On Sunday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy criticized Joe Biden’s foreign policy, saying that between the disastrous U.S. Afghanistan withdrawal and the administration’s handling of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the president has “emboldened all the evil leaders of the world,” including Russian President Vladimir Putin.
McCarthy made his remarks during an interview on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends Weekend.”
McCarthy said of Biden’s foreign policy, “It’s not just emboldened Russia — it’s emboldened all the evil leaders of the world.”
Pointing his finger at Biden, he said, “And it started on day one. It’s his executive actions.”
McCarthy said energy was key.
“Remember, a strength of the nation is not just your military — it’s your ability to have energy; it’s your ability of economics,” McCarthy observed. “He weakened America’s ability on energy. And who did that empower? It empowers Iran, Venezuela, and Russia. That’s where they get their wealth.”
One of Biden’s very first actions as President was to nix the Keystone Pipeline, which would have brought Canadian oil to the U.S.
The pipeline would have provided some 800,000 barrels of oil per day.
On the U.S. Afghanistan withdrawal, McCarthy said, “Then the way he extracted us from Afghanistan, saying that wouldn’t leave until every American was out, and two weeks later, he left. That sent a wrong message around the world.”
“And then, when he gave Putin the pipeline and denied America the pipeline, they saw more weakness,” the Republican continued. “And then there’s a little point. Remember, this is the 100th anniversary this year of the Soviet Union being created, and Putin thinks on this manner — that he wants to bring the motherland back together.”
Here, McCarthy is referencing Biden dropping Trump-era sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 Russian pipeline to Germany.
“Remember on November 10, Blinken signed a strategic partnership with Ukraine,” he added. “In that partnership, it advocates to having them join NATO. But when you did that — this is why they’re so wrong when it comes to foreign policy. You would never sign that agreement without first selling weapons to Ukraine to defend themselves.”
“So, what they did is they had the intel that Putin wanted to invade Ukraine; they signed this document, and then Putin looks at it — ‘I’ve got a short window to go in before they join.’ And the entire time, Biden’s administration says he won’t do anything until after they entered.”
The West’s response to Russia in terms of soft power has been nearly ubiquitous and probably unprecedented.
Major corporations in every category, from automakers to shipping giants and the banking sector, have scaled down operations in Russia or withdrawn completely.
The Biden administration has sanctioned Russia’s central bank, and the Russian ruble has tanked in recent weeks.
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