Kerry: Democrat debate was something of a food fight

Former Secretary of State John Kerry at a campaign office for Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, in Rock Hill, S.C., Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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Former Secretary of State John Kerry has slammed the fiery Democrat primary debate as “something of a food fight.” On Thursday, Kerry criticized candidates’ theatrics, but praised former Vice President Joe Biden for seemingly rising above the fray.

He accused the top Democrat contenders of fighting among themselves rather than addressing issues and policies.

“I thought the debate overall was something of a food fight among a lot of candidates,” stated Kerry. “I think Joe Biden managed to stay above that fray.”

According to Kerry, Biden has the potential to win battleground states in the general election due to his policies. In a jab at candidates’ progressive ideas, he noted the former vice president also didn’t propose anything that would be impossible to achieve.

“He didn’t put things on the table that are not possible to achieve,” said Kerry. “It doesn’t make a lot of sense to be talking about a healthcare plan that’s going to kick 150 million Americans off of their health insurance, that doesn’t even have the support of half the Democratic caucus.”

From left, Democratic presidential candidates, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Kerry’s remarks came after he endorsed the former vice president back in December. He has campaigned for Biden ever since.

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Conservative Indian group praises President Trump for fight against Islamic terror

Posters of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump are seen kept on a table during an event where members of Hindu Sena, a right-wing Hindu group, gather to symbolically celebrate his victory in the upcoming U.S. elections, in New Delhi, India, November 4, 2016. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi)

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A group of conservative Hindu’s in India are praising the president for fighting back against Islamic terrorism. The group known as the Hindu Army reportedly even wrote a song to celebrate the president and are planning to record it to share with others on social media.

The president of the group, Vishnu Gupta, said they support the president because of his transparency and his promise to eliminate Islamic terrorism.

“We like Donald Trump because he openly spoke about India’s feelings and the whole world’s feelings. We are extremely disturbed by Islamic terrorism and even the U.S. is very disturbed by this. The whole world is disturbed by it. He openly said that he would eliminate Islamic terrorism from its roots, that is why I am his fan.”

— Vishnu Gupta, President- Hindu Army

President Trump is set to visit India on February 24th to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and improve ties in the region.

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Defense Secy. Esper, German counterpart discuss fight against ISIS

U.S. Secretary for Defense Mark Esper speaks during a press conference on the first day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)b

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Defense Secretary Mark Esper met with global officials in Germany this week to discuss progress in the fight against ISIS. During Friday’s press briefing in Munich, Esper said the U.S. is determined to defeat the terror group.

“We stand united with our partners and allies in the D-ISIS coalition,” he said. “Today in Munich, I reaffirmed our unwavering commitment to advancing global peace and security, and to the lasting defeat of ISIS.”

He also discussed the importance of the commitment made by 82 countries, who have joined the coalition in pursuit of taking down the caliphate.

The secretary emphasized that even though ISIS has been weakened, now is not the right time to let up.

“Looking ahead, it is imperative that we maintain unrelenting pressure on ISIS in Iraq and Syria, just as we help prepare the Iraqis to do so for the long term,” stated Esper. “Together we have achieved tremendous success against ISIS, destroying its physical caliphate and liberating millions from its barbaric rule.”

Esper’s comments came as global leaders met at the Munich Security Conference, where they are discussing containment of the coronavirus and tensions in the Middle East.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, shakes hands with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, right, as US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper watches during the 56th Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. The 2020 edition of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) takes place from Feb. 14 to 16. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool photo via AP)

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U.S. prepared to send $100M in aid to China, others to help fight coronavirus

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stands in front of Uzbek and American national flags after a joint news conference with Uzbekistan’s Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov following the talks in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (AP Photo)

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The U.S. is poised to donate $100 million to help China and other countries impacted by the deadly coronavirus. On Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed the Trump administration’s commitment to fighting the outbreak.

