Congressman Bryan Steil returns from Israel

Congressman Bryan Steil returns from Israel


ADRIENNE: TODAY ON “UPFRONT,”
CONGRESSMAN BRYAN STEIL. THE WISCONSIN REPUBLICAN JUST
BACK FROM ISRAEL
DO YOU THINK THE COUNTRY
SHOULD BAN THEM? DO YOU AGREE WITH THAT DECISION? WE HAVE A LOT TO TALK ABOUT
INCLUDING GUN LAWS, THE ECONOMY. WE ARE LOWERING BARRIERS TO
TRADE. ADRIENNE: AND I’LL ASK THE
CONGRESSMAN ABOUT THE
PRESIDENT’S HARSH WORDS FOR HIS
FRIEND AND PREDECESSOR PAUL
RYAN
PRESIDENT TRUMP: HE DID NOT KNOW WHAT HE WAS DOING. ADRIENNE: PLUS, 2020 IS AN
ELECTION YEAR FOR THE WISCONSIN
SUPREME COURT.>>THEY ARE REALLY, REALLY
CONCERNED WE HAVE JUDGES THAT
ARE ACTING LIKE POLITICIANS. ADRIENNE: TODAY WE’RE TALKING
WITH CANDIDATE JUDGE JILL
KAROFSKY. THEN, FIGHTING FOR WISCONSIN. WE ARE AN ACTIVE
CONVERSATIONS WITH FOLKS ABOUT
WHO THEY ARE SUPPORTING. ADRIENNE: HOW DEMOCRATIC
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES ARE
ALREADY COURTING WISCONSIN
OFFICIALS FOR THEIR
ENDORSEMENTS. ♪♪
TAKING ON THE ISSUES
IMPORTANT TO WISCONSIN. THIS IS “UPFRON,” WITH YOUR
HOST ADRIENNE PEDERSEN. ADRIENNE: THANK YOU FOR JOINING
US. REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN BRYAN
STEIL, ALONG WITH 70 OTHER
MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, JUST
RETURNED FROM A TRIP TO ISRAEL. YOU’RE LOOKING AT PICTURES FROM
THE VISIT. HE MET WITH THE PRIME MINISTER
AND VISITED THE NEW U.S. EMBASSY
IN JERUSAL
CONGRESSMAN STEIL JOINS US NOW
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. CONGRESSMAN STYLE: THANKS FOR
HAVING ME ON. ADRIAN: — ADRIENNE I WANT TO
TALK ABOUT YOUR TRIP IN A
MINUTE, BUT FIRST THERE’S NEWS
ABOUT THE ECONOMY WE HAVE TO GET
TO
CHINA IMPOSED TARIFFS ON $75 BILLION OF U.S. IMPORTS. HOW DO YOU THINK THIS IS
AFFECTING WISCONSINITES? CONGRESSMAN STEI THE PRESIDENT
HAS BROUGHT THE COUNTRY TO THE
TABLE TO ADVOCATE FOR BETTER
TRADE DEALS FOR AMERICAN
FARMERS. I THINK A KEY STEP TO TH IS
PASSING USMCA, AND AFTER 2.0. THERE ARE GREAT WINS FOR
AMERICAN WORKERS AND FARMERS. WE NEED STRIKE TRADE
AGREEMENTS WITH OUR ALLIES,
CANADA AND MEXICO, STRIKE TRADE
AGREEMENTS WITH THE EUROPEAN
UNION, AND PIVOT A ADDRESS
CHINA, WHO HAS BEEN A HANDFUL IN TRADE OR THE PAST HANDFUL OF
YEARS. ADRIENNE: IN THE MEANTIME, IS
THIS HURTING WORKERS HERE? CONGRESSMAN STEI IT HAS A HUGE
IMPACT ON THE U.S. ECONOMY,
ABSOLUTELY, BUT WITH A PRESIDENT
HAS DONE IS BROUGHT COUNTRIES
BACK TO THE TABLE SO WE CAN
NEGOTIATE BETTER TRADE DEALS AND IN PARTICULAR, CHINA
HAS BEEN A CULPRIT, BUT WE ARE
BRINGING THEM BACK TO THE TABLE. WE NEED TO GET TO A SPOT WHERE
WE ARE LOWERING THESE BARRIERS
TO TRADE. THE SOONER WE DO THAT, THE
BETTER OFF WE WILL BE. ADRIENNE: WE HAVE BEEN HEARING A
LOT OF TALK ABOUT A POTENTIAL
RECESSION. CONGRESSMAN STEIL: DO YOU THINK
WE ARE HEADED THEIR?CONGRESSMAN
STEIL: MY FOCUS IS ON THE — DO
YOU THINK WE ARE HEADED THERE? CONGRESSMAN STEIL: MY FOCUS AS A
POLICY MAKER IS TO GROW JOBS AND
GROW WAGES. THE FOCUS FROM A POLICY MAKERS
PERSPECTIVE, HOW DO WE PUT IN
PLACE POLICIES THAT ENCOURAGE
INVESTMENT AND CONTINUE GROWTH
IN OUR ECONOMY? ADRIENNE HOW DO YOU THINK THAT
