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Orlando, FL – Saint. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn.blamed President Joe Biden for his response Russian President Vladimir Putin deadly invasion of Ukraine, saying Biden must “demonstrate determination” and step up to help the country repel.
During an interview with Fox News Digital at the Conservative Policy Conference (CPAC), Hagerty said Putin would only respond to “people demonstrating the ridge” and oppose an authoritarian leader, which the U.S. unfortunately is not doing at the moment under Biden, he said.
“I think the strongest for stopping the promotion now will be the people who will show the ridge, [such as] people like it [Ukrainian] President Zelensky [doing]. People who show determination. We are going [have to] increase the cost of Putin’s move against Kiev and the whole of Ukraine. “
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He added: “It’s unfortunate how we got here, and I think American weakness was a big part of the situation. We created a void, especially after Afghanistan. I think Putin saw an opportunity and a weakness.”
The Tennessee senator said the United States had taken a very “short-sighted” and “short-sighted” stance on green energy, which he said had “killed the oil and gas industry” and raised energy prices around the world.
“The biggest beneficiary of this is Vladimir Putin, who is actually using these funds to build his military machine, which he is deploying in Ukraine,” Hagerty told Fox News Digital.
“It’s very sad. But now we need to support Ukraine and fight back. “
Asked how America’s opponents view the US response to Russia, Hegerty said it shows Biden’s “lack of determination.”
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“The whole world is looking at how Putin can agree on this and what he is getting away with,” Hagerty said. “We have authoritarians all over the world, and they accept it, and they see it as an opportunity because, again, there is a lack of determination. What do we need to do now? We need to demonstrate determination and the best we can do now to reopen the pipeline Keystone XL, starting drilling in America again, is making ourselves energy independent [and] lower the price of global energy – it will draw a lot of air from Vladimir Putin’s sails.
“It would also demonstrate our determination to make America stronger again, to put us in a position to help our allies who are stifling the use of gas as a geopolitical weapon, as Putin is doing,” Hagerty said. . “It would allow America to come to the aid of our allies again.”
“Inflation is skyrocketing, and much of it is due to the energy crisis.”
“What Biden has done is bow to the far left wing of his party, using these naive positions of green energy that have put us in a terrible strategic position vis-à-vis our allies and our own local economy. Inflation is happening through the roof, and much of this is due to the energy crisis. ”
Hagerty also criticized Biden for the timing of his appearance in the Supreme Court of Ketanji Brown Jackson, which came hours after Russia launched a multi-front invasion of Ukraine.
Hagerty called the timing of Biden’s Supreme Court nomination “desirable” because of the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war.
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“I think this time is unfortunate because America’s focus now, the world’s focus, is geopolitically on something much bigger. But then again, this administration is more in control of the press release than the strategic competencies.” “
The senator said he would consider the candidacy of “everyone” and that a good Supreme Court judge should interpret the Constitution as it is written.
“I will take this nomination into account,” Hagerty said. “I’m looking for someone who actually interprets the Constitution the way it’s written, not the way they think it should be written. Someone who won’t take laws off the bench. So I’ll be very careful about the experience and track record nominee [that Biden has] highlight. “
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