State of Idaho Archives: on Foreign Policy


Donald Trump: Protect human rights in Hong Kong against China

China reacted furiously to President Donald Trump's signing of two bills on Hong Kong human rights and said the US will bear the unspecified consequences. A foreign ministry statement repeated heated condemnations of the laws and said China will counteract. It said all the people of Hong Kong & China oppose the move.

Trump signed the bills, which were approved by near unanimous consent in the House and Senate, even as he expressed some concerns about complicating the effort to work out a trade deal with China. "I signed these bills out of respect for President Xi, China, and the people of Hong Kong," Trump said. "They are being enacted in the hope that Leaders and Representatives of China & Hong Kong will be able to amicably settle their differences leading to long term peace & prosperity for all."

"We have to stand with Hong Kong," Trump said in an interview on "Fox & Friends." He continued: "But I'm also standing with President Xi. He's a friend of mine. He's an incredible guy.

Source: Idaho Statesman coverage of Trump Cabinet Nov 27, 2019

Jim Risch: Hold China accountable for erosion of Hong Kong's autonomy

China reacted furiously to President Donald Trump's signing of two bills on Hong Kong human rights and said the U.S. will bear the unspecified consequences. A foreign ministry statement repeated heated condemnations of the laws and said China will counteract. It said all the people of Hong Kong and China oppose the move.

Congress approved the bills last week following months of unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. China's foreign ministry called the laws a "naked hegemonic action" that seriously interfered in Hong Kong and China's internal affairs, violated international law and "fundamental norms of international relations."

Democratic and Republican lawmakers applauded the signing of the bills. Sen. Jim Risch, an Idaho Republican and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the bills are "an important step forward in holding the Chinese Communist Party accountable for its erosion of Hong Kong's autonomy and its repression of fundamental human rights."

Source: Idaho Statesman on 2020 Idaho Senate race Nov 27, 2019

Robert Menendez: Unequivocal support for Hong Kong protests against China

China reacted furiously to President Donald Trump's signing of two bills on Hong Kong human rights and said the U.S. will bear the unspecified consequences. A foreign ministry statement repeated heated condemnations of the laws and said China will counteract. It said all the people of Hong Kong and China oppose the move.

Congress approved the bills last week following months of unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. China's foreign ministry called the laws a "naked hegemonic action" that seriously interfered in Hong Kong and China's internal affairs, violated international law and "fundamental norms of international relations."

Democratic and Republican lawmakers applauded the signing of the bills. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., said it "finally sends a clear and unequivocal message to the people of Hong Kong: We are with you."

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., who sponsored the House human rights bill, said Xi "should understand that the U.S. is not kidding about human rights.

Source: Idaho Statesman on 2020 New Jersey Senate race Nov 27, 2019

Jim Risch: OpEd: did nothing against Saudis for Khashoggi death

Resolved, that the Senate--
  • recognizes that freedom of religious belief and practice is a universal human right and a fundamental freedom of every individual
  • governments have a responsibility to protect the fundamental rights of their citizens; and
  • calls on the Government of Iran to immediately release Saeed Abedini and all other individuals detained on account of their religious beliefs.

    "I appreciate the information the administration shared today," Risch said in a statement, adding, "I anticipate a more detailed briefing from the administration on this issue."

    Source: Idaho Statesman on 2020 Idaho Senate race Feb 28, 2019

    Nancy Harris: Stand up to Saudis for Khashoggi death

    briefing from the administration on this issue."

    Sen. Risch, in your first interview with the Idaho Statesman, you said being a senator was an easy job. I suggest you put more effort into your performance, and defend the Constitution of the United States. Our country does not need strong men; we need heroes. Time to grow a spine.

    Source: Idaho Statesman OpEd for 2020 Idaho Senate race Feb 28, 2019

    Michael Crapo: Vet refugees to keep out terrorists, but other Muslims ok

    Sen Michael Crapo (R) said he disagrees with banning people from the country based either on their religion or on their country of origin, both of which have been proposed at times by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. However, he stressed, there is legitimate concern about whether terrorists are able to make it into the U.S. through refugee resettlement, and the federal government needs to address it. "The solution is to resolve the vetting issue," Crapo said.

    Sturgill said he has worked with refugees who contribute to society and the economy and said he supports the inclusive views toward immigrants and refugees espoused by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which both Sturgill and Crapo are members. Sturgill said he would oppose closing our borders based on fear. "It's inconsistent with my belief, it's inconsistent with the church's position, and we should continue to be that kind of beacon to the world that we've been historically," he said.

    Source: Twin Falls Times-News on 2016 Idaho Senate race Aug 11, 2016

    Jim Risch: Call on Iran to release those imprisoned for Christianity

    Senator Jim Risch praised the unanimous support for passage of his resolution calling on the government of Iran to immediately release Pastor Saeed Abedini and all other individuals detained on account of their religious beliefs.

    Pastor Saeed Abedini, a pastor and resident of Boise, was seized by the Iranian government in 2012 and has been sentenced to eight years in prison for allegedly spreading Christianity. He was in Iran visiting family and working to build orphanages. The Resolution:

      Resolved, that the Senate--
    1. recognizes that freedom of religious belief and practice is a universal human right and a fundamental freedom of every individual
    2. governments have a responsibility to protect the fundamental rights of their citizens; and
    3. calls on the Government of Iran to immediately release Saeed Abedini and all other individuals detained on account of their religious beliefs.
      Source: Risch press release on 2014 Idaho Senate race Nov 15, 2013

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