John Bolton, former National Security Advisor: “Obviously, there’s a lot of very understandable human emotion here in getting Griner released, but this is a very bad mistake by the Biden administration.”
Unpatriotic Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner, known for her comment, “I honestly feel we should not play the national anthem during our (WNBA) basketball season,” adding she would not be on the floor if it is, as she hyped honoring “victims of police brutality and Black Lives Matter” — is now all too happy to be an American.
Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson summed this debacle up succinctly saying, “The Biden administration chose Brittney Griner over Paul Whelan…the basketball player over the Marine facing 16 years. There was only room for one in the lifeboat and the Marine got left behind.”
Whelan, a former Marine and Trump supporter, who worked as a police officer in Michigan, had flown to Moscow to attend the wedding of a friend from his time in the Marines, when he was apprehended and jailed in 2018 on falsified espionage charges.
Russian officials have long demanded the release of Viktor Bout known as the “Merchant of Death,” serving a 25-year sentence in a U.S. prison after being convicted in 2011 of conspiracy to kill Americans, conspiracy to deliver anti-aircraft missiles, and aiding a terrorist organization.
When asked if Russia got a better deal in the swap, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said, “Our choice was Brittney or no one at all.” She also denied any involvement of the United Arab Emirates in the negotiations, though this news bulletin disputes her account.
When given the chance to engage in a prisoner exchange with Russia, Joe Biden foolishly gave up Viktor Bout in exchange for tattooed and dreadlocked 6’9” Griner, who narcissistically entered with vape cartridges with cannabis oil in her luggage, which she knew to be illegal in Russia. She has played in Russia nearly seven years and was reportedly making $1 million as a player for UMMC Yekaterinburg — far more than her WNBA salary of $227,900.
“Moments ago, I spoke to Brittney. She is safe, she is on a plane, she is on her way home,” Biden exclaimed yesterday. “She will soon be back in the arms of her loved ones, and she should have been there all along.” Griner’s wife, Cherelle, was on hand for the preposterous announcement.
“I’m proud that today we have made one more family whole,” Biden said, hypocritically giving lip-service that he will continue to work to free Whelan. “We’ll keep negotiating for Paul’s relief. I guarantee it.’
Don’t hold your breath. A guarantee from Biden is as worthless as his dementia-challenged memory.