CNN reporter asks Biden insidious question targeting House Republicans — but even Biden rejects it

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A CNN reporter tried on Monday to get President Joe Biden to blame House Republicans for the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Last week, Navalny died while imprisoned in the infamous “Polar Wolf” Russian prison in the Arctic Circle. Russian authorities claim Navalny died suddenly after a walk, but most Western officials blame the Russian government and Russian President Vladimir Putin for Navalny’s untimely death.

But on Monday, CNN senior White House correspondent MJ Lee asked Biden if House Republicans — not Putin, not the brutal Siberian cold, and not a disease — are responsible for Nalvany’s death.

“Mr. President, would you go as far as to say that Alexei Navalny’s blood is on the hands of House Republicans right now?” Lee asked Biden as he returned to the White House.

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The suggestion implicit in the question — which Lee herself later admitted to — is that House Republicans, who do not support giving Ukraine tens of billions in more taxpayer money without first addressing domestic issues like the border crisis, are somehow culpable for emboldening Putin to eliminate one of his top political threats.

But even Biden rejected that premise.

“I wouldn’t use that term,” he responded before attacking Republicans on Ukraine funding.

“They’re making a big mistake not responding,” he said. “Look, the way they’re walking away from the threat of Russia, the way they’re walking away from NATO, the way they’re walking away from meeting our obligations, it’s just shocking. I mean, they’re wild. I’ve never seen anything like this.”

The manner in which Biden characterized the position of House Republicans is, at best, uncharitable and, at worst, downright false.

House Republicans do not want to walk away from foreign policy obligations, nor do they ignore the threat that Russia poses. It was Barack Obama, after all, who famously chided Mitt Romney for saying that Russia is America’s top geopolitical threat.

Instead, House Republicans want to prioritize domestic issues — like the border crisis and the national security threat it poses — over funding a proxy war. Biden, moreover, has refused to give Americans a clear strategic plan that outlines how taxpayer dollars will help Ukraine defeat Russia. He has also failed to explain why taxpayer money should fund the war at all.

Those facts aside, Lee’s question is yet another example of why Americans do not trust the legacy media.

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