WASHINGTON – United States Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) today joined Kudlow on the Fox Business Network to discuss the Biden Administration’s recent sanctions on China and the filibuster.
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Hagerty on Biden Administration’s China sanctions: “I’m glad they’re meeting, Larry, and I appreciate the fact that the Biden Administration’s finally stepped up and sanctioned these individuals. Look, China’s broken their promise to the international community yet again. This is not surprising and the Biden Administration started out on rather weak footing, when you think about it. They rejoined the WHO, they put us back into the Paris Climate Treaty, they killed the Keystone XL pipeline. China’s laughing all the way to the bank with this. I think the Biden administration can go further. You worked on this with President Trump, you got the executive authority in place right now to sanction the financial institutions that deal with these 24 individuals. I think they need to keep the pressure on. They need to let China know that we’re going to speak from a position of strength. And I hope that’s exactly what happens this week in Alaska.”
Hagerty on Huawei: “They need to keep the pressure on. I think you and I both agree on that. And particularly with respect to Huawei, we’ve got to keep the United States’ market clean. The Biden Administration has taken our clean network initiative off of the State Department’s website. I’ve inquired about this. Keeping our 5G network clean and clear is something that we’ve invested a tremendous amount of time in as a nation. We have now 200 telecom companies. We have over 60 nations that have signed up for our clean network initiative. Let’s not lose this brand value that we have in place. Let’s continue to get our allies to join with us and keep Huawei out of the entire network system around the globe.”
Hagerty on Huawei and the United Kingdom: “I hope not. You know, I remember sitting in your office, Larry, when you were in the White House, talking about the UK position on 5G. And after Boris Johnson contracted COVID-19, I noticed that he stepped up and said, no, we’re going to keep Huawei out of our system. They’re going to target to get Huawei out, I believe over the next couple of years. We certainly need to keep the UK strong right now and one of the ways to do that is to build a stronger economic relationship with the United Kingdom. I hope we’re able to get a trade agreement in place with them very soon. ”
Hagerty on the Senate Filibuster: “There should be no changes to the filibuster, Larry. What this is, plain and simple, is a power grab. It’s an outright power grab. You know, you look back just a couple of years ago and you had Leader Schumer, you had all of their leadership basically saying we should keep the filibuster, when the shoe was on the other foot. What they want to do is destroy it, and I’ll tell you it won’t happen. Certainly not the way they plan, because this is a 50-50 Senate. This is completely divided and Kamala Harris can’t fix this problem for them. No one knows better than Leader McConnell how to master the rules of the parliamentary procedure rules here in the Senate. He knows how to bring this to a halt. I don’t want to see this happen, I don’t want to see this happen to our nation, but the path that we’re going down is very, very treacherous indeed. ”