Senior Tammy Duckworth (USA), the only candidate for suspected Democratic candidate Joe Biden on the list of vice presidents with military combat experience, said she believed intelligence showing Russia was contributing to U.S. military leaders was “Very reliable”. – to directly refute President Donald Trump’s statement about “fake news”.
“He continues to keep Vladimir Putin’s word above his own intelligence community,” she told ABC News political director Rick Klein on Wednesday in a Powerhouse Politics podcast. “I just don’t know why he continues to put our opponent above our own people.”
Duckworth sits in the Senate armed services and quotes briefings for senators, adding that the move “will be in line with the actions of our opponents.”;
In a brief interview, Axios said he had “never discussed” this phone conversation with the Russian president last week and, pressing why he didn’t raise it, said: “It was a phone call to discuss other things and, in fact, it’s a problem that many people said it was fake news. “
Duckworth, a former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, is urging the Army Department to investigate whether any deaths or injuries to the U.S. military in Afghanistan in the past two years have been “bail-related.”
Before entering politics, Duckworth in 2004 He deployed to Iraq, losing both legs and using his right hand when a manned Blackhawk helicopter was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.
Her urgency in this regard stems from her own years of service, but as the former vice president found her lead buddy, her authority allowed her to be on the list of women who intend to be vice president.
If she served as Biden’s second commanding team, Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart, would likely rely on her background. However, the senator does not disclose when he last spoke to Biden or his ongoing process.
“I can’t say if I talked to him,” she said, adding that their “roads cross” at events. “I want to do everything I need to do to serve my people. … Some girls get into the drumming squad, I – behind the line ‘you need to serve your country.'”
Biden is expected to meet with contenders at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, as the final step in a process aggravated by a coronavirus, before making a decision he says he plans to make by next week. But Duckworth said he was confident the Biden team would “do everything it can to protect the health and well-being of everyone involved.”
Duckworth is among an even smaller group of women with personal ties to the Biden family, which evolved in the year she introduced the late Biden son Beau in 2008. In the Democratic National Congress.
“It was an incredibly nervous rampage,” she said in a four-year meeting before adding, “it made me feel so patriotic.”
Their relationship continued to develop as she worked in the Obama administration as an assistant secretary in the Department of Veterans Affairs, where she said she and Biden and Jill Biden “crossed the road many times” because they focused on veterans.
“Over the years, I have learned and become acquainted with this military family and their devotion to our veterans and the military currently serving. I am very proud to have known Biden all these years,” she continued.
With less than 100 days to go, Duckworth was shocked by the president’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying he had “failed to resolve” the crisis, which she said exacerbated the problems in her hometown of Chicago.
“We can be so better,” she said. “But this president has so badly disrupted our nation’s response to this pandemic, I think, ‘magical thinking,'” as he said, or ‘miraculously disappearing’ doesn’t work. ”
During a pandemic, Duckworth doubles the roles of senator and working mother to two daughters – a reality that has been given more prominence in some of its legislative priorities.
“I’ve always been a supporter of childcare and universal pre-K, for example. And the last four and a half, five months have shown me how much we really need it in this country. I can fly helicopters, but I’m not equipped to teach reading for 5 years. “She said.
As the party discusses whether schools should be refurbished, Trump continues to urge students and teachers to return to classrooms, even if virus cases continue to spread in more than two dozen states.
For his part, Duckworth spoke to very heavy parents in 22 countries across the country.
“You don’t want to ruin your kids. But on the other hand, I don’t want her to catch COVID-19,” she said. “So it’s really very hard for working families who are barely hanging out.”
The junior senator is working to get Congress to develop a child care plan and implement universal preschool research and other tests during the outbreak. She also said she prioritized “significant” school funding and renewal guidelines in another coronavirus relief law.
Asked about another confrontation with the White House – Trump’s threats to send federal officials to Chicago – Duckworth said she would “gladly look into” if agents work “in collaboration” with the mayor and local law enforcement.
But Duckworth opposed clashes in Portland, Oregon, between federal agents’ tactics and protesters, calling it “simply unacceptable” and suggested that the president was not acting in a purely political manner.
“They are taking peaceful protesters out of the streets, driving into unmarked vans and leaving,” she said. “In Portland, something is not right: the president continues to politicize a wide variety of institutions, whether law enforcement or federal agencies, for his own benefit.”