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The junior Senator from Connecticut on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Chris Murphy, said Tuesday at the Center for American Progress Ideas Conference that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "fundamentally misunderstands the threats presented" to the U.S.:

I think Tillerson is in the State Department to undermine it. I know it because he is going through a reorganization with the end goal decided, with 2,300 job cuts.

For example, the Ukraine crisis: "You cannot confront that with military power" — it needs economic stabilization, energy security, and tools for becoming independent, Murphy said. "Yet this administration tends to see Ukraine as a military problem…and in the end that is a recipe for failure." The Ranking Member on the House Intel Committee, Adam Schiff, added "the enormous cut in the State Department budget" is "terribly wrong headed."

Schiff said "It's pretty clear he views foreign policy through a military lens," and that's not just based on the way he's budgeted and aimed to boost military spending and cut foreign aid, it's also about the "way he's filled his cabinet up with ex-military."

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What they're saying: Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the Rose Garden of the White House on Sept. 26. Photo: Oliver Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Democratic and Republican lawmakers along with other leading political figures reacted to President Trump's Saturday afternoon nomination of federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.

What they're saying: "President Trump could not have made a better decision," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement. "Judge Amy Coney Barrett is an exceptionally impressive jurist and an exceedingly well-qualified nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States."

Amy Coney Barrett: "Should I be confirmed, I will be mindful of who came before me"

Trump introduces Amy Coney Barrett as nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Photo: Olivier Douleiry/Getty Images

In speaking after President Trump announced her as the Supreme Court nominee to replaced Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett said on Saturday she will be "mindful" of those who came before her on the court if confirmed.

What she's saying: Barrett touched on Ginsburg's legacy, as well as her own judicial philosophy and family values. "I love the United States and I love the United States Constitution," she said. "I'm truly humbled at the prospect of serving on the  Supreme Court."

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