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This can be a rush transcript from “Sunday Morning Futures,” December 5, 2021. This copy will not be in its remaining kind and could also be up to date.

MARIA BARTIROMO, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: Good Sunday morning, everybody. Welcome to “Sunday Morning Futures.” I am Maria Bartiromo.

At this time: Texas thrives within the face of problem, the state a magnet for expertise and innovation, with one other main tech firm opening store, regardless of Joe Biden’s broad open borders. New knowledge this morning on the a whole lot of hundreds of got-aways crossing the Southern border this yr, as companies make investments tens of billions within the Lone Star State.

Developing, Texas Governor Greg Abbott with breaking information on what Samsung and Tesla’s massive funding within the state imply for Texas and America.

Plus: a brazen lawlessness, smash-and-grab robberies surging throughout the nation, as President Biden’s authorities blows off anti-mandate rulings, and the White Home blames the crime spike on COVID, as a substitute of their very own dangerous coverage.

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PETER DOOCY, FOX NEWS WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Does the president nonetheless assume that crime is up due to the pandemic?

JEN PSAKI, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: I feel many individuals have conveyed that.


BARTIROMO: Sure, former HUD secretary and neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson is right here on the crime spree and the Omicron hysteria.

Then, this: holding their ft to the fireplace.


SEN. JOHN KENNEDY (R-LA): I do not know whether or not to name you professor or comrade.


BARTIROMO: Louisiana Senator John Kennedy brings the warmth whereas questioning Joe Biden’s communist-loving nominees. Developing, he takes us all the way down to the wire, as Joe Biden and the Democrats look to place their large spending and tax plan again on the entrance web page this week, with only a few days left within the yr on the legislative calendar.

After which ethical braveness and American pleasure. Boston Celtics star Enes Freedom on why he will not again down from communist China and can stand tall for America.

All developing proper right here, proper now on “Sunday Morning Futures.”

And first this morning, extra confusion and vanity on the White Home.


JOE BIDEN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I’ve seen extra of Dr. Fauci than I’ve my spouse. We child one another, however…


BIDEN: They — look, who’s president? Fauci.


BIDEN: However all kidding apart, I sincerely imply it.


BARTIROMO: Sure, who’s President? Joe Biden joking this week that Dr. Anthony Fauci is the true president, because the commander in chief’s ballot numbers plummet once more to new lows, and purple states like Florida and Texas present the bottom variety of COVID infections and a few of the highest funding {dollars} wherever.

Becoming a member of me proper now’s the governor of the nice state of Texas. Greg Abbott is right here.

Governor, thanks very a lot for being right here. Congrats to you on numerous excellent news.

I wish to get to your investments from Tesla and Samsung in a second.

However, first, inform us in regards to the Omicron variant. What has it meant for Texas? The place are you on the COVID infections?

GOV. GREG ABBOTT (R-TX): So, for one, as a result of — you talked about how we now have a low charge of infections in comparison with so many different states. And one cause that we now have been capable of obtain that’s as a result of we now have been open 100%. There are not any vaccine mandates or masks mandates.

And so it reveals that we are able to stay open and assist livelihoods, whereas additionally ensuring that we do job of defending lives.

Now, because it issues the brand new variant, we’re being very aggressive in making an attempt to handle it. The Division of State Well being Companies is working with native well being care suppliers throughout all the state to have the ability to take a look at samples of COVID-positive {cases} to find out whether or not or not they do comprise the brand new variant. We’re working to be sure that vaccines can be found to anyone who desires a vaccine, and likewise working to be sure that we make it simpler for individuals to get a take a look at, to allow them to decide whether or not or not they might have the brand new variant or simply have the Delta variant, regardless of the case could also be.

However, additionally, we — in anticipation of a possible improve in hospitalizations, we’re working to surge extra nursing and medical personnel to be sure that our hospitals will be capable of cope with it.

BARTIROMO: Properly, it is fairly extraordinary, whenever you have a look at what is going on on in Europe proper now, Governor.

You’ve got lockdowns in Austria, Germany, locking down unvaccinated individuals. What are your ideas? As a result of the White Home has not dominated out a vaccine mandate for home vacationers. We’re ready to see the place this Omicron story goes subsequent.

ABBOTT: Properly, I can inform you, in Texas, we’re ruling out vaccine mandates. We’re ruling out lockdowns. There isn’t any want for issues like that.

