Time for a Twitter Q&A! @nedprice is here to answer your questions. Tweet them now with the hashtag #AskNatSec.
@nedprice In fact there is. We learned last week the WH blocked bipartisan legislation with strong bipartisan support that would take commonsense steps allowing state elections officials to best prepare for 2018 and 2020. Details: yahoo.com/news/white-hou… #AskNatSec
@nedprice Congress' oversight role is now more impt than ever. We need the Senate and especially the House intel committee to set aside partisan battles and focus on what the admin is asking our intel professionals to do. (1/2) #AskNatSec
@nedprice And we are seeing candidates make an issue out of this. A record number of intelligence and broader national security vets are running for office. My friend @SpanbergerVA07, a former CIA colleague, is among the many great ones. (2/2) #AskNatSec
@nedprice @SpanbergerVA07 Yemen tops the list in my book. It's the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, and, far from helping to solve it, we're giving a blank check to the Saudis and Emiratis to wage that war. cnn.com/2018/04/03/mid… #AskNatSec
@nedprice @SpanbergerVA07 The media & those of us connected to it need to clearly call out the President when he lies. We can't allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by the pace of news, and we need to keep our eye on what's impt., not what the WH wants to portray as such. #AskNatSec
@nedprice @SpanbergerVA07 It's the President's prerogative to stage his meetings as he wishes. But what we can do is impose a political cost by making sure Congress & the public continue to demand answers re. what they discussed & why Trump it insisted it be 1-on-1. #AskNatSec
@nedprice @SpanbergerVA07 State Dept & Congress can take any number of steps to pressure the regime. A simple one would be to revoke US visas for children & other relatives of top military officials, as a colleague wrote on @just_security today: justsecurity.org/60488/toleranc… #AskNatSec
@nedprice @SpanbergerVA07 @just_security I miss govt service every day, but especially when there's an overseas crisis or challenge. Nothing like being able to contribute directly to the solution--or at least try.

Thanks so much for the great Qs. We'll do this again soon! – @nedprice #AskNatSec

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