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  • AT ANY MOMENT.

  • KRISTIN FISHER, THANK YOU.

  • >> Bill: A TIDAL WAVE OF

  • REACTION, AS YOU CAN EXPECT REAL

  • IT'S ART WITH JOE MANCHIN.

  • SENATOR, GOOD MORNING TO YOU.

  • >> GOOD MORNING, BILL.

  • HOW ARE YOU?

  • >> Bill: I'M FINE, THANK YOU

  • FOR YOUR TIME.

  • WHAT DO YOU EXPECT, SENATOR?

  • >> I'VE SAID THIS BEFORE, WE ARE

  • THE ONLY SUPERPOWER LEFT IN THE

  • WORLD.

  • TO BE A SUPERPOWER TAKES MORE

  • THAN JUST MILITARY MIGHT OR

  • SUPER FINANCIAL NIGHT.

  • IT TAKES SUPER DIPLOMACY.

  • I THINK NOW IS THE TIME FOR THE

  • PRESIDENT TO SHOW THE TRUE SUPER

  • DIPLOMACY THAT CAN BRING

  • EVERYBODY BACK TOGETHER AND CALM

  • THIS THING DOWN.

  • WE HAVE SO MANY TROOPS ON THE

  • FRONT LINES, SO MANY FAMILIES.

  • WE OWE THAT TO EVERYBODY TO DO

  • EVERYTHING WE CAN TO BRING AND

  • RATCHET THIS DOWN IF WE CAN.

  • WE ARE NOT GOING TO LET IRAN

  • HAVE IT SWAYED, IF YOU WILL.

  • ON THE OTHER HAND, WE HAVE TO

  • UNDERSTAND THAT THIS WAS NOT A

  • SURPRISE, THE ATTACK LAST NIGHT.

  • WE KNEW SOMETHING WAS COMING.

  • THEY TELEGRAPH THAT PRETTY

  • OPENLY.

  • THAT WAS THEIR MESSAGE, AND THEY

  • CAN SAVE FACE, DIPLOMACY SHOULD

  • NOW TAKE SHAPE SO WE CAN GET

  • BACK SOME TYPE OF DISCOURSE OR

  • SOME TYPE OF BASIC RE-STABILITY.

  • THAT WE CAN WORK, EVEN THOUGH WE

  • HAVE OUR DIFFERENCES COME

  • WITHOUT A FULL-BLOWN WAR.

  • >> Bill: IF YOU LOOK A LAW OF

  • THE

  • ENGLAND

  • OUT A LOT OF THE LANGUAGE, YOU

  • LOOK UP TO IT FROM PRESIDENT AND

  • THE FOREIGN MINISTER,

  • JAVAD ZARIF.

  • HE TALKED ABOUT TAKING MEASURES.

  • WHAT GIVES ME PAUSE IS WITH THE

  • AYATOLLAH SAID IN TEHRAN.

  • THAT REVENGE IS SOMETHING ELSE,

  • THIS WAS JUST A SLAP IN THE FACE

  • LAST NIGHT.

  • SO LANGUAGE IS IMPORTANT.

  • WHAT YOU TAKE FROM THAT?

  • SPEAK A LANGUAGE, BILL, IS

  • IMPORTANT ON BOTH SIDES.

  • OVER THEIR LANGUAGE IS VERY

  • IMPORTANT.

  • THEIR HONOR, HOW THEY TAKE

  • THINGS IN SUCH A PERSONAL WAY,

  • AND WANT REVENGE ON EVERYTHING.

  • WE HAVE TO LOOK AT IT FROM THE

  • STANDPOINT THAT WE ARE THE

  • SUPERPOWER OF THE WORLD.

  • WE ARE THE LEADERS OF THE WORLD.

  • WE ARE BASICALLY THE

  • PEACEKEEPERS OF THE WORLD, WE

  • HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THAT.

  • WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO STRIVE FOR

  • THAT.

  • BOTTOM LINE IS THAT AMERICA HAS

  • THE MIGHT TO DO WHAT IT NEEDS TO

  • DO IN ORDER TO BRING PEACE

  • ABOUT.

  • NOT JUST FROM A STANDPOINT OF

  • WHAT IRAN AND THE BAD ACTORS --

  • I DIDN'T VOTE FOR THE JCPOA.

  • I DIDN'T THINK IRAN WOULD EVER

  • KEEP ITS BARGAIN.

  • I WANT THE PRESIDENT TO SUCCEED.

  • I WANT HIM TO WORK WITH CONGRES

  • CONGRESS.