Texans know precisely what they should do with a view to shield themselves. And so they do not want authorities telling them what to do. And I feel the identical factor ought to apply from the White Home.

BARTIROMO: So, Texas is open and thriving. And you’ve got had a a number of variety of victories, this week alone, a federal decide blocking Joe Biden from implementing the 2 mandates requiring tens of millions of employees to get vaccinated.

Your govt order banning masks mandates by authorities entities turns into legislation. Inform me in regards to the financial story in Texas. I do know that Tesla introduced it is formally shifting its headquarters from Silicon Valley to Austin. What does that imply for Texas? After which there’s Samsung committing to a $17 billion semiconductor manufacturing unit in Taylor, Texas.

That is going to be actual impactful, not only for Texas, however for the nation, as we battle this scarcity of semiconductor chips.

ABBOTT: Properly, it is enormous.

I’ll handle each points that you simply increase. And that’s, first, Texas has been very aggressive about legally difficult all of those mandates that the Biden administration has put in place regarding COVID, whether or not or not it’s vaccine mandates or masks mandates, regardless of the case could also be. And we now have been successful all of them within the courts.

And proper now in Texas, there are not any federal mandates that apply. The one mandate that applies is my govt order saying that no one within the state of Texas may be mandated to take a vaccine shot. Clearly, they’re accessible for anyone who desires it, however there may be no mandates infringing upon particular person liberty.

That’s partially why I feel there are such a lot of companies which can be shifting to the state of Texas. Maria, over simply the primary 11 months of this yr, there have been 70 companies and firms which have relocated their headquarters to the state of Texas.

In case you look, on common, which means there is a new headquarters in Texas each 5 days. A kind of, as you talked about, is Tesla that first introduced their Gigafactory right here within the state, after which they introduced their headquarter transfer.

You talked about Samsung, semiconductors, a $17 billion funding in Taylor, Texas, which is simply exterior of Austin, the place they are going to be constructing extra semiconductors. That’s along with an announcement the week earlier than the place Texas Devices introduced a $30 billion funding for semiconductors.

These semiconductors will assist in the provision chain course of. However the state of Texas economic system is rising and thriving. And there are companies which can be shifting right here, which can be rising right here, as a result of Texas is the land of financial alternative and innovation.

BARTIROMO: Properly, this can be a enormous story. And that is going to have affect all through the nation.

We all know proper now the dominance of Taiwan on semiconductors, one different cause that China desires to go in purchase Taiwan, in order that they may very well be answerable for all semiconductors. That is going to alleviate the semiconductor downside and lack that America is going through. In order that’s simply nice information for Texas.

Do you count on extra? What’s — what are you anticipating by way of extra funding coming down the highway? Any imaginative and prescient or runway for us?

ABBOTT: Positive. Properly, we now have received really numerous Positive initiatives which can be coming our manner.

However, hear, you touched upon one thing that is crucial. And that could be a lesson that People have discovered — and, by God, the Biden administration ought to be taught this additionally — and that’s, the nation made a mistake over the previous one or 20 years to a far quantity manufacturing of all these important provides, whether or not or not it’s now semiconductors or may very well be well being care provides that we would have liked through the time of COVID, regardless of the case could also be.

We have to not rely on China or different nations for our important wants for issues like semiconductors. And that’s precisely why Texas really is main the way in which of changing into the house for semiconductors that go into all the pieces that individuals use. It is not simply your iPhone or your laptop computer or regardless of the case could also be.

It is also in all of those automobiles the place you have got manufacturing occurring. In reality, simply this final week, we introduced the rollout of the brand new Toyota Tundra. And so they use these semiconductor chips of their vehicles.


ABBOTT: And so Texas would be the residence of semiconductor manufacturing going ahead.

BARTIROMO: All of the extra spectacular, given what you’re going through by way of the problem on the border.

So, due to the Omicron variant, Joe Biden got here out this week and put new masks restrictions — masks mandates, quite, in place till March of 2022. And he was requested about COVID testing, given the truth that now vacationers coming into america are required to check for COVID inside 24 hours.

This is Dr. Fauci answering the query from FOX Information star Peter Doocy about testing COVID on the border. Watch this.


DR. ANTHONY FAUCI, CHIEF MEDICAL ADVISER TO PRESIDENT BIDEN: Anyone and all people who’s coming into the nation must get a take a look at inside 24 hours of getting on the aircraft to return right here.