“Proud to announce an additional $100 million of existing funds to support China in combating the coronavirus. This commitment, along with hundreds of millions generously donated, demonstrates strong U.S. leadership in response to the outbreak. Together we can have a profound impact.” – Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State

Pompeo said the U.S. has already facilitated the transportation of more than 17 tons of medical supplies to China. He also noted the gesture is part of the nation’s longstanding record of strengthening global health security programs through financial aid.

The secretary assured the public that the U.S. will always help and encouraged other nations to step up as well.

American evacuees from the coronavirus outbreak in China board a bus after arriving by flight to Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Neb., Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. The evacuees are to be quarantined at Camp Ashland, a nearby Nebraska National Guard training base. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Meanwhile, the second flight holding American evacuees from China has landed in California. On Friday morning, the plane landed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.

The flight, which was chartered by the U.S. State Department, carried about 300 passengers in total. All passengers will be subject to a 14 day quarantine upon arrival. They will join the roughly 170 Americans who arrived last week.

So far, only five passengers reportedly displayed symptoms of the coronavirus.

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WHO: Travel bans not needed to fight coronavirus spread

A man wears face mask sitting at the waterfront against the Victoria Habour in Hong Kong, Sunday, Feb, 2, 2020. China’s death toll from a new virus increased on Sunday amid warnings from the World Health Organization that other countries need to prepare in the event the disease spreads among their populations as more nations report local infections. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), travel bans aren’t needed in the fight against the spread of coronavirus. In a news conference Monday, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there was no reason for the measures that “unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade.”

The WHO director called on all countries to rely on decisions that are”‘evidence-based and consistent,” and also said the WHO is ready to provide advice. This comes as China faces increasing isolation as flights to and from the country have been cancelled amid the ongoing outbreak.

“The only way we would defeat this outbreak is for all countries to work together in a spirit of solidarity and cooperation,” Ghebreyesus stated. “We’re all in this together, and we can only stop it together.”

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), adresses his statement, during the 146th session of the World Health Organization Executive Board, at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

The WHO said the spread of the virus outside of China was “minimal and slow,” but warned it could get worse. The organization also announced it’s partnering with several tech platforms, including Google and Facebook, to stem the spread of misinformation about the virus.

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Schiff and Nadler appear to fight over delivering final arguments

In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., answers a question during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

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On Friday, President Trump highlighted a tense moment between lead impeachment manager Adam Schiff and Rep. Jerry Nadler. On Twitter, the president stated “Nadler ripped the final argument away from Schiff and thinks Schiff did a terrible job” during Thursday’s Senate impeachment hearing.

He added the two lawmakers “are fighting big time!”

The president then shared a video of Nadler stealing Schiff’s thunder for the final word after the lead manager tried to get his attention by calling out his name.

After Nadler was done speaking, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell adjourned the Senate for the evening.

In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., answers a question during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 30 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have said the Senate impeachment trial may spill over into next week.

On Friday, senators said the final steps could last until Wednesday depending on two key issues: how long senators plan to deliberate and how inclined Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will be to cooperate with Mitch McConnell.

Sen. Mike Rounds said procedural issues, like allowing all Congress members 15 minutes to make statements on the Senate floor, could also make the trial last longer.

After the witness vote, the Senate will likely proceed to another vote to lay out the rules for closing the trial before voting to acquit the president.

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Truckers partner with law enforcement to fight human trafficking

Photo via ‘Truckers Against Trafficking.’

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‘Truckers Against Trafficking’ is training drivers to recognize the signs of human trafficking and know when to call authorities. As Human Trafficking Awareness Month comes to an end, the nonprofit organization is conducting training sessions with companies, including UPS, and various distribution centers, like Amazon.

“We do see a lot of things that are out there, and I feel we can make a big impact on what goes on,” said driver Gary Hansen.

The program has partnered with law enforcement and other nonprofits across the country to bolster drivers’ preparedness. Thousands of truck drivers are learning the telltale signs of trouble and how to be the eyes and ears of U.S. authorities.

