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Trump set to address World Economic Forum in Davos

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President Trump on Tuesday prepared to address the global business community in Davos while his adversaries back home prepared to begin an impeachment trial.

Trump will give opening remarks at the World Economic Forum at 5:30a.m. ET. You can see his address here at FoxBusiness.com.

President Trump addressed the global business community early Tuesday while his adversaries back home prepared to begin an impeachment trial.
can see his address here at FoxBusiness.com.
The two-day Swiss visit will test Trump’s ability to balance his domestic issues involving impeachment with a desire to project leadership on the world stage.

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Trump set to address World Economic Forum in Davos

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President Trump on Tuesday addressed the global business community in Davos while his adversaries back home prepared for his impeachment trial.

(You can see his address here at FoxBusiness.com.)

Trump praised his own policies for creating a historic unemployment level and negotiating trade deals that he said will represent a new model in the 21st Century that is based on fairness and reciprocity.

The two-day Swiss visit will test Trump’s ability to balance his domestic issues involving impeachment with a desire to project leadership on the world stage.

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James Carafano: Iran Ayatollah Khamenei ‘really nervous’ about anti-government protests

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A rare public appearance by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shows how nervous his regime is about the “level of anger and mistrust” inside Iran today, retired Army Lt. Col. James Carafano said Friday.

Appearing on “Outnumbered: Overtime” with host Harris Faulkner, Carafano noted that the Ayatollah had not been seen at public prayers in Tehran for eight years. Khamenei used the platform to praise the country’s retaliatory strike against the U.S. over the killing of one of its top generals. He also appeared to call President Trump a clown who cannot be trusted.

IRAN’S SUPREME LEADER CALLS TRUMP A CLOWN, PRAISES MISSILE ATTACK IN RARE APPEARANCE

“The villainous U.S. government repeatedly says that they are standing by the Iranian people. They lie,” Khamenei said. “If you are standing with the Iranian people, it is only to stab them in the heart with their venomous daggers.”

He also insisted Iran would not bow to U.S. pressure after months of crushing sanctions and called Washington’s decision to kill Gen. Qassem Soleimani earlier this month a “cowardly” hit.

However, Carafano said that Khameini’s remarks seem to be more about domestic policy than confrontation with the United States and putting a “strong face on the administration and his government.”

“Look, he would not be doing that if they weren’t really, really, nervous about the level of anger and mistrust inside Iran today,” he added.

Carafano, vice president of the Heritage Foundation’s Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, told Faulkner that, in many ways, any unrest within the Middle Eastern country is “just an extension of ongoing protests we’ve seen against the regime.”

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“And, [protesters are] really blaming the regime for their circumstances, not blaming the United States…for the sanctions,” he said. “But, the Iranians [in government] were essentially taking all the money and spending it on surrogates, spending it on adventurism, and not really investing in the Iranian people.”

“Now look, we don’t know how really widespread that is,” Carafano added, “but when you see things like the Iranian students … walking down the street and then consciously trying to walk around images of the American [and] Israeli flag, we have not seen anything like that since somebody took a sledgehammer to the Berlin Wall.”

Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche, Adam Shaw, Louis Casiano, Greg Norman, and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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James Carafano: Iran Ayatollah Khamenei ‘really nervous’ about anti-government protests

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A rare public appearance by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shows how nervous his regime is about the “level of anger and mistrust” inside Iran today, retired Army Lt. Col. James Carafano said Friday.

Appearing on “Outnumbered: Overtime” with host Harris Faulkner, Carafano noted that the Ayatollah had not been seen at public prayers in Tehran for eight years. Khamenei used the platform to praise the country’s retaliatory strike against the U.S. over the killing of one of its top generals. He also appeared to call President Trump a clown who cannot be trusted.

IRAN’S SUPREME LEADER CALLS TRUMP A CLOWN, PRAISES MISSILE ATTACK IN RARE APPEARANCE

“The villainous U.S. government repeatedly says that they are standing by the Iranian people. They lie,” Khamenei said. “If you are standing with the Iranian people, it is only to stab them in the heart with their venomous daggers.”

He also insisted Iran would not bow to U.S. pressure after months of crushing sanctions and called Washington’s decision to kill Gen. Qassem Soleimani earlier this month a “cowardly” hit.

However, Carafano said that Khameini’s remarks seem to be more about domestic policy than confrontation with the United States and putting a “strong face on the administration and his government.”

“Look, he would not be doing that if they weren’t really, really, nervous about the level of anger and mistrust inside Iran today,” he added.

