Biden Criticizes House Republicans’ Inaction on Navalny’s Death, Contemplates Additional Russia Sanctions

by Jessica

President Joe Biden, speaking to reporters upon his return to the White House from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, addressed questions from CNN’s MJ Lee regarding House Republicans’ responsibility in light of the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Due to the noise from Marine One, Biden had difficulty hearing the question, but Lee’s inquiry suggested a connection between Trump-supporting House Republicans and Navalny’s demise. According to BBC

Biden expressed concern over the House Republicans’ lack of response, stating, “They’re making a big mistake not responding.” He criticized their apparent neglect of the Russian threat, NATO commitments, and international obligations, characterizing their stance as “shocking” and unprecedented in his experience. Additionally, Biden hinted at the possibility of the White House imposing additional sanctions on Russia following Navalny’s death.

Despite the Senate passing a bipartisan bill, which included aid to Ukraine, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) refused to bring the bill to the House floor for a vote. Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) explained that Johnson’s decision was rooted in prioritizing the appropriations process until March 8 before addressing the supplemental bill, despite the urgency posed by Navalny’s death and concerns about Russia’s expanding nuclear capabilities.

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