“(We want) to raise awareness, have them be our eyes and ears on the road, and if they see something, say something,” said Officer Nathan Daugherty. “So many of them work cross country, they’re everywhere and they see a lot more than we are able to.”

Photo via ‘Truckers Against Trafficking.’

Since its creation in 2009, the program has trained over 800,000 truck drivers and helped law enforcement identify over 1,200 victims. The organization has won public awareness awards and law enforcement agencies around the country have praised its effectiveness.

“It’s about knowing what you’re seeing and realizing what it is so that you can call it in and try to get those victims help,” explained Kristin Murray, Executive Director of ‘Voice of Hope.’

‘Truckers Against Trafficking’ will continue to extend training opportunities to many other organizations, including those in the public transportation industry.

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Trump envoy explains White House’s next steps in fight against anti-Semitism

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Exclusive interview with Special Envoy Elan Carr on anti-Semitism

In an exclusive interview with Fox News at the Israeli American Council (IAC) summit in Hollywood, Florida, U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism Elan Carr outlined what the Trump administration is doing to curb the problem. Fox News' Talia Kaplan reports.

EXCLUSIVE — U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Elan Carr told Fox News in an interview that the U.S. needs to fight the scourge of anti-Semitism not only inside its borders, but around the world.

Speaking last Friday at the Israeli American Council (IAC) summit in Hollywood, Fla., Carr said, “Anti-Semitism truly is history’s greatest barometer of suffering and it starts with the Jews, but it leaves a trail of human wreckage, so in fighting this fight we are really fighting for a better world for our children and grandchildren.”

The next night, standing with President Trump as he addressed 4,000 Israeli Americans at the summit, Carr added, “At the president’s direction, we are simultaneously confronting far-right ethnic supremacy, radical left Israel hatred and militant Islam.”

He said all three groups were contributing to a global rise in anti-Semitism.


Carr told Fox News the Trump administration, with the help of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, has been confronting anti-Semitism in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and beyond.

“I’m hopeful that with the leadership of President Trump and Secretary Pompeo, we’re going to see a rollback of this rise in anti-Semitism both here at home and abroad,” he told Fox News in an exclusive interview.

In an exclusive interview with Fox News at the Israeli American Council summit in Hollywood, Florida, U.S. Special envoy to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism Elan Carr outlined what the Trump administration is doing to curb the problem.

In an exclusive interview with Fox News at the Israeli American Council summit in Hollywood, Florida, U.S. Special envoy to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism Elan Carr outlined what the Trump administration is doing to curb the problem.

When asked if he was already seeing a “rollback” with the measures the president has implemented, Carr answered, “I’m very excited by the things the president has already done and I think we’re going to see tangible effects from this, and I am very encouraged that we are on the right track.”


This past September, the United Nations released an “unprecedented” report on anti-Semitism, which pointed out that the frequency of incidents appeared to be increasing.

The U.N. Human Rights Council's special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, released the September report on anti-Semitism.

The U.N. Human Rights Council's special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, released the September report on anti-Semitism. (Bahtiyar Abdukerimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images, File)

The report noted, “anti-Semitic hate speech is particularly prevalent online.”

It also made mention of several exceptionally violent incidents that “have had an outsized impact on Jewish individuals’ sense of security in recent years.”

Specifically, the report mentioned the 2018 attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, where a gunman opened fire and killed 11 congregants “in the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.” The report noted that the gunman’s “comments during the attack and social media activity on the days preceding it revealed a belief in a host of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories rooted in a far-right, white supremacist ideology.”

Police tape is viewed around the area on October 28, 2018 outside the Tree of Life Synagogue after a shooting there left 11 people dead in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh on October 27, 2018. 

Police tape is viewed around the area on October 28, 2018 outside the Tree of Life Synagogue after a shooting there left 11 people dead in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh on October 27, 2018. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

It also pointed out that about six months later, "a gunman similarly motivated by white supremacist ideology killed one congregant and wounded three others at a synagogue in the Poway California community."


