Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., speaks during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies hearing with Attorney General Merrick Garland, Wednesday, June 9, 2021., on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times)
UPDATED 7:27 AM PT – Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Senate Republicans are urging Americans to follow the trail linking mainstream media to the Biden administration. On Tuesday, Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), who’s also the former U.S. Ambassador to Japan under President Donald Trump, claimed the Joe Biden’s White House is trying to steer America’s attention away from international policy.
Hagerty warned this is to distract the public about the continuing crisis in Afghanistan, where the Taliban now dominates and Americans are left behind. He added, he’s seen reports claiming up to more than 1,000 Americans and allies have been left behind by Biden.
The Tennessee Republican went on to say Biden supporters and international allies are beginning to recognize Biden’s folly.
“I just got back from a trip to the U.K. to our NATO allies and they see this as well; they feel like they were sold a bill of goods in the 2020 election,” stated the senator. “Joe Biden’s whole America back-theme, they realize that was complete folly right now. What Joe Biden has done is demonstrated time and again that the foreign policy of the Biden administration is really dictated by press releases, in vengeance against the previous administration, that seems to be the primary motivation.”
Additionally, Hagerty said mainstream media is encouraging Biden to continue making abhorrent policies. He pointed to sympathetic coverage of the job crushing Keystone XL pipeline cancellation and lack of coverage of the crisis at the southern border.
The Republican also pointed out that mainstream media outlets are now throwing a red herring at the public with their aggressive and negative coverage of the recently passed pro-life bill in Texas.
“Again, they’re trying to precipitate other domestic diversion here to avoid any attention to the massive crisis that the Biden administration has created,” he stated. “And again, through the eyes of our allies overseas it becomes very, very clear.”
Hagerty circled back to the Afghanistan crisis while warning the Taliban won’t be the only terrorist group to wield American arms.
“Taliban and their allies, Al-Qaeda (and) ISIS-K, it continued a jihadist flood into Afghanistan,” he noted. “(They) are arming themselves with some of the best equipment known to man and what they don’t use themselves may become available in what could be the largest arms bazaar in the world. You think about our foes from around the globe that can now move into Afghanistan and get the latest military equipment…this is a terrible situation.”
Hagerty stressed officials at the State Department are working hard to effectively respond to the crisis despite having to operate with limited resources.