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State Department briefing heats up when reporter asks if Biden’s manager takes credit for Trump’s accomplishments
An Associated Press reporter on Monday criticized State Department spokesman Ned Price for suggesting that President Joe Biden was responsible for a policy that had begun under the Trump administration.
Price, highlighting a report sent to Congress, said that some 18 entities have engaged in “good faith efforts” to reduce their stake in Nord Stream 2, a controversial $ 11 billion gas pipeline project designed to transmit Russian natural gas to Germany.
Critics of the Kremlin have said the project would double the amount of natural gas imported from Russia. If completed, it would leave Europe more dependent on Russian energy than ever. The poisoning of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny has revitalized calls to abandon the project.
At Monday’s press conference, Price appeared to suggest that the Biden management’s efforts had led to the development of Nord Stream 2. The aforementioned entities have terminated their activities on the pipeline project, Price said, and demonstrated that the strategy of Biden and Congress has been “working to good effect.”
Associated Press reporter Matt Lee chimed in and told Price that all of this work had started under the Trump administration.
“You guys have only been in office for a month, right? Are you telling me that in the last four weeks these 18 companies suddenly decided to say, ‘Oh my God! Lee said. “You are taking credit for the things the previous administration did. Yes or no?”
Price, remarkably nervous, said he was simply speaking on behalf of the State Department, held by the same people since before Biden took office.
The heated exchange came after the Biden administration on Friday added a layer of sanctions to a Russian vessel and the shipowner for their work on the gas pipeline project. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR HISTORY.
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Here are 3 questions AG nominee Merrick Garland dodged from Senate Republicans
Judge Merrick Garland, President Biden’s candidate for attorney general, repeatedly avoided giving direct answers to questions from Republican senators during Monday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
Garland sidestepped questions about the Durham investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation, transgender athletes in high school sports, and whether crossing the border illegally should be a crime.
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-MO, asked Garland if he thinks illegally crossing the border should continue to be a crime.
“I haven’t thought about that question, I just haven’t thought about that question,” Garland said. “The president has made it clear that we are a nation with borders, with national security, I do not know of a proposal to decriminalize but it is still illegal to respond, I simply have not thought about it.”
Garland also refused to make a firm commitment to leaving Special Counsel John Durham in his place to continue his investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation. Garland said he “has no reason” to think that leaving Durham in place to continue his investigation was the wrong decision, but he refused to commit to a course of action. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.
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Boeing landed again after United’s engine fire
The National Transportation Safety Board said Monday that a maintenance log group will be formed to investigate the history of the Boeing 777 engine after it failed on United Airlines Flight 328 and burst into flames shortly after takeoff on Saturday.
“Our mission is to understand not only what happened, but also why it happened so that we can prevent it from happening again,” NTSB President Robert Sumwalt said at a news conference Monday night.
Sumwalt emphasized that the investigation is still in its preliminary stages. When asked if the particular engine had been inspected after another engine failure on a Southwest Airlines flight in 2018, Sumwalt said that was a question that will be answered pending an investigation by the maintenance group.
Boeing recommended that airlines ground all 777s with the type of engine that exploded after takeoff from Denver last weekend, and most airlines flying those planes said they would temporarily withdraw them from service. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.
In other developments:
– The FAA requires an emergency inspection of certain Boeing 777s after an airborne explosion tore the engine to pieces
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A FEW WORDS OF DEPARTURE
Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Sean Hannity Monday night to discuss confirmation hearings for President Biden’s cabinet nominees.
“Garland has a good reputation as a judge,” Cruz said. “He has the reputation of being a relatively impartial judge. I would say that his hearing was frustrating as it unfolded today because he basically avoided all questions. He refused to answer, he responded as a judicial candidate, and not as a candidate for attorney general.” .
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