• “The strategic decision Kim Jong-un is operating through is that he will do whatever he can to keep a deliverable nuclear weapons capability and to develop and enhance it further. Under current circumstances, he will never give up the nuclear weapons voluntarily.”—Former national security adviser John Bolton.
  • “Existentially, we look at China as our greatest threat from an intelligence perspective, and they succeeded significantly in the last decade from stealing our best and brightest technology.”–William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence & Security Center.
  • “He tells me what he wants, he asks me what he can get from us.”–Polish President Andrzej Duda, on his relationship with President Donald Trump.
  • “(The U.S.) must always have the backs of our allies, if we expect them to have our back. … Leaving them to die is a big mistake.”–Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, in response to President Trump’s decision to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria.
  • “This is simply about a phone conversation that could not have been nicer, warmer or better. No pressure at all.”—President Donald Trump, on his controversial conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
  • “(Trump) wanted an investigation into a seriously conflicted former vice president of the United States who damaged the reputation of the United States in Ukraine.”–Rudy Giuliani.
  • “To impeach any president over a phone call like this would be insane.”–Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
  • “I believe the whistleblower is operating in good faith. I think the whistleblower did the right thing.”–Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire.
  • “(Pompeo) should immediately cease intimidating (State) Department witnesses in order to protect himself and the president.”—Joint statement from three House Committee chairmen: Adam Schiff, Intelligence; Eliot Engel, Foreign Affairs; and Elijah Cummings, Oversight.
  • “(He has) undermined our national security, our Constitution and our electoral system. … Sometimes I think (Trump) is having a limbo contest with himself, to see how low he can go in his rhetoric.”–House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
  • “With what we know, the president’s actions warrant impeachment.”—Former Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake.
  • “It is Trump’s brazenness and shamelessness that make the argument for impeachment and removal that much stronger.”–Daniel Larison, the American Conservative.
  • “We won the Mueller probe. I tell you what. If Mueller was a war, this is a skirmish.”–Jay Sekulow, one of Trump’s personal lawyers.
  • “Is Trump so narcissistic that he can’t help but use his office for his own personal ends? Is he so sociopathic that he can’t be trusted to follow, let alone faithfully execute, the law? … The people have a right to know, and a need to see.”–Washington attorney George T. Conway, the husband of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway.
  • “We’re not fooling around here.”—House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, in underscoring that any effort to interfere with the Democrats’ investigations would be considered evidence of obstruction and could be included in articles of impeachment.
  • “China should start an investigation into the Bidens.”–Donald Trump.
  • “When the only American citizen President Trump singles out for China’s investigation is his political opponent in the midst of the Democratic nomination process, it strains credulity to suggest that is anything other than politically motivated.”–Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney.
  • “Just as the president is not above the law, the attorney general is not above the law. The president’s betrayal of his oath of office and the Constitution is the primary offense here, and we need to stay focused on that, but the attorney general’s prostitution of the Department of Justice for the president’s political agenda has been necessary to the president’s schemes and he will face his own reckoning.”—House Judiciary Committee member Jamie Raskin, D-MD, a former constitutional law professor.
  • “Simmering trade tension is the obvious culprit for the manufacturing weakness.”—Eric Winograd, senior U.S. economist at AllianceBernstein.
  • “Many of the superrich aren’t satisfied with living like kings, which they will continue to do no matter who wins next year’s election. They also expect to be treated like kings, lionized as job creators and heroes of prosperity, and consider any criticism an unforgiveable act of lese-majeste. … If Warren is the nominee, then, a significant number of tycoons will indeed go for Trump; better to put democracy at risk than to countenance a challenge to their imperial self-esteem.”–Paul Krugman, New York Times.
  • “After two and a half years, we came up with something that basically is within our right of way, that’s going to help safety, is going to help operations pretty significantly, but it’s not going to impact the neighborhoods like we’ve shown before.”—FDOT District Secretary David Gwynn, in announcing the department’s $175 million plan for Malfunction Junction that requires far less land than previous proposals did.
  • “This is good news. This is the most positive thing that has happened in a long, long time.”–Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill, in response to confirmation that St. Petersburg has no objection if Hillsborough and Tampa want to try again to persuade the Rays to move across the bay after 2027.
  • “Tampa is a city with unlimited potential, and these investments today will pay off tenfold for generations to come.”–Mayor Jane Castor, on city council’s approval of her $3.1 billion plan to upgrade Tampa’s sewer and water systems.
  • “If there were no television, no air-conditioning and no cell phones, every house would have a front porch. That was the way of communicating at one time. That has changed.”–Tampa City Council member Charlie Miranda, during discussion of a new initiative to make it easier for residents to add front porches to their homes.         

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