Carafano, vice president of the Heritage Foundation’s Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, told Faulkner that, in many ways, any unrest within the Middle Eastern country is “just an extension of ongoing protests we’ve seen against the regime.”

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“And, [protesters are] really blaming the regime for their circumstances, not blaming the United States…for the sanctions,” he said. “But, the Iranians [in government] were essentially taking all the money and spending it on surrogates, spending it on adventurism, and not really investing in the Iranian people.”

“Now look, we don’t know how really widespread that is,” Carafano added, “but when you see things like the Iranian students … walking down the street and then consciously trying to walk around images of the American [and] Israeli flag, we have not seen anything like that since somebody took a sledgehammer to the Berlin Wall.”

Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche, Adam Shaw, Louis Casiano, Greg Norman, and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Rep. Brian Mast: Politically motivated Dems tried to ‘steal’ moment of reflection for fallen soldiers

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Congressional Democrats in a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday tried to “steal” a moment of reflection about fallen U.S. military members because it didn’t align with their political agenda, retired Army Ranger and double amputee Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., said Friday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” along with Virginia Republican congressional candidate Rob Jones and Wisconsin Republican congressional candidate Jason Church, Mast argued that the criticism of the operation that took out Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani further proved the need for veterans in Congress. All three men lost their legs in combat.

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The hearing Mast was alluding to had been called to discuss U.S. foreign policy with regard to Iran, following Soleimani’s death and the rogue nation’s retaliatory attack on American coalition forces in Iraq.

When it came his turn to speak, Mast told lawmakers: “If you walk out this hallway, you are going to come to several beautiful walls that have the names of our fallen service members from the war on terror. And, I would ask: can any of you provide me one name on that wall that doesn’t justify killing Soleimani?” he asked to resounding silence.

“I got two minutes and 30 seconds,” the Florida Republican continued. “I’ll be more than happy to sit here and wait. Somebody provide me with a name on that wall that does not justify his killing.”

As Mast sat and waited, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., attempted to move the hearing along, telling Mast, “you’ve made your point” and “you’re out of order.”

“Look, I just wanted them to have to answer an honest question, because they are trying to debate all of these semantics about whether we should have killed this terrorist that killed Americans…hundreds of Americans across the country that was because of Soleimani and force them to answer this question. Not give them a pass on it,” Mast explained.

“And, what did they do?” he asked. “They tried to steal a moment of reflection about our fallen service members — friends of mine, friends of Jason, friends of Rob — because it didn’t fit their political agenda.”

“They tried to silence us; we can’t let them do it,” he told Hegseth.

“I think veterans are kind of necessary representatives in Congress because we are experts at selflessness and we are experts at sacrificing of ourselves for the greater good,” Jones remarked. “And, those are two requirements – in my opinion – for somebody that’s going to be a representative.”

Church added that watching Mast take a stand showed “the power of an individual that’s inspired by something that he has seen and experienced in the harshest of circumstances.”

“And, we have all seen that,” he said. “And, we have seen the destruction that Qassem Soleimani has done. We have seen it firsthand.”

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“This man was a terrorist,” Church continued, “So, I applaud Brian for what you were talking about there and I applaud the president for his actions. Because, at the end of the day, this has saved countless lives and – in my opinion – is preventing another war.”

“The one thing I can tell you if you want to serve in Washington: do it the way that people did in combat — without personal gain and without regard for personal sacrifice,” Mast said. “Any other way, you don’t belong here.”

Fox News’ Nick Givas contributed to this report.

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Coons: Trump gave Laura Ingraham more info on Soleimani strike than Senate got

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Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said on Sunday that lawmakers in Washington received less information from the State Department on the reasons that prompted the drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani than President Trump openly shared during a recent interview.

“Frankly in the classified briefing that lasted 75 minutes and had virtually the entire Senate there, we got less detailed information than President Trump shared with Laura Ingraham,” Coons told “Fox News Sunday,” in reference to Trump’s recent interview with Fox News’ Ingraham. “So we were told repeatedly that there was reliable intelligence of an imminent threat, that’s it.

Coons added: “There was no more detail than that. There were no more specifics than what the President’s been comfortable sharing on cable news.”

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Senators from both parties were upset with the lack of information doled out in the briefing and concerned about what Trump’s next steps would be in the volatile Middle East.

Coons, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, was reported to have asked last week if the administration consult Congress in regards to any further action taken against Iran. The answer from the top officials was basically a disinterest in consulting Congress, a Senate aide familiar with the conversation said, leading some senators to storm out.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, was arguably the most ardent detractor from the president’s own party in slamming the meeting with administration officials – calling it “probably the worst briefing I’ve seen, at least on a military issue, in the nine years I’ve served in the United States Senate.”

