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James Hohmann: Syria, Trump’s Inner Circle, And The Senate Nuclear Option

Washington Post political reporter James Hohmann joins Federalist Radio to explain the legislative filibuster in the Senate and other news on the Hill.


James Hohmann, national political reporter for the Washington Post, joins Ben Domenech on the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss Nikki Haley and the Trump administration’s position on Syria, how the Senate confirmed Justice Gorsuch, and political disagreements within Trump’s inner circle.

Nikki Haley is the first Republican UN Ambassador to have full cabinet rank since Jeane Kirkpatrick under Ronald Reagan. “Nikki Haley is for them, the conscious and the backbone of the administration. I think she is hawkish on Russia and she’s hawkish on Iran. She’s very strong for Israel,” Hohmann said. “She doesn’t work for Rex Tillerson.”

After Senate Republicans deployed the “Nuclear Option” to confirm Neil Gorsuch, the question remains about future use of the legislative filibuster. “I worry that [McConnel] thinks the legislative filibuster is good, but at some point he’s not going to be able to defend it,” Hohmann said.

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