Posted BY: Bill | NwoReport
National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby made the rounds of the shows on Sunday, primarily to defend the administration’s lopsided deal with Russia to swap basketball player Brittney Griner for the “Merchant of Death,” Viktor Bout.
They’ve been getting a lot of fire over the release, even from fellow Democrats like Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who essentially said Vladimir Putin got what he wanted from Joe Biden, and all Americans are in greater danger because of it.
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“To be clear, Ms. Griner should have been released immediately and unconditionally a long time ago. Putin has known that all along. This should be a moment of deep reflection for the United States government to recognize we have a serious problem with hostage-taking of Americans. The Russians and other regimes that take American citizens hostage cannot pretend that there is equivalence between the Brittney Griners of the world and people like Viktor Bout, the so-called ‘Merchant of Death.’ Nothing could be further from the truth, and we cannot ignore that releasing Bout back into the world is a deeply disturbing decision. We must stop inviting dictatorial and rogue regimes to use Americans overseas as bargaining chips, and we must try to do better at encouraging American citizens against traveling to places like Russia where they are primary targets for this type of unlawful detention.[“]
But when Kirby went on ABC, it didn’t go well. ABC’s Martha Raddatz hit him with the Menendez criticism, and that a lot of Americans were thinking that they “just weren’t tough enough” in making the deal.