Perdue praises president for ‘re-engaging with the rest of the world’ and championing national sovereignty
Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) said that President Donald Trump is “re-engaging with the rest of the world” in the right way by promoting national sovereignty in his Tuesday speech at the U.N. General Assembly, despite the “caterwauling” from the Left.
Perdue, speaking Wednesday on “The Laura Ingraham Show,” said he was “very excited” about the president’s speech because he balanced national sovereignty with strengthening relationships with U.S. allies and promoting fair-trade deals that level the playing field. Noting that many mainstream media members and Democrats were upset with Trump’s U.N. speech and the case he made for national sovereignty, he said that Trump is “going to get us going in the right direction.”
“Anytime I hear Democrats caterwauling, I know our president has struck a nerve,” the Georgia senator said. “This president is re-engaging with the rest of the world, doing two things: One, he’s telling our allies that we’re going to be there for them. But more importantly, he’s telling the other people, who are doing nefarious things, what’s important to America.”
“And these trade conversations — look, world poverty is down by two-thirds since 1965,” Perdue added. “But in America, our poverty rate hasn’t moved an inch. And one big reason for that is that our trade deals have been so one-sided and misguided. This president gets it.”
Although Trump may never earn the approval of liberals and global elites, the senator said the president’s policies and ensuing actions offer many reasons for the U.S. to hope.
“It’s time now. This president knows that it’s time now to get to some degree, you know, to get our economy going. And this job war right now and getting a level playing field with the rest of the world is one of the best ways to do it,” he said. “I’m very excited about this speech in the U.N. yesterday for several reasons. But this thing about trade is really, really going to get us going in the right direction.”
Perdue also highlighted the United States’ desperate need to repeal and replace Obamacare — a fight that Senate Republicans repeatedly lost in their failures to corral at least 50 senators into agreement in support of a bill. Pointing to the recently introduced Graham-Cassidy Senate bill, he said that although he has concerns about the weak bill that doesn’t fully repeal or replace Obamacare, it “looks like about as good of a deal as we’re going to get.”
“In my opinion, at this point, given the terrible nature of the structure of Obamacare, and given that we’ve failed a couple weeks ago, several weeks ago, in repealing Obamacare, it’s very difficult to get a perfect solution,” Perdue said. “I’m afraid that this bill is the only thing standing between us and single payer. And that’s a real concern.”
A string of progressive senators led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced a “Medicare for All” bill last week that would institute a European-style, single-payer health care system. And a clean repeal and replace bill failed to garner enough support in the Senate throughout the summer.
“Honestly in the Senate, the Senate failed doing that. And three chairmen — and I want everybody to know this — three chairmen of the Republican Caucus voted against what leadership said that we needed to do, and that’s repeal and replace Obamacare,” Perdue said. “So here we are in the 11th hour, and we’ve got to get this done — even if we get this done, it’s got to be done by the end of next week.”
“Given that we started with Obamacare, any one of these solutions — given that you can’t repeal 100 percent of it under the rules of the Senate because you’re never going to get a Democrat to vote for that — this looks like about as good of a deal as we’re going to get short of having a debate with Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on the single-payer health care system,” he added.
And as Republicans in Congress continue to struggle against the Democrats to reach an immigration reform deal and a solution for the 690,000 illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, Perdue argued that stopping chain migration, instituting merit-based immigration and fighting for border-wall funding must be permitted in exchange for amnesty for those immigrants.
“You’ve got to stop the chain migration. I mean, my goodness — the wall has got to be there. We’ve got to find a way,” Perdue said. “This is a precept that got this president elected. We’re not going to stop fighting for that. It’s a national security issue.”
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