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Cindy McCain, in new role, tearfully remembers husband John McCain

Cindy McCain, in new role, tearfully remembers husband John McCain

Cindy McCain, the widow of the late Senator John McCain, made an emotional appearance in her new role as US ambassador to the United Nations World Food Programme. In her first public speech as ambassador, McCain spoke about her late husband's dedication to the cause of ending global hunger and malnutrition.

McCain, who was appointed to the role by President Biden earlier this year, gave her speech at an event in Rome commemorating the 50th anniversary of the UN agency. She spoke about her husband's work as a senator, including his role in creating the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program, which provides meals to schoolchildren in developing countries.

"He never stopped working on behalf of those in need, and he never stopped believing that we could make a difference," McCain said of her husband, who died in 2018. "I am here today because I want to continue that work. I want to honor his legacy and continue his mission of feeding the hungry."

McCain also spoke about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global hunger, noting that the number of people facing food insecurity had increased dramatically over the past year. She urged the international community to work together to address the issue, calling it a "moral imperative."

"The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us all of the fragility of life and the importance of coming together in times of crisis," McCain said. "We must do everything we can to ensure that no one goes hungry, no matter where they live or what their circumstances may be."

McCain's appointment as ambassador to the World Food Programme was praised by members of both parties. In a statement earlier this year, President Biden said McCain "has dedicated her life to improving the lives of others, and will bring her expertise and passion to this critical role."

In other news, a group of House Republicans unveiled a plan to counter President Biden's infrastructure proposal. The plan, which has been dubbed the "Real Infrastructure Act," would provide $400 billion in funding for traditional infrastructure projects like roads and bridges, but would also allocate funds for broadband internet, water infrastructure, and other areas.

The plan is seen as a response to President Biden's $2 trillion proposal, which includes funding for traditional infrastructure as well as climate change initiatives and other priorities. Republicans have criticized the plan as too broad and too expensive, and have called for a narrower focus on traditional infrastructure projects.

The "Real Infrastructure Act" is unlikely to gain traction in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, but Republicans are hoping to use it as a bargaining chip in negotiations with the White House. Both parties have expressed a desire to pass a major infrastructure bill this year, but the details of such a bill remain to be worked out.

Meanwhile, the United States has announced new sanctions against Russia in response to the country's alleged interference in the 2020 presidential election and its involvement in the SolarWinds cyberattack. The sanctions target 32 entities and individuals, including Russian intelligence officials and companies that have been linked to the cyberattack.

In a statement, the Biden administration said the sanctions were a response to "harmful foreign activities" by Russia, and called on the country to "take steps to de-escalate tensions." The move is the latest in a series of measures taken by the US against Russia in recent years, as tensions between the two countries continue to simmer.

The announcement of the sanctions coincided with the release of a new report by US intelligence agencies on Russia's alleged election interference. The report, which was declassified by the Biden administration, concludes that Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized "influence operations" aimed at denigrating President Biden and helping former President Trump during the 2020 election

Cindy McCain, the widow of the late Senator John McCain, made an emotional appearance in her new role as US ambassador to the United Nations World Food Programme. In her first public speech as ambassador, McCain spoke about her late husband's dedication to the cause of ending global hunger and malnutrition.

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