DOOCY: However what about individuals who do not take a aircraft and simply these border crossers coming in, in enormous numbers?


FAUCI: That is a special subject.

For instance, whenever you discuss — we nonetheless have Title 42 with regard to safety on the border. So there are protections on the border, that you do not have the potential, you already know, of any individual on a aircraft, getting checked, a passport. We do not have that there.


BARTIROMO: Governor, set the report straight for us. Who just isn’t getting examined on the border?

And, additionally, we do have breaking information this morning. Now we have the most recent unofficial border numbers from our border sources for the month of November. And it’s getting worse. We had 168,000 apprehensions for the month and 52, 429 got-aways. In different phrases, these individuals got here into the nation, they have been seen on surveillance cameras, they received away.

We’re 600,000 got-aways this fiscal yr, up 40 %. Your ideas on testing for COVID and all of this affect of the broad open border in Texas?

ABBOTT: Maria, I am unaware of whether or not or not Dr. Fauci has ever really been to the border, definitely through the time of COVID.

I do not assume he has any private firsthand data whether or not or not persons are being examined coming throughout the border. I, nevertheless, am on the border both each week or each different week. And I’ve been coping with and speaking to Border Patrol, in addition to the Texas Nationwide Guard and the Texas Division of Public Security, who’re apprehending these individuals coming throughout the border.

And what I can inform you for a reality is, most people coming throughout the border, if not all of them, will not be being examined. The purpose is that this. The president and the Biden administration, they’ve two requirements. If you are going to pay cash to return into america of America lawfully, you need to be examined.

Nonetheless, in the event you come into the nation illegally, you do not have to be examined. And, as you already know the numbers, there have been greater than one million individuals who’ve come throughout the border illegally that we all know of this yr, most of whom haven’t been examined.

And so the Biden demonstration really has no ample info to find out the extent to which persons are coming throughout the border by the tens of millions to know whether or not or not they’re bringing COVID or the Omicron variant, regardless of the case could also be, into america of America.

That’s utterly irresponsible and very harmful.

BARTIROMO: Completely.

ABBOTT: You talked in regards to the got-aways.


ABBOTT: And the explanation why we now have got-aways is as a result of the Biden administration has tied the fingers of each the Border Patrol, in addition to ICE. They’ve inadequate variety of personnel on the border to safe the border.

That is precisely why Texas has 10,000 Nationwide Guard and Texas Division of Public Security officers on the border. It is why we’re erecting these boundaries on the border, and it is precisely why Texas is constructing its personal border wall.

BARTIROMO: Which — precisely.

And one in all my sources instructed me in regards to the lawlessness occurring in Houston. He instructed me there have been 400,000 new individuals in Houston proper now as a result of there are getaway automobiles choosing them up from the border, driving them to Houston. In reality, I used to be instructed one of many greatest companies in Houston proper now’s producing pretend paperwork, that these corporations that produce pretend paperwork for these illegals are simply hovering.

What is going on on in Houston? And, by the way in which, a federal decide is insisting that the Biden administration reimplement remain-in-Mexico. However my sources on the bottom stated: I’ll consider it once I see it.

They nonetheless assume they will blow off the legislation.

Your ideas on what is going on on in Houston, in addition to this remain-in- Mexico coverage, actual fast, sir?

ABBOTT: So, the remain-in-Mexico, that was a results of a lawsuit introduced by Texas in opposition to the Biden administration, the place a federal decide dominated in our favor, compelling the Biden administration to reinstate the remain-in- Mexico coverage.

In fact, we’re apprehensive in regards to the extent to which the Biden administration will reimpose it. Nonetheless, the information reviews are that they’re going to start doing it. I feel they’ve gotten settlement by the Mexican authorities to start that course of starting this weekend and early subsequent week. However, after all, as typical, we’ll consider it once we see it.

With regard to those crimes that you simply’re speaking about happening, hear, that is a part of cartel exercise. The cartels are promoting on TikTok to get drivers to help, after which shifting unlawful immigrants across the state of Texas. It is a matter that the Texas Division of Public Security is working to crack down upon.

Nevertheless it reveals the extent to which Texas legislation enforcement officers should step up and cope with the challenges which can be created by the Biden administration importing criminality into our nation and into our state.

BARTIROMO: Sure. All proper, we’ll go away it there.

Governor, thanks very a lot to your management. Good to speak with you this morning.

ABBOTT: Thanks.

BARTIROMO: Now we have reported on the TikTok angle as effectively.

