Former Trump administration official Richard Grenell said Director of the United States Domestic Policy Council Susan Rice is pulling the strings behind the scenes when it comes to foreign policy while President Joe Biden has been absent.
“President Susan Rice is doing a great job,” Grenell told “The Count” on Newsmax TV Saturday. “She’s literally behind the scenes just pulling all the strings and nobody’s paying attention. It’s a joke that we think that she’s not running foreign policy, we know she is.”
Grenell, the former acting Director of National Intelligence, added that Rice could not be confirmed by the Senate or gather enough votes to be Secretary of State so she is now running foreign policy for Biden in the White House.
“They wanted her to be Secretary of State, but she didn’t have the votes last time or this time,” Grenell said. “She almost became vice president.”
Grenell has previously described Rice as Biden’s “shadow president.”
“She will be the shadow president,” Grenell said in Jan. “We have a president-elect in Joe Biden who clearly is not the Joe Biden of 10 years ago. He’s not even the Joe Biden of five years ago when it comes to policy issues.
Grenell also perviously said that Rice is “extremely excited that vice president Harris is preoccupied in the Senate,” permitting Rice to further gain power and influence in the Biden administration.
“If we don’t get more kind of media attention and scrutiny on what Susan Rice is doing, I think we’re really doing a disservice to the American people,” Grenell said Saturday. “You can see that Joe Biden doesn’t have a command of the foreign policy issues, doesn’t have a command of even calling world leaders.”
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The contentious comments come amid disturbing accounts of rape and brutal assaults following Hamas’ surprise attack on Israel on October 7, with prominent Democrats expressing outrage and demanding unequivocal condemnation.
According to reports from Fox News, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz from Florida called for a forceful denouncement of sexual violence and condemning any attempt to create moral equivalence between Hamas and the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). The accusations of rape and sexual assault have sparked concern about the well-being of Israelis still held hostage by Hamas.
During her appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Jayapal faced scrutiny for not outright condemning Hamas for the alleged acts, instead emphasizing the broader impact of war on women.
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