Meanwhile, the U.N. Human Rights Council's Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed said he “received numerous accounts concerning vandalism and desecration of Jewish synagogues and cemeteries, as well as other recognizably Jewish sites.”

Responding to the U.N. report, Carr told Fox News, “It’s a model on the condition on the state of anti-Semitism in the world today, and here’s an example of the U.N., not known to be a friendly neighborhood necessarily on this issue and for Israel, and yet this was a thorough, comprehensive report. We’ve got to give credit where credit is due.”

On Saturday's summit, Trump said his administration was committed to fighting what he called a “vile poison.” He continued, “My administration is committed to aggressively challenging and confronting anti-Semitic bigotry in every resource and using every single weapon at our disposal.”

Trump also spoke about the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which has called for a boycott of all Israeli products.

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“As president I want to be very clear, my administration condemns the BDS campaign against Israel. But, sadly, BDS has made disturbing headway on American college campuses.”

Most of the college students who spoke to Fox News at the summit said they’ve experienced anti-Semitism on their campuses.

Student Micah Bresler, who is Jewish, described an incident at the University of Cincinnati, which he said took place last semester.

“There is a main street on campus that everyone walks down to get to their classroom and to the side of the street, there were multiple students on the ground laying there with other students holding up signs that were derogatory towards Jewish people and towards Israel,” Bresler told Fox News. “Walking by this with one of my friends who is in my fraternity with me, we felt very uneasy and we felt that it wasn’t safe.”

Wayne State University senior Stefanie Mihoc, who is Christian, told Fox News she’s involved with the group Students for Israel on campus.


“Before coming into college I didn’t have any Jewish friends,” Mihoc said. “I didn’t know any Jewish people, but I knew that I liked Israel based on what I knew from the Bible.”

Mihoc said she was inspired to learn more about Jewish people and get involved with groups that support Israel. She also said she witnessed ant-Semitism at her university in Detroit.

“We had this big ‘Israelpalooza’ is what we called it, where we had music and dancing and snacks and ice cream, and we brought in the organization Artists for Israel,” Mihoc told Fox News. “They were spray-painting a canvas of coexistence and peace and then we had a separate canvas for students to spray-paint whatever message they wanted.”

She went on to say, “At one point, a student stopped by and wrote something in Arabic and then left and we didn’t know what it meant, but we actually had a Muslim student who was a part of our group and he translated it for us and it said, ‘death to Israel.’”

Neither Wayne State nor the University of Cincinnati responded to Fox News’ requests for comment.


When asked what the Trump administration has been doing to curb anti-Semitism on college campuses Carr answered, “College campuses is a focus for our administration and in addition to all kinds of exciting initiatives that are being worked on as we speak, a year ago, a little more than a year ago, a groundbreaking decision by the Department of Education was issued that defines the Jewish people as an ethnic group.”

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He added, “That’s significant because it triggers Title VI civil rights protections for Jewish communities on campus.”

Carr continued, “Sadly, what’s happening on campuses, not only in the United States, but I was just in France and the U.K. and we’re seeing this around the world… Jews are being forced to make a choice between safety on one hand and connection to Zionism and the state of Israel on the other. And, it’s absolute anti-Semitism to tell a Jewish kid on a campus, ‘You want to be safe here, you have to absolutely divorce yourself from Zionism and from a connection to the state of Israel.’”


On Wednesday, Trump signed an executive order targeting anti-Semitism on college campuses. The order broadened the federal government’s definition of anti-Semitism and instructed it to be used in enforcing laws against discrimination on college campuses under Title VI. Under the order, the Department of Education could withhold funding from schools that it finds in violation of Title VI.

Carr also outlined other measures that have been implemented to curtail anti-Semitism across the country.

“The Department of Homeland Security has allocated a budget, a substantial budget, for augmenting security at Jewish facilities because of course security is job one,” Carr told Fox News, adding that multiple states have appropriated their own funds to augment security for Jewish facilities.

He said education has been key and needed to focus on highlighting the contributions of the Jewish people throughout history as a way “to get at the heart of this problem and cut anti-Semitism off at its evil source.”


