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Iran: McSally says US needs careful response

Hopes to bring Iran to negotiating table
Posted at 7:27 PM, Jun 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-21 22:27:53-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - We’re hearing from Senator Martha McSally on Iran.

McSally became a lawmaker after a career in the military, including service in the Middle East.

She says she hopes the right combination of economic pressure and diplomacy will bring Iran back to the negotiating table.

Shooting down a surveillance drone, and attacking tankers have cranked up the tensions with Iran, a country that's had a long history of breaking international norms and encouraging violence throughout the Middle East, including attacks and weapon sales that have cost American lives.

Senator Martha McSally says the US military has briefed our leadership on its options, while the US has added to its show of force and worked to apply more economic and diplomatic pressure.

"So this is a very fragile situation, and the calculus is fraught, for how we respond without just sitting back and watching them continuing to elevate their aggression, and get away with it versus how we respond in an appropriate way."

McSally says the US needs to maintain freedom of navigation in international waters and work to bring Iran to the negotiating table.

On another high profile issue---immigration, McSally was asked about the Trump Administration's threat of mass arrests of illegal immigrants. She says she's focused on getting more money to cope with immigration.

“And then we gotta close these loopholes so that we stop the continuous flow of those who are being released into the interior of the United States. As you guys know, I've been willing to do something for the DACA population as a part of these discussions, but the reality is that we have another population in similar circumstances that are coming across the border every single day now, and have been since 2012, which was the end of DACA eligibility."

And McSally is hoping to pass immigration funding that both parties can support.