Thanks, sir. We are going to discuss quickly.

Fast break, after which Dr. Ben Carson on the Omicron variant menace.

Stick with us.


BARTIROMO: Properly, welcome again.

The Omicron variant of COVID has now been detected in at the least 13 states, whereas a number of European nations, together with Austria, Germany, Spain, have all imposed new lockdowns, mandates and restrictions because of this variant.

Becoming a member of me proper now to react is retired neurosurgeon former HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson. He’s the founder and chairman of the American Cornerstone Institute.

And, Dr. Carson, it is at all times a pleasure to see you. Thanks for being right here.


BARTIROMO: I might wish to get your response to the Omicron variant.

CARSON: Positive.

Properly, to start with, viruses endure variations. They mutate. It is a pure factor. It is kind of like in the event you go right into a Xerox workplace and also you begin Xeroxing issues. Among the copies will not be going to be excellent. After which, when these are replicated, they will not be excellent both. That is how mutations happens, related style.

It is a pure phenomena for viruses to do this. So, the truth that we now have found one other variation just isn’t trigger for nice alarm. Now, clearly, we must be involved in regards to the coronavirus and its variations. And we have to proceed to take acceptable precautions. However we need not go loopy.

You simply had Governor Abbott on. And Texas is a state that is not locked down. Florida is a state that is not locked down, though these are two of the states to which most of the individuals who have come throughout the border illegally have been despatched. And about 20 % of these individuals have COVID.

And but they don’t seem to be locking down, they usually’re doing higher than the overwhelming majority of states. That ought to inform us one thing. There comes a time when logical individuals really have a look at the info and make their insurance policies based mostly on what the info reveals, quite than on ideology.

So, sure, we must always proceed to watch out. We must always acknowledge that we now have a superb medical system on this nation, they usually can give you the suitable options. Let individuals work with their very own well being care suppliers.

We do not want authorities mandating what must be finished. That is a slippery slope. It results in horrible locations. And the entire idea of demonizing people who find themselves not vaccinated, is not that the identical sort of factor that fascists do once they are available? They choose a bunch of individuals they usually say, these are those who’re inflicting all the issues. After which they start to persecute them, to limit them, to do numerous different issues.

That is not America. We do not need that. Individuals, we now have received to get up and perceive that there are massive issues occurring right here. And so they’re typically utilizing this as subterfuge to recover from another ideologies that they wish to get throughout.

That is America, the land of the free. And it is in regards to the individuals, not in regards to the authorities.


So, I wish to ask you about your ideas on what is going on on in Europe proper now, and Joe Biden’s new guidelines to close down journey from South Africa.

Let me take a brief break. After which, after this, we’ll speak about that, in addition to the Democrats’ plan to make use of $400 million in taxpayer {dollars} to fund a federal vaccine database, extra surveillance. Is that this simply more money up in smoke?

We are going to speak about it with Dr. Carson once we come proper again.



DOOCY: So when an enormous group of criminals organizes themselves, they usually wish to go loot a retailer, a CVS, a Nordstrom, a Residence Depot, till the cabinets are cleaned, you assume that is due to the pandemic?

PSAKI: I feel a root trigger in numerous communities is the pandemic, sure.



That was White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday this week blaming the spike in organized smash-and-grab retail crime throughout the nation. She blamed it on COVID.

We’re again with Dr. Ben Carson. He’s the founder and chairman of the American Cornerstone Institute.

Dr. Carson. your response to that?

CARSON: That’s blatantly absurd. And I do not — I do not understand how she will even say that with a straight face.

However, in a way, we do have examples of lawlessness, as a result of, when our federal authorities, the chief department, decides to disregard what the judicial department has stated about mandates, they usually act in a lawless style, why ought to they be stunned when the individuals act in a lawless style?

So perhaps there’s a correlation. Possibly that is what she’s speaking about.

BARTIROMO: That’s precisely proper.

And there isn’t any accountability. You had Anthony Fauci on the stand beneath oath inform Rand Paul they didn’t do gain-of-function analysis. Then the NIH comes out and says no, no, no, we did do and fund gain-of-function analysis.

Why is there no accountability? You’ve identified Anthony Fauci for a very long time. What are your ideas on what is going on on there, because the president earlier this week stated, we joke that he is the true president.

CARSON: Properly, it is unlucky when medication begins to combine itself with political ideology. Issues change into very illogical at that time.

