILLION INFRASTRUCTURE PROPOSAL IN HIS FIRST 100 DAYS IN OFFICE. SENATOR AL FRANKEN MET MINNESOTA’S TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE AND OTHER EXPERTS YESTERDAY TO EXPLORE POSSIBLE FEDERAL INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES. SENATOR FRANKEN HAS WRITTEN A RECENT COLUMN SAYING THERE’S A LOT OF UNCERTAINTY IN WASHINGTON ABOUT A TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. HE DISAGREES WITH ALMOST EVERYTHING DONALD TRUMP STANDS FOR BUT WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT TO DELIVER FOR HIS MINNESOTA CONSTITUENTS AND SENATOR FRANKEN JOINS US RIGHT NOW. THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU. IF HE DOES INVEST IN FRACTURE, I DO SUPPORT THAT. DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS BUT I HAVE ALWAYS FELT THAT INFRASTRUCTURE IS ONE OF THE PILLARS OF PROSPERITY ALONG WITH EDUCATION AND INNOVATION, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, SO THAT’S WHY WE’RE MEETING YESTERDAY, CHARLIE ZELLE, THE HEAD OF MN DOT WAS THERE. LET ME ASK ABOUT THE COLUMN YOU WROTE. A LOT OF PEOPLE THOUGHT IF HILLARY CLINTON WAS ELECTED, CERTAINLY SENATOR FRANKEN WOULD HAVE A PIPELINE FOR THE WORK YOU DID CAMPAIGNING FOR HER. CAN YOU REALLY DELIVER FOR YOUR MINNESOTA CONSTITUENTS UNDER A TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WITH A REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF NOT JUST THE HOTS BUT THE SENATE, TOO — HOUSE BUT THE SENATE TOO. WHEN WE DO THESE TRANSPORTATION BILLS, WE DID ONE LAST YEAR, A FIVE-YEAR TRANSPORTATION BILL, THOSE ARE ADMINISTERED IN A WAY WHERE IT’S PRETTY EQUALLY DOLLED OUT. WE DON’T HAVE EARMARKS ANYMORE. I THINK THAT I TRUST THAT ELAINE CHOW, WHO HAS BEEN NOMINATED TO BE THE TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY. SHE’S A RESPONSIBLE PERSON, AND INFRASTRUCTURE, I’M NOT WORRIED ABOUT THAT GETTING TOO. HOW ABOUT THE OTHER ISSUES, OBAMACARE, WILL YOU BE ABLE TO PUSH FOR THE THINGS YOU HAVE WORKED HARD FOR OVER THE PAST NUMBER OF YEARS. OBVIOUSLY, RIGHT NOW, REPUBLICANS ARE ABOUT TO VOTE TO REPEAL OBAMACARE WITHOUT REPLACING IT. AND I THINK THAT’S IRRESPONSIBLE, AND WE’RE BEGINNING TO HEAR FROM REPUBLICAN SENATORS PRETTY CONSERVATIVE ONES, TOM COTTON OF ARKANSAS, RAND PAUL OF KENTUCKY, BOTH STATES WHICH ACCEPTED THE EXPANDED MEDICAID WHO ARE SAYING DON’T DO THIS. IF WE’RE GOING TO REPEAL IT, WE HAVE TO HAVE SOMETHING TO REPLACE IT RIGHT AWAY, AND THAT’S WHAT I’M SAYING, AND, YOU KNOW, IT’S 48-52, AND IF WE HAVELAND PAUL AND WE HAVE TOM COTTON, WE’RE ONE AWAY FROM BEING ABLE TO MAYBE STOPPING THIS REPEAL. IT’S IRRESPONSIBLE. I THINK WE NEED TO AMEND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND I’VE MET WITH THIS WEEK, ALSO MET WITH HERE IN MINNESOTA WITH HEALTH CARE ADVOCATES FROM ALL AROUND THE STATE. I’M COCHAIR OF THE RURAL HEALTH CAUCUS. THIS IS VERY MUCH HURT RURAL HOSPITALS. THIS MORNING, WE HAVE VIDEO OF YOU, A HUNDRED MINNESOTA AIR FORCE RESERVISTS BEING DEPLOYED TO SOUTHWEST ASIA. TO CUTTER, YEAH. GIVEN THE CURRENT SITUATION WITH PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP, HIS SUPPORT FOR VLADIMIR PUTIN, REVELATIONS THAT VLADIMIR PUTIN DIRECTED THE HACKING OF THE DNC, IN TERMS OF WHERE WE SIT WITH OUR MILITARY DEPLOYED OVERSEAS, ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT THE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, AND ARE YOU CONCERNED OR HAVE ANY THOUGHTS ABOUT A POSSIBLE TRUMP FOREIGN POLICY. WELL, I JUST SAW OFF 170 OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR FINEST, OUR BEST, AND THEIR FAMILIES WERE THERE AS WELL THIS MORNING. YOU KNOW, WHAT THE RUSSIANS ARE DOING IN SYRIA, I THINK, IS A TRAVESTY, AND I WORRY A LITTLE BIT LITTLE BIT ABOUT TRUMP’S RELATIONSHIP WITH RUSSIA AND WITH PUTIN. WHEN HE SAID HE HAD A SECRET PLAN FOR SYRIA, AND FOR ISIS, I HOPE IT ISN’T THAT THEY’RE JUST GOING TO TEAM UP WITH RUSSIA THERE. WE HAVE SEEN ENORMOUS HUMAN TRAGEDY THERE IN SYRIA. HE’S TEAMED UP WITH ASSAD. THIS IS PUTIN. AND I AM WORRIED ABOUT OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH RUSSIA AND I’M ACTUALLY WORRIED ABOUT THE PRESIDENT-ELECT’S RELATIONSHIP WITH RUSSIA IN TERMS OF FINANCIALLY. HE DID NOT RELEASE HIS TAX RETURNS. AND WE DON’T KNOW WHETHER THERE ARE BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS, RELATIONSHIPS IN TERMS OF THEM PROVIDING CAPITAL FOR HIS BUSINESSES. IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE WE’RE GOING TO GET THAT. IT DOESN’T, BUT I REALLY DO THINK THAT WE NEED TO BE INVESTIGATING POSSIBLE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST BETWEEN THE TRUMP BUSINESS AND OUR FOREIGN POLICY. BECAUSE OUR MEN AND WOMEN SHOULDN’T BE THROWN INTO ANYTHING BECAUSE TO PROTECT DONALD TRUMP’S BOTTOM LINE.

1 comment on “Franken Talks Transportation, Trump & Foreign Policy

  1. i love you, and Franny, Al! Thank you for standing up for US!!! YOU help make Minnesota great! i sure wish Wellstone and his family wouldn't have perished! you and Paul would have kicked trumps' ASS!

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