in the national/public interest


: likely to help the nation/public
a policy that is not in the national/public interest

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The administration is scheduled to tell a court by Friday what outcome would be in the national interest, even as the United States grapples with broader issues arising from the end of the US military presence in Afghanistan. Charlie Savage,, 29 Nov. 2021 Pressed repeatedly on whether Biden felt Milley was acting in the national interest and whether Biden had any concerns as to whether Milley worked outside the chain of command, Psaki declined to say. Betsy Klein, Oren Liebermann And Donald Judd, CNN, 15 Sep. 2021 To keep at least part of his promise, the president needs to authorize clandestine exfiltrations by declaring to the relevant congressional committees that continuing the evacuation is in the national interest. Bing West And Paul Wolfowitz, WSJ, 29 Aug. 2021 Polls show that as few as 13 percent of Italians believe Mr. Renzi is acting in the national interest. New York Times, 19 Jan. 2021 Bell found Morrison also wanted former Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s power to block foreign investments in Australia that were not in the national interest and former Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews’ power to cancel the citizenship of dual national extremists. Rod Mcguirk, ajc, 25 Nov. 2022 But opposition lawmaker Yoon Kun-young, who served as Moon’s situation room chief, defended the move as being legal and in the national interest. Reuters, NBC News, 13 July 2022 In his own resignation letter, Javid wrote that although Johnson survived a vote of no-confidence vote last month, the Conservative Party was no longer demonstrating competence nor acting in the national interest. William Booth, Washington Post, 6 July 2022 By then, the Biden administration had intervened in the Havlish litigation, invoking a law that permits it to step into lawsuits to inform the court what is in the national interest. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 12 Feb. 2022 See More

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“In the national/public interest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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