He said he found it “insulting and demeaning” for administration briefers to warn lawmakers against debating the merits of further military action against Iran because that would only embolden Tehran.

TRUMP TWEETS SUPPORT OF IRANIAN ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTERS AFTER UKRAINIAN PASSENGER PLANE SHOT DOWN

“It is not acceptable for officials within the executive branch of government … to come in and tell us that we can’t debate and discuss the appropriateness of military intervention against Iran. It’s un-American, it’s unconstitutional, and it’s wrong,” Lee said, adding that he now planned to support a war powers resolution introduced by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.

In contrast, Sen. Jim Risch, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called the Senate’s meeting “one of the best briefings” he’s had as a member of Congress. He said the information was “crystal clear.”

The White House so far has ignored calls to declassify the written notification that Trump sent to Congress after the military operation, as required by the 1973 War Powers Act. Some lawmakers have said it was ”vague” and inconsistent with details other administrations have provided Congress about military operations. They wondered why it had to be classified in the first place.

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One lawmaker, who has read the classified notification Trump sent Congress, and another individual familiar with it said the two-page document did not describe any imminent, planned attacks or contain any new information. The lawmaker, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the classified document, said the letter gave an historic account of past attacks that have been reported publicly.

The House of Representatives voted on Thursday in favor of a War Powers Resolution meant to limit President Trump’s military action toward Iran following an escalation in tensions between Washington and Tehran. The resolution is non-binding but is meant to reassert congressional authority and rebuke Trump’s decision to take out Soleimani without congressional approval.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Iran arrests UK ambassador in what Britain calls ‘flagrant violation of international law’

A top British official condemned Saturday’s arrest of the U.K. ambassador to Iran during anti-government protests in Tehran, calling the detainment “a flagrant violation of international law.”

Rob Macaire, who has been Britain’s envoy to the Islamic republic since March 2018, was arrested as he stopped at a barber shop for a haircut after attending a vigil for the victims of a Ukrainian jetliner that crashed in Tehran last week, the BBC reported.

Macaire left the vigil after it became a demonstration but was later accused by Iranian authorities of helping to incite the anti-government protest, The Independent of Britain reported.

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He was released after three hours but the arrest infuriated the British government.

“The arrest of our Ambassador in Tehran without grounds or explanation is a flagrant violation of international law,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement.

“The Iranian government is at a cross-roads moment. It can continue its march towards pariah status with all the political and economic isolation that entails, or take steps to deescalate tensions and engage in a diplomatic path forwards.”

A photo of Macaire was posted on Twitter by the Etemad newspaper of Iran after his arrest was reported by the Tasnim news agency, according to the BBC.

Tasnim tweeted that Macaire was detained “for organizing suspicious movements and protests in front of Amir Kabir University but released after hours.” The tweet added that Macaire would be “summoned by the foreign ministry tomorrow morning.”

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Rob Macaire has been Britain’s ambassador to Iran since March 2018. (Twitter)

In a Twitter message, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus called Macaire’s arrest a violation of the Vienna Convention, which she said the Iranian regime “has a notorious history of violating.”

“We call on the regime to formally apologize to the UK for violating his rights and to respect the rights of all diplomats,” Ortagus wrote.

Saturday’s anti-government protests in Tehran followed Iran’s admission Friday that its military had “unintentionally” show down a Ukrainian passenger jet last week, killing all 176 people on board.

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Both Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attributed the downing of the jet to “human error” – but the foreign minister added that the error had been caused by “U.S. adventurism” – a likely reference to the American airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on Jan. 3.

On Saturday, both President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted messages of support for the Iranian citizens who opposed the nation’s government.

“The voice of the Iranian people is clear. They are fed up with the regime’s lies, corruption, ineptitude, and brutality of the IRGC under @khamenei_ir‘s kleptocracy,” Pompeo wrote.

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Iran arrests UK ambassador in what Britain calls ‘flagrant violation of international law’

A top British official condemned Saturday’s arrest of the U.K. ambassador to Iran during anti-government protests in Tehran, calling the detainment “a flagrant violation of international law.”

Rob Macaire, who has been Britain’s envoy to the Islamic republic since March 2018, was arrested as he stopped at a barber shop for a haircut after attending a vigil for the victims of a Ukrainian jetliner that crashed in Tehran last week, the BBC reported.

Macaire left the vigil after it became a demonstration but was later accused by Iranian authorities of helping to incite the anti-government protest, The Independent of Britain reported.

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He was released after three hours but the arrest infuriated the British government.