One of many issues that we must be speaking about are different issues that may be efficient. We must be different vaccines. We should not be glad with what we now have now. We must be therapeutics. We must be emphasizing these. We must be areas of the world the place COVID just isn’t prevalent, like on the western coast of Africa, and say, why is it not prevalent there?

Properly, for one factor, they take antimalarials, like hydroxychloroquine. We must be discovering out, why is that occurring? Is that only a coincidence? Ivermectin, a few of the different issues which have been extraordinarily efficient. Let’s not have tunnel imaginative and prescient and say, simply, all people, get the vaccine, and stomp our ft and say, we’ll do all the pieces we are able to to verify all people will get a jab.

We’re sensible individuals. Now we have numerous completely different avenues that we are able to pursue. Let’s pursue these. And if Dr. Fauci and others would acknowledge that and use their mind, as a result of they’re sensible guys, to have a look at all the pieces, I feel we would make rather a lot sooner progress.

BARTIROMO: So what are your ideas on a booster? What ought to individuals be fascinated by associated to a booster shot?

CARSON: Properly, a booster is nothing greater than lower than a full dose of the vaccine. So, it is like take a half-dose and get it once more.

And I assume the massive query is, why will we hold needing boosters? First, it was going to be the one vaccine. Then it was going to be two, after which it is a vaccine and a booster. And, in all probability, we’ll want one other booster later.

That is one of many causes that we must be a few of the alternate options in a really critical style, in addition to in search of different varieties of vaccines that will not require repeated boosters.


CARSON: However the very last thing on the earth we must be doing is villainizing the individuals who use their option to take a special route.

BARTIROMO: Sure, particularly since they utterly ignore pure immunity. These individuals who have had COVID are arguably extra immune than these individuals who have taken the vaccine.

CARSON: Completely.

BARTIROMO: However, earlier than you go, I’ve received to ask you about this new surveillance energy that the CDC is getting, Dr. Carson.

Eighty Home GOP voted with Texas, with — I am sorry — Democrats on Tuesday to go the Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act. That is $400 million in taxpayer {dollars} to fund a federal vaccine database.

So, now they wish to have a database on all people on what vaccines they’ve taken and the place they’re in that. Your ideas on this surveillance energy of the CDC?

CARSON: Properly, I used to be very — very unhappy to see that.

Acknowledge that governments generally tend to develop, to infiltrate, and to manage. And people are governments which can be managed by Democrats or Republicans or independents or anyone. That is what governments do. They’re like lions. Lions kill gazelles and eat them not as a result of they’re dangerous animals, however as a result of they’re lions.

And that is why we now have a Structure. The Structure was given to the individuals of this nation, in order that they might management the expansion of presidency. And this can be a prime instance of what authorities development would do, having this database, to start with, subjecting individuals to the COVID. Nevertheless it’ll secondarily be used for different issues as effectively.

Now we have received to be sensible sufficient to acknowledge these indicators once we see them and to cease them, to nip them within the bud earlier than it turns into too late. It does not take lengthy to alter a nation. You have a look at Venezuela, nearly in a single day, what occurred there.

BARTIROMO: You are proper.

CARSON: People, we now have received to get up. Now we have received to be sensible.

BARTIROMO: Particularly when you have got adversaries rising, like we do, in communist China.

Dr. Carson, it is good to see you, as at all times. Thanks a lot for weighing in on all of that.

CARSON: You too. Thanks.

BARTIROMO: All proper, Dr. Ben Carson becoming a member of us.

Fast break, after which Senator John Kennedy is right here, firing up the room whereas questioning Joe Biden’s radical nominees. The Louisiana senator will be part of me on the percentages of Joe Biden’s $5 trillion spending and tax plan getting jammed by means of earlier than Christmas.

We will probably be proper again.



REP. KEVIN MCCARTHY (R-CA): If it fails within the Senate, it dies.

But when the Senate adjustments it, any of these adjustments has to return again to the Home.


MCCARTHY: So, we now have one other chew on the apple right here.

And extra individuals who study this — that was my level. I would like individuals to know what’s within the invoice. I would like individuals to know what they’re doing, that this massive authorities socialism is not working.


BARTIROMO: There was Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy on this program final month on the destiny of Biden’s tax-and-spend plan.

Democrats are hoping to place the $4.9 trillion spending invoice again in focus this upcoming week, now that the federal government has been funded till February 2022. They may even attempt to handle the debt restrict and the Nationwide Protection Authorization Act with China coverage by year-end.

