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  • From ABC News' Geneva Sands in Washington:

    Retired Gen. John Kelly was asked about his views on a number of hot-button issues during the first segment of his confirmation hearing, which started this afternoon.

    The Wall:

    “A physical barrier will not do the job, it has to be a layered defense,” Kelly said.

    He added that if one were to build a wall from the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico, you would still have to back that wall up with patrolling by human beings, sensors, observation devices.

    Opiods:

    Kelly shared with the room that he had a friend who died of an overdose.

    "Most Americans don't realize, but 100 percent of the heroin produced is coming from Mexico," Kelly said.

    “We are a very overly medicated society,” Kelly said.

    “Huge problem, getting worse and profits are unbelievable for the cartels.”

    Torture:

    Kelly told Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, that he would “absolutely” follow Geneva Convention rules.

    INTEL Report:

    Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-MO, asked if Kelly accepted the conclusions of the intel community regarding the Russian hacking report?

    “With high confidence,” he said.
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