By Jenny Goldsberry
House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) appeared on Fox News’ America Reports Wednesday to discuss President Biden’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland. Scalise says he hopes Biden stands up to the Russian President, but Biden’s track record so far doesn’t hold up to the President before him.
“Unfortunately, we’ve seen a lot of weakness from President Biden as it relates to Russia,” Scalise said. I mean, you look, [on] day one, President Biden kills the Keystone pipeline, kills thousands of American jobs, undermines our relationship with Canada, and then he [turned] around just a few weeks ago and [gave] financial incentives to Russia so that Russia can build a pipeline to Germany. So, he helps Russia create Russian jobs and Russian energy dominance with Germany, and he undermines America’s energy dominance that we had under President Trump.”
Biden was defensive of his meeting with Putin during a following press conference. A reporter asked him if he thought the meeting was constructive, considering Putin still denies human rights abuses and cyber attacks. The 46th President simply responded: “If you don’t understand that, you’re in the wrong business.”
But, Scalise had the same question: “Is [Biden] going to stand up to President Putin on the hacking that’s been done from Russians?”
“The disinformation — remember President Biden was Vice President when Russia tried to interfere with our 2016 election — I didn’t see President Biden stand up to him then,” Scalise said.
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Taliban Holds Parade for 250 Newly Trained Soldiers with American-Made Weapons Left Behind
As the result of an ill-prepared withdrawal that went horribly wrong, the Taliban now holds a large stock of weapons and equipment left behind.
On Sunday, Taliban forces held a very bone-chilling parade showing off their captured American-made armored military vehicles and Russian helicopters. The act was “a display that showed their ongoing transformation from an insurgent force to a regular standing army” writes CNN.
The Taliban are no longer terror insurgents fighting against American forces that had once freed Afghanistan from the Taliban. As the result of an ill-prepared withdrawal that went horribly wrong, the Taliban now holds a large stock of weapons and equipment left behind.
The parade was part of a graduation for 250 newly trained Taliban soldiers, said defense ministry spokesman Enayatullah Khwarazmi. CNN reports, “The exercise involved dozens of US-made M117 armored security vehicles driving slowly up and down a major Kabul road with MI-17 helicopters patrolling overhead. Many soldiers carried American-made M4 assault rifles.”
Tragically, much of the weaponry taunted in the parade by Taliban forces were supplied by the United States to the American-backed government in Kabul during the past two decades. The equipment was to aid an Afghan national force and make it capable of fighting the Taliban.
As forces fled Afghanistan, some of the military equipment provided by western forces was flown into Central Asian Countries in an attempt to avoid it landing in the hands of the Taliban. It remains unclear exactly how much of what did end up in Taliban control is still operational.
American troops destroyed over 70 aircraft and dozens of armored vehicles, as well as disabled air defenses before flying out of Kabul during the frenetic evacuation. CNN reports “Taliban officials have said that pilots, mechanics and other specialists from the former Afghan National Army would be integrated into a new force, which has also started wearing conventional military uniforms in place of the traditional Afghan clothing normally worn by their fighters.”
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