Louisiana Senator John Kennedy sits on the Senate Finances, Banking and Judiciary committees.

And, Senator, it is fantastic to have you ever this morning. Thanks very a lot for being right here.

Are you able to kick us off with the variety of legislative days you have got left? What are you anticipating to get finished earlier than year-end?

KENNEDY: Properly, Senator Schumer determines the variety of days we now have left, however, mainly, we now have till the tip of the yr.

In case your query is, will Construct Again Higher be introduced earlier than the Senate, I feel solely Joe Manchin is aware of the reply to that, and maybe Senator Sinema. I feel Senator Manchin understands, Maria, in his coronary heart that this can be a dangerous invoice, dangerous social coverage, dangerous financial coverage.

Once I first heard in regards to the Construct Again Higher invoice, I believed to myself, that is satire, proper? After which I took a have a look at it, and I used to be amazed past creativeness. I imply, it is breathtaking, trillions of {dollars} of latest spending, new taxes, new debt, new welfare applications.

The one manner I understand how to enhance that’s with a shredder. It’ll gasoline inflation. When a Scorching Pocket prices you $10, bear in mind, we’re constructing again higher.


KENNEDY: A brand new welfare program for unlawful immigrants, amnesty for unlawful immigrants, federal takeover of early childhood training and youngster care. Ultimately, the federal authorities goes to wish to management what they educate your children.

No less than within the brief time period, a dramatic rise in the price of youngster care. For instance, in 2022, if the invoice passes, if a pair are making collectively $70,000 a yr, you already know what the price for youngster care goes to be for them?; $29,000. That is out of pocket.


KENNEDY: And that is for one youngster.


KENNEDY: If in case you have two, who can afford that?

BARTIROMO: I imply, individuals do not understand what’s on this invoice.

I am glad you simply described it that manner, a federal takeover of kid care. You even have this ingredient in it the place Democrats’ spending invoice places three million unlawful immigrants on the trail to citizenship. And the prices — Maya MacGuineas instructed me from the Committee for a Accountable Finances that it is really $4.9 trillion, not the $1.75 trillion that they are promoting.

So how is it doable that Treasury Secretary Yellen says it is absolutely paid for and Joe Biden retains saying that it pays — and that it prices nothing?

KENNEDY: Properly, Secretary Yellen is incorrect. And so is President Biden.

This invoice goes so as to add billions of {dollars} in new debt. We have not talked a lot in regards to the new taxes. President Biden, he whispers to the American individuals, pay your fair proportion.

However he by no means bothers to reply the query is — of, what’s your fair proportion of what any individual else has labored for? Now we have by no means had that dialogue.

The Construct Again Higher invoice simply takes Marxist class evaluation and makes use of it to redistribute wealth in a manner that I feel goes to irreparably injury the American individuals.

BARTIROMO: Properly, Senator, many individuals are upset along with your Senate colleagues.

I imply, are we right here at this place proper now due to the 19 Republicans who went together with Democrats to vote for the infrastructure invoice? Is that why we’re right here proper now speaking about all of those excessive taxes to return to hit us in 2022?

KENNEDY: Properly, Maria, I do not usually inform my colleagues how you can vote. In the event that they ask me, I inform them. I’ll give them my opinion.

However I usually shut with — by saying, comply with your coronary heart, however simply ensure you take your mind with you. I did not vote for the infrastructure invoice. I believed it will make it simpler to go this Construct Again Higher spending orgy.

I did not vote for the infrastructure invoice as a result of solely 23 % of it went to went to infrastructure. And I wasn’t going to spend taxpayer cash to purchase a automobile to get the cupholders.

However, in my judgment, there isn’t any query that the pretend infrastructure invoice has made it simpler to go the Construct Again Higher invoice. Nevertheless it’s — however the Construct Again Higher invoice, which I feel I’ve made fairly clear that I feel is craptastic, hasn’t handed but.

And whether or not it passes, I feel, goes to be decided by Senator Manchin and, to some extent, Senator Sinema. A few of my colleagues assume the opposite — my different Democratic associates within the Senate are going to object, however I do not — I do not assume so. I feel they’ve been — they’ve been hit with all the pieces however a chair, they usually have — they’ve given in.

BARTIROMO: A part of the problem right here is that we do not know who’s working issues.