IS GOING IN WISCONSIN? CONGRESSMAN STEI WE HAVE SEEN
SPECTACULAR GROWTH, BUT WE ARE
NOT DONE YET. PARTICULARLY FROM TH CORRIDOR
FROM THE AIRPORT DOWN TO THE
STATE LIN YOU SEE COMPANIES
THAT HAVE BEEN HERE FOR A LONG
TIME THAT ARE EXPANDING AND NEW
COMPANIES COMING IN AND TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE BEST WORK OR’S
ANYWHERE AROUND THE GLOBE. ADRIENNE SOMETHING OF BIG WE
NEED TO TALK ABOUT, GUN LAWS. SENATOR RON JOHNSON SAID LAST
WEEK HE DOES NOT THINK MUCH WILL
CHANGE. YOU AGREE WITH THAT? CONGRESSMAN STEI I THINK WE
HAVE A REAL PROBLEM ON OUR HANDS
WITH THE TRAGEDIES WE HAVE SEEN
IN THE NEWS RECENTLY. ONE AREA WE CAN COME TOGETHER AS
ADDRESSING MENTAL HEALTH. A COUPLE WEEKS BEFORE THE MOST
RECENT TRAGEDIES OCCURRD, I
HELD A SESSION IN RACIN
TALKING ABOUT HOW ARE WE GOING
TO TIE IN MENTAL HEALTH INTO OUR
SCHOOLS? THE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT IS A
LEADER IN THAT AREA. THERE ARE AREAS WE SHOULD BE
ABLE TO COME TOGETHER, DEMOCRATS
AND REPUBLICANS, AND THE AREA OF
MENTAL HEALTH IS ONE OF THOSE
AREAS WE SHOULD SEE, HOPEFULLY,
A LOT OF CHANGE. ADRIENNE WHAT ABOUT A RED FLAG
LAW AND UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND
CHECKS? CONGRESSMAN STEI I AM OPEN TO
REVIEWING ANY LEGISLATION. I THINK WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE
ARE PROTECTING CONSTITUTIONAL
RIGHT. ADRIENNE: THAT IS SOMETHING
PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BEEN WORRIED
ABOUT, PROTECTING CONSTITUTIONAL
RIGHTS. HE SUPPORTS BACKGROUND CHECKS,
BUT IT IS A SLIPPERY SLOPE WITH
THE SECOND AMENDMENT. DO YOU THINK IT CAN BE BOTH? STRICT GUN CONTROL AND PROTECT
THE SECOND AMENDMENT? CONGRESSMAN STEIL: I THINK WHERE
THERE IS UNANIMOUS AGREEMENT IN
PARTICULAR IS WHERE IT RELATES
TO MENTAL HEALTH. I WAN TO PLAN TO CONTINUE TO
WORK ON THAT DURING MY TERM. ADRIENNE I WANT TO TALK ABOUT
YOUR TRIP TO ISRAEL. YOU GOT BACK RECENTL WITH 70
MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. WHAT SURPRISED YOU, OR WHAT DID
YOU LEARN? CONGRESSMAN STEIL:
WALKING UP AND SEEING ISRAEL’S
UNIQ SECURITY SITUATION,
OVERLOOKING THE LAWN HEIGHT AND
SYRIA, SEEING WHERE THERE WERE TRADITIONALLY SYRIAN MILITARY
POSITIONS, FOLLOWED BY ISIS, NOW
THERE ARE OTHER TERRORIST
ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS HEZBOLLAH
OPPOSITE THE BORDER OF ISRAEL. IT CEMENTS THE UNDERSTANDING OF
THE UNIQUE SECURITY SITUATION
ISRAEL FINDS ITSELF IN, WHICH
FURTHER CEMENTS OUR IMPORTANCE
OF OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH ISRAEL,
STANDING WITH ONE OF OUR GREATEST ALLIES AND A BEGIN OF
DEMOCRACY IN THE MIDDLE EAST. ADRIENNE: AND OF COURSE, YOU
KNOW THERE WERE 70 CONGRESS
MEMBERS THAT WENT, THE THING
THAT MADE THE NATIONAL HEADLINES
WERE THE TWO TIMES A DESK TO —
TWO WHO DID NOT GO. YOU WERE SAYING THEY SHOULD HAVE
GONE ON THE TRIP IN THE FIRST
PLACE, BUT ISRAEL ENDED UP
BANNING THEM FROM THE COUNTRY. DO YOU AGREE WITH THAT DECISION? CONGRESSMAN STEI ALL FRESHMEN
WERE INVITED TO ATTEND THE TRIP
THAT I JOINED. 70 MEMBERS EXCEPT THAT
INVITATION. 40 DEMOCRATS, 30 REPUBLICANS. I THINK IT WAS A MISSED
OPPORTUNITY NOT TO ATTEND. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT FOR
