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Trump Cabinet Senate Confirmation Hearings

  • 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.


    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.”


    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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