Menendez accuses Trump administration of obscuring communications with foreign leaders in wake of impeachment inquiry.
The bipartisan House move seeks to bolster support for U.S. diplomats as Ukraine impeachment inquiry puts heat on the foreign service.
The surveillance aircraft on the chopping block is a variant of the type that Iran shot down this summer.
The move is part of the administration’s campaign to get U.S. allies to pay more for defense. South Korea is also being asked to pony up.
Career diplomats question leadership over the lack of openness and failure to defend colleagues.
Senators are also questioning the State Department on whether U.S.-origin defense equipment sold to Turkey was used in such incidents.
Kevin Moley, the top U.S. diplomat overseeing international organizations affairs, will retire next month.
Congress won’t let Trump gut foreign assistance. So the administration made it harder to disburse funds, leaving aid programs in China, Iraq, and elsewhere in the lurch.
Troops’ movement on the border has Kurds worried about a Turkish assault.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper is pushing to get key officials confirmed, but significant gaps remain.
State Department meeting highlights internal alarm at China’s growing influence in international organizations.
But the department’s top leaders say they can’t sack the Trump appointee at the center of scandal.