Associated Press reporter Matt Lee grilled State Department spokesman Ned Price on Wednesday over a deal that the Biden administration made with Germany to allow for the completion of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
Price said that the administration came to the conclusion, “as any rational observer would, that sanctions are unlikely to stop, to stand in the way of the completion of the pipeline, to prevent the pipeline’s construction. And so, that is why this administration determined that it was not in our interest to significantly undermine, to weaken our bilateral relationship, our ally, the relationship we have with our ally, Germany…”
The exchange continued:
PRICE: But one other point I want to really emphasize here: We are committed to following the law; we are committed to continuing to examine entities that have engaged in potentially sanctionable activity. Any decisions on sanctions or sanctions-related decisions, those will be made on a case-by-case basis consistent with the law.
LEE: Okay. Well, just three very quick points. One. If you’re committed to following the law, then you would actually follow the law, right? Which says that —
MR PRICE: And we have, correct.
LEE: Well, I think that a lot of people think that’s debatable. The second thing is that you say “any rational observer” would realize that sanctions wouldn’t stop this. Well, are you saying that members of Congress, who are Democrats as well as Republicans, are irrational?
MR PRICE: We have looked at this —
LEE: Are you saying that Senator Shaheen is irrational, that Senator Menendez is irrational —
MR PRICE: We —
LEE: — because they think that this could actually be stopped?
MR PRICE: We’ve looked at this issue very closely, and we have examined —
LEE: And they haven’t?
MR PRICE: I’m speaking for us.
LEE: Oh, right. So you —
MR PRICE: I’m the spokesperson for the Department of State.
LEE: So you know more than they do? That’s the idea?
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.
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