U.S. Senator Shaheen: "Turkey Remains a Valuable Ally"

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Member, Democrat Senator Jeanne Shaheen, spoke to Bloomberg HT journalist Ali Çınar. Senator Shaheen said that as a Senate Foreign Relations Committee member, she would look deeper into Turkey's F-16 request.

"We should sell them the F-16 jets and modernize those jets as well. It's not in our interest not to do that, and there's no quid pro quo with that, and it's just that we should sell. But I need congressional approval to be able to do that, and I think we can get that," President Biden said at a news conference after the NATO leaders' summit in Madrid.

President Biden's comments gave the strongest signal of the administration's support for the proposed sale of new F-16s to Turkey.

Senator Shaheen, who makes critical statements about Turkey, spoke to Ciner Media USA Representative Ali Çınar about the new sales of 40 F-16s and nearly 80 F-16 modernization kits for Turkey. Here is Senator Shaheneen's statement:

“Turkey remains a valuable ally and a critical regional security partner for the United States and NATO. I remain committed to maintaining the already robust bilateral security relationship between our two countries. The F16 upgrade package submitted by the Biden administration - like any foreign arms sale - will ultimately have to go through a comprehensive review by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to ensure that the deal will benefit our joint security interests. As a member of that committee, I will work with the committee and ask questions of the administration to thoroughly review their request.” - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen

Members of the House of Representatives Carolyn Maloney, Gus Bilirakis, and Chris Pappas announced their disappointment with the apparent plan to modernize Turkey's F-16s.

Key Republican Senator Lindsay Graham backed the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey. Upgrading its "aviation capability will benefit Turkey, the U.S., NATO, and regional security," said Lindsey Graham on Wednesday.

While Turkish Parliament Members are preparing to visit Washington D.C. for meetings with their U.S. Counterparts regarding the F-16 request, the U.S. Congress will be closed from August 8 to September 5. In addition, Congressional midterm elections will be held on November 8 for the 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 seats in the Senate.

NYC Mayor:We need 45,00 additional health care workers

The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, announced that they were in need of 45,000 healthcare workers in the USA. Mayor Blasio invited healthcare workers to apply by saying, “Everyone who is not yet ready for this struggle, we need you.”

Meanwhile, de Blasio answered some questions. To the question of whether places like restaurants and gyms would open when the quarantine period ended on April 30th as planned, he replied that they predict that the quarantine period continue in May and that they want people to be prepared for it, stating that the time will be extended. He stated that the situation would be better by the end of May.

When asked about whether the coronavirus is seasonal or not, Blasio said, “There is still a lot to learn about the coronavirus. But let me tell you something interesting—yes, the virus may be seasonal; there is no precise information. There is one thing we know for sure that we have a few difficult months ahead of us.”

NYPD is working hard despite coronavirus challenges 

NYPD Officers continue to visit restaurants, bars, supermarkets, salons and public spaces to remind individuals of the ban on congregating in public spaces and to practice social distancing.They visited the followings as of April 5th:

 -2457 supermarkets of which 1295 were closed

 -7019 bars and restaurants of which 5499 were closed.

-1267 public places of which 754 were closed.

During the announcement by NYPD , he stated that 5,600 officers from the New York City Police Department called in sick, and 1,000 had tested positive for coronavirus.. An eleventh member of the NYPD has died from the virus.

New York Governor: “We May Reach the Peak of the Outbreak in Seven Days”

Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York (the epicenter of the coronavirus in the U.S.) said that the escalation in the number of cases is ongoing and that it may reach its peak in the next seven days. 

Governor Cuomo said the non-vulnerable need to rely on the healthcare system with 74 percent of people reportedly being treated and released. Governor Cuomo said he recognizes the stress on the healthcare system and how they are being asked to do the impossible.

Governor Cuomo said the Javits Center could be a major relief valve since it has a 2500 person capacity that will be staffed by federal personnel. He stated the following “I can’t tell a hospital that I can send them all the ventilators and supplies they need, we don’t have them. We need to move what we have to where it’s needed. The Federal stockpile is not enough. Help New York now, shift national and state resources now, we’ll do the same when another state hits it’s curve. 325 of the 1000 federal personnel heading to NYC public hospitals today to start. I know it’s difficult and all I can say is thank you to the front line workers.”

Watch Governor Andrew Cuomo's Video: https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo/status/1246503599020158982

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