“The arrest of our Ambassador in Tehran without grounds or explanation is a flagrant violation of international law,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement.

“The Iranian government is at a cross-roads moment. It can continue its march towards pariah status with all the political and economic isolation that entails, or take steps to deescalate tensions and engage in a diplomatic path forwards.”

A photo of Macaire was posted on Twitter by the Etemad newspaper of Iran after his arrest was reported by the Tasnim news agency, according to the BBC.

Tasnim tweeted that Macaire was detained “for organizing suspicious movements and protests in front of Amir Kabir University but released after hours.” The tweet added that Macaire would be “summoned by the foreign ministry tomorrow morning.”

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Rob Macaire has been Britain’s ambassador to Iran since March 2018. (Twitter)

In a Twitter message, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus called Macaire’s arrest a violation of the Vienna Convention, which she said the Iranian regime “has a notorious history of violating.”

“We call on the regime to formally apologize to the UK for violating his rights and to respect the rights of all diplomats,” Ortagus wrote.

Saturday’s anti-government protests in Tehran followed Iran’s admission Friday that its military had “unintentionally” show down a Ukrainian passenger jet last week, killing all 176 people on board.

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Both Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attributed the downing of the jet to “human error” – but the foreign minister added that the error had been caused by “U.S. adventurism” – a likely reference to the American airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on Jan. 3.

On Saturday, both President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted messages of support for the Iranian citizens who opposed the nation’s government.

“The voice of the Iranian people is clear. They are fed up with the regime’s lies, corruption, ineptitude, and brutality of the IRGC under @khamenei_ir‘s kleptocracy,” Pompeo wrote.

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Brian Brenberg: Iran fears sanctions more than bullets — Economic pain is our most potent weapons

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With the killing of Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani and retaliation by Iran on U.S. bases in Iraq, many predict that military escalation is inevitable. But this view ignores the increasingly devastating effects of economic sanctions on Iran. The clear and compelling lesson of the past 18 months is that the U.S. doesn’t need to be drawn into war in order to curb Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions.

Iran’s leaders face enormous and growing pressure at home as the country’s economy shrivels, and they’d like nothing more than to distract and unify the population with a “defensive” war with the West.

President Trump shouldn’t take the bait. Instead, he should stay the course of increasing economic pressure. Friday’s announcement that his administration will do just that is encouraging. Economic sanctions remain the most effective tactic to bring Iran back to the negotiating table in a weakened position and advance a safer, denuclearized world.

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The economic pain caused by U.S. sanctions is the reason Iran has lashed out against our military forces and allies, and it remains the most potent weapon to undermine the regime’s influence in the Middle East.

The reinstatement in 2018 of restrictions on trade with Iranian energy, shipping, and financial firms, and exclusion from U.S. markets for companies who trade with Iran, has hammered the Iranian economy. Gross Domestic Product shrank by nearly 5 percent in 2018 and is forecasted to fall by nearly 10 percent in 2019. As a result, the unemployment rate in Iran rose to nearly 17 percent last year, and the cost of living has skyrocketed as key imports dried up.

As Iran tries to up the ante with rockets and bullets, we need to remember that the most potent weapon we’ve deployed and can continue to use, is economic pressure that strikes at the heart of Iran’s energy, shipping, and financial sectors.

U.S.-led sanctions have also decimated Iran’s oil production and revenue as oil buyers faced a choice: abandon Iran or lose access to U.S. markets. Overwhelmingly, they abandoned Iran. As a result, Iran’s oil exports have plummeted and are expected to continue to plummet, depriving the Iranian regime of a key source of revenue to finance its military and the militias it backs in the Middle East.

As Iran’s economy shrinks, its people are showing little patience for the government draining the country’s resources on nuclear weapons development and military pursuits. Economic turmoil caused Iranians to take to the streets in November to protest against their government, leading to severe and highly unpopular crackdowns by authorities.

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The Iranian regime has gotten more aggressive militarily because it simply cannot respond to—and cannot withstand– the economic pressure the U.S. is exerting. As Iranian behavior now threatens to become even more reckless and desperate, it would be a mistake for the U.S. to abandon this advantage.

Iran’s leaders are eager to shift from an economic to a military battlefield. Economic pressure has sowed popular discord in Iran, pitted the authorities against the people, and deprived the Iranian military of resources. But military confrontation with the U.S. could have the opposite effect—energizing both popular support for the regime and Iran’s armed forces and Iranian-backed militias.  From Iran’s perspective, the best way to unify its population is to pull the U.S. out of an economic war and into a shooting war.

