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Arizona Sen. Flake Fears U.S. Global Leadership Is Damaged

Senator Jeff Flake continued to speak openly about his worries with the Trump administration.

Speaking most recently to the Council on Foreign Relations, Flake said President Trump has seriously damaged U.S. leadership with our allies.

“I have been concerned about American leadership abroad,” he told the room.

Beginning with his initial hard line opposition to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

“The experience with regard to NATO… and our commitment to Article V…Aw, we finally came out, in the end, in the right place," Flake said. "But, there was no value in taking a couple of months to get there.”

While the President has vowed to repeal the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Flake avoided calling it a “wrong decision” as fellow U.S. Sen. John McCain had.

Instead, Flake reiterated the importance of placing that proverbial ball in congress’ court.

“What the last president did was beyond his constitutional authority,” Flake said. “This is congress’ prerogative. So, Congress needs to act and do this on a permanent basis. I fully expect that we will.”

As for Trump’s refugee ban, Flake said he thinks the courts will uphold most of it, but he does not agree that they need to be vetted anymore than they already are.

Flake said America at its best is accepting of refugees.

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.