Transcript for 'Trump has no appreciation for diplomacy': Sen. Ben Cardin
And joining me now is the top Democrat on the senate foreign relations committee, senator Ben carton of Maryland. Good morning, senator. I know you support president trump's proclamation. You just saw James Longman there talk about the peace process. You saw those demonstrations. How is this good for peace process. First, Martha, good to be with you. Arizona been pointed out, jer us are slem the capital of Israel. In 1995, congress enacted a statute that said the same. The announcement itself is not ig that is news. The president should have done it in the right diplomatic way. There, he did not. It should have been done in way to add Vance the peace process for a two-state solution. Instead, the president made the announcement. Didn't take advantage of that in regards to the Israelis. And taufrd the Palestinians very little. I think it was a mistake. The manner in which he did it. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. He overturned decades and decades of U.S. Foreign policy. Other presidents said they want to do that. He's the only one who has. So now what? I have talked to many of the players in the Middle East. I think they knew this day was coming. I don't think it was a surprise. I think what is the surprise is the manner in which the president did it. He did not really open gauge all the players. As far as trying to move forward on the peace process. A country determines its own capital. Israel determined that Jerusalem is the capital. It's where the government facilities are located. It's the facts on the ground. Turkey's president says it is like throwing the region into a ring of fire. Jordan's king says it will provoke muslims and Christians alike. Our European allies are worried. Others saying it will send us back to darker times than the ones we are already living in. What would you say to them? You don't like way president trump did this. What do you do to fix it? Well, Martha, we have seen this in so many places in the world. Where Mr. Trump has no appreciation for dip loam pip we see it in the budget. With the state department's budget. Personnel decision being made. The president is damage LG America's national security and standing in the world with his inability to use diplomacy in the right way. There was a right way of doing this. And the president, to date, has not shown his understanding of the the importance of diplomacy. I want to move back home to claim capitol hill. To your colleague senator franking who stepped down. After more than 30 democratic senators called for his resignation. You were not one of them. Why not? I let senator Franken make his own descisiondecision. It was clear as he pointed out, he could not defend himself and represent the people of Minnesota in the manner of which they were entitled. He made his own decision. I think it was the right decision. Moving forward, it's clear that this type of behavior is not appropriate. We now have a chance, I hope the people of Alabama will speak with a clear voice, that a person like Mr. Moore has no place in the United States senate. The Republicans were speaking that language before the last cup of weeks now it look like are more concerned about having a vote in the senate rather than who occupies that seat. Soy hope that the American people understand that this type of behavior will not be allowed. Quickly. If Roy Moore wins, should there be an ethics investigation? Do you trust that process in congress? Well, you know, clearly, the ethics committee is the place in which we make our decisions as to qualifications for people. Staying in the senate. And for any penalties that may be imposed. I hope we don't have to reach that point. I hope the people of Alabama on Tuesday will do the right thing and reject Mr. Moore and what he stands for. There's a new quinnipiac poll out this week that says 70% of Americans say congress should investigate sexual harassment allegations against president trump. Do you agree? There's a limit as to what the congress can do in investigating a president's conduct. Most of it falls under the impeachment clause. There's major concerns expressed by many of us as to the behavior of president trump. And -- including the episodes involving the tapes that we have heard during the campaign. So, there's clearly concerns that we have. The American people, of course, heard that and elected him president of the United States. I think the important thing moving forward is to make sure that the president trump that we have accountability for actions in office. Thank you very much for joining us this morning senator. Thank you.
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