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Friday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that the administration would increase economic sanctions on Iran in response to Iran’s most recent attacks. The Trump administration’s restraint is prudent and strategic. As Iran tries to up the ante with rockets and bullets, we need to remember that the most potent weapon we’ve deployed and can continue to use, is economic pressure that strikes at the heart of Iran’s energy, shipping, and financial sectors.

Iran’s leaders know how to drag countries into demoralizing and prolonged military conflicts. It’s familiar territory for them, it’s a fight they think they can win, and they’re desperate to shift the focus away from the economic pain the U.S. has inflicted. The U.S. shouldn’t oblige. Sanctions have severely harmed Iran’s economy and deprived its leaders of resources and support. They’re lashing out because they’re out of options. We ought to keep it that way by sticking with the economic fight that Iran can’t win.

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Biden slams Trump on Iran policy, says he hurt US interests

SPARKS, Nev. — Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday blamed President Donald Trump‘s withdrawal from a nuclear agreement with Iran for the current instability in the Middle East and touted his own foreign policy experience as a key reason he’s the Democrat with the best chance to unseat him in November.

Biden said at a rally in the early caucus state of Nevada that everything that has happened in Iran and Iraq in recent weeks was brought on by Trump “walking away” from a nuclear deal in 2018 that enjoyed strong international support.

Mocking one of Trump’s favorite political slogans, he said the president’s obsession with isolationism has pushed America’s allies away.

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“ `America first’ has made America last,” he told a crowd of more than 600 in a gymnasium in a blue-collar neighborhood of Sparks. “This is a president who doesn’t listen to his military, who doesn’t listen to his intelligence community.”

“ ‘America first’ has made America last. This is a president who doesn’t listen to his military, who doesn’t listen to his intelligence community.”

— Joe Biden

Biden, who was vice president when President Barack Obama signed the nuclear deal and earlier served as chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, said he warned more than a month ago that Trump would “get us in a war …. and get us in a war in Iran.”

“This president has embraced thugs across the world. He has poked his finger in the eye of our friends and allies,” Biden said. “The next president better be able to figure out how to bring back these alliances and pull us back together.”

Trump ordered new retaliatory economic sanctions Friday on Iran, even as his administration faced persistent questions over its drone strike on an Iranian general that helped ignite the latest crisis with the Islamic Republic. The new sanctions were in immediate response to Iran firing of a barrage of missiles at American bases in neighboring Iraq this week after the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

The larger U.S. goal is to force Iran to negotiate a new agreement on limiting its nuclear program to replace the one signed under Obama that traded curbs on the program for the easing of sanctions.

Biden offered similar criticism of Trump earlier Friday during a fundraiser in Los Angeles, saying the U.S. “is in a much more dangerous position than we were even a month ago,.”

“When we walked away from that agreement, the rest of the world walked away from us. We became a pariah,” he said.

“When we walked away from that [Iran nuclear] agreement, the rest of the world walked away from us. We became a pariah.” 

— Joe Biden

Biden’s speech Friday night was in the same Sparks High School gymnasium where then-Vice President Dick Cheney made an appearance on the November eve before George W. Bush’s re-election victory over Democrat John Kerry in 2004.

It was the last time Republicans carried the state or Washoe County, which had been staunchly GOP for four decades.

Four years later, Obama became the first Democrat since Lyndon Johnson in 1964 to win in Washoe County, part of the state’s most rural congressional district where no Democrat has ever been elected to the U.S. House in its history dating to 1982.

Nevada was one of the only swing states President Donald Trump failed to win in 2016, and Democrats are increasingly confident the Silver State is turning blue. They now hold both U.S. Senate seats and three of four House seats.

Bill Clinton won Nevada in 1992 and 1996, as did the Obama-Biden ticket in 2008 and 2012 after Bush’s victories in 2000 and 2004.

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Nevada’s Feb. 22 caucuses follow only the New Hampshire primary and Iowa caucuses in the presidential pecking order.

Biden said Friday night the crisis in the Middle East “just reinforces the stakes in this election.”

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“The single biggest requirement in my view will be whether or not we have someone who can be the commander in chief,” he said. “There’s not going to be a lot of time for on-the-job-training.”

“I”ve spent a lot of my life dealing with foreign policy. I’ve met every major world leader in the last 35 years,” he said.

Biden’s campaign was headed to a community even in north Las Vegas on Saturday with the Latino and immigrant advocacy group Mi Familia Vota.

On Saturday morning in Las Vegas, candidates Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg were scheduled to hold town halls with the powerful casino workers’ Culinary Union. Buttigieg also planned a rally later in the day.

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