Dem Sen. Menendez on Sec. Austin Saying He Had a ‘Scheduling’ Conflict: ‘First Time I Heard That’

‘I hope that the secretary will accept our invitation at a future date to come before the committee so we can get those perspectives’

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MENENDEZ: “Well I see that Secretary Austin put out a statement after our hearing that he welcomed the invitation, that he had a scheduling conflict. It’s first time I heard that. And that he is looking forward to appearing before the House and Senate Armed Services Committee, and I certainly would like him to do that. But by the same token, foreign policy in part depends  upon the defense actions that are taken by the nation. And so the members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as we think about what happened here, and as we think about the future in terms of foreign policy have to have that dimension before the committee. So I hope that the secretary will accept our invitation at a future date to come before the committee so we can get those perspectives.”

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