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The News with Rick Sanchez - February 15, 2019 (17:00 ET)

Scott Ritter and Chris Hedges on Israel big footing US

Rick Sanchez discusses America’s defense spending and massive aid to Israel. Is Washington’s unwavering support for Israel hurting the US? He talks with former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter about Israel’s powerful lobby and its ability to manipulate US foreign policy for Israel’s benefit. He says that Israel has “twisted the Hezbollah narrative” and that Hezbollah poses no threat to the US. Then we’ll hear from Chris Hedges, host of “On Contact,” about war hawks in the Trump administration, their imperialistic foreign policies and their likely plans for Venezuela.

Is the wall a National Emergency? Trump insists yes

RT America’s Rachel Blevins joins Rick Sanchez to discuss Trump’s declaration of national emergency in order to secure the funds to finish his border wall without shutting down the government. Democratic leaders in Congress declared the declaration “unlawful,” alleging that not such emergency situation existed, while Republican reactions have been mixed.

China to US: You’re lying about Huawei

Michele Greenstein reports for the News with Rick Sanchez on Washington’s continuing efforts to isolate and undermine Chinese telecomm giant Huawei. China insists that US motives have more to do with hurting Huawei’s business around the world than real cybersecurity fears.