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Senator McCain On Damage Control Mission In Pacific

While in Australia, U.S. Sen. John McCain warned that Russia is a bigger threat to global security than ISIS. He made the comment on his way to a defense summit in Singapore.

As head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the McCain spent much of his visit calming our allies. He urged Australia’s leaders on Tuesday not to abandon its alliance with America despite jitters over President Trump.

Trump’s relationship with Australia started poorly at the onset of his presidency when he announced his decision to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.

Trust continued to erode this week with revelations that Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, may have colluded to establish a secret communications stream between the White House and Russia.

Australia has fought with the U.S. in every major conflict since World War One.

McCain told attendees at a security conference, America is “Going through a rough period,” and urged Australia to “remind us always just how much is at stake.”

Heading to the Pacific Islands, McCain said he and the U.S. President agree on some things, including support for military funding.

McCain said he plans to introduce a bill that would significantly increase funding for America’s military when he returns from his trip.

He also said he is supporting an initiative to bolster military presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

On Monday, North Korea launched its latest missile approximately 250 miles into the Sea of Japan, where it landed inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.