POLICYMAKERS TO HEAR FIRSTHAND
NOT ONLY FROM PRIME MINISTER
BENJAM NETANYAHU OF ISRAEL,
BUT ALSO THE PALESTINIAN
LEADERSHIP AND BE ABLE TO ASK DIRECT QUESTIONS AND PROD AND
SEE WHERE THERE ARE AREAS THAT
WE CAN MAKE PROGRESS ON. I THINK IT WAS A MISSED
OPPORTUNITY, BUT EVERYBODY GETS
TO MAKE THE CHOICES FOR
THEMSELVES. ADRIENNE: AND EVEN THOUGH YOU
THINK THEY SHOULD HAVE COME ON
THE TRIP IF THEY WANTED TO GO TO
ISRAEL, DO YOU THINK THE COUNTRY
SHOULD BAN THEM? DO YOU AGREE WITH THAT DECISION? CONGRESSMAN STEIL: ANY COUNTRY
CAN MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHO
DOES OR DOES NOT ENTER, SO I AM
NOT COMMENTING ON THAT, BUT IT
WAS A MISSED OPPORTUNITY TO NOT
ATTEND THE BROADER BIPARTISAN TRIP. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ISRAEL,
THE UNITED STATES, AND FOREIGN
POLICY IN GENERAL SHOULD NOT BE
PARTISAN. WE SHOULD BE SETTING
PARTISANSHIP ASIDE AND LOOKING
AT WHAT IS IN THE BEST INTERESTS
OF THE UNITED STATES. ADRIENNE: I HAVE NOT SEEN YOU IN
PERSON SIN PRESIDENT
TRUMP CALLED PAUL RYAN BABY
LAST MONTH. AND THAT WAS IN REACTION TO PAUL
RYAN ALLEGEDLY SAYING THAT THE
PRESIDENT DID NOT KNOW ANYTHING
ABOUT GOVERNMENT. YOU ARE FRIENDL WITH PAUL RYAN,
YOU WORKED FOR HIM AND TOOK OVER
HIS POSITION. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THE
PRESIDENT’S COMMENTS? CONGRESSMAN STEIL: SOME OF THE
RHETORIC WE SEE ON BOTH SIDES OF
THE AISLE DOES NOT HELP IN TERMS
OF POLICIES AND TRANSFORMATIONAL
CHANGE THAT O COUNTRY
REQUIRES. I HAVE THE UTMOST RESPECT PAUL
RYAN, BUT WHAT I SEE ACROSS THE
BOARD RIGHT NOW, DEMOCRATS AND
REPUBLICANS, THERE IS A TYPE OF
RHETORIC THAT IS N HELPFUL TO
ACTUALLY GETTING SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEMS WE ARE FACING. ADRIENNE: DO YOU THINK WHEN 2020
ROLLS AROUND THAT WISCONSIN
VOTERS ESPECIALLY REPUBLICANS,
WILL REMEMBER THOSE COMMENTS? WILL THAT HAVE ANY EFFECT ON
THEIR VOTE? CONGRESSMAN STEIL:
THERE IS SO MUCH NOISE GOING ON
RIGHT NOW THAT IT IS FRUSTRATING
EVERYBODY. THEY WISH PEOPLE WOULD FOCUS IN
ON POLICIES. I THINK WE WOULD ALL BE BETTER
OFF IF WE DID THAT. ADRIENNE: ONE MORE THING I WANT
TO ASK Y TOO, WE HAD FORMER
DEMOCRATIC FOR GOVERNOR JOSS
PAID — JOSH PAD ON THE SHOW
LAST WEEK. HE WANTS TO TRY TO UNSEAT YOU. WHAT IS YOUR REACTION? CONGRESSMAN STEIL: THE POLITICS
CAN WAIT FOR TOMORROW. THE POLICY NEEDS TO BE PUT IN
PLACE AND I CAN COME FORWARD TO
THE VOTERS LATER AND SAY HEY,
THIS IS A JOB INTERVIEW. DO YOU LIKE THE JOB I HA DONE,
YES OR NO? LET’S NOT START WITH THAT. I AM FOCUSING ON DOING MY JOB,
DELIVERING ON MY COMMITMENT THAT
I MADE IN THE PREVIOUS CAMPAIGN,
AND THAT IS WHERE I AM AT. ADRIENNE: CONGRESSMAN STYLE,
THANK YOU. WISCONSIN VOTERS WILL CHOOSE A
SUPREME COURT JUSTICE NEXT YEAR. COMING UP, GET TO KNOW ONE OF
THE CANDIDATES, JUDGE JILL
KAROFSKY

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4 thoughts on “Congressman Bryan Steil returns from Israel

  1. Israel has universal health care and college while we subsidize their apartheid state and deny the same for our citizens. Nice.. Good for us

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