Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted the Biden administration over their recent swap of WNBA player Brittney Griner for Russian “Merchant of Death” arms dealer Viktor Bout.
Pompeo shared his thoughts while appearing on "Fox News Sunday" with Shannon Bream.
“We weren’t going to trade bad guys for celebrities because it creates the wrong incentives for the bad guys. As we go forward, it’s not good for American national security. It’s not good for people who are traveling across the world,” Pompeo said.
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Griner had been detained in Russia for 10 months for bringing cannabis oil cartridges into the country just before the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine.
Former National Security Advisor John Bolton was also critical of the deal.
“This is not a deal. This is not a swap. This is a surrender. And terrorists and rogue states all around the world will take note of this, and it endangers other Americans in the future who can be grabbed and used as bargaining chips by people who don’t have the same morals and scruples that we do,” Bolton said during a CBS interview.
Many were upset that former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan remains imprisoned in Russia and was not part of the deal.
“I am greatly disappointed that more has not been done to secure my release, especially as the four-year anniversary of my arrest is coming up. I was arrested for a crime that never occurred,” Whelan said. “I don’t understand why I’m still sitting here.”
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