Vice President Kamala Harris made it clear Wednesday that President Joe Biden’s administration does not have any plans to change the strategy in dealing with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Harris spoke with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie the morning after Biden delivered his first formal State of the Union address, and Guthrie pressed her on whether or not the administration needed to change tactics since — despite heavy sanctions from the United States and other western nations and NATO allies — Putin continues to wage a full-scale assault on the neighboring nation of Ukraine.
“So what else do we have to throw at this when Putin so far is undeterred?” Guthrie asked.
“Well, we are going to continue to do what we’ve done,” Harris replied. “For example, in the sanctions, it’s been sanctions against their financial institutions, against their oligarchs, where we are targeting their mansions and their jets. What we’re going to continue to do is stand firm with our allies in terms of reassessing what we are doing with sanctions.”
Guthrie continued to press Harris on the possibility that the United States might implement sanctions on Russia’s energy sector — or stop buying oil and gas from Russia altogether — in an effort to cut off any income from selling such products and further isolate the nation from the west.
Guthrie noted that the best way to hit Putin “where it hurts” was to target the oil and gas sector, adding, “Some senators agree, Republican and Democrat — Senator Joe Manchin mentioned for example that the U.S. is still currently buying approximately 600,000 barrels of crude and other petroleum products every single day. Is that on the table? Is that something that the administration would continue — would consider in terms of further sanctions, cutting off the oil and gas part of the economy for Russia?”
“Well, as you know, on this issue, for example, we applaud Germany in terms of what it has done as it relates to Nord Stream 2,” Harris replied, praising Germany for refusing to certify the new pipeline but skipping over the fact that the pipeline was only able to be completed because President Biden had allowed the U.S. sanctions against Nord Stream 2 to expire just months after assuming the presidency.
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.
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