I imply, have a look at the approval scores of Joe Biden and the way he is dealing with the job as president. They’ve plummeted. Now we have a brand new Trafalgar ballot that claims, solely 18 % of individuals strongly approve or approve. You Have gotten 52.2 % of these individuals strongly disapproving of Joe Biden’s dealing with of being president.

And, after all, partly, it is these nominees.

Let me roll a sound chew of you questioning one in all his radical nominees. This Saule Omarova, his nominee for comptroller of the foreign money, which you have been nice with. Watch this.


KENNEDY: In 2020, you wrote one other paper referred to as “The Local weather Case for a Nationwide Funding Authority,” the place you stated: “What we have to do to the oil and fuel business is have the federal authorities bankrupt them, so we are able to deal with local weather change.”

You’ve the correct to consider each one in all these items. You do. That is America. However I do not imply any disrespect. I do not know whether or not to name you professor or comrade.


BARTIROMO: Senator, your ideas on who will get by means of, who passes Senate affirmation.

He has additionally, clearly, nominated Jay Powell and Lael Brainard for the chairman and vice chairman of the Federal Reserve.

KENNEDY: Properly, I assist Chairman Powell.

However, as to the president’s different nominees. I feel they’re one of many causes that President Biden’s ballot numbers are on a journey to the middle of the Earth. Be your self is the worst recommendation you can provide some individuals. And so many President Biden’s nominees are simply barking mad.

They’re crypto-socialists. They’re fanatical. I imply, in the event you ask them to think about one other standpoint, their neck veins bulge, they usually name you a Nazi or a racist. We attempt to query them in committee. However they do not reply the questions. They only refer you — excuse my language — they simply refer you to bullshit.com.


KENNEDY: They do not appear to — lots of them do not like America. They do not appear to.

They really feel contempt for America. They need to really feel gratitude.

BARTIROMO: Sure. Senator…

KENNEDY: And I feel that — I am sorry.


KENNEDY: Go forward.

BARTIROMO: No, simply actual fast, earlier than you go, I’ve received to get your take.

Do you consider Russia will invade Ukraine? A variety of fear effervescent up now that Russian troops have constructed up close to the Ukraine border, elevating the fear of an invasion in 2022. China is rising. Our adversaries are smelling weak spot.

KENNEDY: Properly, weak spot invitations the wolves.

Russia will not invade and President Biden and the Congress make it clear that there will probably be critical penalties if Russia does. What the president must do tomorrow, tomorrow, is sanction the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. In case you do this, we’ll get China — or we’ll get Russia down, after which we are able to choke them.

BARTIROMO: Senator, it is nice to have you ever.

We will probably be watching whether or not or not there are sanctions coming, really. Senator, thanks a lot.

John Kennedy becoming a member of us this morning.

We are going to see you quickly. Have a contented vacation, sir.

KENNEDY: You too.

BARTIROMO: We are going to discuss extra about China developing.

Celtics Heart Enes Freedom on why he is not going to again down in opposition to communist Beijing, as males’s tennis is now pressuring to hitch the WTA in a China boycott over participant Peng Shuai.

We will probably be proper again.



REP. MICHAEL WALTZ (R-FL): I name on all People, whenever you see “Made in China,” put it down. In case you care about social justice, effectively, let me inform you the place slavery is going on. It is occurring proper now, the place girls are being abused. They’re being imprisoned. They’re being pressured to be sterilized.

It is a genocide occurring as we communicate. However as a result of all people is drunk on Chinese language cash, together with the Olympic sponsors which can be occurring in February, then all people desires to show a blind eye. Properly, good on him for calling out the hypocrisy.


BARTIROMO: Sure, that was Florida Congressman Michael Waltz on this program again in October praising my subsequent visitor.

NBA star Enes Freedom has been displaying ethical braveness in calling out China over its human rights abuses. Earlier this week, the Boston Celtics heart grew to become a U.S. citizen and altered his identify from Enes Kanter to Enes Kanter Freedom to have fun.

He joins me proper now.

Good morning to you, Enes. And congratulations on changing into an American citizen.

Inform us, what does America imply to you?

ENES KANTER FREEDOM, BOSTON CELTICS: Thanks for having me, Maria.

I imply, it is the best nation on the earth. I bear in mind first time coming to America in 2009. One in every of my teammate really criticized the president. And I used to be very scared for him, as a result of I instructed him, was like, dude, you will be in jail. Cease criticizing the president.

And he rotated and stated: This isn’t Turkey, brother. You may chill out. Now we have freedom right here.

