Ranking Member's Press

April 13, 2018

Menendez Pens Letter to Mueller Following Pompeo Nomination

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, last night sent a letter to Special Counsel Robert Mueller after Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo refused on Thursday to answer any questions about what he discussed with the Special Counsel and whether the President asked him to interfere with then FBI Director Comey's investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia. In his responses to Senator Menendez, Pompeo public… Continue Reading


April 13, 2018

Menendez Leads Democrats in Encouraging Vice President Pence to Adopt an “Americas Together” Policy at the Summit of Americas

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and 13 Democratic Senators sent a letter to Vice President Pence expressing concern about the Administration's policy towards the Western Hemisphere, and urging him to adopt an "Americas together" policy in lieu of the divisive "America First" policy at the 2018 Summit of Americas. Joining Menendez in sending the letter were Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Elizabeth War… Continue Reading


April 13, 2018

Menendez Reacts to Military Airstrikes in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after President Donald Trump ordered the United States to launch strikes on Syria in response to the latest alleged chemical attack on civilians by Bashar al-Assad. "The Assad regime and its backers must be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons. Tonight's announcement of airstrikes in cooperation with the British and French military underscores the… Continue Reading


April 12, 2018

Opening Remarks by Senator Menendez at Pompeo Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following statement at today's hearing on the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: "Mr. Director, congratulations on your nomination and welcome to your second Senate confirmation hearing. "This Committee considers your nomination after a nearly a year and a half of reckoning with President Trump's erratic … Continue Reading


April 10, 2018

Menendez Statement on Trump Canceling Plans to Attend Summit of the Americas

WASHINGTON-Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after President Trump announced he was canceling his plans to attend the 8th Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru. "The President's decision not to attend the Summit of the Americas is yet another retreat of U.S. leadership in our own hemisphere. In abandoning the bipartisan tradition of U.S. presidents attending this critical gathering, President Trump is losing a… Continue Reading


April 10, 2018

Menendez Questions Government Contract to Cambridge Analytica Parent Company and Raises Ethical and Legal Concerns About its Work in Foreign Countries

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent two letters requesting information from the State Department and SCL Group, the parent company of Cambridge Analytica, following the scandal over the company's alleged misappropriation of the personal data of up to 87 million Facebook users, for the purpose of psychologically targeting them in political campaigns. In a letter addressed to Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan and Ac… Continue Reading


April 09, 2018

Menendez, Engel, Cummings Demand Investigation Into State Department “Cleaning” of Career Employees

WASHINGTON-Today, Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform called for an investigation into allegations that Trump administration officials are marginalizing and retaliating against State Department career employees perceived as not loyal to President Trump. In a lette… Continue Reading


April 08, 2018

Menendez on Suspected Chemical Attack in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in reaction to the latest alleged chemical attack on civilians by Bashar al-Assad. "I am horrified that once again, Bashar Assad has allegedly used chemical weapons on his own people. Completely reliant on lifelines from Russia and Iran, Assad is a ruthless dictator and a war criminal who has repeatedly violated UN Security Council Resolutions. "This latest … Continue Reading


April 06, 2018

Menendez Statement on U.S. Sanctions on Russian Oligarchs

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned seven Russian oligarchs, 12 companies they control, 17 Russian government officials, and two state-owned enterprises under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). Co-authored by Menendez, CAATSA was overwhelmingly approved by Congress … Continue Reading


April 02, 2018

Menendez Statement on Ethiopia’s Newly Appointed Prime Minister

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Ethiopian parliament swore in Dr. Abiy Ahmed as its new prime minister. "After weeks of indecision and unrest, I welcome the peaceful transfer of power in Ethiopia that resulted in today's confirmation of Dr. Abiy Ahmed as the next Prime Minister. I hope that as one of his first official acts after his swearing in, Dr. Abiy lifts the recently reimpo… Continue Reading


March 26, 2018

Menendez on Expulsion of Russian Diplomats Following Chemical Weapon Attack in Salisbury

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced it would order 60 Russian diplomats to leave the country, and close the Russian consulate in Seattle in response to the nerve-agent poisoning of a former Russian spy in the United Kingdom. In a show of unity, European allies and Canada also announced similar measures. "Today's announcement is a welcome show of solidari… Continue Reading


March 23, 2018

Menendez Introduces Bipartisan Resolution Honoring Greece’s 197th Independence Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a Senate resolution honoring the 197th anniversary of Greek Independence Day and celebrating the traditions of cooperation and friendship that continue to remain strong between the two nations. "It is a pleasure to once again introduce this resolution to join the Greek-American community in New Jersey and across the United States in celebrating Greek Independence day and a democ… Continue Reading


March 23, 2018

Menendez, Colleagues Formally Request President Trump Provide Congress a Report on Salisbury Nerve Agent Attack

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and five Ranking Members of key Senate committees on national security in sending a letter to President Donald Trump formally requesting the Administration provide a comprehensive analysis to Congress on whether a foreign government used chemical or biological weapons in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in t… Continue Reading


March 22, 2018

Menendez, Rubio, Leahy Raise Concerns with State Department About Recent Developments in Honduras

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined today by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) in sending a letter to Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan expressing concern about the recent resignation of Juan Jimenez as the head of the Organization of American States (OAS) Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH), and its implications for U.S. efforts to support … Continue Reading


March 22, 2018

Menendez on H.R. McMaster’s Ouster as National Security Adviser, Decries Appointment of Bolton

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after President Trump announced via Twitter that he had replaced General H.R. McMaster with John Bolton as his National Security Adviser. "The continued chaos at the White House is a grave threat to our nation's security and the ability to effectively assert strong American leadership in the world. To say our adversaries are relishing this disarray does not e… Continue Reading


March 20, 2018

Menendez Leads Series of Floor Speeches Condemning Trump Administration’s Foreign Policy Agenda

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led a series of Senate floor speeches by Democratic members of the Committee to discuss their concerns with President Trump's foreign policy including the mass exodus of expertise from the State Department, the failure to nominate individuals for dozens of senior State Department positions and the willful paralysis in responding to Russian aggression and election meddling. Joining… Continue Reading


March 20, 2018

Menendez Statement on USAID’s Announcement of Humanitarian Assistance to Venezuela

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that it was providing humanitarian assistance to address food security and public health issues related to Venezuela's growing refugee crisis. "I welcome USAID's announcement to provide humanitarian assistance in response to Venezuela's growing refugee crisis. With thousands of Ven… Continue Reading


March 19, 2018

Menendez on New Venezuela Sanctions Targeting Petro Cryptocurrency

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced an executive order prohibiting transactions related to and dealings in Venezuela's cryptocurrency, known as the Petro. "I welcome the Administration's imposition of additional sanctions to block Maduro's efforts to further drown Venezuela in debt and suffering. Maduro created the Venezuelan state-backed Petro cryptocur… Continue Reading


March 18, 2018

Menendez Condemns Denial of Democratic Choice for Russian Citizens

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after Russia's state and media sources reported the Russian presidential elections have resulted in the re-election of President Vladimir Putin to another six-year term: "Today, in further violation of its international commitments, the Russian government once again deprived its citizens of the fundamental right to choose their political leadership. The Kreml… Continue Reading


March 16, 2018

Menendez, Colleagues Request Briefing on Sanctionable Sales of Russian Weapon Systems

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a group of his Senate colleagues in writing to Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan today requesting a detailed analysis from the Trump Administration on the current status of Russian S-400 air defense system sales or negotiations with countries around the world. The senator's missive follows reported negotiations between Russia and certain countries over sales of the Kremlin's S-400… Continue Reading

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