Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” former Obama HUD Secretary Julián Castro warned that “the greatest threat to our national security” was President Donald Trump “damaging” America’s relationships with foreign countries. Partial transcript as follows: STEPHANOPOULOS: You laid out your experience. One thing you don’t have is foreign policy experience. What do you see now as the greatest threat to our national security today and what qualifies you to take it on? CASTRO: Well, I—I believe that today the greatest threat to our national security is the fact that this president, as one of your previous guests has said, is damaging the relationships that we’ve had in place in the post-World War II era, whether it’s NATO or other alliances with individual countries, that have kept us safer. The first thing that I would do if I were president, with regard to our relationships around the world, is to strengthen them. Because those alliances have helped keep us safe. It’s also true that today being—being the strongest country, being the safest country, I think requires more diplomatic efforts than ever. Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
Sen. Linsdey Graham (R-SC) met with President Donald Trump over lunch on Sunday and suggested a new deal in which the president would renew 700,000 work permits in exchange for $5 billion towards border security.
Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) during an appearance on “Sunday Morning Futures” on Fox News Channel argued Democrats support border security when it is done “in a smart way.” Instead of a wall at the border, Cicilline suggested using the best technology available to protect the border, which he said would be a better use of taxpayers’ money. “Democrats support border security,” Cicilline told host Maria Bartiromo. “We appropriated in the last two years $1.6 billion for border security, and Democrats support that. We just think it should be done in a smart way — use technology, use sensors, use drones, use more personnel; use it in a way that’s effective.” “Let’s secure the borders in a cost-effective way, using the best technology that will keep our borders safe,” he added. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
Democrats are looking to recreate a deal made earlier this year in an omnibus spending bill that President Trump signed, now saying they will budget $1.6 billion for border security measures that do not actually fund the building of a border wall.