President Joe Biden is heading to Brussels for an extraordinary NATO summit this week, with Sen. John Barroso, the third-ranked Senate Republican, saying he wants the president to “lead from the front” and set some goals for him.
“Number one, he has to tell NATO that we are collectively going to provide the people of Ukraine with what they know how to use, be it drones, planes, missiles,” Baraso, R-Y, told ABC on Sunday. Week in an exclusive interview “Anchor George Stefanopoulos.
“Number two, he has to say that he is going to Brussels on NATO’s eastern front to show NATO’s determination and commitment to the United States,” he added. “And thirdly, he has to tell the people of Europe, who are in a really difficult situation about energy and their dependence on Russian energy, that we are going to increase the export of liquefied natural gas from America to them.”
As a ranking Republican in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Barasso was a fierce critic of Biden’s renewable energy agenda.
Republicans, like Barasso, are pressuring the administration to reduce domestic energy dependence as well as increase domestic oil production. Biden has already banned all Russian oil imports and the Americans are dealing with inflation and steep gas prices at the gas pump.
Earlier in the week, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Isle, dismissed claims that Biden was responsible for rising gas prices at home. But Baraso says no matter who they blame, “the Democrats have a big problem.”
“Well, Joe Biden can’t hide the fact that he’s the president of high gas prices,” Barasso said. “And they’re looking to blame someone, be it Putin, the Republican, the energy company, the Covid. Democrats have a very big problem with 40 years of high inflation, the highest gas prices.”
Democrats, however, have blamed energy companies for the rise in prices, pointing out that the price of a barrel of oil is now higher than it was before the war.
When Stefanopoulos was asked what more the United States should do to help Ukraine, Baraso accused Biden of still being too slow to respond to the crisis.
“The president has had to be pushed back to where he is today. It was Congress that brought the sanctions, the sanctions on Russian oil, the weapons and all these big aid packages that I voted for a week. Or two, আগে 13. Billion, ”he said.
Meanwhile, a historic hearing in the Supreme Court is set to begin on Monday regarding the first black woman nominee in the High Court.
Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Howley suggested on Twitter last week that Jackson has a “long record” of “hooking up” child porn offenders, a claim made by Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler’s “Three Pinocchios.”
“You met with Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson earlier this week. And you said – you didn’t say – suggest how you’re going to vote, but you said it shouldn’t be a character assassination process. Is that what Senator Howley is doing?” Stefanopoulos asked.
“I met him. Obviously, very intelligent. We talked about judicial philosophy. I talked about justice. [Antonin] Scalia, that – it is a constitution, a legal document, not a living document. We had a very good meeting, “said Barasso, who voted against Jackson’s confirmation to be the federal judge of the DC Court of Appeal last June.” I am no less concerned about Chuck Schumer’s statement. He said he was going to rule with sympathy. A judge should make a decision based on written law, not how they feel about it. “
Republican colleagues have expressed concern about Jackson’s record as a public defender, and Barasso said “this is what will come out with the hearing” while promising that the process will be fair, thorough and dignified.
Stefanopoulos asked Barasso once more: “But do you think Senator Howley’s attack was justified?”
“Well, like all members of the committee, he will have the opportunity to question the judge,” Barasso replied. “It simply came to our notice then [Brett] Kavanaugh, he was accused of being a serial rapist without any evidence. So, I think we’re going to have a fair process and a dignified process, as opposed to what the Democrats did with Justice Kavanagh. “