I feel changing into an American citizen was my aim the primary time I step in America, as a result of you have got freedom of speech, faith, expression, and freedom of press right here. And there is checks and balances, guidelines and legal guidelines.

So it was a dream come true. And I can’t be happier.

BARTIROMO: I simply love what you are saying.

Now males’s tennis is beneath fireplace this morning, the lads’s tennis affiliation beneath fireplace for not pulling enterprise out of China, the way in which the Girls’s Tennis Affiliation did so.

that the WTA canceling tournaments in Beijing over issues about tennis star Peng Shuai’s security after she was disappeared for 2 weeks as a result of she referred to as out the previous vice premier of the CCP.

Your ideas on what is going on on in tennis proper now?

KANTER FREEDOM: , I applaud the Girls’s Tennis Affiliation, their braveness.

Each main affiliation ought to take notes and take an instance of what WTA is doing. They do not care about cash or enterprise, however they care about morals, values and rules. And so they care about their gamers.

About Peng Shuai, whereas we all know she’s alive, we do not know if she’s free, free to talk, free to journey. So, I really feel like we must always undoubtedly maintain this China — dictatorships like China’s Communist Social gathering accountable.

BARTIROMO: Sure, I wish to ask you in regards to the NBA and what’s occurring now that you’ve been so vocal in opposition to these dangerous abuses within the Chinese language Communist Social gathering.

And I’ve to consider, since you have got been so patriotic and displaying this love of America, American corporations could — in all probability are getting behind you in a giant manner.

Let’s take a brief break. I wish to get your message for LeBron James, after the ethical braveness that you’re displaying, and what sort of endorsements you are getting now.

We may even discuss in regards to the U.S. doubtlessly boycotting the 2022 Beijing Olympics subsequent with Enes Freedom proper right here.


BARTIROMO: Welcome again.

We’re again with Celtics heart Enes Freedom.

Enes, you have got been pushing again on China’s authoritarianism and their dangerous habits with these sneakers, your sneakers that we’ll present. You’ve also-called out LeBron James.

I’ve to count on that, since you have got been so patriotic, you need to have numerous corporations getting behind you and supplying you with endorsements. Inform me what number of have gotten behind you, American corporations, to assist you.

KANTER FREEDOM: Properly, sadly, zero.

It is a disgrace that each one these corporations are scared, scared as a result of they’re doing an excessive amount of enterprise with the Chinese language Communist Social gathering in China. And so they know that the second that they provide me any sort of deal, that each one their enterprise will — in China will probably be shut down.

However I by no means did this to get any sort of endorsement offers. I might care much less. To me, the morals are manner, far more necessary than something they’ll supply me. However disgrace on all the businesses on the market.

BARTIROMO: That’s completely extraordinary, that you’ve proven this loyalty to America and patriotism, and no American corporations have gotten behind you and endorsed you. I’m shocked.

Actual fast on LeBron James. You referred to as him out for the slave labor reviews, reportedly, in Xinjiang, China. Have you ever heard again from him? Will you face off in opposition to LeBron this Tuesday?

KANTER FREEDOM: , I have never heard from him.

And I say this time and again each time I do an interview, morals over cash. These athletes and — ought to undoubtedly educate themselves earlier than they put their signature on a paper and signing massive offers with these hypocrite corporations like, clearly, Nike. It’s modern-day slavery.

However, at the beginning, earlier than athletes, we undoubtedly must name out these corporations who name themselves social justice corporations, however, in relation to China, they continue to be silent as a result of they do numerous enterprise with China.

So, I really feel like somebody needed to do it. And it occurred to be me. And I am glad. And I am glad that I did it.

BARTIROMO: Enes, actual fast on the Olympics.

As an athlete, what do you wish to say to different athletes who’re headed to Beijing for the Olympics in February?

KANTER FREEDOM: Disgrace on them.

All of the gold medals on the earth that you could win just isn’t extra necessary than your values and rules. Come on. Now we have — I imply, whereas we’re talking proper now, there is a genocide occurring.

And disgrace on Worldwide Olympic Committee that they are sleeping in the identical mattress with China. So, somebody needed to name them out.


Enes Freedom, nice to have you ever, as at all times. Congratulations to you. You are a proud American. And we’re proud to have you ever.

Enes Freedom, thanks.

I’ll see you tomorrow on FOX Enterprise, all people. Have an excellent Sunday.

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