Carr told Fox News targeting the Internet also was critical.

“We’ve got to work with Internet platforms to make sure young kids aren’t necessarily dragged into vile anti-Semitic chat rooms when they type ‘Holocaust’ into Google,” he said. “These are all things that we are focused on doing and that we desperately need to do.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. The video for this story was shot and edited by Talia Kaplan. Alexis Baker contributed to the filming of this piece. Fox News’ photo editor Carlos Bedoya provided the photos featured in the video.

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Pastors, worship leaders pray for Trump in Oval Office amid impeachment fight

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Prominent Christian pastors and worship leaders prayed over President Trump in the Oval Office last week, as he told them he needs prayer now more than ever amid the intensifying impeachment probe on Capitol Hill.

About 50 worship leaders from across America gathered for a faith briefing Friday organized by Paula White-Cain, the president's personal pastor and special adviser to the Faith and Opportunity Initiative in the White House.


"All 50 of us crammed into the Oval Office. He sat at his desk and he said pray for me," Sean Feucht, a Bethel Music worship leader who is running for Congress in California's Third Congressional District, told Fox News.

President Trump surrounded by a large group of worship leaders from across the country whom he invited to pray for him in the Oval Office Friday.

President Trump surrounded by a large group of worship leaders from across the country whom he invited to pray for him in the Oval Office Friday. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)

"We just laid our hands on him and prayed for him. It was like a real intense, hardcore prayer. It was so wild," Feucht said. "I could not believe he invited us in. That he carved out time to meet with us."


The worship leader, who has traveled as a missionary to countries where Christianity is most persecuted, called it "historic" having that many worship leaders invited by the president into the Oval Office.

Trump surprised the group in the Cabinet Room, where Brian Houston, the global senior pastor of Hillsong Church, shared about the faith-based meeting.

"When America is strong, the world is a better place," the Christian leader from Australia said. "What a great opportunity it's been to see some of the initiatives that are happening to help freedom of religion."


Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes, worship leaders from Nashville, also shared a message about how encouraged they were by the briefing and prayer.

"The thing that moved me the most was just how everyone is so for making sure we're changing people's lives and not leaving those that are marginalized and those that have been trafficked…they're working to end these things and change these things," Jobe shared. "I've just been in tears all day….God is moving!"


Vice President Pence opened up the faith briefing discussing the administration's work regarding religious freedom and the First Amendment.

Vice President Mike Pence and Sean Feucht, a worship leader who is running for Congress in California, participate in a faith briefing at the White House complex Friday.

Vice President Mike Pence and Sean Feucht, a worship leader who is running for Congress in California, participate in a faith briefing at the White House complex Friday. (Courtesy of Sean Feucht)

"Wonderful stopping by a worship leaders briefing today at the White House!" Pence wrote on Twitter. "America is a proud Nation of believers and our Administration will always defend the freedom of religion of every American, of every faith!"


The group worshipped, led by Carnes and Jobe, Bethel Music co-founders Brian and Jenn Johnson, Brit Nicole, and others. They prayed for an hour in the Eisenhower building.

Ivanka Trump discussed women's rights, prison reform, maternity leave and the economy. Sam Brownback, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, addressed the group and answered questions about what America is doing for religious liberty around the world.


When Trump surprised them in Cabinet Room, he welcomed them and joked about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi praying for him.

"Nancy Pelosi says that she prays for me, but she doesn't tell anyone what she prays for," he said. "But I know you guys have come to pray for me and I know you care about what's happening in this administration."

Feucht said: "I shook his hand and said 'Mr. President, I'm from California and I just want to let you know there's people out in California that support you."


But not everyone was on board. On Monday, the Freedom From Religion Foundation announced they are "investigating" the faith-based event.

“Welcoming a group of Christian Nationalists to carry out a governmental ‘takeover’ is deeply disturbing, since it shows a contempt for the foundational American principle of state-church separation,” Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF co-president, said in a statement. “It should alarm every citizen.”

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