  • THE PRESIDENT HAS THE

  • RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT THIS

  • COUNTRY AND EVERY CITIZEN OF

  • THIS GREAT COUNTRY OF AMERICA OF

  • OURS.

  • HE ALSO DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT

  • TO TAKE US TO WAR WITHOUT

  • CONGRESS BEING INCLUDED IN THAT.

  • THAT'S WHAT WE ARE TALKING

  • ABOUT.

  • RIGHT NOW --

  • >> Bill: YOU ARE NOT

  • SUGGESTING WE ARE HEADED THAT

  • WAY, ARE YOU?

  • >> I'M NOT SUGGESTING THAT, AND

  • I SHOULD PRAY TO THE GOOD LORD

  • IT DOESN'T GO IN THAT DIRECTION.

  • BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT WE

  • KEEP TALKING ABOUT THE AUTHORITY

  • TO USE MILITARY FORCE.

  • IT NEEDS TO HAVE CONGRESS'

  • INVOLVEMENT IN THAT.

  • IT HASN'T BEEN DONE SINCE 2002

  • AFTER THE 9/11 ATTACK IN 2001.

  • WHETHER IT BE A DEMOCRAT OR

  • REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT, IT IS NOT

  • AGAINST THE PRESIDENT TRUMP.

  • I SAID THIS -- I PERSONALLY

  • LIKE PRESIDENT TRUMP, BUT I

  • LOVE MY COUNTRY AND I WOULD

  • THINK WE ARE THINKING ABOUT OUR

  • COUNTRY MORE THAN WE ARE --

  • WHETHER IT'S REPUBLICAN OR

  • DEMOCRAT OR YOU LIKE AND WHO YOU

  • DISLIKE.

  • THIS IS BIGGER THAN THAT.

  • >> Bill: DID YOU SUPPORT THE

  • KILLING OF SOLEIMANI LAST FRIDAY

  • MORNING?

  • >> THE BOTTOM LINE WAS THIS WAS

  • A BAD ACTOR.

  • THIS PERSON PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE

  • BEEN, FOR ALL PURPOSES, FROM A

  • WAR STANDPOINT, HOW HE HAS

  • RAISED WAR AGAINST AMERICANS AND

  • AMERICAN TROOPS, TAKEN OUT IN

  • SOME FASHION MANY, MANY YEARS

  • AGO.

  • THIS PERSON HAS BEEN AROUND AND

  • A BAD ACTOR FOR A LONG TIME.

  • YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING

  • BACK ON BOTH SIDES?

  • THE PRESIDENT HASN'T BEEN THAT

  • FOND OF INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES,

  • ALL OF THE SUDDEN THIS BECOMES

  • THE GOSPEL.

  • HOPEFULLY TODAY AT 2:00 WE WILL

  • BE ABLE TO FIND OUT WHAT THE --

  • >> Bill: THAT IS MY

  • UNDERSTANDING.

  • YOU HAVE NOT BEEN BRIEFED YET

  • BUT THAT WILL HAPPEN THIS

  • AFTERNOON?

  • >> OURS HAPPENS AT 2:00 TODAY.

  • WE HAVE ALL FOUR OF THE TOP

  • PEOPLE.

  • >> Bill: ONE LAST QUESTION ON

  • THAT.

  • SOME MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WERE

  • BRIEFED YESTERDAY.

  • HAVE YOU BEEN PRIVY TO ANY OF

  • THE INFORMATION THAT THEY WERE

  • GIVEN?

  • >> WE HAVE THE GANG OF EIGHT.

  • ON THAT LEVEL, THAT'S THE

  • PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT,

  • HIS INTELLIGENT STAFF.

  • BUT THEY ARE MEETING WITH THE

  • EIGHT LEADERS, DEMOCRATS AND

  • REPUBLICANS, THERE HAS TO BE

  • SOME CIVILITY.

  • THIS PARTISAN DIVIDE HAS TO

  • STOP, BILL.

  • WE CAN'T CONTINUE.

  • I'M AN AMERICAN PAID WHETHER I'M

  • A DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN, I'M AN

  • AMERICAN FIRST.

  • THIS IS WHAT THIS IS ABOUT.

  • PRESIDENT TRUMP IS MY PRESIDENT,

  • I WANT THEM TO SUCCEED.

  • ON THE OTHER HAND, I WANT THEM

  • TO UNDERSTAND THERE'S THREE

  • BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT AND WE

  • HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER.

  • >> Bill: SENATOR, THANK YOU.