Biden: ‘The Art of the Mediocre Deal’ – Watch
Joe Biden didn’t write a book called “The Art of the Deal,” and it shows. This was clearly evident with the bad deal he made to get back the WNBA star Brittney Griner. She was detained in Russia for months for carrying vape materials containing cannabis oil.
Since February there has been a legal and personal circus going on between the White House, Griner’s family and wife, and Russian officials. One phone call set up between Griner and her wife was botched because no one was at the front desk at our embassy in Russia. It was on the couple’s anniversary.
Griner was recently released on the condition that arms dealer Viktor Bout, who also goes by the Merchant of Death, would be traded.
We traded an arms dealer responsible for killing tens of thousands of people for a WNBA player.
The White House maintains simply that this was the best offer, so they decided to take it.
Chalk that up to another foreign policy decision that Biden has been wrong about. There’s been a pattern over 40 years.
John Kirby, representing the Biden Team, told Fox News’ Shannon Bream that they did the trade because Bout would have been released soon anyway.
Why would he be released?
The conversation went further with Bream:
SHANNON BREAM, FOX NEWS: So, how will this administration answer the questions about why Marc Fogel and Paul Whelan were left behind?
KIRBY: We will, of course, cooperate fully with members of Congress from both sides of the aisle. If there’s a need and desire for more information, we’ll be as forthcoming as we obviously can be. Of course, we respect the role of Congress.
A couple of points here. Mr. Bout wasn’t serving a life sentence, Shannon. He was going to get out in 2029. So, at some point in the not-too-distant future, he would have been a free man. It is six years earlier.
We did a national security assessment. We believe that whatever risk there is was manageable and okay to make this deal.”
This administration excels in mediocrity.