Smarther News Quick Quotes for Thursday, November 29, 2018

November 29, 2018
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"He just amazed me. He’s my hero. My son is my hero."

Dawna Duez, mother of Staff Sgt. Dylan Elchin (25) who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on Tuesday with two others; Army Capt. Andrew Patrick Ross (29) & Army Sgt. 1st Class Eric Michael Emond (39). Ross served in the Army for 7 years and is survived by his wife. Emond served in the Army and Marine Corp for more than two decades. He was on his 7th overseas deployment and leaves behind his wife and 3 children.

"I must note we are seldom free to work with unblemished partners."

Defense Sec. Jim Mattis in a prepared statement before briefing senators in a classified setting, alongside Sec. of State Mike Pompeo. The topic of the hearing: Yemen & U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia, given the recent controversy over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Senators voted to allow a vote next week on withdrawing U.S. support for Yemen's civil war; a direct affront to the Saudis.

"There is no preset policy. We will be paying very close attention to what incoming economic and financial data are telling us."

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell during a moderated a discussion, signaling a rapid rate rise by the Fed may not be in the cards. The stock market rallied on this news, as the comments soothed investor fears over higher interest rates negatively impacting the economy (making it more expensive for people and companies to borrow money in some cases.)

"I don’t want anyone to think this is fun and games. Ukraine is under threat of full-scale war with Russia."

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on a naval confrontation with Russia in the Baltic Sea. President Putin alleges three Ukrainian ships provoked it and now says Poroshenko is using it to his advantage ahead of 2019 elections. Due to the clash, President Trump has threatened to cancel his meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the G-20.
"I’m thinking about how the hell to get out from under that question fast."

Former Secretary of State John Kerry reacting to a direct question about whether he'd make an announcement to run for president. He went on to say, I haven’t been running around to the most obvious states, laying any groundwork or doing anything. Am I going to think about it? Yeah, I’m going to think about it.’
"Roald would, I know, be thrilled."

Felicity Crosland, widow of famous children's writer, Roald Dahl, reacting to the news his children stories like Matilda will be adapted in animated series by Netflix.

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by Jenna Lee,