Sen. Tammy Duckworth, J. Elijah, the sole nominee for the Democratic nomination, Joe Biden’s candidacy for vice president with military combat experience, said she believed intelligence showed that Russia was putting American troops at the head. credible “- – directly refuting President Donald Trump ‘s allegations of” fake news “.
“He continues to take Vladimir Putin’s word on his own intelligence community,” she told Wednesday, ABC News political director Rick Klein of the Powerhouse Politics podcast. “I just don’t know why he keeps putting our adversary above his own people.”
Duckworth sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee and instructs senators, adding that the move “will be in line with the way our opponents act.”;
In an interview with Axios, Trump said he “never discussed” the issue in a phone call last week with the Russian president, and when he was pressured as to why he didn’t pick it up, he said, “It was a phone call to discuss other things. and frankly, it’s an issue that a lot of people have said is fake news. “
Duckworth, a former U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, called on the Department of the Army to investigate whether any deaths or injuries to U.S. troops in Afghanistan over the past two years were “related to attachment.”
Before entering politics, Duckworth moved to Iraq in 2004, losing both legs and using his right arm when a Blackhawk helicopter she was piloting was hit by a grenade launcher.
Her urgency in this matter stems from her own years of service, but amid the search for a former vice president for her own running partner, her powers have been included in the list of women who are inclined to be vice presidents.
If she had served as Biden’s second team, Duckworth, a veteran of the Iraq war and a recipient of a purple heart, would probably have relied on her background. But the senator will not disclose when he last spoke to Biden or her standing in the ongoing process.
“I can’t say if I talked to him,” she said, adding that their “paths intersect” at events. “I’m willing to do whatever I need to serve my nation. … Some girls fall for the drummer in the band, I fall for the line ‘you need to serve your country.'”
Before Biden makes the decision, which he says he has a choice until next week, he must meet with the contenders at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, the final step in a process complicated by the coronavirus. But Duckworth said she was confident Biden’s team would “do everything possible to ensure the health and well-being of all involved.”
Duckworth belongs to an even smaller group of women who have a personal relationship with the Biden family that emerged in the years after she introduced Biden Bowe’s late son to the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
“It was an incredibly nervous crowd,” she said, speaking at a four-year meeting before adding, “it made me feel so patriotic.”
Their relationship developed further when she served in the Obama administration as an assistant secretary in the Department of Veterans Affairs, where, she said, she and Biden and Jill Biden “crossed paths many, many times” because of their focus on veterans’ issues.
“Over the years, I have come to know and meet this military family and their devotion to our veterans and our servicemen who are now serving, and I was very, very proud to have known Biden all these years,” she continued.
With less than 100 days to go, Duckworth praised the president’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying he had “failed to resolve” the crisis, which he said had exacerbated problems in his hometown of Chicago.
“We could have done it a lot better,” she said. “But this president reacted so badly to our country’s reaction to this pandemic, I think ‘magical thinking,’ as he said, or ‘magically disappearing,’ doesn’t work.”
Against the backdrop of the pandemic, Duckworth balances the dual roles of senator and working mother to two daughters – a reality that has given more weight to some of its legislative priorities.
“For example, I have always been a supporter of childcare and universal K-K. And for the last four and a half, five months, he has shown me how desperately we need this country. I can fly by helicopter, but I am not equipped to teach a 5-year-old to read, “she said.
As the country debates when schools should open, Trump continues to urge students and teachers to return to classrooms, even as cases continue to spread to more than two dozen states.
For his part, Duckworth spoke of a very difficult catch – currently facing 22 parents across the country.
“You don’t want to hand over your children. But on the other hand, I also don’t want her to catch COVID-19,” she said. “So it’s really, very difficult for working families who are barely hanging out.”
The junior senator is urging Congress to develop a child care plan and introduce universal pre-K and more outbreak testing. She also said she gave priority to “significant” funding for schools in the next bill on the coronavirus, as well as recommendations for its opening.
Asked about another confrontation with the White House – Trump’s threats to send federal officers to Chicago – Duckworth said she was “happy to look at it” if the agents worked “in partnership” with the mayor and local law enforcement.
But Duckworth opposed clashes in Portland, Oregon, between federal agents in tactical gear and protesters, calling it “simply unacceptable” and suggested that the president was acting outside of pure politics.
“They grab peaceful protesters from the streets, push them into unmarked vans and leave,” she said. “Something is wrong in Portland. The president continues to politicize all sorts of institutions, whether law enforcement or federal agencies, for his own political gain.”